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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.

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news sent “Philip” trending on social media, ahead of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s comments that the decision was outdated.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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Greeks wake to new political era

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Greece has awoken to a new era of defiant anti-austerity after voters handed a decisive victory to radical left party Syriza, putting the country on a collision course with the EU and international creditors.

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In a result that exceeded analysts’ expectations, Syriza and its 40-year-old leader Alexis Tsipras won 149 seats in the 300-seat Greek parliament, just two short of an absolute majority, with most of the votes counted.

Incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy party was routed and reduced to around 76 seats. European finance ministers are set to meet on Monday when they will have the first chance to discuss the Syriza victory, which is likely to renew fears Greece could be forced out of the eurozone if it defaults on its debt repayments.

Syriza will become the first anti-austerity party to take power in Europe and Tsipras will be Greece’s youngest prime minister in 150 years. He told thousands of flag-waving supporters in Athens Sunday: “Greece is leaving behind disastrous austerity.”

Tsipras repeated his vow to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s 240 billion ($A340.38 billion) bailout with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, but struck a more conciliatory tone than during his fiery campaign. “The new Greek government will be ready to cooperate and negotiate for the first time with our peers a just, mutually beneficial and viable solution,” the former Communist youth activist said.

An EU source conceded on Sunday that an improved deal on the bailout would have to be struck with the new force in Greek politics. “We will not escape a re-negotiation,” the source said.

Tsipras will quickly come under pressure at home to keep pledges such as raising the minimum wage and increasing pensions for the poorest.

The euro briefly sank to a new 11-year low against the US dollar in Asian trade and stock markets fell over fears that Greece’s international bailout could be in doubt and lead to its exit from the eurozone – a so-called “Grexit”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seen as the driving force in the EU’s austerity drive, said on Friday she wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone “despite the difficulties”.

Syriza says it does not want to give up the euro. Sunday’s parliamentary polls were Greece’s fourth in five years, including back-to-back votes in 2012.

During that time the economy has shrunk by a quarter and unemployment has soared beyond 25 per cent. Samaras had pleaded with voters not to turn away from the painful public sector spending cuts he had supported, saying they were helping Greece emerge from recession.

But in a sombre statement conceding defeat, he said: “I hand over a country that is part of the EU and the euro. For the good of this country, I hope the next government will maintain what has been achieved.” Syriza’s victory could inspire other radical parties opposed to austerity in Europe, such as Spain’s Podemos.

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias told a rally of his supporters in the Spanish city of Valencia on Sunday: “Hope is coming, fear is fleeing.

Syriza, Podemos, we will win.” British Prime Minister David Cameron, the first EU leader to react to Syriza’s victory, tweeted that it would “increase economic uncertainty across Europe”. However other European countries struck a warmer tone, saying they were prepared to work with a Syriza government.

French President Francois Hollande congratulated Tsipras on his party’s victory and “expressed his desire… to continue the close cooperation between our two countries,” the presidency said.

The home team beat Gabon 2-0 on Sunday to finish second in Group B and will now play their quarter-final at Ebibeyin on Saturday.

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But the recently-built 5,000-seater stadium is patently too small for the expected turnout as the small country rides a euphoric wave after their surprise victory over their neighbours.

The Nations Cup has already seen spectators breaking through fences at the opening game in Bata on Jan. 17 with the 35,000-capcity stadium there overflowing.

At other venues, segregated areas for VIPS and media have also been overrun at times by supporters, who poorly trained police have been unable to control.

In Ebibeyin, organisers are using recruits from a nearby police college to provide security with assistance from police from Angola.

A force of 350 has come from Luanda to help Equatorial Guinea in an admission of the shortcomings of the capacity of domestic security forces. Moving the quarter-final to a bigger venue to avoid a potential disaster would be unprecedented but is likely to be discussed by CAF and the organisers on Monday, officials told Reuters.

Equatorial Guinea are due to play the winner of Group B, which will be decided on Monday, at the Estadio de Ebibeyin at 1900GMT on Saturday.

That is after the first quarter-final between Congo and the runners-up in Group B at Bata at 1600.

Authorities could now be looking to play the two matches as a double header in Bata, which is the largest venue in the country and where Equatorial Guinea have played their three group games in front of packed crowds.

Bata also hosts the final of the Nations Cup on Feb. 8.

(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

Nigerians told to fight Boko Haram

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A curfew imposed in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri after a weekend Boko Haram attack has been lifted, as the state governor urged residents to stay and fight.

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The restive city has been on lock-down since Sunday morning, when the Islamist militants launched a dawn raid that was later repelled by the military.

The military high command in Abuja has said “scores” of Boko Haram fighters were killed as soldiers using heavy weaponry with air support halted the rebel advance.

