Atlassian snubs Aust for US listing

THE software darling of Australia’s tech scene, Atlassian, looks bound for a stock market debut in the United States.

THE Sydney-based company, founded in 2002 by co-chief executives Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, has reportedly filed documents for an IPO in the US later in 2015.

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Aussie family flicks in the box seat

Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad?s whereabouts so he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback

Blinky Bill the Movie … A result of Aussie filmmakers rewriting their rule book.

TWO homegrown productions — Oddball and Blinky Bill The Movie — have opened in the current, crowded school holiday market, perhaps the clearest sign yet of a blossoming renaissance in the Australian film industry.

“It’s almost unprecedented,’’ said Screen Australia’s chief operating officer Fiona Cameron.

“Historically, family and children’s cinema has been really under-represented in Australia and you can understand why.

“(American studios) such as Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks are powerhouses. They blow away the competition.’’

True story ... Jacobson in Oddball. Picture: Village Roadshow.

True story … Jacobson in Oddball. Picture: Village Roadshow.Source:Supplied

The breakaway success of Red Dog, which took a whopping $21.3 million at the box office in 2011, rewrote the Australian producer’s rule book.

“That was an unashamedly family film. It did a great outreach campaign and basically gave filmmakers the confidence (to believe that) Australian family movies could work,” said Cameron.

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Paper Planes similarly upset set expectations early this year with a $9.65 million box office tally.

“For Australian films to work in that (competitive children’s) market, they have to be really compelling. And the ones that have been released in the last 12 months have really hit the mark,” said Cameron.

Trail-blazer ... A scene from Red Dog, which was a great Aussie success story.

Trail-blazer … A scene from Red Dog, which was a great Aussie success story.Source:Supplied

Village Roadshow Pictures, the distribution company behind both Red Dog and Paper Planes, has so much faith in its latest family release, it’s opening it on almost 300 screens.

Starring much-loved actor/comedian Shane Jacobson, Oddball is based on the true story of Swampy Marsh, the Warrnambool chook farmer who used his Maremma guard dog to save a colony of fairly penguins.

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Also opening on Thursday was Flying Bark’s animated, preschool-skewing Blinky Bill the Movie, which aims to introduced Dorothy Wall’s mischievous marsupial to a whole new generation of cinemas goers.

“Blinky has got so much heritage. Animation is a tough market but it should really cut through,’’ said Cameron.

“And it’s nice to hear animation with Australian accents.”

Aussie icon ... Beloved Blinky Bill returns to our screens.

Aussie icon … Beloved Blinky Bill returns to our screens.Source:Supplied

Both films have the added bonus of a G rating.

“All children are different., but if your kid is five or six, you have to think twice about whether or not PG is going to be right for them. A G rating, on the other hand, is a no-brainer,” said Cameron.

Jacobson agreed. “The feedback we have been getting, what people are loving about it, is that grandparents and parents and kids are going together,” he said. “It’s a shared experience.

“There is no swearing, no drug references. There is no dark plot. It’s not suggesting there is anything wrong with the world. It’s a bit of family entertainment.”

The two films are opening the same week Australian productions posted a 6.1 per cent share of the overall box office — the best result in 14 years.

Sleeper hit ... Sam Worthington and Ed Oxenbould in Paper Planes.

Sleeper hit … Sam Worthington and Ed Oxenbould in Paper Planes.Source:Supplied

Crowd-pleasers such as Mad Max: Fury Road ($21.65 million), The Water Diviner ($10.18 million), Paper Planes ($9.65 million) and Last Cab to Darwin ($6.21 million) have contributed to the current $50-million plus tally.

Cameron believes films such as Oddball and upcoming tragicomedy The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth, could push that figure closer to $60 million.

“Hopefully we are seeing a bit of a renaissance for Australian stories,” she said.

WHAT’S ON THIS HOLIDAYS — FOR LITTLE KIDS AND BIG

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (M)

This dystopian thriller got off to a cracking start at the box office last weekend, earning $1.3 million more than its nearest competitor — and the coveted No 1 spot. Although Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his mates have escaped the original film’s claustrophobic labyrinth, the sequel has plenty more nasty surprises in store.

