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Pope Francis washes and kisses the feet of refugees in Rome (Source: Flickr)

Greens claim Brisbane council seats

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Researchers say it may be 'too late' to stop coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef

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Defence Force Chief promises to investigate jet fuel poisoning harming veterans

The Chief of Defence Force has promised to investigate a large number of veterans who have been exposed to potentially lethal jet fuel. The veterans are requesting compensation as their deteriorating health conditions have been largely ignored. Veterans believe the jet fuel contains harmful substances that can cause blood cancer, skin conditions, and other illnesses.

Reasons behind gender pay gap in Australia remains unexplained

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Pope Francis visits a refugee centre outside of Rome

Pope Francis has visited a refugee centre outside of Rome as part of the traditional Easter week foot-washing ceremony. Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees as a gesture of welcome. Four women and eight men from the refugee centre participated in this Holy Thursday ritual.

Six people arrested in Belgian police anti-terror raids

Following the Belgian terror attacks two days ago, six people have been arrested in police anti-terror raids. The boroughs in the north, west, and centre of Brussels have been targeted. Investigations are still ongoing.

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