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Australian nun in last-minute appeal of Manila deportation

Australian nun in last-minute appeal of Manila deportationAn elderly Australian nun facing deportation after angering Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a last-minute appeal against the order on Friday, the deadline for her to leave the country. Sister Patricia Fox, 71, has been accused of illegally engaging in political activism as the government cracks down on foreign critics on its soil. Duterte, who accuses the Melbourne native of “disorderly conduct”, had the immigration service detain her briefly last month, after which her missionary visa was cancelled.



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Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in Malaysia

Australian grandmother Maria Exposto sentenced to death for drugs in MalaysiaAn Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Thursday sentenced to death after an earlier acquittal was overturned, her lawyer said. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 while in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport with 1.1 kilos (2.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine stitched into the compartment of a backpack she was carrying. The 54-year-old was cleared in December of trafficking after a High Court judge ruled she did not know she was transporting the drugs. But prosecutors challenged the decision and an appeals court overturned the acquittal Thursday, and found her guilty, her lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said. Anyone caught with at least 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of crystal meth is considered a trafficker in Muslim-majority Malaysia, and death by hanging is mandatory in the case of a conviction. FAQ | Methamphetamine Shafee slammed the ruling as "perverse" and said Exposto would make a final appeal to the country's top court. "I thought there was an overwhelming case for the defence. I am shocked with the decision," he said. The mother of four argued she did not know about the hidden stash of "ice". She said she had been fooled into carrying the bag after travelling to China to see someone she met online called "Captain Daniel Smith", who had claimed to be a US serviceman. After engaging in a long online romance, Exposto had travelled to Shanghai to see "Smith". But she did not succeed in meeting her supposed love interest while there and ended up being given a bag by a stranger, who asked her to take it to Melbourne. When she arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to change flights, she mistakenly went through immigration as she was unfamiliar with the airport. She voluntarily offered her bags for customs inspection and the drugs were discovered. There are at least 900 people on death row in Malaysia, officials have said, but executions have been rare in recent years. Malaysian lawmakers have voted to amend legislation so that capital punishment is no longer mandatory in drug-trafficking cases. But the changes have not yet come into force as they must be passed by the upper house. Two Australians were hanged in Malaysia in 1986 for heroin trafficking – the first Westerners to be executed in the country – in a case that strained relations. In 2013 Dominic Bird, a former truck driver from Perth, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught with 167 grams of crystal methamphetamine.



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Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-trafficking

Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-traffickingA Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging an Australian mother of three, for trafficking more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the Southeast Asian nation, but her lawyer said she was appealing. Prosecutors had sought the appeals court conviction, which overturned the earlier acquittal of Maria Exposto, 54, of charges of smuggling the drugs in a backpack in Dec. 2014, after she said she was duped in an online scam. Tania Scivetti, a lawyer representing Exposto, who hails from Sydney, said her team had filed an appeal in a federal court.



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Australian police find seven dead in rural town, guns seized

Australian police find seven dead in rural town, guns seizedBy Colin Packham and Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian police found seven dead people on Friday, including four children, in a rural town in the Margaret River wine-growing region, and said guns were involved in the killings. The bodies of four children and three adults were found at or near a property in Osmington near the southwestern tip of Australia, Western Australia’s Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson told a news conference.



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Australian centenarian commits assisted suicide in Switzerland

Australian centenarian commits assisted suicide in SwitzerlandA 104-year-old Australian scientist on Thursday committed assisted suicide in Switzerland where he went to die after his home country denied him the right to seek help in taking his own life. David Goodall did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to end it. Goodall “died peacefully” in Basel, tweeted Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the organisation which helped Goodall make the journey from Australia.



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Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in SwitzerlandLIESTAL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said.



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104-year-old Australian breaks into joyful song as he awaits death

104-year-old Australian breaks into joyful song as he awaits deathA 104-year-old Australian scientist burst into song Wednesday as he told a roomful of journalists that he was looking forward to finally being allowed to end his life. David Goodall does not have a terminal illness but says his quality of life has deteriorated significantly in recent years and that he wants to die.



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104-year-old Australian scientist dies after flying to Switzerland to end his life

