GST fight: Joe Hockey talks privatisation and WA brings up secessionist past

Western Australia is heading into its 2015-16 budget almost $3bn poorer than it was last year, thanks to a tumbling iron ore price and a failure to convince other states that it should retain more than 30 cents in the dollar of what it collects in GST. But the WA premier, Colin Barnett, told the West Australian that federal treasurer … Read More

The war in Yemen is getting worse — and a civilian catastrophe is looming

Yemen’s chaos is quickly becoming a catastrophe, for its people and the future of the country. As a kaleidoscope of factions are fighting for turf, some Yemenis have become so desperate they have fled by sea to Somalia, of all places. Can the Houthis hold out against Saudi firepower? So far they have. The Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” has not … Read More

Typhoon Maysak: Super storm photographed from space as it batters Micronesia

A MONSTROUS typhoon has hit Micronesia with such force that astronauts have been able to photograph the storm from space. The enormity of super Typhoon Maysak, blamed for the deaths of at least four people, was captured by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who shared her incredible photos from the International Space Station overnight. “It commands respect even from space,” she … Read More

Researchers reveal hundreds of North Korean missiles threaten Asia

AS THE world celebrates a historic agreement denying Iran the capability to build nuclear weapons, it appears there is a much greater threat even closer to home. Nuclear-armed North Korea already has hundreds of ballistic missiles that can target its neighbours in northeast Asia. The only thing the rogue state needs is foreign technology to upgrade its arsenal to pose … Read More

Maryana Naumova, ‘Strongest Girl in the World,’ Trades Weights for World Affairs

After setting a world record and earning a hug from Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ohio last month, teen weight-lifting wunderkind and ardent Communist Maryana Naumova toured rebel-held eastern Ukraine on a peace mission — and has no plans to stop there. “I’m just visiting the local kids [in Ukraine] trying to distract them from the war,” Naumova, 15, told NBC News … Read More

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