The attack came a day after President Goodluck Jonathan visited the city as part of his re-election campaign and again vowed to end the six-year insurgency.

Fears have been growing for months about a large-scale attack, as the militants captured swathes of territory in Borno State, of which Maiduguri is the capital.

State governor Kashim Shettima told BBC radio’s Hausa-language service on Monday that the curfew was imposed “to enable security personnel to carry out their operations”.

But with the city gripped by the possibility that the rebels will try to attack again – and news that Boko Haram had captured the nearby town of Monguno – he called for calm.

“I call on the people of Borno State not to panic,” he said. “This is our land. No fear, no flight, no retreat. We should not flee.

“We have a history dating back 1000 years and I swear by Allah we are going to subdue them (Boko Haram).”

Two security sources said on Sunday that Monguno, which is about 125 kilometres north of Maiduguri, had fallen into rebel hands.

Boko Haram overran the town and captured a military barracks, from which it is feared that it will launch a fresh strike on Maiduguri, where the group was founded in 2002.

PM welcomes 25 new Aussies to the fold

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has wrapped up the official citizenship ceremony in Canberra having his photograph taken with a group of enthusiastic new Aussies.

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Mr Abbott presided as 25 people from 15 countries pledged allegiance to Australia at the national Australia Day citizenship ceremony, and presented them with their certificates.

Around Australia, almost 16,000 people from 152 countries became Australian citizens at 333 similar ceremonies.

“All of you have voted quite literally with your feet for Australia. Your lives will be the better for your decision and our lives and our country will be the better for your decision,” Mr Abbott said.

The 25 in Canberra were delighted – and at least one has big ambitions.

“I was introduced to the concept of the Australian of the Year. I was truly fascinated and inspired that … the people decide to honour extraordinary people,” said Netherlands-born meteorologist Pierre Kemmers.

“Since then, I have set my ambition to become, one day – I’m not sure for what – Australian of the Year. This is my first essential step.”

Chinese-born lawyer Eric Liu told Mr Abbott one of the nicest things he’s likely to hear all day.

“I told the prime minister he looks very dashing, even in person,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Abbott praised new Australian figureheads, starting with Australian of the Year anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, whose son Luke was murdered by her ex-husband in 2014.

“We know Rosie that you still mourn. We know that you still grieve. Yet we know that you still strive to build a better Australia and will do so every day for the rest of your life.”

He said Australia Day was an occasion to “rededicate ourselves to our great national cause … building a better, fairer, stronger and more prosperous Australia.

“It’s a day where we commit ourselves to be more than just beneficiaries of our country’s bounty, but to be contributors as well.”

More controversially, he praised Prince Philip, one of two prominent figures he’s honoured with a knighthood in the Order of Australia. The other is former defence chief Angus Houston.

“I particularly acknowledge Prince Philip for his long life of duty and service and I salute Sir Angus Houston,” he said.

Rebels kill more than 40 Philippine police

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More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels which erupted while they were chasing one of the region’s most wanted militants, police say.

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The clash – which broke out despite a peace pact with the main rebel group – was “the single largest loss of life in recent memory by our security forces”, said interior minister Manuel Roxas on Monday.

A total of 43 commandos were killed Sunday in the remote town of Mamasapano, a known rebel stronghold, on Mindanao island in the south, the national police chief Leonardo Espina told a news conference.

Regional police spokeswoman Judith Ambong said separately the bodies of 49 policemen were recovered.

Eleven police were injured but there was no information on any Muslim rebel casualties.

Almost 400 police commandos swooped before dawn on the hideout of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a splinter group which rejects the peace pact, in search of Zulkifli bin Hir.

Roxas said police claimed to have killed Zulkifli, a bombmaker for the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group which staged the 2002 Bali bombings and other deadly attacks.

He is among the United States’ most wanted militants, with a $US5 million ($A6.36 million) bounty for his capture.

But as the commandos were leaving they encountered the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), sparking a “misencounter”, he said.

The 10,000-strong MILF, the main Muslim rebel group in the south, signed a peace treaty with the government in March last year.

The BIFF, a breakaway faction of several hundred Muslim gunmen, was not part of the deal.

President Benigno Aquino ordered an investigation into the incident, a major test of the accord intended to end a 40-year insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The MILF said police did not coordinate the operation as required under the ceasefire accord.

“There will be an impact but we are hopeful and confident that this will not derail the peace talks,” Roxas said.

He said Zulkifli was believed killed based on pictures from the encounter site, but his body had not been recovered or positively identified.

The Malaysian is the most prominent of the 10 to 12 foreign JI members believed hiding in the Philippines. He slipped into the southern region in 2003 and has since been training local militants, according to the military.