Financial crisis hit young men hard – and they're yet to recover

There’s been plenty of good news about jobs lately. Australia's unemployment rate has been in decline all year and reached a six-year low of 5 per cent in September. There’s every chance it will go lower still. But an important new study paints a less rosy picture for young Australian workers. Melbourne University researchers Lyn Craig and Brendan Churchill tracked […]

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Russia says militants trying to wreck deal over Syria's Idlib: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused rebels in Syria’s Idlib Province on Thursday of trying to wreck a Russian-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarized zone in the insurgent-held region, the Interfax news agency reported. Idlib is held by an array of rebel groups, the most powerful of which is Tahrir al-Sham. An amalgamation of Islamist groups, it is dominated by the […]

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Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine’s political elite on Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and officials along with dozens of businesses owned by Ukrainian businessmen. The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and were described as counter-sanctions drawn up in response to similar Ukrainian measures […]

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Turkey says Idlib deal going as planned, no issue in implementation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An agreement between Turkey and Russia to stave off a major government offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province is continuing according to plan and there are no issues in its implementation, Turkeys foreign minister said on Tuesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Azeri and Iranian counterparts in Istanbul, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said if terrorists […]

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Russia, Germany, France and Turkey meet for four-way Syria summit

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for a summit on Syria, where violence this week in the last remaining major rebel stronghold highlighted the fragility of a deal to avert a massive government offensive. Ankara, which has long backed rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, and Moscow, Assad’s principal […]

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Russia's Putin, France's Macron spoke by phone ahead of Istanbul talks: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone ahead of a four-way summit in Istanbul on Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. Putin and Macron are due to meet Germany’s Angela Merkel and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan to discuss developments in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and the […]

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Russia's Lavrov meets Syrian opposition negotiator in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Syria’s chief opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri in Moscow on Friday to discuss the conflict in Syria and ways to reach a political settlement, the ministry said in a statement. It added that Russia had confirmed its support for Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Source: Read Full Article

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