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    Australian Prime Minister Commits Stunning Indigenous-People Gaffe
    By Ben Mathis-Lilley

    Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is not unaware of his country's fraught relationship with its original population; he promised before his 2013 election that he would prioritize issues related to the indigenous Australian people, saying that he'd be a so-called "prime minister for Aboriginal affairs." But this July he was criticized after saying that the country was "unsettled or, um, scarcely settled" before the arrival of the British, a slip that implied he'd forgotten that native residents counted as people. In other words, Abbott has made a point of highlighting his relationship with the indigenous community—and it's already a somewhat troubled one. In this context his remarks Thursday, given at an event with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Sydney, are even more incomprehensible than they would be otherwise:

    Here's the video:

    Nothing but bush! Like the moon! Extroardinarily basic! He keeps digging and digging, and it seems like he's not even speaking off the cuff.

    Aboriginal populations have lived in the Sydney area, Australian Museum anthopologist Val Attenbrow writes, for approximately 18,000 years.
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    Putin exits testy G20 summit early, citing desire for sleep
    Meeting dominated by exchanges over Ukraine, with Moscow accused of 'bullying' neighbor state
    November 16, 2014 11:30AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit from the G20 summit in Brisbane on Sunday, after being rounded on by Western leaders the day before over alleged meddling in Ukraine.

    On Saturday, Moscow was accused of “bullying” by the U.K., while Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin to “get out of Ukraine” or face further sanctions.

    After a series of snubs and criticisms at the summit and during one-on-one meetings with other leaders, Putin exited the summit Sunday skipping a planned working lunch. He said the decision to leave had nothing to do with tensions over Ukraine. Rather he had a long flight ahead of him and wanted to catch up on sleep.

    “We need nine hours to fly from here to Vladivostok and another nine hours from Vladivostok to Moscow,” he said in comments reported by the RIA Novosti news agency.

    “Then we need to get home and return to work Monday. There’s a need to sleep at least four to five hours,” he added.

    But debate over the Ukraine crisis has overshadowed events at the G20 summit, at which nations agreed Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance.

    Several Western nations warned Russia of further sanctions if it did not withdraw troops and weapons from Ukraine.

    "I think President Putin can see he is at a crossroads," said British Prime Minister David Cameron. "If he continues to destabilize Ukraine there will be further sanctions, further measures.

    "There is a cost to sanctions, but there would be a far greater cost in allowing a frozen conflict on the continent of Europe to be created and maintained."

    Obama said Russia's isolation was unavoidable.

    "We would prefer a Russia that is fully integrated with the global economy," he told a news conference. "But we are also very firm on the need to uphold core international principles.... you don't invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections."

    Before leaving the G20 Summit, Putin said a solution to the Ukraine crisis was possible, but did not elaborate.
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