Jacqui Lambie has questioned whether halal certification funds militants in Syria and Iraq. The independent senator is threatening to introduce a private senator’s bill to stop what she believes is “halal money” funding terrorist group Islamic State :: Read the full article »»»»
The files, analysed by reporters in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), showed the British banking giant provided accounts to international criminals, corrupt businessmen, politicians and celebrities.
The files list a range of former and current politicians from Britain, Russia, India and Africa, as well as Saudi, Bahraini, Jordanian and Moroccan royalty, late Australian press magnate Kerry Packer and model Elle Macpherson :: Read the full article »»»»
The three-bedroom, one-bathroom fibro and iron house was built in the 1960s :: Read the full article »»»»
The pontiff, who is also expected to meet president Barack Obama, will speak before members of the Senate and House of Representatives on September 24.
“That day, His Holiness will be the first pope in our history to address a joint session of Congress,” US speaker of the house John Boehner told reporters. “We are humbled that the holy father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people.”
Pope Francis confirmed late last year that he would visit the United States in September to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.
During his visit, he will also address the United Nations in New York :: Read the full article »»»»
Finland is scrapping cursive writing lessons in schools from next year and will instead teach children how to type, raising questions for the future of handwriting in Australian classrooms.
The country’s board of education said learning to type was “more relevant to everyday life”, a skill that Australian experts agreed was a better use of school time. Since implementing education reforms 40 years ago, Finland’s school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems.
Finnish children don’t start school until they’re 7, exams don’t kickoff until they’re into their teens – going unmeasured for the first 6 years of education – There is only 1 mandatory standardised test – taken at 16 yo – and the difference between the weakest and strongest student is the lowest on the planet. So should we be taking notice? :: Read the full article »»»»
Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy has renounced his Egyptian citizenship, his family says, in a bid to follow his Australian colleague Peter Greste in being released from a Cairo jail.
Fahmy’s surrender of his Egyptian passport is a necessary first step for him to be released and deported as a foreign national under a decree issued by president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in November. He also has Canadian citizenship.
Canadian foreign minister John Baird said late on Monday (local time) that Fahmy’s release was “imminent”, following the freeing on Sunday of Greste.
The two men were jailed along with Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed on charges of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. A relative of Fahmy said he signed the papers giving up his citizenship more than a week ago :: Read the full article »»»»