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Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to accompany each other on their life journey, and help each other be free in love. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis and The Joy of Love in a merciful church

In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
Whyalla Steelworks, where workers might lose their jobs as operator Arrium goes into voluntary administration. Wayne Thomas/Flickr

A grim future for Arrium, Ford and Queensland Nickel workers?

The outlook is not good for those who may lose their jobs as a result of mining company Arrium going into voluntary administration, according to the latest OECD report.
Brothers Khalid and Brahim el-Bakraoui are suspected of carrying out suicide bomb attacks at Brussels Airport on Tuesday. EPA/Interpol

Brussels attacks: why do family members commit terrorism together?

Family members share both genetics and environment to a greater extent than people in general. And this has implications for counterterrorism approaches.
The most common reason for choosing private hospitals is shorter waits for elective surgery. Richard Lyons/Shutterstock

What are better, public or private hospitals?

Around a quarter of people with private health insurance still choose to use the public system. Why?
Mindfulness has been found to improve negative behaviours from intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Vinoth Chandar/Flickr

Mindfulness can improve living with a disability

A recent review of studies has shown that mindfulness meditation helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reduce their mental and physical problems.
President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Chinese leadership do not get to positions of national leadership without undergoing decades of trials to demonstrate their capacity to run a country. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Our democracy can learn from China’s meritocracy

The China Model features political meritocracy at the top, democracy at the bottom and experimentation in between. The West can learn from the best of Chinese leadership, even if it is authoritarian.
The US-led TPP and Obama’s ‘Asia pivot’ will face certain challenges against Xi Jinping’s ambitions of a new order established through the Chinese-led AIIB. Bloomberg Pool/EPA

Competing visions for the Asia-Pacific could yet complement each other

The US and China may have competing ambitions for the Asia-Pacific in the shape of the TPP and AIIB, but they may not be as incompatible as we have first believed.
Children who are exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to start drinking earlier and to drink more. Kamira/Shutterstock

Alcohol advertising has no place on our kids' screens

Australian regulations are inadequate to protect children and adolescents from alcohol advertising.
Very few of the millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have made it to European countries in the hope of resettlement. Reuters

Who are we responsible for in the age of mass migration?

Solving the refugee crisis depends on the extent to which the people of the world – in the Gulf, Europe, Australia or anywhere else – are willing to live up to their moral responsibilities.
So strong is public opposition to his miltarist policies that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, having ignored the popular will, faces questions about democratic representation. AAP Image/Newzulu/Munesuke Yamamoto

Kicking pacifism: Japan’s pivot to militarism defies popular will

Shinzo Abe’s government (now in its second term) has consistently been vocal about Japan's national defence.

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