From Australia, Local, World news in Brief
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Benjamin Netanyahu unveils plan for post-war Gaza, saying Israel would keep security control on Palestinian areas
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Taiwanese officials question US politicians over support for island in face of Chinese threats
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Peter Dutton ‘scored points’ in attack on Albanese government over asylum seekers
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NSW releases first disaster mitigation plan amid warning of rising cost of property damage
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Australians to face ‘pain’ on interest rates but there is ‘light’ on horizon
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City of Parramatta puts spotlight on women of Western Sydney
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NSW Planning approval gives Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 the green light
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Luke Davies and Jesse Baird vanish, NSW police officer charged with murder, now attention shifts to finding couple's bodies
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Welcome to Old Ballan, the cemetery where State Trustees bury the dead with nowhere else to go
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Unshackle immigration from Home Affairs and give it its own department
A total of 39 men who arrived to Australia by boat were discovered in the
remote northern WA community of Beagle Bay.
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 ... there's a suggestion last year's release of the immigration detainees (in the wake of the High Court decision) fed into the people smugglers' pitch.
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How does Israeli PM Netanyahu envision the post-war era for Gaza?
نتنياهو يعد حرب غزة مسألة «حياة أو موت» ويحذر «حزب الله»
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“Gaza will only be part of the Palestinian state”
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The Hamas delegation ended its talks in Cairo
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The White House says hostage release talks and Gaza ceasefire are “going well.”
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“UNRWA has reached the brink of collapse.”
 
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Health Minister Ryan Park welcomes 3400 graduate nurses, midwives into NSW Health system
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“NSW has one of the best health systems in the world, and throughout their career I am determined to give these new nurses and midwives the support they need to make it even better,” Ryan Park said.
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MP for Parramatta, Donna Davis said: “This is exciting for many nurses and midwives starting their careers, and I also know these graduates starting will be a welcome support to the current workforce.”
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Cumberland Live and Local
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The free family friendly event will give the Cumberland community the chance to relax and enjoy the sounds of summer with performances from Anton Aktila and Cobalt Blues.
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Albanese is trying to unite Australians amid the war in Gaza — but as tensions increase, where will it all end?
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There is something disturbing happening in Australian communities
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Amidst the war in Gaza - but with tensions rising, where will it all end?
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The world is witnessing a brutal conflict that many believe has fundamentally changed community relations in Australia. It tears apart workplaces, families and friendship groups.
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There's something going on that's sparking a lot of discussion in Canberra.
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Lebanon must not let others drag it into war, says FPM leader Gebran Bassil
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Gebran Bassil MP, Leader of the Free Patriotic Movement:
“The position of the movement is known to be in favour of defending Lebanon, not holding Lebanon responsible for liberating Palestine, as it is the responsibility of the Palestinians. The movement is not in favour of linking Lebanon to other fronts, specifically linking stopping the war in the south with stopping the war in Gaza.”
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“Instead of talking about how to protect Lebanon from the Israeli threat, there is another danger that we must protect ourselves from, which is the danger of the political practices of our partners in the country... this danger is represented by a systematic process of exclusion of Christians from the government and the state’s administration and economy, starting with the selection of a president, on their behalf or prevent them from electing the president, leading to violating the Constitution and Charter and undermining the partnership in the government and the House of Representatives.”
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“We were greatly alerted, a year and a half ago, about the caretaker government’s deviant and downward path and the domination of the position of the Presidency of the Republic and the powers of the president... considering that ‘silencing it is a blow to national unity’.”
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“Those in charge of the government continue to rule in the absence of the president and without the Christian component. They are conveying the message that they can rule for years in this manner, otherwise Christians must accept the president they choose for them.”
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“(I) will increase the positivity and movement to reach an understanding in this regard. There is no solution except through dialogue to reach an agreement on a name that contributes to building the state and protecting Lebanon together.”
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“We reject the use of Lebanon as a platform for attacks on occupied Palestine, and no-one, from inside or outside, imposes on us a president who does not represent us.”
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Bardwell Park train station to be upgraded as part of NSW Government’s $800 million Safe Accessible Transport Plan
At Bardwell Park train station
 Minister Kamper MP (L), Premier Minns MP (C) and Minister Cotsis MP
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Premier Chris Minns: ‘‘In 2024, it’s not acceptable that a person in a wheelchair or a parent with a pram can’t access a station in NSW. 
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Member for Canterbury Sophie Cotsis:‘’Despite a strong community campaign led by myself and the Member for Rockdale Steve Kamper MP in 2017, the then Liberal Government ignored the Bardwell Park-Earlwood communities, where a huge number of seniors live in these suburbs. 
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Alarm bells should be ringing as China opens fifth Antarctica station, say Australian analysts
As China ramps up its presence in Antarctica, analysts say Australia is  'asleep at the wheel' - ABC News
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“So, they may not be looking to utilise this research station for anything other than collaborative international research for the next 20 years. Then all of a sudden, it’s a staging platform … to strike, to facilitate war if that day ever came.” Elizabeth Buchanan from the Australian National University’s National Security College
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“It’s relatively easier for China to come down to Antarctic waters, and fish in those areas, including for krill, which is a key food source for ecosystems and medicines,” Daniel Bray, an expert in international relations from La Trobe University.
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Egypt "categorically" denies allegations of its participation in the process of displacing Palestinians from Gaza to Sinai
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Nasrallah threatens Israel to "pay the price" for the blood of civilians killed in southern Lebanon
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Israeli Foreign Minister: We will coordinate with Egypt before the military operation in Rafah
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Egypt "categorically" denies allegations of its participation in the process of displacing Palestinians from Gaza to Sinai
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Response to Joint Statement of the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
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“While this statement is a step in the right direction, the desperate situation in Gaza requires more than words. There must be urgent, concrete action from the Australian Government.
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“An immediate and permanent ceasefire is unequivocally required. Australia along with like minded countries must do all it can to proactively push for this outcome.
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“If Israel continues to ignore the rulings of the ICJ, including the measures related to plausible genocide, then Australia must take action to escalate pressure on Israel, ... Critically, Australia should immediately end military cooperation and exports to Israel.
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“Finally, in line with ALP national policy, Australia should immediately recognise a sovereign Palestinian state. This is an essential prerequisite to a just and lasting peace.
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A negotiated political solution is needed to achieve lasting peace and security.
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“There is a growing international consensus. Israel must listen to its friends and it must listen to the international community.
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