Russia ready to support UN envoy’s proposal to allow Al Nusra to exit Aleppo with arms – Lavrov [RT - 7/10/16]


United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 7/10/16]


Shots were fired at a planned migrant center in the French seaside resort town of Saint Brevin overnight, an attack the housing minister called "an act of extreme racism".

Bullets smashed windows in the building on France's western coast, one of a number of properties across the country where the government is planning to rehouse people moved out of the crowded "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais, officials said.


Housing Minister Emmanuelle Cosse condemned the shooting in Saint Brevin.

"We can't just stand by and leave these people in the street and the mud when it is a matter of the right to asylum," she told Europe 1 radio. ...  [Reuters - 6/10/16]



Migrants escape detention centre in Spain after staging mutiny [The Local - 6/10/16]



Shadowy, unaccountable IOM establishes "medical clinics" to track and discourage captured asylum seekers in Libya [Media Release - 7/10/16]



‏@MSF_Sea [7/10/16]: ... The #Dignity1 is now taking on board a transfer of another 126 #people rescued by a German NGO.



Day 202 refugee protests, Nauru




Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar  [7/10/16]




‏@pontuna2run - MP for Manus Province, Ronnie Knight [7/10/16]:  the sooner you all piss off from manus the better.



UN issues another report not calling for the closure of Australia's concentration camps and the release and resettlement of imprisoned refugees [ABC - 7/10/16]



Australian-appointed administrator to Norfolk Island believed to be in London courting backing for removal of the island's autonomy [RNZI - 7/10/16]



A stranded humpback whale has managed to free herself from waters off north Stradbroke Island.

The mother whale became stranded on a sandbank shortly before 7.30am this morning, with her calf desperately attempting to push her back out to sea.

After an hour, the humpback freed herself and swam back into deeper water with her baby by her side. ... [MYGC - 7/10/16]



Adani's Abbot Point plans face court challenge [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/10/16]



Runaway Bay convenience store held up by man armed with crowbar [MYGC - 7/10/16]



A man has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast this morning.

The accident occurred on Surfers Paradise Boulevard just before 8.00am.

Paramedics treated the man, aged in his 30s, for an arm injury at the scene.

He has since been taken to Gold Coast University hospital for treatment. [MYGC - 7/10/16]



Man killed after car hits power pole, Hervey Bay [Yahoo - 7/10/16]



An elderly driver has been charged over the death of a pedestrian in NSW's central west.

Police allege the 84-year-old struck the 69-year-old woman on a pedestrian crossing in Mudgee last month.

She was charged on Friday with dangerous driving occasioning death, not giving way to a pedestrian on a crossing and negligent driving, and will face Mudgee Local Court on November 30. [Nine MSN - 7/10/16]



Serious crash closes road near Westfield Helensvale [MYGC - 7/10/16]



Two teenagers allegedly in a stolen ute that crashed into three cars in Adelaide, killing a woman, will remain in custody after facing court.

The boys, 15 and 17, appeared in the Adelaide Youth Court on Friday.

Neither applied for bail and they were remanded in youth detention. ... [Nine MSN - 7/10/16]



Two men and a woman have been charged by police, following a vehicle intercept at Runaway Bay overnight.

Their vehicle, which was identified as stolen, was spotted by police at a drive-through restaurant on Lae Drive around 7:5-pm.

Police then proceeded to block the car from leaving with theirs, which it’s alleged led the occupants to reverse into another vehicle before driving into the police vehicle.  

The officers report the three occupants refused to exit the car, and as a result OC spray was used to subdue one of the males.

Officers proceeded to search the vehicle, where it is reported they located a knife as well as a quantity of drugs and utensils.

Both the police vehicle and other vehicle sustained only minor damage.

A 33-year-old man, a 23-year-old Labrador woman and a 23-year-old Southport man were taken into custody and charged with various drug and motor vehicle offences.

All three are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates court today. [MYGC - 7/10/16]



A Queensland policeman has been remanded in custody after facing court on a string of "historical" child sex allegations.

The 46-year-old constable, from the southern region, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday charged with one count of rape and 11 counts of indecent treatment of a child. ... [Brisbane Times - 7/10/16]



Police criminalise teenage parties, Sunshine Coast [7/10/16]



ASIO wants power to detain family members of terror suspects without a judicial warrant [ABC - 7/10/16]



A man has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead his estranged wife in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

The body of a 54-year-old Maitland woman was found at the home in the Maitland suburb of Horseshoe Bend, about 3:20am this morning.

Bella Street, in suburban Maitland, has been closed off following a shooting.

