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Danish Submarine Killer Escaped from Prison By Taking a Psychologist Hostage

A police marksman and his dog observes convicted killer Peter Madsen threatening police with detonating a bomb while attempting to break out of jail in Albertslund, Denmark. Photo: NILS MEILVANG/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor who brutally…
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Melburnians will soon be able to have 2 visitors per day. It’s far riskier than an exclusive bubble

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday a further easing of coronavirus restrictions, as Victoria’s 14-day average of new daily cases continues to trend downwards. Among the changes, Melburnians were told that from November 2 they can have two visitors…
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Another building-site death adds to demands for industrial manslaughter laws

The death of 23-year-old apprentice Jonnie Hartshorn on a Perth university building site is the 23rd workplace fatality among construction workers in Australia in 2020. Hartshorn was killed on October 13 after falling 20 metres when the glass canopy of…
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Parliament set to push through new attack on universities

Federal parliament looks set to approve the latest attack on higher education after the Senate voted on October 8 to support the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Rural Students) Bill 2020 which seeks to hike up fees for some university courses and reduce costs…
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The budget promises jobs, but does little for workers in the gig economy

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg promised a federal budget focused on “jobs, jobs, jobs”. In one sense he didn’t disappoint. His budget speech mentioned jobs 37 times – an average of about once a minute. “This budget is all about jobs,” he…
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An Ethereum VR Game Featuring Atari and Care Bears Sells Plots of Virtual Land for $76K

A great number of Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been selling on various marketplaces this year creating tens of thousands of dollars in NFT sales. One particular platform called The Sandbox has been selling virtual land parcels for thousands of dollars…
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Democrats are cheering a Supreme Court ruling on mail-in ballots. Here’s why it’s worse than it looks.

The Supreme Court handed down a brief, unsigned order on Monday, which effectively rejected radical arguments by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania that sought to make it harder to vote in that state. This order, in other words, is a…
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You’ve probably heard of the Green New Deal in the US — is it time for one in Australia?

After the 2008 global financial crisis, Green New Deals were proposed in various countries as a way to pick up the pieces of the economy. The general idea is to create jobs while rebuilding societies, by targeting environmental innovation as…
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A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam

The murder last week of a teacher who used images of the Prophet Muhammad in lessons about freedom of expression — by a teenage Muslim refugee — has sparked a solidarity movement in France and reignited the debate over Islam’s…
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Constitutional Experts Reassure Voters That Corporations Will Continue To Run America If Either Candidate Dies

With concerns about the health and age of both Presidential candidates, constitutional experts have reassured voters that the nation’s largest corporations will continue to run the country, even in the event of an unexpected health scare.…
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If we have the guts to give older people a fair go, this is how we fix aged care in Australia

This article is part of our series on the future of aged care. In the face of the harrowing findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the COVID-19 crisis, it’s abundantly clear the way we…
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Trump took a sledgehammer to US-China relations. This won’t be an easy fix, even if Biden wins

Few would have thought a US-China relationship marked by relative stability for half a century would be upended in just four years. But US President Donald Trump’s privileged tour of the Forbidden City in November 2017 by Chinese President Xi…
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The history of oath ceremonies and why they matter when taking office

The confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett have drawn much notice for her religious worldview. Barrett’s alleged commitment to a small Christian religious group, People of Praise, has raised concerns. This covenant is a formal pledge to remain a member…
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Biden’s plan to revive Iran talks could calm the Middle East – but on Israel he and Trump largely agree

When the Taliban recently voiced its hope that Donald Trump would win a second term because he would withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, it was a reminder that the 2020 U.S. election has big implications for the Middle East –…
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Every Iconic Grime Video Referenced In Yizzy’s ‘Grime’

Photo: Yizzy “Grime” video still One good thing about time is that it allows perspective on the past. By looking back and zooming out on life’s small moments as a collective whole, you can see how far you’ve come. This…
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A New York Art Dealer Just Left His Multimillion-Dollar Estate to the Owner of a Deli in Queens—But His Family Is Crying Foul

After art dealer Andre Zarre died in July, at age 78, his relatives got a surprise call from someone named Jose Yeje, co-owner of a deli in Queens. Yeje told them that, just nine days before his death, Zarre changed…
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Schapelle Corby Reveals Jail Secrets In SAS Australia First Episode

Channel 7 Schapelle Corby revealed she has been involved in three to four physical fights during her time at Bali’s Kerobokan jail. In Schapelle Corby’s first major public appearance since moving back to Australia in 2017, the convicted drug smuggler…
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NSW-Victoria border could reopen within a month – The Sydney Morning Herald

The border between Victoria and NSW could open within a month if case numbers in Victoria remained low, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said. Her comments came as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he hoped NSW and South Australia would…
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New modelling finds investing in childcare and aged care almost pays for itself

In the absence of an official analysis of the impact of the budget by gender the National Foundation for Australian Women has this morning published its own gender analysis of the budget, across multiple dimensions. It finds the government has…
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As holidaymakers arrive, what does COVID-19 mean for rural health services?

At the start of the pandemic, health services in regional cities and small towns braced for a tsunami of cases. Many worried the patient transport system between hospitals would fail, and each hospital would be left to fend for itself.…
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