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Australia relents on Tamil family, but won’t allow them home

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Murugappans moved to ‘community detention’ in Perth – thousands of kilometres from their home – while youngest daughter battles deadly infection.

Australia says it will allow a Tamil family of four to leave immigration detention on remote Christmas Island, but instead of allowing them to return to their home in Queensland will place them into “community detention” in the western city of Perth, some 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles) away.

The Murugappans, whose two children were born in Australia, were sent to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, after the asylum claims of parents Nades and Priya were rejected, and while the courts considered their legal appeals and the situation of their youngest daughter, Tharunicca.

Their plight was thrust into the spotlight again last week after the three-year-old had to be medically evacuated to a Perth hospital because of a serious blood infection thought to have developed as a result of pneumonia that had been left untreated.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke, who did not mention the family by name, said that in making his decision he was “balancing the government’s ongoing commitment to strong border protection policies with appropriate compassion in circumstances involving children in held detention”.

Angela Fredericks, a friend of the Murugappans who has been leading the campaign for their return, said that while news the family would be reunited was welcome, they should be allowed to return to Biloela.

“Community detention is no guarantee of safety and peace for this family,” Fredericks said in a statement. “Nades is keen to get back work in Biloela to support his young family, Priya wants to enrol Kopika at Biloela State School to continue her education, and we promised little Tharni a big birthday party when she got home. Australia knows this family’s home is in Biloela.”

The family of four was suddenly removed from their home in an early morning raid by immigration officials in March 2018, and sent to an immigration detention centre in Melbourne, Australia’s second-biggest city. Their case prompted a nationwide outcry in a country notorious for its hardline approach to asylum seekers and refugees, sending thousands who tried to arrive by sea to “offshore processing centres” and telling them they will never be allowed to settle in the country.

The family’s treatment has caused outrage in Austtralia where the right-wing government is notorious for its hardline immigration policies [File: James Ross/EPA]

Nadesalingam and Priya, who are Tamils from Sri Lanka, arrived separately by boat in 2012 and 2013, and sought asylum. They met and married in Australia, but were detained after Priya’s visa expired.

“The government would not be removing the family from detention this week if Tharunicca hadn’t become seriously ill,” the University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan wrote in the Conversation. “To the extent the government is exercising compassion now, it is compassion driven by the bad publicity it is suffering.”

Writing on Twitter, opposition leader Antony Albanese recalled visiting Biloela in 2019 and the community’s love for the young family, “It was clear to me that this family should be allowed to go HomeToBilo. Let’s just get it done.” he said.

The state premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk also showed her support for the family.

“It’s a long way from Biloela where their friends and neighbours have campaigned for so many years for their freedom,” she said in a statement. “Biloela is a community of 6,000. Everyone knows each other and looks after each other. I look forward to the day when the family can home to Bilo.”

In October 2019, the United Nations requested that Australia allow the family to stay and gave the government 30 days to comply.

Last week, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said the government was looking at “resettlement options” for the family, but in a third country rather than Australia.

Although born in Australia, Tharunicca and Kopika, do not have the right to Australian citizenship by birth.

An attempt to deport the family was made in August 2019 after their asylum applications were rejected, but a Federal Court judge granted a last-minute injunction forcing their plane, which was en route to Sri Lanka, to land in Darwin. Their legal action continues.



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“Bachelorette” Mud Wrestle, Drake vs. Referee & Destiny’s Backlash – E! Online

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Katie makes the guys wrestle for love, Drake's exchange during LeBron James' son's game and why are people hating on Destiny's Child "Cater 2 You"?!

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OMG Reality: “KUWTK” Tipsy Kris Jenner & Sexy Cabin Getaway – E! Online

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The "KUWTK" reunion goes BTS, Kalani and hubby spice things up on "90 Day Fiance" and a man is swallowed by a whale!

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The Bachelorette’s Katie Thurston Mocks Cody and Sandy the Blow-Up Doll After Stunning Dismissal – E! Online

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One guy just blew his chances with Katie Thurston, and the star of The Bachelorette couldn’t be happier to take the wind out of his sails. 

During the ABC dating series’ Monday, June 14 episode, the tension between Aaron and Cody, which was hinted at in last week’s premiere, came to a head during the mud-wrestling group date that saw the two of them paired up for an intense one-on-one match. Aaron emerged victorious and was named the date’s winner, and immediately afterward, Katie pulled him aside to delve into why the two men had such frayed feelings. 

“We knew each other before, and so I was surprised to see him here, actually, but we’re not really cool,” Aaron explained to her. “I know he really wants to become famous or get on the show for those reasons.”

Katie then relayed Aaron’s concerns to Cody, who previously had been best known for his curious decision to bring a blow-up doll named Sandy with him in the limo, and also stood out for his equally curious job title of “zipper sales manager.” 

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WW2: Unearthing Taiwan’s forgotten prisoner of war camps

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He believes history should be taught and more should be done to honour the soldiers who fought in the Asia Pacific, so that history is not repeated. After the war ended, several of the camps’ Japanese officers and Taiwanese guards were convicted in wartime tribunals and sentenced to prison, but many were later granted amnesty.

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15 Gender-Neutral Apparel & Beauty Brands We’re Loving – E! Online

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Let’s face it, fashion and beauty are for everyone!

