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Indonesia ‘evaluating’ recent executions

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Indonesia will not order the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran for at least another week.


Spokesman for Indonesia’s attorney-general, Tony Spontana, says the executions of six drug offenders held last week are still being evaluated.

“Evaluation on the first execution implementation is predicted to be finished this week,” he said on Monday.

“After the evaluation of the first executions is finished, then we will prepare for the second round.”

Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33, have had their pleas for presidential clemency rejected and are on track for the firing squad.

They were visited by family and friends on Monday.

Chan’s older brother Michael arrived, followed by Sukumaran’s mother Raji, wearing dark sunglasses.

Sukumaran’s younger brother Chintu went into the prison with his younger sister, Brintha, both looking upset after the visit.

Australia’s consul-general in Bali Majel Hind accompanied them.

None spoke to reporters.

The pair’s lawyers are preparing to file for another judicial review of their cases, but it’s uncertain the courts will hear a second extraordinary appeal.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo argues executions of drug offenders are needed to shock the nation out of its drugs crisis.

But lawyers for the Australians, as well as Prime Minister Tony Abbott, argue the men are reformed, and deserving of mercy.

Kerobokan prison governor Sudjonggo told reporters he saw Sukumaran meeting his mother and siblings in the visitors’ hall, and Chan with his brother in another room, but didn’t join them.

“I don’t want to bother them, let them make the most of the visiting hours,” he said.

“They have asked for more relaxed visiting hours, and with that, maybe (Sukumaran and Chan) will be stronger.”

Chan also requested a visit from a local religious minister on Monday, who led him in a prayer for courage.

Minister Marjuly Dolok Saribu told reporters his friend’s spirits were still high, despite what faced him.

“His cheerfulness remains the same,” he said.

“No fear shows in his face. Since we met at the Christmas church service, he has changed a lot, and it’s remarkable.

“He’s strong. God made him strong, if he was only using his own strength, all humans fear death.”

‘Fan coach’ helps Serena focus on way to quarters

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The 24th seed Muguruza, who stunned Williams in the second round at Roland Garros last year, threatened another upset as she tore through the first set with a barrage of sweetly-struck winners on a cool, windy day.


“Someone in the crowd said ‘come on Serena, use spin,'” Williams said in a courtside interview. “There’re coaches everywhere here.”

Williams later told reporters the advice had hit home.

“I was like, ‘you’re right. I’m trying to do that anyway, but I wasn’t doing it’.

“It’s been really great. I hear my name throughout the whole stadium like 360 (degrees). I don’t get that everywhere. It feels good.”

Williams has started slowly in all her matches at Melbourne Park before rallying and did so again against 21-year-old Muguruza, who showed she has the shots to trouble the world’s top players.

The American needed her ever-reliable serve to get her out of a number of jams and saved six break points in a fiercely contested second game of the decisive set.

The tough hold helped Williams zero in on the finish line and the American 18-times grand slam champion was bullet-proof from there on, though Muguruza scrapped hard until the final ball.

A fan may have woken Williams up, but her regular coach Patrick Mouratoglou was given most of the credit for keeping her at the top of the heap at the age of 33.

“I think Patrick has brought a lot more than one or two things,” said Williams.

“I think he’s brought a lot of consistency to my game, a lot of motivation, a lot of strategy. I go into a match knowing exactly what to expect, what to do.

“It makes my life a lot easier. The motivation is really unbelievable that he has. We’re a lot alike. He’s a perfectionist. I’m a perfectionist. So when I’m not where I need to be, he is there.

“He’s like, ‘you have to be better. There’s no other option but to be better’. If I want to continue to play, we’re working on new things.”

Williams was ecstatic with the win, having failed to get past the fourth round at any of the three slams apart from the U.S. Open last year.

She will play last year’s losing finalist Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the semi-finals, after the pint-sized Slovakian dumped out two-time champion Victoria Azarenka with an impressive display of clean hitting.


