Conservation Council and One Nation at one on fracking bans

Conservation Council and One Nation at one on fracking bans

Posted July 22, 2017 23:42:15 Photo: Piers Verstegen says the Government’s ban on fracking should be legislated. (ABC News: Marcus Alborn) They might seem like strange political bedfellows but both the Conservation Council and One Nation are calling for the WA Labor Government to legislate for — and extend — a ban on fracking. Labor’s campaign policy was to ban fracking in the South West, the Peel Region and Perth Metropolitan Area, and to hold an inquiry to examine the impacts of the gas extraction process. Piers Verstegen of the…

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Agreement reached on Damascus safe zone after days of deadly fighting

Agreement reached on Damascus safe zone after days of deadly fighting

Posted July 23, 2017 07:06:45 Photo: Damascus’ Ghouta district has been hit by shelling and airstrikes in the past week. (Reuters: Bassam Khabieh) Russia’s Defence Ministry says an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus, after days of intense fighting and bombardment in the area. Key points: De-escalation zone covers eastern suburbs of Damascus The Egypt-mediated agreement was reached after talks in Cairo Bashar al-Assad’s air force to halt flights over designated areas The…

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The many unearthed interactions between Trump-world and Russia

The many unearthed interactions between Trump-world and Russia

The meetings below include formal appointments, casual pull-asides and phone calls. All of them were discovered through leaks and media reports. While there is no legal requirement for people running political campaigns to disclose all their meetings, a handful of the most senior Trump campaign, transition and administration officials insisted for months that there were no contacts with Russians. The interactions came in the midst of Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election and during the subsequent political fallout. Once some of the aides became White House officials, however, not…

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Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

Image copyrightAFP/Getty Images Image caption The white bag still carries traces of Moon dust and small rockA bag used by US astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon has sold at auction in New York for $1.8m (£1.4m). The outer decontamination bag from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 was bought at Sotheby’s by an anonymous bidder. The white bag still carries traces of Moon dust and small rocks. The auction comes after a legal battle over the ownership of the only artefact from the…

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'Home Alone' actor John Heard dies

'Home Alone' actor John Heard dies

Story highlights John Heard endeared himself to moviegoers as dad in “Home Alone” series Prolific star of stage, TV and film was nominated for Emmy for “The Sopranos” The medical examiner’s office said the actor was 71, but other reports list his age as 72. He died Friday. While his role as Peter McCallister endeared him to generations of moviegoers in a singular way, Heard had a versatile and prolific career on stage as well as in movies and television. Heard was a successful theater actor before transitioning to film,…

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