SBS World News Radio Dec 18

Cuba and US restore diplomatic relations;Australia's Pakistani community in mourning;Young Aussies more likely to take sickies;

SBS World News Radio, 17 December

A Taliban attack on a Pakistani school draws global revulsion; The Islamic community responds to the Martin Place hostage tragedy; Secret recordings reveal...

Death of rare white rhino lamented

The death of a rare Northern white rhino at an American zoo has put the plight of the endangered species back in the spotlight.
Did the Sydney siege warrant such extensive medial coverage and how well did the media do its job?

Denmark claiming North Pole

Denmark has filed a claim with a United Nations panel over an area of the Arctic including the North Pole.
A senior federal government minister has urged the Australian public not to discriminate against the Muslim community in the wake of the Sydney siege.
Muslim leaders across Australia have rushed to condemn the Sydney hostage situation.
A defiant Dick Cheney has come out swinging after the CIA's interrogation program was heavily criticised by a Senate Intelligence Committee report.
The trade union movement says the federal government isn't giving enough priority to keeping Australians in work.
Foreign aid and public sector jobs have again become a casualty of the nation's worsening budget deficit.
New South Wales Police have begun a formal investigation into the hostage situation in central Sydney.

SBS World News Radio Dec 16

A hostage siege ends in Sydney;Anger over further aid cuts;Jamaican singer 'the next Bob Marley'.
A report into the Manus island riot in February this year that cost the life of one detainee has been damning about the federal government's role in the riots.
You may often hear complaints overseas, that the Australian accent is hard to understand.
Human rights groups are calling for the prosecution of US officials responsible for the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program detailed by a Senate intelligence...
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The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.
A European Union court has overturned a decision to include Palestinian group Hamas on the European Union's terrorist list.
An annual report on environmental conditions in the Arctic region has raised concerns about record high temperatures in Alaska.
A fascinating new study mapped the flow of information online, and it turns out Spanish makes way more global sense.
The debate surrounding pornography is complex - but a recent UK ban on depictions of female pleasure and dominance is a worrying new low.
The US has announced a thaw in relations with Cuba, saying it would work to re-establish diplomatic ties with Havana and ease trade and travel sanctions.
Sony has cancelled plans to release its comedy The Interview, after terrorism threats from anonymous hackers.