104-year-old Australian scientist dies after flying to Switzerland to end his lifeAustralia's oldest scientist has died after flying to Switzerland to end his life by assisted suicide. Despite not having a terminal illness, David Goodall, who was 104, believed his quality of life had deteriorated and he secured a fast-track appointment with an assisted dying agency in Basel, reigniting the end-of-life debate.  An assisted suicide group confirmed this afternoon the scientist had passed away and doctors told MailOnline his last words were: "This is taking an awful long time." Prof Goodall's family were at his bedside when he flicked a switch to send the lethal injection coursing round his body.  Beethoven's Ode to Joy played as his relatives wept and the world-renowned ecologist closed his eyes and died within two minutes.   Prof Goodall with Carol O'Neill of Exit International, which advocates for voluntary euthanasia Credit: Exit International/GoFundMe The 104-year-old was meant to turn a wheel to release the Nembutal, but when he couldn't do it, doctors replaced it with a switch.  This meant he had to be asked mandatory questions for a second time, including his name, his date of birth, why he was at the clinic and what he understood would happen to him, to which he replied: "'I hope my heart stops," according to MailOnline.  Talking to ABC on his 104th birthday in April, the ecologist said: "I greatly regret having reached that age. "I'm not happy. I want to die. It's not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented. "My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide." Prof Goodall made headlines in 2016 when his university tried to force him from his role on the grounds that, at the age of 102, he was no longer fit to be on campus. Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice last year. But that legislation, which takes effect from June 2019, only applies to terminally ill patients of sound mind and a life expectancy of less than six months. At the age of 104, David Goodall said he was ready to die despite not having a terminal illness Credit: Exit International/AFP Other states in Australia have debated euthanasia in the past, but the proposals have always been defeated, mostly recently in New South Wales state last year. Exit International, which helped Mr Goodall make the trip, said a the beginning of the month it was unjust that one of Australia's "oldest and most prominent citizens should be forced to travel to the other side of the world to die with dignity". Assisted Dying  "A peaceful, dignified death is the entitlement of all who want it. And a person should not be forced to leave home to achieve it," it said on its website. The group then launched a GoFundMe campaign to get plane tickets for Goodall and his helper upgraded to business class from economy. Prof Goodall, an honorary research associate at Perth's Edith Cowan University, fought attempts to banish him from the campus two years ago. After an uproar and support from scientists globally, the decision was reversed. He produced dozens of research papers and until recently continued to review and edit for different ecology journals.



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Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'

Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'(This May 9 story was refiled to eliminate superfluous word from first quote) ZURICH (Reuters) – A 104-year-old Australian scientist traveled to Switzerland to end his life, telling a news conference on Wednesday the nation’s liberal assisted suicide laws let him commit suicide legally, in contrast to his home where it remains forbidden. Ecologist David Goodall, who is not terminally ill, said he was ready for the end. “One should be free to choose death, when death is at an appropriate time,” said Goodall, a member of the Order of Australia who wore a pullover emblazoned with the words “Aging Disgracefully.” “My abilities have been in decline over the past year or two, my eyesight over the past six years.



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Emmanuel Macron raises eyebrows after calling Australian Prime Minister’s wife 'delicious'

Emmanuel Macron raises eyebrows after calling Australian Prime Minister’s wife 'delicious'Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has raised eyebrows during his visit to Australia by calling prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy "delicious". At the end of a joint news conference between the two leaders, the 40-year old French president turned to thank Mr Turnbull for his hospitality. “I want to thank you for your welcome,” he said, before raising the Gallic charm a notch by adding: “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome." Mr Macron's interesting choice of English prompted instant mirth on social media, amid some confusion over his intent. The jury appears to be out over whether it was an odd, but deliberate play on words or a linguistic slip-up. Macron just said he wanted to thank Malcolm Turnbull and his "delicious wife". You can take the man out of France but…— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) May 2, 2018 Some observers thought he may have used the word “delicious” as a deliberate joke, coming just seconds after Mr Turnbull referred to the French president’s imminent lunch with members of Sydney's French community. Others suggested that Mr Macron, who prides himself on speaking fluent English, simply fell foul of a “false friend”. The French word for delicious – délicieux – can also translate as “delightful”, even if it is a rather antiquated – some would argue sexist – term. The potential for linguist slip-ups is not all one-way however, and there is ample potential for English-speakers to fall foul of French. Emmanuel Macron poses with Malcolm Turnbull  and his wife Lucy Turnbull outside the Sydney Opera House  Credit:  AFP One bloomer to avoid at all costs is to use the French word “excité” to describe oneself as excited; in French it means you are sexually aroused. If it was a linguistic slip, Mr Macron is by no means the first leader to experience translation problems.  Arguably the most infamous supposed gaffe was John F Kennedy's legendary claim: "Ich bin ein Berliner", which could mean "I'm a Berliner" or "I'm a doughnut".  Emmanuel Macron is by no means the first leader to experience translation problems Credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/ AFP In 2009, France's Europe minister, Pierre Lellouche, sparked a diplomatic incident by branding Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to reclaim EU powers "pathetic". The term in French is often translated as "moving", "touching" or "poignant". One solution would be to avoid English altogether.  That would clearly be to the liking of France's ambassador to the EU, Philippe Léglise-Costa, who walked out of a meeting with fellow EU envoys last week in Brussels in disapproval at the use of English. He was said to have exclaimed: "Monsieur, Non!"



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