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Burqa backtrack: Australia PM reverses parliament veil ban after public outcry
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott plans to scrap a ban that would enforce women wearing face veils to be separated from the public in Parliament House. The PM is to back down after an unprecedented backlash from the public and opposition parties.

03.10.2014 10:16

Australians return to Iraq to confront IS militants on ground
Canberra has authorized deployment of special forces to Iraq to join operation against militants of the Islamic State. From now on, the Australian Air Force craft present in the region will also take part in combat missions against terrorists.

03.10.2014 04:50

FBI informant organized Anonymous hackers’ attacks on government sites in 30 countries
Government websites in the UK, Australia and more than two dozen other countries were provided by an undercover FBI informant to a hacker involved with the group Anonymous as cybertargets to attack, according to previously unpublished documents.

02.10.2014 14:19

France to send 3 more jets, warship to Gulf
France is to dispatch three more Rafale fighter jets to its airbase in the United Arab Emirates and a warship to the Gulf, bringing the number of French planes taking part in bombing raids against ISIS to nine, the defense ministry said Wednesday.

01.10.2014 18:58

‘Free speech clampdown’: New Australian law sees journalists facing 10yrs in prison
Australia’s lower house of parliament has passed the first in a series of counter-terrorism amendments toughening the country’s national security law. The new legislation could see journalists jailed for reporting on related matters.

01.10.2014 04:55

Children-paralyzing virus spreads across 40 states
Several hundred US kids are being treated for Enterovirus 68 – a respiratory illness that can cause children to become paralyzed. Outbreaks of the virus have been detected in most of the fifty states.

29.09.2014 22:06

Cance-r-evolution: Shrimp eyes help scientists develop 'cancer-seeing' phone camera
The brilliant natural design of the Mantis shrimp’s eyes allows the colorful crustacean to see cancer within our bodies. Now, scientists in Australia have reproduced the critters amazing ability in a camera that might one day be put in your smartphone.

28.09.2014 12:34

Crackdown on freedoms? Australian Senate passes draconian anti-terror laws
Australia’s senate has endorsed new anti-terror laws that will grant its intelligence agency the right to spy on any citizen with just a warrant, while journalists and whistleblowers “recklessly” exposing special ops can face up to 10 years in jail.

26.09.2014 00:50

Australian ‘terror suspect’ shot dead after stabbing 2 police officers
An 18-year-old man, reportedly supporting ISIS, was shot dead after stabbing two police officers in Melbourne, Australia, a day after the Islamic State commanded Muslims to kill ‘unbelievers’ in countries from the coalition fighting the extremist group.

24.09.2014 04:43

Security before freedoms: Australia to introduce tougher anti-terror laws
Australia aims to strengthen security by introducing new legislation to combat homegrown terrorism, said PM Tony Abbott. The new laws will criminalize travel to some conflict areas and grant authorities broader access to citizens' communications.

22.09.2014 14:33

ISIS-related arrests in US, Europe, Australia as intel warns of ‘gruesome’ attacks
The world is in the midst of a global crackdown on Islamic State and its ideas. European, American and Australian mass arrests were carried out amid frightening intelligence reports, as the US continues efforts at building an anti-IS coalition.

18.09.2014 07:49

Fight with ISIS spreads across globe: How are roles distributed in that battle?
“This can’t be America’s fight alone,” US President Barack Obama stressed in his ISIS speech. Indeed, about 40 countries have joined the battle with the radical group that’s left scores dead in Iraq. But who does what on that battlefield?

15.09.2014 08:32

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