Woman who found solace in painting to hold Brisbane exhibition

Woman who found solace in painting to hold Brisbane exhibition

Posted July 02, 2017 09:17:11 Expressing grief can be a difficult process, so Ros Robinson turned to art when her father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Now she is holding the first exhibition in Brisbane of her work called Unstuck. Instead of shedding tears to deal with feelings of loss and sadness, Ms Robinson picked up a paint brush. Her father, 74-year-old Mal Longton, had just come back from the brink after life-threatening back surgery. Robinson and her sister Sharon Vallance had borrowed $40,000 for the operation after their…

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Iraq's most house-proud man sweeps away the detritus of war in Mosul

Iraq's most house-proud man sweeps away the detritus of war in Mosul

Mosul: In the crumbled ruin of the old city of Mosul lives perhaps the most house-proud man in Iraq. Abdulsalam Abdufader is 73 and has been stuck in a wheelchair for years. His joints are stiff, he explains, and he broke his hip. He never married, so he has no family to take him away from the war zone and nowhere else to go. So he stays. Parked in his wheelchair at the front gate of his house, he has watched the Islamic State, the Iraqi government and a battle front come…

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Hedge funds pile into Aussie dollar options, betting the RBA will raise rates

Hedge funds pile into Aussie dollar options, betting the RBA will raise rates

Speculators looking to profit from the hawkish shift among global central banks have a fresh target: the Australian dollar. With the pound, euro and Canadian loonie all surging more than 2 per cent last week after officials signalled a bias toward raising official interest rates, hedge funds are piling into Aussie options on expectations the Reserve Bank will follow suit. Play VideoDon’t Play Mojave Rock Ranch Play VideoDon’t Play Previous slideNext slide What if interest rates go up? What if interest rates go up? Even a small hike can have a…

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Singaporeans rally for gay pride amid ban on foreigners

Singaporeans rally for gay pride amid ban on foreigners

The ban was announced after last year’s Pink Dot event in effort to stop “foreign entities” from interfering in domestic issues. “For events like the Pink Dot, foreigners are not allowed to organize or speak at the events, or participate in demonstrations,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement announcing the new policy. “These are political, social or moral choices for Singaporeans to decide for ourselves. LGBT issues are one such example.” Pink Dot, which plays on Singapore’s “Little Red Dot” nickname, is a non-profit that promotes LGBT…

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Germany's Helmut Kohl remembered as 'architect of the world order'

Germany's Helmut Kohl remembered as 'architect of the world order'

Posted July 02, 2017 06:00:52 External Link: ‘I loved him’: Bill Clinton gives a passionate speech on Helmut Kohl. Leaders from the United States, Russia and across Europe have paid tribute to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl as the architect of German reunification and a driving force for European integration. Mr Kohl, who died on June 16 at 87, was lauded at a ceremony at the European Parliament as a dedicated European who abhorred war by former US president Bill Clinton, Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, European Commission president Jean-Claude…

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