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- Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State
By Morag MacKinnon PERTH Australia (Reuters) - Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat. Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday a 600-strong force comprising some 400 airforce personnel and 200 special forces soldiers would be deployed to a U.S. President Barack Obama's call to join a coalition against Islamic State, but Australia is the first to publicly provide specific troop numbers and military hardware for the mission.
- Queen to Scots: Think carefully about future
- Norman recovering from Florida chainsaw accident
- Toronto mayor Rob Ford says God 'wants him somewhere else'
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who this week dropped out of the city's mayoral race only to be replaced by his elder brother, on Saturday said in a newspaper interview that the early diagnosis from an abdominal tumour was "not good." Ford, a larger-than-life figure who made international headlines with his admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in office, was hospitalized earlier in the week after having unbearable abdominal pains. In a dramatic turn of events, Ford dropped his bid for re-election minutes ahead of a Friday deadline, replaced by his brother and campaign manager Doug Ford. In an interview on Saturday in the Toronto Sun newspaper, Ford said he was "shocked" and "devastated," and had to quit the race to focus on his health. The Fords' politician father, Doug Ford Sr., died of colon cancer less than three months after being diagnosed in 2006.
- Greg Norman recovering from chain-saw accident
- Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA
- Queen hopes Scottish voters 'think carefully' before vote
Queen Elizabeth II hopes Scotland will "think very carefully" about their decision on whether to become an independent country in a closely-watched referendum, British media reported on Sunday. The queen was reported to say to a well-wisher "I hope people will think very carefully about the future," after attending a church service near her Balmoral estate in Scotland. Polls show the campaigns for and against independence are neck-and-neck, and both sides have thrown efforts into a final drive to win over undecided voters. The pro-independence Scottish National Party has said that if the country becomes independent it will be up to voters whether to retain the monarchy or not.
- Public housing safety policy can hit whole family