World Watch

Modern Etiquette: Valentine’s Day Survival Guide

Even when a spouse or significant other doesn’t buy into all the V-Day propaganda, use the occasion as a chance to acknowledge how much she or he is loved and appreciated.

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Australia pauses for Black Saturday anniversary

A leading psychologist involved in the Victorian bushfire Emergency Recovery Plan says the anniversary of Black Saturday could trigger breakdowns for many of the survivors.

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G7 to forgive Haiti foreign debt

The world’s seven most industrialised countries have vowed to cancel their remaining bilateral debt with quake-hit Haiti, Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty said.

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Snowboarders come in from the cold

A week out from the opening of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver we catch up with snowboarding’s hottest talent to ask if the sport has the Olympics to thank for its mainstream appeal.

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Born under the sporting star

Could you be the next David Beckham or Michael Jordan? An Australian researcher has found your chances of becoming a professional sportsperson could depend on your birthday, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Kim Jong-il’s infamous secret

Knowing a secret about the private life of North Korea ruler Kim Jong-il.

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China rejects Tibet sovereignty

Chinese officials told envoys of the Dalai Lama this week there would be no compromise on China’s control of Tibet.

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Expensive Habits

The mere exposure to luxury goods can have a corrosive effect on decision-making that pushes individuals to put their interests over the interests of others, according to a Harvard Business School study, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Obama to visit Oz in March

US President Barack Obama will travel to Indonesia and Australia in the second half of March, MiNDFOOD reports.

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‘Our boys are in good hands’

The amateur archaeologist who first discovered a World War I mass grave in the French town of Fromelles says it was “wonderful” to see the first soldier from the site laid formally to rest at the weekend, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Obama plays to main street in crucial address

US President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address has been described as solid if not spectacular.

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All eyes set on ending Afghan war

The Afghan government and its Western allies now have their eyes firmly set on ending the eight-year war and recognise the only way to do that is to talk to the Taliban and give them a role in Afghanistan’s future.

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Bahrain seeks UNESCO listing for pearl diving

Bahrain’s pearl project is part of efforts to diversify its economy away from oil and build up a tourism industry that caters to locals and regional visitors, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Will endemic corruption cripple Haiti?

Despite the best intentions of the international community, Haitians have little faith they will see the billions of dollars in aid pledged to rebuild their earthquake-shattered country, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Etiquette lesson revival

Academics at an Australian university are running courses for commerce students on how to converse and dine with clients without embarrassing themselves, and how to dress appropriately, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Obama feels voter anger after Senate shock

US Democrats are reeling after a stinging Senate election defeat in what was once the Democratic heartland dealt President Barack Obama a major political blow, one year after he came to office, MiNDFOOD reports.

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I know why Diana loved Australia, William says

Prince William has told an audience gathered at Government House in Melbourne that his love for Australia is shared by his whole family, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Freedom yoga

Prisoners in an Indian state who attend yoga classes will be freed early because the lessons improve self-control and lessen aggression, local authorities said. MiNDFOOD reports.

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Could Prince William herald an end to the republic dream?

Prince William’s visit to Australia was the perfect opportunity for the country to get to know the man who could one day be unelected head of state, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Aftershock rattles Haiti, but aid continues

A new earthquake shook the devastated Haitian capital Port-au-Prince early on Wednesday, rattling already wrecked buildings and triggering panic among survivors of last week’s devastating quake, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Oceanic Viking Tamils head to NZ

New Zealand has agreed to take 13 Sri Lankan refugees who spent weeks refusing to leave an Australian Customs boat in Indonesia last year, MiNDFOOD reports.

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MP horrified by altered bin Laden pic

A Spanish politician says he is “stupefied” by the FBI’s decision to use his photograph to compose its latest image of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and is considering taking legal action, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Haiti worst disaster in decades

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described the Haiti earthquake as the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, as he surveyed devastated Port-au-Prince for himself.

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United in hope

Burma’s Karen people have suffered forced labour, 
beatings and rape, but a group of women are standing strong, MiNDFOOD reports.

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