(Editing by John O’Brien/Sudipto Ganguly)

World failing Syria, Iraq refugees: Jolie

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The international community is failing in its duty to protect civilians affected by the conflict in Iraq and Syria, US actress Angelina Jolie says.


In her capacity as special envoy for the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), the Hollywood star visited Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis near Dohuk in northern Iraq on Sunday.

“I’m shocked by what I’ve seen today. This is my fifth visit to Iraq since 2007 and the suffering is worse than anything I’ve seen in that time,” she told reporters at a camp in Khanke.

Jolie last visited Iraq in 2012, before the Islamic State jihadist group became a dominant force in large parts of Syria and launched a devastating offensive in Iraq last year.

More than two million people have been internally displaced in Iraq over the past year alone. Nearly half of them have found refuge in Kurdistan and the numbers continue to grow.

“UNHCR received only half of the funding it needed in 2014 for programs in Iraq and Syria and is extremely concerned at the slow pace of pledges for this year. Without more assistance, the situation is unsustainable,” Jolie added.

“We are being tested here as an international community and so far, for all the immense efforts and good intentions, the international community failed,” she said.

Neil Wright, the UNHCR representative in Iraq, deplored that world powers’ financial pledges did not reflect the scope of a crisis that has forced more than 13 million people from their homes in Syria and Iraq.

“It is time to question whether the governments, whether the donors need to recalibrate the billions they are spending on military solutions and the millions that they are spending on relieving suffering amongst the displaced and amongst the communities who are so generously hosting them,” he said.

According to the UNHCR, more than 3.8 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and to Egypt.

Rain fails to dampen Obama’s parade cheer

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Rain failed to dampen spirits at India’s Republic Day parade as Barack Obama became the first US president to attend the spectacular military and cultural display in a sign of the nations’ growing closeness.


Thousands of cheering spectators braved wet weather and heavy security on Monday to watch the parade, which marks the birth of modern India and includes everything from tanks and state-of-the-art weaponry to camels and traditional dancers.

The invitation to the annual celebration is one of the biggest honours the country can bestow on a foreign leader and underscores the increasing warmth between Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The leaders smiled and chatted as they watched from behind a bulletproof glass screen, Modi sporting a green and orange hat with a pink circular plume that rivalled the spectacular military headgear on display.

Obama gave a thumbs-up as stunt-riders on motorbikes formed their trademark human pyramid before the grand finale of the event, a fly-past by Indian fighter jets.

The display of military might came a day after Obama and Modi renewed a defence cooperation agreement, with the United States and India both seeking a counter-balance to a rising China.

The mounted Border Security Force on their brightly-decorated camels, a traditional highlight, drew loud cheers from spectators who were out in force.

“This day is all about patriotism and I’m lucky to be a part of it,” said 20-year-old college student Ajith Kumar, attending the central Delhi event with his parents and younger sister.

“The fact that we have a guest like Obama has made it all the more special.”

Obama’s presence as chief guest represents a remarkable turnaround in his relationship with India’s new leader, who only a year ago was persona non grata in Washington.

He began his visit Sunday with a bear hug from Modi, later saying their new “friendship” reflected a natural affinity between the two countries.

“I’m honoured to be the first American president to attend this celebration, as well as the first president to visit India twice,” said Obama.

The parade celebrates the adoption in 1950 of the Indian Constitution – the day that India became a republic – more than two years after gaining independence from Britain.

A float representing Modi’s home state of Gujarat featured a statue of Sardar Patel, a founding father of the republic and personal hero of the premier, who is building the world’s tallest statue in his honour.

Alongside the carnival floats and military hardware were reminders of India’s achievements, including a dance by schoolchildren representing the country’s Mars mission.

Roads were closed around the area, which has been declared a no-fly zone, and snipers were positioned on rooftops along the route, where 15,000 new CCTV cameras have been installed.

No cameras were allowed near the spectacle, with even the White House press pack forced to hand over their phones.

The growing camaraderie between Modi and Obama comes after a tense row involving the arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat in New York marred relations in late 2013.

