|Oz jihadist charged for issuing 'how-to survive' holy war list on Facebook
5/18/2013 2:45:00 PM
Sydney, May 18 (ANI): An Australian has been charged under anti-terrorist laws for issuing a how-to list on Facebook for how young men can engage in holy war without getting killed or ending up in Guantanamo Bay.
Zaky Mallah had travelled to Syria and lived with the rebels engaged in the bloody civil war against Muslim hardliner President Bashar al-Assad.
He has posted some top tips for joining jihad and experiencing life on the frontline, news.com.au reports.
|Australian jailed for 45 years for raping, murdering and stuffing Indian student in suitcase
5/17/2013 4:52:00 PM
Sydney, May 17 (ANI): An Australian man has been sentenced to 45 years of imprisonment on grounds of raping and murdering Indian student Tosha Thakkar whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase.
Daniel Stani-Reginald is said to have exchanged places with his father who has been arrested on charges of bashing his mother and was released weeks ago, News.com.au reports.
According to the report, Justice Derek Price said that Stani-Reginald's 'terrible' crimes stopped short of
|Ariel Castro 'not a monster', claims lawyer
5/16/2013 12:21:00 AM
Sydney, May 16 (ANI): The attorneys for Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping three women for around a decade in his Cleveland home, have claimed that he's not a 'monster' and will plead not guilty to kidnapping and rape charges.
Lawyer Jaye Schlachet said that they will plead that Castro is not guilty, but did not say on what grounds Castro will plead not guilty.
According to news.com.au, the lawyers said that Castro is not a monster and should not be demonised
|Working while standing proves beneficial for health
5/15/2013 11:39:00 AM
Melbourne, May 15 (ANI): Employees who spend half of an eight-hour working day standing use 13 percent more energy than colleagues who are seated, a new study has found.
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute Professor David Dunstan led the study, measuring the energy expenditure of 20 desk-based workers over two weeks while standing and sitting in a work environment.
During an average five-day working week, the extra energy used standing for four hours a day equated to a 45-minute
|Australia reaches top 10 best countries to be a mother: Report
5/12/2013 4:50:00 PM
Melbourne, May 12 (Xinhua-ANI): The statistics released by the 14th Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers report showed that Australia has reached the top 10 best countries to be a mother around the world this year, local media reported on Sunday.
Save the Children is an international charity, which was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 to provide support and help for children in developing countries.
The international charity's annual report compared
|Norwegian mass murderer Breivik denied permission to create fascist group
5/11/2013 2:23:00 PM
Sydney, May 11 (ANI): Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been refused permission to create a fascist group.
Norwegian authorities said that permission was not granted to Breivik due to missing paperwork and a lack of support.
Breivik was held for killing 77 people in twin attacks in 2011, and had placed an application to create an association, which he wanted to name 'The Norwegian fascist party and the Nordic league'.
According to Herald Sun, Mette Siri
|Pigs' heads left outside Islamic school and Catholic church in Sydney
5/9/2013 10:59:00 AM
Sydney, May 9 (ANI): An Islamic school and a Catholic church in western Sydney have been attacked with pigs' heads.
The heads of pigs were left on the properties of the school and church, a crime that police have described as 'random acts of stupidity and desecration'.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfield Superintendent Peter Lennon said an investigation was being carried out into the incidents, which occurred within five kilometres of each on April 28 and 29.
|Berlusconi's conviction by Italy court unlikely to affect political stability, says lawyer
5/9/2013 10:59:00 AM
Sydney, May 9 (ANI): An Italian court has upheld a tax fraud conviction for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, confirming his sentence of one year in prison and a five-year ban from public office.
Berlusconi's defence lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said they knew it would go like this, and added that there is no a connection between the verdict and political stability, reports News.com.au.
Berlusconi is now expected to appeal the ruling in Italy's highest court, which would suspend
|Accused 'Batman' movie shooter's lawyers to file 'not guilty due to insanity' plea
5/8/2013 10:50:00 AM
Sydney, May 8 (ANI): Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado cinema have said he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Lawyers for James Holmes said in a court filing that they plan to formally ask for the change of plea at a May 13 hearing.
According to news.com.au, if the insanity plea is accepted by the judge, Holmes would be sent to the state mental hospital, where doctors would determine whether he was insane at
|Belgian Nobel laureate commits euthanasia
5/7/2013 11:48:00 AM
Sydney, May 7 (ANI): Belgium is mourning the death of its Nobel laureate, the biochemist Christian de Duve who died in an act of euthanasia at the age of 95 according to a Belgian daily.
De duve, who won the Nobel Prize for cancer research in 1974, was the second famous Belgian who chose mercy killing as a way to die, following in the footsteps of writer Hugo Claus, who died in similar circumstances in 2008, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
De Duve said a month back that he was
|N. Korea hits 'provocation pause' button by removing missiles from launch sites
5/7/2013 12:40:00 AM
Sydney, May 7 (ANI): North Korea has hit the 'provocation pause' button on its aggressive nuclear rhetoric after pressure from China.