Pixels (PG)

A decent premise targeted at the wrong audience — Chris (Mrs Doubtfire) Columbus’s nostalgic reboot of classic, ‘80s video game culture looked better on paper. Harmless, forgettable, family entertainment from a solid comedic cast, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monahan and Peter Dinklage.

Oddball (G)

Warm, sweet, and thoroughly engaging, this homegrown crowd-pleaser is actually based a true story. Shane Jacobson steps into the very large gumboots of one-of-a-kind chicken farmer Swampy Marsh, who used his beloved Mareemba guard dogs to save a colony of fairy penguins from marauding foxes.

Blinky Bill The Movie (G)

The mischief-making marsupial leaves home in search of his missing father in this animated reboot featuring the vocal talents of a top-shelf cast that included Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette and Richard Roxburgh. An overarching, Joseph Campbell-style hero’s journey ensures Dorothy Wall’s iconic character, created in 1933, still resonates in a modern multiplex environment.

Pan (PG)

Reviews of this Peter Pan origin story, starring Hugh Jackman as the evil Blackbeard and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, are still under wraps. But the signs are promising. Jason Fuchs’s blueprint made the annual Black List of the best unproduced screenplays. And Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) signed up to direct. Opens next Thursday (Sep 24).

Everest (M)

Adventure movie experiences don’t come much more intense than this one. Based on the tragic, 1996 summit expedition, during which eight climbers died, director Baltasar Kormakur takes us as close to the edge as any ordinary person would ever want to go. To keep it real, the actors, including Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal, shot much of their footage in oxygen deprived, subzero conditions.

Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation (M)

Thrills, spills and increasingly spectacular action sequences … Tom Cruise has the formula down pat by now. The sight of Ethan Hunt hanging off the side of a plane as it takes off is worth the price of admission alone. Thanks in no small part to its leading man’s adrenaline addiction, this franchise would appear to have plenty of life left in it yet.

The Visit (M)

Two siblings (Olivia DeJong and Ed Oxenbould) get more than they bargain for when they travel to Pennsylvania to meet their grandparents for the first time. A modestly return to form for director M Night Shyamalan. The $US5 million film has just posted the strongest US horror opening of the year.

Straight Outta Compton (MA15+)

Strictly for older teens. While it glosses over some of the more unpleasant historical truths, there’s still plenty to recommend in F. Gary Gray’s muscular musical biopic which charts the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A. Strong performances from Jason Mitchell, as Eazy-E, and Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr, seal the deal.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (M)

For a film about cancer, this Sundance award winner is surprisingly upbeat. Thomas Mann is terrific as the teenage outsider whose world is flipped on its head when he befriends a young woman with leukaemia. And the short films our protagonist makes with his childhood friend Earl add a whole other dimension to the story.

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Australia’s top welfare suburbs

Australia’s top welfare suburbs

LACK of opportunity, lack of education, lack of example … or just lazy? Australia’s biggest ‘dole’ suburbs have been revealed.

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BHP to raise debt via hybrid securities

Australia’s top welfare suburbs

Australia’s top welfare suburbs

LACK of opportunity, lack of education, lack of example … or just lazy? Australia’s biggest ‘dole’ suburbs have revealed.

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Baby Bunting outlines big plans for growth

Australia’s top welfare suburbs

Australia’s top welfare suburbs

LACK of opportunity, lack of education, lack of example … or just lazy? Australia’s biggest ‘dole’ suburbs have revealed.

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Aussie film legend Yoram Gross dead

Filmmaker Yoram Gross brought lots of joy to children across Australia and the world.

AUSTRALIAN film producer Yoram Gross, who helped create and bring loveable animated characters Blinky Bill and Dot And The Kangaroo to the big screen, has died at the age of 88.

Guy Gross told Inside Film that his father died quietly on Monday.

He said he “was a wonderfully inappropriate jokester”.

Yoram was Australia’s leading animation producer and director, who was internationally acclaimed for his films and TV shows.

He received the prestigious Order of Australia in 1995 for his outstanding achievements and for his contribution to the Australian film industry.

Filmmaker Yoram Gross released his memoir, "My Animated life".

Filmmaker Yoram Gross released his memoir, “My Animated life”.Source:News Limited

Born in Krakow, Poland to a Jewish family, Yoram endured World War II under the Nazi regime. His family was on Oskar Schindler’s infamous list, but escaped.

According to his official website, he once said: “If you watch my films carefully you will see the history of my life.”