Police said they received reports of gunshots, before arriving at the Bella Street property to find a distressed woman in her 30s, who was not injured.

Officers said the woman was the victim's daughter.

Police were also confronted by the 60-year-old man, from Taree, on the NSW mid north coast, armed with a rifle, who was leaving the house, officers said.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was helping officers with their inquiries, but has recently been charged with murder. ... [ABC- 7/10/16]



A man who bashed his former partner with an axe and mop handle, then had sex with her and left her to die in her WA home, has been jailed for at least 21 years.

Kevin James Corbett, 51, murdered 36-year-old Charmaine Winmar at her Narrogin home, in the Wheatbelt region, in May 2013.

He was sentenced in the WA Supreme Court on Friday to life behind bars. ... [Nine MSN - 7/10/16]



Southport and Beenleigh courts top the list for the highest number of applications for domestic violence protection orders in the past year.  ... [Brisbane Times - 7/10/16]



A man has been charged after he allegedly rammed a woman's ute, got into her vehicle, then bit her and sat on top of her as he drove away in southeast Queensland.

Police say they pulled over a ute about 9.25pm on Thursday near Gatton after seeing the man driving while sitting on top of the woman and struggling with her.

It is alleged that he forced himself into her ute after he had rammed it with his car and threatened her with a tomahawk.

Police say the pair are known to each other. ... [Yahoo - 7/10/16]



WA coroner finds no blame for baby's death in Bandyup Women's Prison [WA Today - 7/10/16]



Car crashes into Cape York funeral, killing one, seriously injuring 12 [ABC - 7/10/16]



Aboriginal man's story of Maralinga nuclear bomb survival told with virtual reality [ABC - 7/10/16]



A group of Wakka Wakka and Jagera people has gathered at a site on the western side of Toowoomba to delay work on a section of the 42km Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.

The protestors argue the construction will damage two cultural sites known as bora rings.


Protestors camped in the area, and promised to remain until the developer Nexus, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), committed to working with traditional owners to protect the sites. ... [ABC - 7/10/16]



Queensland Indigenous history museum vandalised, struggling to stay open [ABC - 7/10/16]



Zaytouna-Oliva participants free soon – 1.9 million Palestinians in Gaza still under occupation [Women's Boat to Gaza - 7/10/16]:


 Two journalists from Al Jazeera who were on board Zaytouna-Oliva have been freed from illegal captivity and have safely reached London and Moscow.

Our lawyers advise that all of the other women participants except one have been freed from illegal captivity. 

During the attack on the boat and their capture, the women insisted that the actions of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) were illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel.

Whilst the term “peaceful” has been used in some media to describe the attack and capture of our boat, this is inaccurate.

Peace is more than merely the absence of physical violence. Oppression, occupation, denial of human rights and taking a boat of unarmed, non-violent women against their will, are not peaceful activities. Indeed, as Zaytouna-Oliva approached Palestine, the IOF launched multiple air raids across the Gaza Strip, which are continuing with minimal media attention.

 Although the captivity of the women who had been on board Zaytouna-Oliva may soon be over, the captivity of 1.9 million Palestinian people in Gaza remains.

One of our Palestinian sisters in Gaza says this morning: “I feel sad and depressed because nobody can reach us and they (Israel) want our cause to remain as it is and will never do anything in order to help us. This is an act of piracy on the high seas and Gaza strip is under attack. Why doesn’t anybody talk about this?

Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the ‘deportation’ is happening much quicker than in previous flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception, including the demand of rock band Pink Floyd.”

According to reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was in international waters (42 Nautical Miles off the coast of Palestine), when it was surrounded by two warships along with several smaller military boats. Its communications systems and those of all participants aboard were jammed. The IOF demanded that the Zaytouna-Oliva stop its course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least seven IOF members, both male and female, boarded our yacht and commandeered it in international waters.

The Palestinian people of Gaza remain under an illegal Israeli blockade. The Women’s Boat to Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will continue to raise awareness of this fundamental breach of international law and will continue sailing to our sisters and brothers in Gaza, Palestine until, and after, they are free. 



In her first on-the-ground report from Palestine, Abby Martin gives a first-hand look into two of the most attacked refugee camps in the West Bank: Balata and Aida camps.

With millions of displaced Palestinians around the world, hundreds of thousands are refugees in their own country—many have lived packed into these refugee camps after being ethnically cleansed from their villages just miles away. [VIDEO - teleSUR - 6/10/16]



Abbott's sister Christine Forster becomes Woodside spinner [Australian Financial Review - 5/10/16]:


... Forster's appointment comes as the streets of Woodside's hometown of Perth hum with talk that former Saturday Paper journo (and one-time scribe for this esteemed organ) Sophie Morris has also joined the mining company. ...


