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news round-up 20.10.15

 

Image: Daniel Lobo

Image: Daniel Lobo

In Australia

Former Bulldogs player, Hazem El-Masri, has been charged with appalling domestic violence offences involving his 25-year-old wife.

Medical marijuana might finally become legal in Australia, following Greens minster Shane Rattenbury’s introduction of a legislation to establish an ACT scheme for the cultivation and supply of medical cannabis.

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, over the weekend to discuss New Zealand’s frustration with Australia’s detention centre and deportation issues.

The Coalition have surged ahead in the polls under Malcom Turnbull’s leadership, with Labor’s primary vote plunging by 30%.

Australia is expected to join the US in extending military deployment in Afghanistan until at least 2017, to avoid chaos returning to the region.

 

Elsewhere in the world

Bradley Cooper has said he will support female co-stars on pre-production salary negotiations, following Jennifer Lawrence’s claims that she is angry at herself for not being a better negotiator when it comes to equal pay in Hollywood.

Frightening phone recordings have documented an Uber driver threatening to rape and kill a San Francisco passenger.

Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary series The Jinx, is being sued by the family of his late wife for wrongful death, in an attempt to gain the power over her estate. Kathie Durst mysteriously vanished after fighting with her husband. Currently Robert Durst is jailed for gun charges and is awaiting trial for the death of his friend Susan Berman.

 

New Scientific Discoveries

A new study has found that health supplements have resulted in 23,000 hospital visits in the US each year.

Alcohol and the hormone produced when one is in love have almost identical effects on behavior, according to a study published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors appear to have gotten less sleep then we do, despite our constant contact with glowing streetlights, smartphones and televisions.

A six-year anti-vaxxer funded study has found that there is absolutely no link between vaccinations and autism. Thankfully, none of the poor monkeys involved in the study contracted autism-like symptoms after being injected with vaccines thought to have caused autism. Good job anti-vaxxers, good job *face palm*.

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