What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening?
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Carr brands Coalition 'bovver boys' over tow-back policy

Carr brands Coalition 'bovver boys' over tow-back policy | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has branded the Coalition ''bovver boys'' on the matter of Indonesia and asylum seekers amid a slanging match over Tony Abbott's controversial policy of turning back boats.
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What if we can't stop the boats? - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What if we can't stop the boats? - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
No matter what Julia Gillard or Chris Bowen say or do, no matter which foot Cory Bernardi decides to place in his mouth, Tony Abbott will still win the next election. And the boats will keep coming.
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We expect parental leave mandate to be respected: Tony Abbott

We expect parental leave mandate to be respected: Tony Abbott | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Opposition leader Tony Abbott said he expected Labor to vote for legislation to establish his paid parental leave scheme if the Coalition won the election.
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Japanese ship collides with anti-whaling protesters off Antarctica - Telegraph

Japanese ship collides with anti-whaling protesters off Antarctica - Telegraph | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
An anti-whaling activist group has accused a Japanese whaling vessel of intentionally ramming two of its ships on Wednesday in waters near Antarctica, while Japan's Fisheries Agency blame the protesters for the collision.
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Did Syria Use Chemical Weapons on Its People?

Syrian opposition claims hundreds have died in a chemical weapons attack in Damascus.
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Obama wins key backing on Syria plan

Obama wins key backing on Syria plan | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Key US political figures back President Barack Obama's call for a military strike on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
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Horrifying moment Egyptian protestors pushed an armoured police van 50ft off a bridge before officers were stoned by mob

Horrifying moment Egyptian protestors pushed an armoured police van 50ft off a bridge before officers were stoned by mob | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
It is not known how many people were on board and how many people survived the fall, but bloodied men were shown around the van moments afterwards.
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Police Block Gezi Park As Peace Protests Erupt In Istanbul

Police Block Gezi Park As Peace Protests Erupt In Istanbul | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Turkish police Sunday blocked the entrance to Istanbul's Gezi Park, the epicentre of anti-government protests in June, to prevent a demonstration against a possible military intervention in Syria.Riot police advanced with shields but held back from...
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Video: Syrian Rebel Admits Using Chemical Weapons

Video: Syrian Rebel Admits Using Chemical Weapons | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
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The Battle for Alexandra Parade

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Image: The Age Residents fear the worst for their homes' future (9 May 2013) The proposed East West road tunnel is not the first time the inner
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Demolition work gets underway at site of controversial McDonald's restaurant at Tecoma - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Demolition work gets underway at site of controversial McDonald's restaurant at Tecoma - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Demolition work has begun at the site of a proposed McDonald's outlet at Tecoma, in the Dandenong Ranges.
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EGYPT: Worst Violent Onslaught Against Christians in Centuries

EGYPT: Worst Violent Onslaught Against Christians in Centuries, NIGERIA: Minor Provocation Incites Muslim Mob to Attack Church, CHINA: House Church Pastor Attacked by Government Agents, Persecution and Prayer Alert, Voice of the Martyrs...

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Chinese, Russian warships and Marines heading to Syrian waters

Chinese, Russian warships and Marines heading to Syrian waters | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it

Chinese, Russian warships and combat troops entering the hot zone...

As the American naval presence off the coast of Syria awaits for potential orders to launch an attack on the civil war ravaged nation, the Yanks aren't the only ones beefing up their respective armadas, as reported by the Madras, India based TheHindu.com on Sept. 5, 2013 and the Russian-language news aggregate Telegrafist.org (The Telegrapher) on Sept. 4, 2013.

The pride of the Russian Fleet, the battle cruiser RFS (Russian Federation Ship) Moskva will also pull double-duty as the command and control flagship for the task force.

 

The RFS Moskva will be joined by a destroyer from Russia’s Baltic fleet and a frigate from the Black Sea fleet.

According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, the battle cruiser Moskva is heading to the Gibraltar Straits, and in approximately 10 days it will enter the east Mediterranean, where it will take command of the Russian ships already on station.

 

Russia is also sending a reconnaissance ship to the region, which reportedly would operate separately from the main naval flotilla.