Sydney celebrates Australia Day

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Sydneysiders may have got a soaking as they turned out for Australia Day, but the wet weather didn’t seem to dampen spirits.


Thousands of people lined the harbourside to watch as the day was celebrated on the water where the annual ferry race and flotilla of flag-covered boats were the highlights.

The crowds also looked to the skies as RAAF jets and helicopters performed fly-pasts, while they joined in with a mass singalong of the national anthem.

Revellers draped themselves in large flags and wore patriotic T-shirts and baseball caps, while the wet weather meant brollies and ponchos were also in abundance.

Among those showing off their patriotic pride was Croatian-born Marie Pringle, who was dressed head to toe in blue complete with matching sparkly make up.

“I came here 44 years ago and it’s given me more opportunities than I could have ever had,” she told AAP. “Australia Day is more important to me than Christmas.

“It gave me the opportunity to have the beautiful life I’ve got here. I would never have the lifestyle that I do here.” Alan Riley, who described himself as “Sydney born and bred” was also dressed up for the occasion. “It’s all about celebrating the day,” he told AAP. “The rain doesn’t matter, we’ll soldier on.”

Mr Riley said he felt strongly about marking the day this year.

“It’s important to celebrate in light of recent events – things that have been happening in this country that just should not happen here,” he said.

“Days like today remind us of how fortunate we are to live in Australia.”

Tracy Cowie and her husband Les travelled down from Wollongong to celebrate in Sydney and got into the Aussie spirit by sitting out in the rain with a beer.

“It’s been on our bucket list,” she said of spending Australia Day in Sydney.

“We’re proud to be Aussie.

“It’s all about getting together and having fun.”

Earlier on Monday, the celebrations were kicked off with a 2.2km swim across the harbour while kids were kept entertained by a Wiggles’ performance.

But the unseasonable weather took its toll on some events, with the Big Thong Challenge at Bondi cancelled along with the scheduled fly-past of a Qantas jet over Sydney Harbour.

In true Aussie fashion, the day will be rounded off with a game of cricket with Australia playing India at the SCG.

Top 10 Prince Philip gaffesFACTBOX: Knights and Dames in Australia

Tony Abbott’s decision to honour the Duke of Edinburgh has sparked mockery on social media and condemnation from some fellow politicians.


Prince Philip was announced as one of two men honoured as Australia’s next knights today, almost a year after Mr Abbott reintroduced the honours.

The news sent “Philip” trending on social media, ahead of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s comments that the decision was outdated.

Mr Shorten told Fairfax Radio that he originally thought the news was a hoax.

He said he didn’t understand the government’s priorities in nominating Prince Philip, when they could have “picked someone who is Australian in character and activity”.

“It’s a time warp where we’re giving knighthoods to English royalty,” Mr Shorten said.

“On Australia Day, we’re talking about Australia, Australian identity, the Government’s managed to find a British royal to give a medal to, a knighthood to.”

Liberal leader Colin Barnett said he was also surprised at the news.

“I admit to being surprised,” Mr Barnett said.

“The Australian honours are generally for Australian citizens, however I don’t think it’s a big deal.

Meanwhile Northern Territory chief minister and Country Liberal Party leader Adam Giles was more scathing.

“It makes us a bit of a joke. It’s Australia Day, we’re not a bunch of tossers,” he said.

The prime minister dismissed that form of public opinion, standing “absolutely” by his decision.

“Social media is kind of like electronic graffiti. In the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

The monarchy has played an important part in Australia’s life since 1788, he said.

“Prince Philip has been a great servant of Australia, he’s been a great servant of all the countries of the Commonwealth.”

“He’s the patron of hundreds of organisations. He’s the inspiration and wellspring of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.”

Mr Abbott has been facing calls from within coalition ranks to lift his game, following a chaotic end to 2014 and an uncertain start to the new year.

He told reporters his government probably needed to be more consultative and collegial, but it seems he didn’t consult his colleagues about awarding a knighthood to a British royal on Australia Day.