CBS News reported that two Musudan medium-range missiles were packed up and moved from their launch sites on the coast of the Sea of Japan.
U.S. intelligence reportedly warned that the missiles are mobile, and the move does not necessarily mean they cannot be set to fire with little or no warning, news.com.au reports.
Meanwhile, Kim Jong-Un
|Work habits to impress your boss revealed
5/7/2013 12:40:00 AM
Melbourne, May 7 (ANI): The habits that bosses love to see in their employees are the ones that help them save their time and energy, which results in the individual and the boss coming out looking better and competent.
Firstly, bosses love it when the worker shows accountability, as they have more to do than ensure that their employee's work is completed accurately and on time; they have their own work to do and they too have a boss, above them, who holds them accountable to their
|Real estate firm offers workers 15 pc hike to get inked with company logo
5/6/2013 11:29:00 AM
Melbourne, May 6 (ANI): A real estate agency has offered its employees a fatter paycheque if they get themselves tattooed with the company's logo.
According to CBS New York, Rapid Realty has offered its 800 workers a 15 percent pay raise in exchange for permanent show of company loyalty, News.com.au reported.
So far, nearly 40 workers of the firm have accepted the challenge.
Company owner Anthony Lolli said that the inking wasn't his idea but was a brainstorm after a
|Car salesmen 'least trusted professionals'
5/4/2013 12:57:00 AM
Sydney, May 4 (ANI): Car salesmen have been found to be the least ethical and honest professionals.
The salesmen have held the last place among trusted professionals for more than 30 years.
Other professionals who are scraping along the bottom are advertisers, real estate agents and state MPs, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The latest Roy Morgan Image of Professions survey asked people to rate or score people in various occupations for their honesty and ethical standards.
|Construction workers and mechanics highest daily users of maths
5/3/2013 10:24:00 AM
Melbourne, May 2 (ANI): It turns out that it's not just accountants and bankers which need to know their numbers, blue-collared workers are among the biggest users of maths in their daily jobs.
Northeastern University sociologist Michael Handel found most workers in the United States weren't actually doing very much complicated maths at all.
He surveyed 2300 workers across two separate two-year periods - from 2004 to 2006, and again between 2007 and 2009.
|Royal radio prank caller DJ Mel Greig wants to help Jacintha Saldanha's family
5/2/2013 11:51:00 AM
Melbourne, May. 2 (ANI): Australian radio DJ Mel Greig has said that she would like to appear at the inquest into the suicide of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha in a bid to give her family the answers that they deserve.
Jacintha, a 46-year-old mother of two, committed suicide in December, two days after she transferred the 2Day FM DJs' prank call to a co-worker treating Duchess Kate during early stages of her pregnancy, News.com.au reported.
Greig told Channel 10 at Adelaide
|Gillard, Abbot reject calls for same-sex marriage referendum before election
4/30/2013 11:18:00 AM
Sydney, Apr. 30 (ANI): Both the major political parties in Australia have rejected calls to carry out a referendum on gay marriage on Election Day.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbot said they would not back calls by independent Tony Windsor, the Greens and crossbenchers for a plebiscite on same sex marriage.
There is a growing international movement towards marriage equality, with New Zealand and France this month becoming the 13th and 14th countries to
|Parents of murdered Indian daughter anguished over 'sweet little fairy's' death in Oz
4/29/2013 11:37:00 AM
Sydney, Apr. 29 (ANI): The parents of a murdered 24-year-old Indian girl have said their daughter was their 'sweet little fairy', and a happy 'blessing' who was flourishing in Australia despite being separated from them in India.
Tosha Thakkar was living in Sydney and studying accounting when she was killed by her roommate, Daniel Stani-Reginald, an Australian of Sri Lankan heritage, in their Croydon flat in March 2011, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
|Greens blames Oz Govt. for ignoring Lankan human rights abuse
4/28/2013 5:25:00 PM
Sydney, Apr.28 (ANI): An Australian politician has accused the government of ignoring the human rights violations taking place in Sri Lanka and focusing more on domestic politics.
Opposition Greens Party leader Christine Milne rebuked Foreign Minister Bob Carr for his insistence on attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, despite human rights violations by that country, Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Milne described it as hypocritical that the
|Most of popular Australian politicians' twitter followers 'fake'
4/28/2013 1:24:00 PM
Sydney, Apr.28 (ANI): Twitter followers of Australia's famous politicians suggest that they are high in terms of popularity, but it has emerged that these figures are targeted and inflated by 'spam bots', a test conducted on the social media analysis platforms has revealed.
According to The Age, the actual Twitter followers of Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and other popular politicians do not even account for 40 percent in a total of 50,000. Calculated by social media