Sandra Gross with her late husband Yoram Gross.

Sandra Gross with her late husband Yoram Gross.Source:News Corp Australia

He studied music and musicology at Krakow University.

In 1950, Yoram moved from Poland to Israel, where he worked as a newsreel and documentary cameraman before becoming an independent film producer and director.

He now holds more than 80 international awards for his various films.

Yoram Gross with Dot, from his famous feature-length films.

Yoram Gross with Dot, from his famous feature-length films.Source:News Corp Australia

In 1968 Yoram, his wife Sandra and young family migrated to Australia, and live in Sydney. Here, they set up Yoram Gross Film Studios, and first produced film clips for “Bandstand”.

Yoram also wrote a book and film on making animated films titled “The First Animated Step” (1975), which have become education materials for those studying animation.

Yoram Gross Film Studio produced its first film called “Dot and the Kangaroo” in 1977.

The film won Best Children’s Film in Tehran and also won a Sammy Award for the Best Animated Film at the 1978 Australian Film and Television Awards.

Since then, Yoram has produced, directed and scripted a total of sixteen feature films including “Dot and the Kangaroo”, “Dot and the Bunny” (1982) and “Dot and Keeto”.

In 1992, Yoram released “Blinky Bill”, based upon the Australian children’s classic by Dorothy Wall.

He released his memoir titled ‘My Animated Life’ in 2011.

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Aussie film legend Yoram Gross dead

Filmmaker Yoram Gross brought lots of joy to children across Australia and the world.

AUSTRALIAN film producer Yoram Gross, who helped create and bring loveable animated characters Blinky Bill and Dot And The Kangaroo to the big screen, has died at the age of 88.

Guy Gross told Inside Film that his father died quietly on Monday.

He said he “was a wonderfully inappropriate jokester”.

Yoram was Australia’s leading animation producer and director, who was internationally acclaimed for his films and TV shows.

He received the prestigious Order of Australia in 1995 for his outstanding achievements and for his contribution to the Australian film industry.

Filmmaker Yoram Gross released his memoir, "My Animated life".

Filmmaker Yoram Gross released his memoir, “My Animated life”.Source:News Limited

Born in Krakow, Poland to a Jewish family, Yoram endured World War II under the Nazi regime. His family was on Oskar Schindler’s infamous list, but escaped.

According to his official website, he once said: “If you watch my films carefully you will see the history of my life.”

Sandra Gross with her late husband Yoram Gross.

Sandra Gross with her late husband Yoram Gross.Source:News Corp Australia

He studied music and musicology at Krakow University.

In 1950, Yoram moved from Poland to Israel, where he worked as a newsreel and documentary cameraman before becoming an independent film producer and director.

He now holds more than 80 international awards for his various films.

Yoram Gross with Dot, from his famous feature-length films.

Yoram Gross with Dot, from his famous feature-length films.Source:News Corp Australia

In 1968 Yoram, his wife Sandra and young family migrated to Australia, and live in Sydney. Here, they set up Yoram Gross Film Studios, and first produced film clips for “Bandstand”.

Yoram also wrote a book and film on making animated films titled “The First Animated Step” (1975), which have become education materials for those studying animation.

Yoram Gross Film Studio produced its first film called “Dot and the Kangaroo” in 1977.

The film won Best Children’s Film in Tehran and also won a Sammy Award for the Best Animated Film at the 1978 Australian Film and Television Awards.

Since then, Yoram has produced, directed and scripted a total of sixteen feature films including “Dot and the Kangaroo”, “Dot and the Bunny” (1982) and “Dot and Keeto”.

In 1992, Yoram released “Blinky Bill”, based upon the Australian children’s classic by Dorothy Wall.

He released his memoir titled ‘My Animated Life’ in 2011.

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Malcolm Turnbull, who said his mother’s family was Jewish, defeats Tony Abbott in internal Liberal Party ballot to lead country

September 14, 2015, 4:48 pm

Former Australian Liberal Party leader and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media that he asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott to open up the party's leadership to an internal vote at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.  (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s beleaguered prime minister was ousted from power in an internal party ballot on Monday as the ruling conservative party attempts to win back a disenchanted public by replacing the nation’s polarizing, gaffe-prone leader with his more moderate rival.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott lost a leadership ballot by members of his party, who voted 54 to 44 to replace him with former Liberal Party leader and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal Party whip Scott Buchholz told reporters. Turnbull had called for a leadership ballot earlier Monday amid flagging opinion polls for the 2-year-old conservative coalition government.

