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Ex-jockey gets suspended death sentence

Sentence pending … Jockey Anthony Bannister riding Cascade Kid at Victoria Park in 1991. Picture: Supplied. Source: News Corp Australia A FORMER Australian jockey jailed in China for drug smuggling has escaped a death sentence and his family still holds hope he could one day return to Australia. A Chinese …

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‘I am sorry, please let me go home’

Townsville man Nicholas Langan appears in Denpasar District Court today. Balinese prosecutors have demanded a 4 year sentence for Nicholas Langan, the Townsville man caught smoking a joint in Bali. The 25-year-old was arrested along with an Indonesian man in January after the pair was spotted smoking at Canggu beach …

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MERS outbreak spreads to Thailand

Public concern … Thai Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin tells reporters about the MERS case at a press conference in Bangkok. Picture: Sakchai Lalit/AP Source: AP THAILAND says a 75-year-old man from Oman has been confirmed to have MERS in Southeast Asia’s first case of the virus since a deadly …

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Were police paid off in boat bribes?

Tony Abbott has boasted about ‘turning back the boats’ as bribery allegations built. Pic: Marc McCormack Source: News Corp Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used a speech in Sydney to celebrate his government’s work on boat turn-backs, despite lingering questions over whether Australian officials paid people smugglers to return …

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Heavy rain in China kills 18

A man wades through a heavily flooded area after a strong downpour hit Shanghai. Source: AFP HEAVY storms that swept through several southern Chinese provinces this week have killed 18 people and left four more missing, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The storms have dumped more than 20 …

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Remembering Tiananmen

Thousands of people in Hong Kong have marked the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square massacre. Sea of light … Tens of thousands take part in a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong in commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Picture: AFP/Dale De La Rey Source: AFP THOUSANDS …

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Kim Jong-un stacks on the kilos

Battle of the bulge … Kim Jong-un loosens his jacket as he inspects a farm outside Pyongyang. Source: AFP HIS country may be in the grips of a food crisis due to a severe drought but one thing’s for sure — Kim Jong-un is not wasting away. To the contrary, …

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KFC sees red over ‘eight-legged chickens’

A woman looks at a menu with words “everyday half-price” in front of a KFC fast food restaurant in Beijing, China.. Source: AP RESTAURANT operator KFC is suing three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. The …

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