Former prime minister John Howard says he has no regrets about convincing Malcolm Turnbull not to quit politics – despite it starting a chain of events that led to the overthrow of his protégé Tony…
Former prime minister John Howard, whose sage words of wisdom have been absorbed by both Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, never thought it would end like this.In April 2010, after being narrowly ousted as Opposition Leader in favour of Mr Abbott, Mr Turnbull announced he would quit Parliament.Within days, he was having second thoughts. So he turned to the nation’s second-longest serving leader for what would prove to be fortuitous words of advice.’It was certainly the case that I urged him not to go,’ Mr Howard told a press conference in Sydney, around an hour after Mr Abbott said his final words to the nation as PM. ‘I urged him not to go’: Prime Minister John Howard was filled with words of praise …

UK Government to Send Humanitarian Aid to Aleppo Evacuees – Minister The United Kingdom plans to provide clean water, food and medical care to millions of Syrians, including those who have been displaced from Aleppo and those currently seeking refuge in Jordan, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 10 million pounds ($12 million) worth of funding for Syria, channeled through trusted partners, will cover food parcels for nearly half a million people, blankets and mattresses for more than 100,000 people, medical supplies, equipment for childbirth and maternity care, basic surgical supplies and the provision of clean drinking water and improved sanitation. "Britain is urgently sending blankets, medical kit, clean water and food that will mean the difference between life and death for those fleeing Aleppo and those caught in freezing conditions in the city...

Russia To Discuss Rebel Withdrawal From Aleppo With U.S. Russia says it will hold talks with the United States on a complete rebel withdrawal from the Syrian city of Aleppo, where forces allied to the Syrian government have made sweeping advances. Syrian rebel groups, however, rejected the idea of evacuating Aleppo, around two-thirds of which has been seized by government forces in recent weeks. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks with Washington on the withdrawal of rebels would begin in Geneva on December 6 or 7. There was no immediate comment from Washington, which has backed some of the rebels. "Those armed groups who refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be considered to be terrorists," Lavrov told reporters on December 5. "We will treat them as such, as terrorists, as extremists and will support a Syrian ...

Bail set at $1 million in fatal Bothell shooting BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) -- A judge has set bail at $1 million for a 22-year-old Seattle man arrested in a fatal shooting in Bothell.The Daily Herald reports (https://goo.gl/z7FxmD ) that according to police, the suspect said he was acting in self-defense while being robbed when he shot and killed a 36-year-old man Friday afternoon.But investigators say the victim was shot in the back. The victim's mother called 911 to report the shooting just after 3 p.m. Friday. She said she heard her son yelling "no" and saw him running away from the suspect's car when a gunshot rang out and he fell to the ground. She said her son was unarmed.The 22-year-old is being held for investigation of ...

Security Council approves motion demanding end to Israeli settlements The UN Security Council has passed a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from U.S. president-elect Donald Trump as well as Israel and several U.S. senators who urged Washington to use its veto. The United States abstained Friday from voting on the resolution, which passed with 14 of 15 Security Council members in favour. This is a relatively rare step by Washington, which usually shields Israel from such action. The resolution had been abruptly withdrawn by Egypt on Thursday but later presented by four other members.  A U.S. abstention will likely be seen as parting shot by U.S. President Barack Obama, who has had an acrimonious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and who has made settlements a major target...

Asia stocks, bonds to struggle as Fed flags more hikes Asian markets were set for a rough ride on Thursday after the Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time in a year and hinted at the risk of a faster pace of tightening than investors were positioned for.Yields on short-term U.S. debt surged to the highest since 2009, sending the dollar to peaks not seen in almost 14 years.Wall Street suffered its biggest percentage decline since before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, though the loss was slight compared with gains of the last month or so.The Fed's rate rise of 25 basis points to 0.5-0.75 percent was well flagged but investors were spooked when the "dot plots" of members' projections showed a median of three hikes next year, up from two previously.Fed Chair...

New start-up wave challenges Japan's aversion to risk A wave of start-ups is emerging in famously risk-averse Japan as cash-rich corporations increasingly delegate the task of keeping pace with technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics to smaller, nimbler businesses.Japan has been dry ground for start-ups, given the shame that entrepreneurs and investors associate with failure, but it is on track for a record funding year for unlisted start-ups, exceeding the dot-com bubble of 2000, according to a private research firm."The fundraising environment has improved a lot compared with a few years ago," said Ken Tamagawa, 40-year-old CEO of Soracom Inc, which helps companies set up platforms allowing devices to communicate with each other via the "Internet of Things".It raised 3 billion yen ($25.6 million) from...

Missing JNU student case: Delhi HC directs lie detector test on 9 suspects in connections ... With the first year M Sc Biotechnology student’s disappearance, JNU students, along with Najeeb’s family had been protesting at the campus with claims for the arrest of the ABVP students. (PTI) Over the ongoing investigation on JNU scholar Najeeb Ahmed’s mysterious disappearance, the Delhi High Court had, today, directed the police to conduct lie detector tests of 9 suspects allegedly having connection in the case and the matter had been adjourned till January 23rd, next year. In a status report submitted at the court, the Delhi police had stated that 560 police officials along with the dog squad had conducted search operations at the JNU campus for two days, in the presence of the missing student’s mother and brother. Earlier, yesterday, the police, after their second day of search...