The Statistic

22nd January, 2018
Number of billionaires in Australia (up eight on previous year): 33
Source: Oxfam

 

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22nd January, 2018
CALLED: For an end to "femicide", Pope Francis during his papal tour of Peru, asking for new legislation to protect women and a new culture that "repudiates every form of violence".
SHUT DOWN: Partially, the US Government after a stop-gap measure to ensure ongoing funding of government agencies continued in the immediate future was blocked by Democrats in the Senate who are demanding protections for so-called 'Dreamers', younger immigrants who are now facing deportation.
CROSSED: The Syrian border, Turkish troops to fight a Kurdish militia group known as YPG which has since claimed it repelled the Turkish soldiers.

 

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Essays

Against the backdrop of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, US Christian author, speaker and radio host AUTUMN MILES says it's way past due for the church to "rise up against the sin in our midst"...

Writing from the US, Catholic commentator JOHN GEHRING, in an article first published by Religion News Service, says it's time the term 'pro-life' was no longer confined to a single issue...

As the US marks Martin Luther King Jr Day, PAUL HARVEY, professor of American History at the University of Colorado, looks - i n an article first published on The Conversation  - at the relationship between Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and theologian and mystic Howard Thurman...

They Said It

"They were wearing very stylish clothes. They came to me and asked for food. I served them the food and they thanked me and took their seats. Then they took out their weapons and started shooting the people."
- Haseeb, an eyewitness to an attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, which left 14 foreigners dead and four Afghans (as quoted on the BBC). The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

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This Week on the Web

13th December, 2017
US evangelist Franklin Graham recently made an historic visit to Vietnam to join in a Christian celebration known as the Love Hanoi Festival. To read about the historic moment, see the story by TIFFANY JOTHEN on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website...

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The Word Explained

22nd January, 2018
(With bad) grace: To do something unwillingly, miserly.

 

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