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Australia: Investigation after top-secret files turn up in second-hand shop

By: Sallyann Nicholls Source: euronews The Australian government has launched an “urgent investigation” after hundreds of classified files were accidentally sold and obtained by the media. Dubbing it ‘The Cabinet files’, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) exposed the controversy on Wednesday (January 31), calling it “one of the biggest breaches of cabinet security in Australian history”. The documents were contained in two cabinets that were sold locked and without matching keys at an ex-government furniture shop in Canberra. But it wasn’t until months later, when the locks were forced open with a drill, that the files were found. Almost all of them were classified, including...

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Australian diplomats, ministry renounce ties to right-wing Israeli group

By: Ali Abunimah Source: The Electronic Intifada The Australian foreign ministry is disavowing ties between two of its senior diplomats and the right-wing Israeli group NGO Monitor. NGO Monitor has been involved in leveling smears targeting Australian aid to Gaza that Canberra has refuted. On 4 August, NGO Monitor, which works closely with the Israeli government to attack human rights and aid organizations, sent out an email announcing three new members for its international advisory board. One was Dave Sharma, who recently completed a four-year term as Australian ambassador to Tel Aviv. The other two are former Canadian and US diplomats. “They join a number of distinguished individuals...

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Australian PM says Monday’s siege ‘a terrorist’ incident

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday, June 6 police were treating a deadly siege in the southern city of Melbourne as an “act of terrorism” after a claim by the terrorist group ISIS that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible, Reuters says. Police shot dead gunman Yacqub Khayre, who they said had a long criminal history, on Monday after he killed a man in the foyer of an apartment block in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, and held a woman hostage inside. Senior officials confirmed that Khayre had been acquitted of a plot to attack a Sydney army base in 2009 and was on parole for a violent...

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