Turnbull revealed in a 2013 interview that his mother’s family was Jewish, making him possibly halachically Jewish as well, but that he’d never really researched his background.

“My mother always used to say that her mother’s family was Jewish. “I’ve never researched it. I honestly don’t know where or how I would do that,” he told The Australian Jewish News at the time.

In the interview, Turnbull said he grew up in a neighborhood with a large Jewish community and has always been “very comfortable” around Jews. He has a strong connection to the Australian Jewish community, according to reports.
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With supporters across Europe unveiling ‘Refugees Welcome’ in response to the growing crisis, Maccabi Tel-Aviv decided to go the opposite route – displaying the message ‘Refugees Not Welcome’ against Kiryat Shmona.

The club will be in London on Wednesday night when they face Chelsea in the first group game of this season’s Champions League.

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The picture taken on September 14, 2015 shows Palestinian worshipers after Israeli soldiers closed the entrances at the al-Aqsa Mosque.

More than 200 Israeli soldiers have once again stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), firing rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinians.

The director of al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani said on Monday that at least six Palestinians, including an elderly man, were wounded during the second consecutive day of clashes at the mosque.

Dozens of Palestinians were also detained in the new attack.

The latest incident at the al-Aqsa Mosque follows violent clashes at the compound a day earlier.

On Sunday, clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa compound after the regime’s forces attempted to force Palestinian worshipers out of the mosque. The incident left three Palestinians injured and resulted in property damage.

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  • 15 September 2015

    16:12 GMT

    Greece’s interim maritime minister, Christos Zois, told Reuters that the refugee crisis “is not Greece’s problem alone. We’re not guarding Greece’s borders, we’re guarding the European Union’s borders. We need support – economic and moral support.”

    Of the record 430,000 refugees and migrants that have made the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, 309,000 have arrived via Greece, according to the International Organization for Migration.

    In July and August alone, Greece saw 150,000 arrivals, Zois said.

  • 16:04 GMT

    Europe’s border agency, Frontex, is preparing to speed up identification of illegal migrants, and will help deport them in large numbers.

    “When you have up to 40 percent of migrants coming from a third country not granted refugee status and if nothing happens, if they are not returned, what message does the EU convey to potential migrants?” Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri told Reuters.

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160-strong force lands in Anbar, Asharq Al-Awsat says, to join campaign to push IS out of province’s capital Ramadi

September 14, 2015, 12:50 pm

Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy during an operation aimed at cutting off Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city of Ramadi, May 26, 2015. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)

A force of 160 American army soldiers have landed in Iraq as part of ongoing efforts by a US-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State that has captured swathes of the country and its war-torn Syrian neighbor, the Arabic-language media outlet Asharq Al-Awsat said.

Iraqi security sources told the pan-Arab paper that the force landed at a military base in the Anbar province, from where Iraq is running its offensive against IS, Israel’s Walla news reported Saturday.

The base is already hosting hundreds of American Army personnel who are training the local forces, but this is the first time that a US fighting force has arrived in Anbar, the report said. The soldiers are expected to take part in an operation to oust the Islamic State from Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and some 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

IS overran Ramadi in mid-May in a major setback for Iraqi forces, which had held out against militants in parts of the city for well over a year.

Coalition forces bombed a key jihadist command and supply hub in the Ramadi area last week. A video of the strike on a football stadium showed a massive secondary explosion at the site.
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Israeli forces attack a Palestinian man lying on an alley leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound after preventing the worshipers from entering the holy site in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on September 14, 2015. (AFP photo)

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has blasted the latest Israeli aggression against Palestinian worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), saying the Tel Aviv regime is instigating “violence and insecurity”.

“Israel is playing with fire,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said during aMonday meeting with Alastair McPhail, the British consul general to al-Quds.

“Clearly, Israel is deliberately creating and escalating a situation of instability, insecurity and violence,” Ashrawi said.

The senior PLO official went on to say that Israel’s aggression against the Palestinians, especially during the Jewish New Year holidays and ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha on September 23-24, is provoking the entire Muslim world.