@Thestateless1 [6/10/16]:  A 14yr old #Rohingya boy, Noor Abbas was killed by Rakhine extremists in Sidir Kul, #Ponngyun, #Rakhine State,#Burma at 1pm today. ...



Still no justice or citizenship for the Rohingya, Azad Essa [IOL - 7/9/16]



... Woodside’s 1H results for 2016 show the discoveries made late last year at the Shwee Yee Htun-1 and Thalin-1a fields have so far identified 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.

“We are looking at how we can access and pursue options to commercialize these discoveries,” Mr Lawrie Tremaine, Woodside’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, told the teleconference, AOG said.

“We're processing and evaluating currently more than 31,500 square kilometres of newly acquired high-quality seismic data across this [Rakhine] basin and we're preparing for a drilling campaign in 2017 with our JV partners and the Myanmar government,” Tremaine said. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 29/8/16]



Nope Nope Nope ---->  Last year, the ALP and LNP voted against a Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the abandoned Rohingya refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]



Myanmar jails Dutch man for disrupting Buddhist sermon [Al Jazeera - 6/10/16]



The former Sri Lankan navy chief was on Wednesday summoned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over abductions that are believed to have taken place during his time in the job, the Daily Mirror reported. 

The abductions are reported to have taken place between 2006 - 2008 and included the disappearance of 11 people in 2008, the paper added. 

The navy is also reported to have been operating a secret navy unit at the time.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 5/10/16]



Number of migrant worker repatriations rising [Cambodia Daily - 7/10/16]:


... However, how much of the work is being done by the government is unclear.

“I do know that a lot of the work is done by NGOs,” said Joseph Arnhold, spokesman for the NGO Chab Dai, which works with migrant laborers and other groups vulnerable to trafficking.

Last year’s repatriation of 427 Cambodian fishermen was conducted almost entirely by the International Organization for Migration, Mr. Arnhold said, with the expense covered by foreign donors. ...



Protesters will confront Hun Manet, eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, when he arrives in Australia today, according to a statement released by the Cambodian-Australian Federation.

The organisers, including a Victorian politician, called on “Victorian Cambodian Australians” and “friends of the community” to confront the scion, a three-star general, outside an event in Clayton South in Melbourne’s east at 6pm. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 7/10/16]



The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution authorising the European Union and individual countries to seize migrant-smuggling vessels on the high seas off Libya for another year.

The resolution, adopted yesterday by a vote of 14-0 with Venezuela abstaining, stressed that the council’s aim is “to disrupt the organized criminal enterprises engaged in migrant smuggling and human trafficking and prevent loss of life.”

Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said after the vote that he wanted to make clear that the EU’s Operation Sophia “is only targeting smugglers and empty boats.”

He said migrants found during the operation are taken to Europe. ... [The Financial Express - 6/10/16]



Saving lives or shirking responsibility? – Scrutinising “Operation Sophia” [European Policy Network - 14/9/16]



 St Vincent de Paul Society says Australia must stop driving men, women and children imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru to despair.


Anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged.


Media Release [7/10/16]:


The St Vincent de Paul Society is again urging the Australian government to abide by its legal and moral responsibility to asylum seekers and refugees detained on Manus Island and Nauru.


“Australia has not offered an alternative place of refuge. In the meantime these people are being forced into deeper despair and deteriorating conditions,” the Society’s National Council CEO Dr John Falzon said.

“PNG cannot provide them with a safe and secure future. Of those who have been moved, mostly to Lae, some have been assaulted, robbed, and left sleeping on the streets. Several have travelled back to Manus Island, and have tried to break back into detention.”

“Australia retains a legal and moral responsibility to find a place where they can live with dignity and without fear of persecution. It is unconscionable that the Minister for Immigration suggests that they return to the countries from which they have fled.” <---- And it is equally repugnant this sham "process", and precarious situation these human beings face, is legitimised by the silence of the so called "opposition, Greens party and human rights organisations.



A media that wasn't corrupt would be asking why the UNHCR is not calling on the Australian government to release and resettle refugees imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru.



Kunduz crisis continues, military operations ongoing [TOLO News - 6/10/16]



The Afghan National Police (ANP) forces received 492 Humvee vehicles from the United States as efforts are underway to improve the capabilities of the police forces. ... [Khaama - 6/10/16]



US warns its citizens against travelling to Afghanistan [Pajhwok - 6/10/16]



44 Afghan troops visiting US for military training have gone missing in less than 2 years - probably seeking asylum [Reuters - 6/10/16]:


... In one case the Pentagon confirmed that an Afghan student had been detained by Canadian police while attempting to enter Canada from the United States.