As previously covered by Examiner.com on Aug. 25, 2013, the small but growing Russian task force in the eastern Mediterranean waters consist of a guided missile destroyer, the RFS Admiral Panteleyev, two amphibious warfare ships the RFS Peresvet and the RFS Admiral Nevelskoi, complete with approximately 2,000 Russian Marines, as well as a oil tanker and an ocean going tug.

 

Also cited was yet a third Russian amphibious assault ship with an unknown compliment of Marines as slated to join the fleet.

Between their Marines and Naval Infantry landing troops, the Russians could conceivably land a regiment's worth of combat troops in the region.

China Enters The Possible Fray...

Unconfirmed by Western media, the Russian news aggregate Telagrafist is citing various sources that the Chinese amphibious assault warship, the CNS (Chinese Navy Ship) Jing Gangshan is heading towards the eastern Mediterranean potential powder keg to "observe" American and Russian warships.

 

However, the Kenyan news portal CoastWeek.com via Google News reported on Aug. 27, 2013 that the Jing Gangshan is currently steaming in the Gulf of Aden pulling pirate escort duty for commercial shipping.

Unreleased to the Western media, it is unknown if or how many Chinese Marines are embarked aboard the Jing Gangshan, but she is designed to transport upwards of 1,000 Marines and their equipment.

From the Gulf of Aden to the eastern Mediterranean waters takes approximately five days sailing time.

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Kevin Rudd asylum seeker policy prompts protest

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Protests against Kevin Rudd's asylum seeker policy moved from Brisbane city streets on Sunday afternoon to outside the Prime Minister's Morningside office Monday morning.
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Childcare more important than Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme: new poll

REDUCING the cost of childcare is more important to parents that a generous paid parental leave scheme, a poll has found.
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Sea Shepherd 'barred from International Court of Justice' on last day of hearings into Japan's whaling program - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sea Shepherd 'barred from International Court of Justice' on last day of hearings into Japan's whaling program - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Representatives of the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd group have been denied access to the last day of hearings in Australia's case against Japan at the International Court of Justice.
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Protesters rally against Syria strike in DC, NYC - USA TODAY

Protesters rally against Syria strike in DC, NYC - USA TODAY | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
AFP Protesters rally against Syria strike in DC, NYC USA TODAY Many lawmakers in both parties oppose Obama's request for Congress to authorize using military force against Syria in retaliation for a chemical gas attack last month that the Obama...
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Obama On Syria - What Should The U.S. Do?

"President Obama says that evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria "is very troublesome," but the United States needs to investigate and carefully "think t...
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Obama says world ‘has to act’ against Syria - FT.com

Obama says world ‘has to act’ against Syria - FT.com | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama took his case for a punitive strike on Syria to Europe on Wednesday, insisting ahead of the G20 meeting in Russia the world “had to act” against the Assad regime to maintain the credibility of a global ban on chemical...
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Clashes, tear gas, pot-banging: New protests sweep Istanbul

Clashes, tear gas, pot-banging: New protests sweep Istanbul | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
The commercial and entertainment heart of Turkey's largest city again became the scene of clashes between riot police and small groups of protesters Saturday.
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President Obama Considers Address to Nation on Syria

President Obama Considers Address to Nation on Syria | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Sergei Karpukhin, Pool/AP Photo President Obama is considering a high-profile address to the nation on the need for military intervention in Syria — a speech that could come as early as this week — according to top lawmakers and administration...
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Angry residents pledge to take strong protest action over East West Link

Angry residents pledge to take strong protest action over East West Link | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
RESIDENTS who look likely to lose homes because of the East West Link are pledging to chain themselves to machinery if construction goes ahead next year.
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Moreland may lose bluestone laneways

Moreland may lose bluestone laneways | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Bluestone laneways in Brunswick and Coburg will be ripped up and replaced with cement if a council meeting next week approves plans some residents have slammed as "civic vandalism".
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Tecoma McDonald's protester removed from roof

Tecoma McDonald's protester removed from roof | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Police have moved to clear the controversial site earmarked for a McDonald's in the Dandenong Ranges with the removal of a young woman who had been camped atop the roof for more than a week.
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Egypt after the revolution: curfew nights and blood-stained days ...

Egypt after the revolution: curfew nights and blood-stained days ... | What are the key conflicts occurring in 2013 and where are they happening? | Scoop.it
Protesters suffocated in police vans, young men executed in the desert and constant fear are the realities of Egypt today, writes Ahdaf Soueif.
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