The al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, together with its surrounding compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds is a flashpoint. The site is revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.
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 A senior UN official has expressed concern over the recent violence in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), where Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque.

“I encourage all to stand firmly against incitement and violence,” especially during the Jewish New Year holidays and ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha, said the UN Special Coordinator for Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, in a Sunday statement.

This comes in the wake of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the mosque.


A Palestinian cleans up debris inside al-Aqsa mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on September 13, 2015. ©AFP

On Monday, more than 200 Israeli soldiers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque, firing rubber bullets and tear gas at Palestinians. A number of Palestinians were wounded in the clash.

Also on Sunday, clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa compound after the regime’s forces attempted to force Palestinian worshipers out of the mosque while expanding the military deployment in the yard of the holy site for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah New Year holiday.

According to Palestinian sources, Israeli regime forces stormed the mosque and inflicted damage on the compound. Dozens of worshippers sustained suffocation injuries from tear gas as well as injuries from rubber bullets fired by Israeli forces.
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A far-left activist for over five decades, UK’s new opposition leader voted over 500 times against his own party

September 13, 2015, 9:16 am

Jeremy Corbyn smiles as he leaves the stage after he is announced as the new leader of the UK opposition Labour Party during the Labour Party Leadership Conference in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — Far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn has won the race to lead Britain’s opposition Labour Party, a result many considered unimaginable just months ago. Here is a glance at his background and his beliefs.

Corbyn was born in 1949 to a middle-class family. His mother was a teacher and his father an engineer, and they reportedly met while campaigning on the Spanish civil war.

As a teenager, he became involved in causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and both Corbyn and his elder brother joined the Young Socialists.

Corbyn did not finish his studies at the North London Polytechnic. He was elected to Haringey Council, a municipal authority in north London, in 1974 at 25.

He served as a full time trade union organizer before he entered the House of Commons as lawmaker for London’s Islington North in 1983 — a seat he has held ever since.

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In June, the EU launched European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) “to undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.” Now it will be allowed to stop and if necessary destroy boats which are used to carry illegal migrants.

“The conditions have been met” to launch the new phase of the military operation, one European diplomat told AFP.

However, the second phase of the operation, which was approved Monday, still restricts EU NavFor Med to action in international waters. The third phase would involve military action against people smugglers inside Libyan territorial waters, aiming to destroy their boats and networks before they set sail, AFP reports.

Earlier, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that record number of asylum seekers had crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 so far. According to the agency, 432,761 migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea, which is more than double the total for 2014.

The “vast majority of arrivals” were registered in Greece (309,356 people) and Italy (121,139 people), the IOM said.

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Blast at HQ of a pro-regime militia in Kurdish city follows car bomb hours earlier at a Kurdish security checkpoint

September 14, 2015, 5:37 pm

A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) uses binoculars on the front line in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on September 4, 2015. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)

DAMASCUS — Syria’s state media are reporting that a car bomb explosion killed at least 20 people, including a woman and her two children, in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern city of Hassakeh.

The official SANA news agency says Monday’s attack took place in the city’s al-Mahatta neighborhood. Along with the 20 killed, at least 40 people were reported wounded.

In another part of the city, another car bomb blew up an hour earlier, but there was no word on casualties.

Syrian state TV showed footage of a two-story building that collapsed from the al-Mahatta explosion, which also left a large crater in the street. A man is seen holding a victim and weeping.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the two explosions were suicide car bombs, although it could not immediately confirm a toll.
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Bloomberg says Moscow focusing on fighting IS; US, Russian and Saudi leaders have been discussing plan since June

September 14, 2015, 8:52 am

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi after signing a nuclear power cooperation deal on June 18, 2015. (Screen shot: YouTube)

Russia may be willing to sideline Syrian President Bashar Assad as part of efforts to combat Islamic State and in order to maintain its influence in the Middle East, according to US and Russian officials and Syrian opposition leaders.

Bloomberg reported early Monday that American, Russian and Saudi officials and members of the Syrian opposition have been discussing the issue at least since June, when Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed in St. Petersburg.

Russia has since then embarked on “whirlwind diplomacy,” Bloomberg said, holding talks in Moscow with key officials from the region.

