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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Coca-Cola snub at Euro 2020 wipes billions off soft drink company’s market value

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision remove two Coca-Cola bottles from his Euro 2020 press conference table and drink water instead has wiped billions of dollars off the beverage company’s value. The company’s stock price dropped from $US56.10 ($73) to $US55.22 ($71.86) almost immediately after the Portuguese superstar’s perceived slight. That’s the equivalent of wiping $5.2 billion off the company’s market value. The drop stemmed ...

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Israel’s divide, rule and erase strategy is failing

By: Ahmed Abu Artema On May 21, after bombarding Gaza for 11 days and killing 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, Israel announced a ceasefire. Among the victims were entire families torn to pieces by Israeli fighter jets while sleeping in their homes. The Abu Hatab family was killed in their home in the Shati refugee camp on May 14. A ...

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Australia to close Kabul embassy ahead of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Australia will close its embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul in three days, ahead of the withdrawal of Australia’s final contingent of defence personnel from the country. The embassy has been open since 2006. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne said they hoped the closure would be temporary, and that Australia could reopen an embassy in the future. “In ...

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows to continue to strike Gaza despite pressure from Joe Biden

WIRES   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip, pushing back against calls from the United States to move towards a ceasefire. US President Joe Biden told Mr Netanyahu “that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” according to the White House. In comments that marked the first public rift between ...

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Australia to give PNG 8000 vaccines to fight ‘major’ COVID-19 outbreak

By: Rachel Clun Australia is working to give one million doses of the internationally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines originally destined for Australia to Papua New Guinea, as the country battles a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced Australia will send 8000 locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines to PNG to help immunise health workers, as the local health system struggles to contain the ...

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ACTU statement on resumption of conflict in Western Sahara

The ACTU deplores the flagrant violation by the Moroccan army of the ceasefire in Western Sahara by moving its army into the Guerguerat area and Buffer Strip which is monitored by the United Nations’ mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO. MINURSO was tasked with organising a referendum of self-determination promised to the people of Western Sahara, which has been occupied by ...

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Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Ministry of Information

  The Government of the Sahrawi Republic and the Frente POLISARIO condemn in the strongest possible terms the decision taken by the outgoing US President Donald Trump to recognise that which Morocco does not possess, namely “sovereignty over Western Sahara”.   The position announced by Trump constitutes a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations and its resolutions ...

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Fears a 29-year-old ceasefire that was broken will reignite the Morocco-Western Sahara conflict

By: Sahar Mourad A United Nations brokered ceasefire between the Western Sahara and Morocco has been in place since 1991. The 29 year ceasefire was thrown out the window on Friday when the leader of the pro-independence group Polisario Front in Western Sahara, Brahim Ghali, declared war on Morocco. They accused Morocco of placing a roadblock stopping access to Mauritania ...

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Biden says nothing will stop transition as Trump vows new legal action

By: Simon Lewis and Jeff Mason President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that nothing would stop the transfer of power in the US government, while President Donald Trump pursued lawsuits in several states in a long-shot bid to hold on to power. Mr Trump’s campaign said it would file a lawsuit to stop Michigan from officially certifying Mr Biden as the winner there ...

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