Before 4ZZ could start broadcasting in 1975, a transmitter was ordered from the U.S. But after it was lost on the dock in New York, 4ZZ's chief engineer at the time Ross Dannecker built the station's first transmitter.
The former US vice president, Dick Cheney, has defended brutal interrogation techniques that the CIA used during his time in office.
The comments come just days after the US government released a summary of interrogation techniques used against inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
It described crude torture methods including water-boarding, hanging people for hours from their wrists and locking them in tiny coffin-shaped boxes.
The report questioned the effectiveness of such techniques, which it determined were actually counterproductive for getting actionable intelligence.
Turkish police have raided media outlets linked to a US-based Muslim cleric and detained at least 23 people, including journalists and television producers, in a nationwide operation.
Though a former ally, the cleric Fethullah Gulen has been in an open conflict with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan since a graft investigation targeting the president's inner circle emerged a year ago.
The offices of the country's best-selling Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu television were raided on Sunday, marking an escalation in Erdogan's battle with Gulen.
An Iranian asylum seeker is 43 days into a hunger strike as the Immigration Department tries to force him to return voluntarily to Iran or stay in detention indefinitely.
The 33-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is in Wickham Point Immigration Detention Centre in Darwin in a near-critical condition after refusing to eat since November 1st, and having lost 23 kilograms.
Earlier this year, the man was found not to be a refugee by the Refugee Review Tribunal. However, he fears imprisonment or murder if he is sent back to Tehran.
Prominent disability activist, writer and comedian Stella Young died unexpectedly on Saturday evening.
Young was born with a bone condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta and was not expected to live past her 1st birthday. However, she went on to serve as the editor for the ABC's disability news and opinion website, Ramp Up, and was significantly active as a journalist and writer, making a tremendous contribution to the advocacy for the rights and treatment of people with disabilities.
The Nauru detention centre is under fire again after it has been found that the original contract made with infrastructure service provider, Transfield, submitted an incomplete contract. In 2012 Transfield was granted the $24.5 mil contract, despite failing to submit a key document.
Former immigration official and former New South Wales auditor-general Tony Harris said the absence of this document meant Transfield was able to dictate cost and terms of service. It raises concerns over how costly the Nauru detention centre is, and how desperate the government appears to detain and supposedly process asylum seekers.
The current government responded by saying there had been no competition in the tender call out and that the Transfield contract was made under the Gillard government.
Following a call by the United Nations to scrutinise Pyongyang’s political elite for alleged crimes against humanity, a South Korean lawmaker has said that Seoull must make greater efforts to counter North Korea’s human rights abuses.
North Korea, in response to the UN resolution, which was passed last week, has accused the US of cannibalism. Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was quoted by North Korean State media as saying that the US was the “worst human rights abuser” and that the US “reminds one of the old Roman empire that was buried in history after facing a ruin for coveting prosperity through aggression and wars.”
And inquest into QLD Police fatalities has been launched from State Coroner’s office. 6 police shootings have been recorded this year and 4 fatalities, a spike in police shootings.
The State Coroner anticipates the inquests could potentially take years, but may be able to make recommendations about police policy during confrontation.
Meanwhile, state police are also conducting a reassessment of training and confrontation procedures.
UPDATE -- Proposed: QLD Police access to mental health checks
QLD Police officers responding to calls of distress may be able to run mental health checks on people involved in disturbances. This is a proposed plan made by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to address the spike in police shootings and fatalities.
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