Monthly Archives for April, 2019



Parma put out of their misery with 4-0 defeat

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Parma had done their best to go down with dignity and a sudden upturn in form, including a shock 1-0 win over runaway leaders Juventus, suggested an unlikely escape act was possible.

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But those hopes were scuppered two weeks ago when they had four more points deducted for breaching Serie A financial regulations, on top of the three they had Continue reading the story "Parma put out of their misery with 4-0 defeat"

The Bali Nine: Where are they now?

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Myuran Sukumaran, 34

THEN: Sukumaran was a uni drop-out working in a Sydney mailroom when the opportunity for a "big pay cheque" - the Bali Nine plan - came up.

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NOW: Executed by the Indonesian government on April 29 despite the please for clemency from family, lawyers and the Australian government. Sukumaran had lobbied for better rehabilitation options for prisoners, including Continue reading the story "The Bali Nine: Where are they now?"

Debate needed on death penalty: Joyce

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Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has called for a national debate on the death penalty.

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Mr Joyce said some members of the Australian public support capital punishment.

"I do get approached by people saying, `Well that might be your view, Barnaby, that you don't support the death penalty, but it's not our view'.", he told ABC TV.

Mr Joyce declined to speculate on Continue reading the story "Debate needed on death penalty: Joyce"

Backgrounder: The other Australians on death row

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Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are the first Australians to be executed overseas in almost a decade.

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In 2005, Melbourne man Van Tuong Nguyen was executed in Singapore for smuggling heroin in a bid to pay off his debts and those of his drug-addict brother. 

The 25-year-old's tragic story loomed large in the Australian consciousness, dividing the hearts and minds of Continue reading the story "Backgrounder: The other Australians on death row"

Pacquiao ‘100 percent relaxed and confident’ for bout

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A 2-1 underdog, the Filipino southpaw told reporters at the MGM Grand on Wednesday that he had regained the sense of anticipation he had for fights a decade ago, though he was reluctant to give a prediction about the outcome.

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"I don't have a prediction," Pacquiao smiled as he spoke in a small interview room before joining Mayweather and their Continue reading the story "Pacquiao ‘100 percent relaxed and confident’ for bout"

Recalling ambassador to Indonesia ‘wrong’

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As Australia's ambassador to Indonesia heads home in protest over the execution of two Australians, former ambassadors to Jakarta say the government has taken the wrong approach.

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John McCarthy, who served in Jakarta from 1997-2000, says Australia should have kept its ambassador in place so communication could continue.

Philip Flood, ambassador to Indonesia from 1989-93 and also head of the foreign Continue reading the story "Recalling ambassador to Indonesia ‘wrong’"