US President Barack Obama has in recent days warned Russia to rethink its apparent efforts to bolster Assad after more than four years of brutal civil war that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. Moscow in turn has insisted that it is not seeking to shore up Assad’s regime, but rather is supporting what it says is a key element in combatting Islamic State. Saudi Arabia, however, has long sought Assad’s ouster, arming Syrian opposition groups fighting the regime forces.

According to Bloomberg, US and Russian officials say they’re mulling a “transition plan,” which would effectively leave Assad powerless even as he remained interim head of state.
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The World’s First Solar-Powered Sports Car Could Drive Forever

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Can a road-legal car be powered by the Sun alone? One company thinks so, and they’re planning to unveil a scaled-down version of their proposal later this year.

Called “The Immortus,” the two-person vehicle is the work of EVX Ventures, an electric vehicle technology startup based in Melbourne, Australia. The car is decked out in solar panels, covering up to eight square meters (86 square feet), and also has a lithium battery to store energy, between five and 10 kilowatt-hours. So light is the car though, 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) when empty and 700 kilograms (1,550 pounds) when fully laden, it is able to run on just solar power alone.

This is all possible thanks to the low mass-to-power ratio of the car. It is also extremely aerodynamic while still looking “compelling and stylish,” EVX co-founder and CEO Barry Nguyen said to IFLScience. The car also doesn’t use normal road tires, but rather tires specially designed for so-called “solar racers” – cars that are powered by the Sun.

Using a combination of battery and solar power, the car will apparently be capable of reaching up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour. On solar power alone, it can reach up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour.

And perhaps most interestingly, Nguyen said that the car would be able to run perpetually on just solar power, giving it an infinite range, in theory, so long as it didn’t exceed 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour and the Sun was continuously shining. Still, that’s pretty impressive. However, Nguyen stressed that the idea of the technology was to use solar cells in tandem with existing vehicles.

“We see the solar cells as a range extender technology in everyday driving, rather than the solar cells capturing more energy than it consumes for practical use,” he said. “However, uniquely, the range is infinite when there is consistent sunshine cruising at 60 km/h.”

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EVX plans to unveil a one-quarter scaled version of their car at the SEMA Show 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in November. A leading electric vehicle research and development group at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is also involved in the project.

When it is eventually released, Nguyen said the car is expected to retail for about $370,000 (£240,000), and sales of more than 100 are not expected. The car will be road legal “under individually constructed vehicle regulations” in Australia and the U.S., according to Nguyen.

The team plans to test a full-scale version of the car by the end of 2016, providing they can raise enough money for a working prototype.

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Aussie PM bows to pressure to let in more refugees






Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given into pressure on his traitorous government over the current refugee crisis, saying that his country is prepared to accept more Muslim refugees from crisis-hit Syria and Iraq.

“We are proposing to take more people from this region as part of our very substantial commitment to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),” Abbott said at a press conference in Canberra on Sunday.

However, he emphasized that the decision will not lift the overall intake of asylum seekers that Australia had planned to accept from across the globe.

Over the last financial year, Australia settled more than 4,400 people from Syria and Iraq, accounting for 30 percent of the 13,750 places under its Humanitarian Program. The country also plans to gradually increase the annual total intake to 18,750 places by 2018-19.

The announcement came after calls for his government to open the doors of the country to more refugees from Syria.

Earlier this week, Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale called on Canberra to initiate an emergency intake of 20,000 refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. Philip Ruddock, former immigration minister, also made the same plea.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Australian premier said that he had been moved by “the horrific imagery of that little boy washed up on a beach in Turkey,” adding that he was considering further funding for humanitarian assistance to those in refugee camps.

He was referring to three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi who died along with his mother and 5-year-old brother in a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece earlier this week. The image of Aylan’s lifeless body lying face-down on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum stirred public outrage at Europe’s handling of the refugee crisis.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is expected to fly to the Swiss city of Geneva later on Sunday for urgent talks with the UNHCR over the refugee crisis.

Most of the refugees who risk their lives to reach Europe are reportedly fleeing conflict-hit zones in Africa and the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq.

About 2,500 of the more than 300,000 people who have used sea routes to reach Europe this year have died, the UNHCR says.

The Australian government has been under fire in recent years both at home and abroad for its strict immigration policies and treatment of refugees, among them detaining asylum seekers in offshore facilities in inhumane conditions.

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