“He didn’t really knight a prince, did he?” queried Labor MP Terri Butler, echoing the sentiment on social media.

Queensland Liberal Ewen Jones agreed with knights and dames for governors-general but no one else, especially British royals.

However Tasmanian MP Andrew Nikolic and West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith were supportive.

“No one can deny the warmth Australians feel towards the Queen, and by extension her partner in her life long service, Prince Philip,” Senator Smith told AAP.

Mr Abbott announced the new honour last March as a special recognition of those of pre-eminent achievement and merit.

The Hawke government had ended knighthoods in 1986.

The first were conferred on retiring governor-general Quentin Bryce, her successor and former defence force chief Peter Cosgrove, and retiring NSW governor Marie Bashir.

Prince Charles was make a Knight of the Order of Australia in 1981.

Champion Wawrinka and Nishikori advance

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One is amazed to be a grand slam winner, the other is unsure he’s even worthy of a top-five world ranking.


Either way, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori are fast looming as huge Australian Open title threats.

The pair lined up a quarter-final showdown at Melbourne Park with Wawrinka overcoming Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, while the Japanese fifth seed ousted another Spaniard David Ferrer.

Defending champion Wawrinka, ranked fourth, said he wasn’t thinking about winning another title just yet.

“I’m not focused to win a major, I’m taking match after match,” he said.

“It’s amazing I already did one.”

The fourth-seeded Swiss saved four set points in the fourth set to triumph 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8).

Wawrinka was 5-0 down in the fourth-set tiebreaker and then 6-2.

But after reeling off five straight points, Wawrinka converted at his second match point to move through after a tick over three hours.

It was his 11th straight at Melbourne Park, including last year’s four-set success over Rafael Nadal to take the title.

“I’m happy to get through,” Wawrinka said after clubbing 70 winners on Margaret Court Arena.

“It’s always great to play here, especially after what happened last year.”

Nishikori did it more comfortably against the Spanish veteran who has twice made the semi-finals in Melbourne, winning 6-3 6-3 6-3.

The Japanese No.1 has hit the big time on the back of a break-out 2014 when he became the first man from an Asian country to reach a grand slam final, losing the US Open title match to Marin Cilic.

He tightened a little in the final game but got home on his third match point in just over two hours.

It continued Nishikori’s recent dominance over the world No.10, having won their last five successive meetings.

“I’m always ready to play five sets against him so I was surprised to win in three,” Nishikori said.

“I’ve had three good matches here and have been hitting well so I’m happy.”

Nishikori and Wawrinka played an epic five-set quarter-final match at last year’s US Open, which he said gave him confidence he could go the distance and compete with the world’s best.

Despite his surge up the rankings, Nishikori said he didn’t feel he belonged just yet.

“I need some time to stay in this ranking for a couple of months and I will be more comfortable.”

Joining the pair in the quarter finals is big serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

The eighth seed outlasted Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 in over three hours and will play the winner of the Novak Djokovic-Giles Muller match in the other men’s quarter final.

Australia wary of UAE causing another Asian Cup upset

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Had everything followed the script, the host-nation would have been playing their semi-final at Sydney’s 84,000-seater Olympic Stadium on Monday, which also happens to be Australia’s National Day.


But after losing to South Korea in the group stage, Australia’s path was diverted and now they are playing their semi-final in Newcastle, a stadium with about a quarter of the capacity, against UAE, who upset Japan in the quarter-finals.

The Socceroos will go into Tuesday’s match as heavy favourites but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has been at pains to play down local expectations the result was a foregone conclusion.

“I haven’t seen a major tournament where the tournament goes to script,” Postecoglou said.

“We haven’t looked past our next opponent. If people were assuming we were preparing to meet a certain team in the final, they have missed the point of what we have been doing.

“We didn’t want to be the ones who missed out on a semi-final because we were thinking so far ahead.”

Most people expected Japan to beat UAE and join Australia in the semis but Postecoglou said he had been keeping a close eye on UAE in case they met each other.

