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Australia gives $37-million boost to spending on youth mental health

The announcement comes a week ahead of a crucial by-election for Morrison's ruling Liberal-National coalition, and the money will go to Headspace, a government youth group that runs 107 centres across Australia. Australia will spend an extra A$51.8 million ($37 million) on support to young people with mental health issues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said […]

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US warns Yameen against disrupting democratic process in Maldives

The United States has warned of “appropriate measures” against anyone who tries to undermine the peaceful transfer of power in the Maldives and directly pointed to “troubling actions” by outgoing president Abdulla Yameen, who has challenged the election result in a dramatic turnaround. After accepting the results of the September election, in which Ibrahim Mohamed […]

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A twenty-first century art revolution

Staving off tough competition from priceless Chinese antiques, the crème de la crème of European art and Japan’s own woodblock print masters, the hottest museum tickets in Tokyo currently are to Borderless: the world’s first permanent digital art museum. teamLab, the collective behind the museum, is transforming the very ontology of art, by liberating it […]

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Wage hike calls grow stronger in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lankans grapple with rapidly soaring living costs, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament last week that “the increase of oil prices is inevitable in the current global context”. Fuel prices went up from six to eight rupees — 92-octane petrol costs LKR 155 (roughly ₹68) — slowly but steadily pushing the costs of […]

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Trump expected to meet American pastor freed by Turkey

Mr. Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Ohio on Friday night that “we’ll say hello” to Mr. Brunson. An American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey is expected to meet President Donald Trump at the White House. Andrew Brunson was due to arrive at a U.S. military base near […]

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Israeli fire kills 6 Palestinians at Gaza protest

Since March, Hamas has orchestrated near-weekly protests along the fence. Palestinian health officials say Israeli forces have shot dead six Palestinians, four of them in a single incident, in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. Gaza’s Health Ministry said on Friday that four […]