Over the past few years, many brands have ditched gendered marketing and opted for more inclusive messaging that caters to all individuals regardless of how they identify. Not mention, celebs like Harry Styles have helped break down gender norms and change the way we view gender in relation to beauty and fashion. From makeup and skincare to clothing and fragrances, we’re rounded up 15 of our favorite gender-neutral brands that are making the beauty and fashion spaces more accessible, welcoming and celebratory of all individuals.

See below for our picks!

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How To Write Yourself a RomCom: Starstruck Star & Creator Rose Matafeo on Being the Male Gaze – E! Online

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In fact, the opening scenes may or may not be based on Matafeo’s own experiences. 

“You can kind of find yourself in these encounters where you, like, meet a total celebrity on a random night out,” she says. “I have had friends who that has totally happened to. Actually, me. It has happened to me, as well, in weird and wonderful ways. It’s all gonna be added to the memoir one day.” 

The show includes a whole lot of herself—written by Matafeo for Matafeo—and sometimes it’s a little too close for comfort in other ways. 

“You are writing yourself lines that are like you’re flirting with yourself when you’re writing, and you’re like, ew, that’s gross,” she says. “It feels weird. It feels like, ‘Oh, you think someone would like you this much, Rose?’ Sometimes you do feel pathetic, fantasizing about someone liking you, and you’re like, ‘What the hell am I doing, writing this poor guy into this sordid tale of one night stands and falling in love?'” 

She compares herself to Jimmy Stewart in the movie Vertigo, when he gives Kim Novak a makeover to turn her into his perfect woman. 

“Like, I feel like the male gaze now, which is disgusting,” she jokes. 

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US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

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Symbolic vote expected later this week as lawmakers and Joe Biden seek to revise and update legal basis for US military action.

The United States House of Representatives will vote later this week to repeal the authorisation of war that Congress gave to former President George W Bush in 2002 enabling the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The motion to repeal the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, coming for the first time with support from President Joe Biden, is expected to be taken up in the House on Thursday, CNN reported.

The Biden administration said on Monday that the US “has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis” and its repeal “would likely have minimal impact on current military operations”.

But the upcoming vote is seen as a start in a larger debate in the US Congress about revising and re-establishing the US legal basis for the deployment of military forces in Iraq and elsewhere in what congressional critics call the “forever wars”.

“The President is committed to working with the Congress to ensure that outdated authorizations for the use of military force are replaced with a narrow and specific framework appropriate to ensure that we can continue to protect Americans from terrorist threats,” the White House said in a statement on Monday supporting the House repeal.

However, without a replacement authorisation that addresses modern-day circumstances in Iraq, repeal of the US law faces scepticism from legislators in the Senate, which also must agree for the House resolution to take effect.

“The 2002 AUMF was largely about Saddam Hussein, it is also clearly used to address terrorist threats in and emanating from Iraq,” said Representative Michael McCaul.

“Unless we hear from our military that the 2002 AUMF no longer serves the purpose of protecting Americans, we should not repeal before replacing,” said McCaul, a Republican.

The issue came to the fore most recently with the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by US forces on Iraqi soil, an act many members of Congress viewed as unjustified and reckless. The Trump administration later cited the 2002 Iraq war authorisation as legal justification for the Soleimani hit.

US and NATO troops invaded Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks and the former Bush administration then pushed for and obtained authorisation from Congress to invade Iraq in a preemptive war to topple Saddam Hussein and prevent Iraq from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.

The Bush administration’s pretext for invading Iraq was later shown to be based on false claims and former President Barack Obama agreed to withdraw most US forces from Iraq in 2011.

Some US forces remain in Iraq following US-led campaigns to push back the ISIL (ISIS) group (ISIS) and contain the civil war in Syria. US forces have continued to clash with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

“There are Iran sponsored terrorist groups active today inside Iraq who threaten our diplomats, our soldiers and our citizens,” McCaul said.

Defense Department lawyers in the prior Trump administration had strongly opposed a stand-alone repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF because it would remove the authority for US military action against the militia groups.

Nevertheless, there is broad support among Democrats in Congress repeal of the 2002 authorisation of war in Iraq, as well as an earlier 2001 authorisation Congress passed related to al-Qaeda and Afghanistan.

Biden has put in motion plans to withdraw US and allied foreign troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks.

Across the years, both the 2001 and 2002 AMUFs have been used by successive presidents to justify a range of military actions, including drone attacks in Yemen, that in some cases have little to do with the original conflicts Congress sought to address.

“The idea that they have not been repealed or ended just doesn’t make any sense,” said Representative Jim McGovern, a leading Democrat.

“It’s either that we just haven’t done our due diligence, or we are not keeping a close watch on these things,” McGovern said on Monday.



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All the Details on The Bachelorette Season 17 Episode 2 Fashion – E! Online

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Last week we got to meet the men vying for Katie Thurston’s heart on The BacheloretteThis week, the lead went on her first dates with the guys, which included some guidance from co-hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristoweand a whole lot of denim. We watch this show for the love (fingers crossed), the meme material, and, of course, the style. We are going to take note of the most memorable outfits every single episode, try to track them down, and search for some alternatives so you don’t have to do any work yourself.

We found options for a wide range of budgets, with size options for petite, tall, plus, maternity, and even babies. Yes, babies, because seeing a child in a crystal fringe denim jacket is just too rose-worthy to pass up.

From the western-inspired looks (which are perfect concert attire) to blazers that are a bit more versatile, Katie, Tayshia, Kaitlyn, and guest star Heather McDonald’s looks all deserved some roses. When we say we’re “here for the right reasons,” we really mean that we are all about the fashions. 

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