It was unclear how many others have been located by U.S. authorities, and the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ...



The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Oct. 4 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device that exploded during dismounted operations.

The incident is under investigation.

Thomas was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. ... [US Department of Defense  5/10/16]


We want you to come home.

#7RAR training #Iraqi Army #Sniper's, a force multiplier in the war to #defeatdaesh. ...  [Image:  @7th_RAR  - 5/10/16]


Iraq has requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the presence of Turkish troops on its territory as a dispute with Ankara escalates.

Turkey's parliament voted last week to extend the deployment of an estimated 2,000 troops across northern Iraq by a year to combat "terrorist organizations" - a likely reference to Kurdish rebels as well as Islamic State.

Iraq condemned the vote, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Turkey risked triggering a regional war.

On Wednesday, Ankara and Baghdad each summoned the other's ambassador in protest at remarks from the other camp. ... [Reuters - 6/10/16]


Blast near police station in Istanbul injures 10 people [Anadolu Agency - 6/10/16]


Explosion near Baghdad kills, wounds 10 volunteer soldiers [ - 6/10/16]


@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [6/10/16]:  ... Activists considered that Abadi has deceived the tribal volunteers who fight with the government forces and militias once more because the scenario of exploiting them is always repeated .


Syrian army’s general command gives additional opportunity to gunmen in Aleppo to benefit from amnesty decree [SANA - 6/10/16]


Syrian army establishes control over new areas in Aleppo, continues operations nationwide [SANA - 6/10/16]


Syrian ambassador to Russia confirms deployment of S-300 complex in Syria [TASS - 6/10/16]


A hotel in Aleppo, Syria housing international journalists and humanitarian aid workers was shelled overnight, according to the Russian media.

The fire presumably came from a rebel-controlled area.

The militants shelled a hotel in the center of Aleppo, Syria, which is known to house many foreigners, including a group of journalists and the representatives of several humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations, UNICEF, and Red Crescent, Russian TVC channel reported.  ... [RT - 6/10/16]


Turkish airstrikes kill at least 13 in Syrian Kurdish village [RUDAW - 6/10/16]


New York Times Attacks Gary Johnson for equating US, Syrian war crimes [ - 5/10/16]


The California university researcher killed in Ethiopia protests was a brilliant scientist with an infectious smile who was studying the effects of climate change at the time of her death, the colleague who was traveling with her said on Thursday.

Sharon Gray, a 31-year-old postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, Davis, was riding through Addis Ababa with her co-researcher Siobahn Brady when their car was attacked by demonstrators hurling rocks.

Brady was not hurt in the incident and was returning to the United States, according to the university. The U.S. State Department was assisting in bringing Gray's body home. ... [Reuters - 6/10/16]


Ethiopia shuts down internet amid growing protests [All Africa - 5/10/16]


Burundi says plans to quit the International Criminal Court [Reuters - 6/10/16]


At least 22 Niger soldiers killed in attack on refugee camp [Reuters - 6/10/16]


Saudi airstrikes kill "dozens of militias" near Jazan [Al Arabiya - 6/10/16]


BAE Systems in arms talks with Saudi Arabia [BBC - 6/10/16]


Intensive care wards in Yemen’s hospitals are filled with emaciated children hooked up to monitors and drips – victims of food shortages that could get even worse due to a reorganisation of the central bank that is worrying importers.

With food ships finding it hard to get into Yemen’s ports due to a virtual blockade, over half the country’s 28mn people already do not have enough to eat, according to the United Nations. ... [Gulf Times - 6/10/16]


Three U.S. warships are operating off the coast Yemen following a guided missile attack against a UAE operated ship by Houthi rebels, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday.

The ships – guided-missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG-94), USS Mason (DDG-87) and the afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) – are on station off Yemen near the Bab Al Mandeb strait that links the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden ... [USNI News - 4/10/16]


Bruce Springsteen: I really need to play in Israel [Times of Israel - 6/10/16]


Israeli army shells Gaza after rocket lands in open area in southern Israel [Maan - 6/10/16]


An Israeli military court Thursday extended the detention of seven Palestinian minors, aged between 16 and 17 years old, from Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp in the occupied West Bank for “endangering the lives of Jewish worshippers” after reportedly throwing Molotov cocktails near Rachel’s Tomb at the northern entrance of Bethlehem. ... [Maan - 6/10/16]


Israeli bulldozers raze Gaza lands east of Rafah [Maan - 6/10/16]




7 October 2016