Single mum on Universal Credit shares how she budgets for Christmas

A single mum who lives in a one-bedroom flat with her daughter and survives off Universal Credit has revealed how she budgets for Christmas. Kelly Trotter scrimps and saves throughout the year to ensure three-year-old Erin doesn’t go without. The mum makes a number of sacrifices to make sure the festive period is special for […]

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Rappler journalist Ressa launches defence in Philippine libel case

Maria Ressa, the CEO of online news platform Rappler, speaks to the media after posting bail at a Manila Regional Trial Court in Manila February 14, 2019. ― Reuters pic MANILA, Dec 16 — Philippine journalist Maria Ressa said today she would not be silenced as she launched her defence against a libel charge that […]

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Update 1: Search continues for man missing in the Daintree

Police continue to coordinate a search for missing 29-year-old Victorian man Milan Lemic, who was last seen next to a bogged vehicle, near the Daintree River at Bairds Crossing, Upper Daintree Village at around 4.30pm on December 22. A local man attended Bairds Crossing a short time later with a tractor and pulled the vehicle […]

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Why protests are erupting in India over a new citizenship law

Protests over a new citizenship law based on religion have spread across India, causing division, conflict and chaos across the country, but what’s the new law about, and why is it causing controversy? India’s Parliament has recently passed a citizenship amendment bill, which will make significant changes to the country’s Citizenship Act of 1955, triggering […]

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Community achievers recognised

Sixteen Victorians today received Community Achiever Awards at a ceremony held at Parliament House. Presented by the Victorian Parliament’s Presiding Officers, the awards recognise significant contributions made by supported employees working in social enterprises across Victoria. Nominated by the CEOs of their organisations, the award recipients are: James Williamson and Ebony Watson (Ability Works Mitchell […]

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Video shows North Carolina school resource officer slamming boy to the ground

WARNING: The footage may be distressing for some viewers A North Carolina school resource officer seen on video slamming an 11-year-old boy to the ground has been fired, according to Lt. James Goolsby with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office. The video shows the Vance County Middle School resource officer grabbing and slamming the child to […]

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Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska: The Christmas shop that took over a town

Some of the letters that arrive at Santa Claus House will break your heart. Photo: Santa Claus House You better watch out. You better not cry. Some of the letters that arrive by the sackful at Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, will break your heart. A selection of these handwritten notes – from kids in […]

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There is no going back to dollarisation, says Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Friday not to revert to using the United States dollar despite the country’s new local currency plunging against the greenback since its introduction this year, fuelling inflation and economic hardship. In 2009, Zimbabwe “dollarised” the economy by allowing the US dollar and other foreign currencies to be used as […]

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Lakers Rumors: LeBron James to Return from Injury on Christmas Day vs. Clippers

Michael Owen Baker/Associated Press LeBron James is reportedly expected to return to the lineup for the Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas matchup with the Clippers after missing one game with a thoracic muscle strain and a lingering groin injury. Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported James’ absence is expected to be limited to Sunday’s loss to the Denver […]

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Pakistan PM says millions of Muslims might flee India

GENEVA: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that millions of Muslims could flee India due to the curfew in the disputed territory of Kashmir and India’s new citizenship law, creating “a refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises.” Khan, addressing the Global Forum on Refugees in Geneva, said: “We are worried there not […]

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Myanmar seizes boat carrying 173 Rohingya Muslims: Military spokesman

YANGON: Myanmar authorities detained 173 ethnic Rohingya aboard a boat off the southern coast, authorities said on Tuesday, amid signs that more members of the Muslim minority group are making perilous sea voyages to escape persecution. The navy seized the vessel carrying the group, including 22 children, in Tanintharyi Division’s Kawthaung township on Sunday, said […]

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Every Time Abbie Chatfiled Empowered Us to Love Our Bodies

If you’re anything like us, you haven’t been able to get enough of Abbie “I’m a Gemini” Chatfield since her very first moment on the red carpet of The Bachelor Australia earlier this year. Of course, it’s been quite a journey since then. We watched her romance with Bachelor Matt Agnew take off like a […]

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The Fight to Stop Genital Surgeries on Intersex Infants

CHICAGO — Pidgeon Pagonis’ childhood memories include surgeries, hormone therapy, and repeated genital inspections. When Pagonis turned 18 and got a copy of their medical records, they finally understood why. The first page had a handwritten note: “46 XY male pseudohermaphrodite.” The procedures that followed were also listed: a clitoral reduction, vaginoplasty, and surgery to […]

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Trump conservative critics launch effort to fight his reelection

Asked about the super PAC, Kellyanne Conway acknowledged her husband’s involvement and said: “It’s kind of disappointing to see some of the people who are involved, but not surprising.” The inception of the Lincoln Project is significant, but to say it represents a minority of Trump’s Republican Party would be an understatement. Roughly 9 in […]

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Edwina Bartholomew Welcomes a Baby Girl!

It’s going to be an extra special Christmas for Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholemew and her husband Neil Varcoe this year, after Edwina gave birth to their first child together on Wednesday night. Talking to 7, she described the newborn as “late like her Mum, tall like her Dad and already an early riser”. A baby […]

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12 tips to stay scam-safe this Christmas

Scammers are more likely to catch you off guard during Christmas, here are some tips on how to stay scam-safe this Christmas period. 1. Number spoofing Be aware of text messages that appear to be from legitimate organisations or businesses telling you to click on links or give up personal information. If in doubt contact […]

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Indonesian volcano debris litters seabed after tsunami: Study

JAKARTA: Huge chunks of an Indonesian volcano litter the seabed after its eruption and subsequent collapse last year sparked a deadly tsunami, according to new research. The marine survey imagery shows parts of the strait between Java and Sumatra islands covered with triangular-shaped boulders from the Anak Krakatau volcano, some as high as 90 metres […]

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Acknowledgment of Country lighting the way

The Galiwinku Service Centre on Elcho Island has become the first office to have its Acknowledgement of Country translated into the local Indigenous language and displayed on a special light box. Galiwinku is the Northern Territory’s second largest Aboriginal community. It’s also a community where English is the fifth or sixth spoken language. Neal Gaston […]

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Tony Blair blames Corbyn’s ‘comic indecision’ on Brexit for defeat

Tony Blair, the most successful leader in Labour’s history with three consecutive election wins, on Wednesday blamed current leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘comic indecision’ on where he stood on Brexit as one of the key reasons for the party’s defeat last week. Seeking to retain the support of voters who voted to leave and remain in […]

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It’s Been a Whirlwind Decade For Harry Styles, But It’s Only the Beginning

Can you believe it’s already been almost a full decade of us having Harry Styles in our lives? Whew. I never thought that when I listened to “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction back in 2011 that I would still be here so many years later recapping all the brilliant things one of its […]

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Trump impeachment: Pelosi condemns McConnell as ‘rogue leader in the Senate’ –live

12.41pm EST12:41 Following on our earlier post about Georgia canceling a small portion of its voter purge, New Jersey restored the voting rights of 80,000 people yesterday. The Appeal (@theappeal) BREAKING: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy just signed a law that restores the voting rights of about 80,000 people. The law enfranchises people while they […]

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Pope Francis abolishes ‘pontifical secret’ in clergy sex abuse cases

Pope Francis has abolished the “pontifical secret” used in clergy sexual abuse cases, after mounting criticism that the high degree of confidentiality has been used to protect paedophiles, silence victims and keep law enforcement from investigating crimes. In a new document, the Pope decreed that information in abuse cases must be protected by church leaders […]

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