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Australia Welcomes 2017, Defying NYE Terror Threat

Global terror attacks have cast a pall over 2016 but Australia was Saturday defying the threats and ringing in the New Year with bumper crowds gathering to watch a firework extravaganza on Sydney’s glittering harbour. 2016 has seen repeated bloodshed,

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Austrian Populists Accuse Govt. of Creating ‘Fake News’

The anti-mass migration Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) leader Heinz-Christian Strache has hit back against claims his party helps spread so-called “fake news” saying the government has created enough of it on its own.

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Afghan Migrants Who Brutally Raped Teenage Boy Will Not Be Deported

Five Afghani migrants have been convicted of raping an underage boy and filming the ordeal on their phones. However, the rapists cannot be deported because their homeland is “too dangerous”. The victim, is understood to be aged under 15, was

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Man Arrested for Sydney New Year Terror Threat

A 40-year-old man has been arrested by counter-terrorism officials and charged with making online threats “relating to New Year’s Eve” celebrations in Sydney, Australia, police announced on Friday The man, named as Damien O’Neil, was seized at Sydney airport upon

New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight early on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS / AFP / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese ‘Catholic Church’ Asserts Break with Rome

The Chinese Communist party has proclaimed the independence of the nationalized Catholic church from Rome, insisting that the church adhere to a program of “self-governance.” In a statement released after this week’s National Congress of Chinese Catholic Representatives in Beijing,

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Parish Priest Dresses Virgin Mary in Burqa for Nativity Scene

A parish priest in the south of Italy enraged parishioners by dressing the Virgin Mary in a Muslim burqa for his church’s Christmas Nativity scene, adding a boatful of refugees and a rainbow flag in place of the star of

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