The teams played a friendly last year which ended in a scoreless draw and Postecoglou is acutely aware of their ability, especially with star midfielder Omar Abdulrahman.

“We have got a great respect for them and we have been tracking them since the World Cup,” he said.

“We had a feeling they could be an opponent, as even though we did not get them in the group, we thought they would be one of the teams we would get in the knockout rounds.

“We know them really well and we have analysed them well and we know it will be a tough challenge for us.”

Australia will be boosted by the return of key defender Matthew Spiranovic, who missed the quarter-final win over China due to suspension.

Spiranovic is likely to be rushed back into the starting lineup in one of several changes the Australians hope will give them the edge over UAE.

“Everyone has pulled up really well from the quarter-final game. Everyone is available and in good condition which means they have played enough games, but not too many in the most part,” said Postecoglou.

“We will make some changes, but they will be designed around putting out a team who we think can be successful.”

(Writing by Julian Linden in Sydney; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

US cops threatened by tracking app

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Sheriffs in the US are pressuring Google to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby.


They say one of the technology industry’s most popular mobile apps could put officers’ lives in danger.

Waze, which Google purchased for $US966 million ($A1.23 billion) in 2013, is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking.

Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for real-time traffic guidance and warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents, speed traps or traffic cameras, construction zones, stalled vehicles or unsafe weather conditions.

To Sergio Kopelev, a reserve deputy sheriff in California, Waze is also a stalking app for law enforcement.

There are no known connections between any attack on police and Waze, but Kopelev and others are concerned it’s only a matter of time. They are seeking support among law enforcement trade groups to pressure Google.

Brown and Kopelev raised concerns during the meeting of the National Sheriffs Association winter conference in Washington.

They pointed to the Instagram account of the man accused of fatally shooting two New York Police Department officers last month.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted a screenshot from Waze along with messages threatening police. Investigators do not believe he used Waze to ambush the officers, in part because police say Brinsley tossed his mobile phone far from where he shot the officers.

The emerging policy debate places Google again at the centre of a global debate about public safety, consumer rights and privacy.

A Waze spokeswoman, Julie Mossler, said the company works with the New York Police Department and others around the world.

“These relationships keep citizens safe, promote faster emergency response and help alleviate traffic congestion,” Mossler said.

Google declined to comment.

Indigenous community marks ‘Survival Day’

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For far north Queensland indigenous elder June Noble, January 26 is a day to reflect on the hardships her people have been through.


It’s also a time to share her culture with the younger generation to ensure it survives into the future.

“Australia Day means looking back from the hardships people went through to where we are,” the 55-year-old told AAP from the indigenous community of Yarrabah, south of Cairns, on Monday.

“It shows that we have survived a long period of hardship, sadness, loneliness.

“We have survived no matter what has been thrown at the people.”

Ms Noble joined other Yarrabah residents for Survival Day events in the 4000-strong community which sits in a picturesque bay dotted with palm trees.

Bands played throughout the day, fishers were dotted along the beach hopeful of a bite, kids built sandcastles and others prepared BBQs or took part in horse races.

Ms Noble, who has been weaving since she was a child herself, helped kids prepare and weave flax and grass at a weaving workshop, while other children painted the indigenous flag nearby.

Like so many Australians, Danton Noble reckons January 26 is a day for family and friends to come together.

“It’s about getting together with the people for Survival Day,” the 30-year-old told AAP as he helped his son break sticks to stoke a fire for a BBQ.

With high temperatures scorching much of the state, many Queenslanders in other parts of the state fired up the barbie, swam at the beach or went to one of the many Australia Day events.

South Bank in Brisbane came alive with music and art installations, while a flag-raising ceremony was held at the army barracks in Townsville.

It featured a 21-gun salute and an air force fly-over.

With less than a week until Queenslanders head to the polls, Premier Campbell Newman and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk both spent part of the day in their Brisbane electorates.

Meanwhile, Australia Day citizenship ceremonies were held across the state.

More than 100 Queenslanders have been recognised in the honours list for their contribution to the nation.