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Thousands of white balloons to recreate Berlin Wall on 25th anniversary

To mark 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell, an art project will temporarily recreate the historical divide between the East and West of the city.The project named Lichtgrenze, will install 8,000 luminous white balloons stretched across 15 kilometres, retracing a path that in many places has been almost erased.The white balloons will weave past parts of the city, including the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie.

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Apple chief Tim Cook 'proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay, saying that fighting for equality is at the core of his personal and business ethos.The head of the tech giant said his sexuality has never been a secret at his company, but acknowledging his homosexuality as a public statement about equality was "more important" than his privacy."Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in a statement in Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday.

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Israel foreign minister makes dig at IKEA after Sweden recognises Palestine

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem announced her country's recognition of Palestine on Thursday, making it the first major European country to do so."Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine," she wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move.

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Comment: Need to understand politics? Step back in time

Since the Palmer United Party came into being there has been much kerfuffle about what its role is in the parliament and how to interpret its actions. It was viewed by some as this mystery of a thing. It was an illogical, impossible to predict mass of confusion and hilarity that would upturn politics as we know it.But we now know it’s nothing new at all. In fact, what we’re seeing is much like what occurred during the Howard government years.

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Albany celebrates Anzac legend 100 years on

When more than 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troops gathered in the coastal West Australian city of Albany in late 1914, few of the general public knew anything about it. There was a complete media blackout. Australia and New Zealand would only learn about it several weeks later when the troops were on their way to Egypt to begin their training. The soldiers had gathered in Albany in preparation to board 26 ships that would take them on a “great adventure” from which many would never return.

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Cassini sees sunny seas on Titan

( —As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas.

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