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Archive for October 15, 2018

Newsline: Relocation of Australia’s embassy to Jerusalem discussed

The Liberal candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, has said “he is open” to relocating Australia’s embassy to Jerusalem as the US has done, in contrast to the official policy of both the Liberals and Labor to leave it in Tel Aviv. As the battle in the Wentworth byelection enters its final week, the votes of the large Jewish community that lives in Wentworth could be crucial to whether the Liberals hold the seat. There are around 20,000 Jewish people in Wentworth, according to the 2016 census, making up 12.5% of the population.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/15/wentworth-byelection-dave-sharma-open-to-relocating-australias-embassy-to-jerusalem

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Newsline: U.S. Embassy in Canberra apologises after cat picture mistakenly sent out

U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia has apologised on behalf of the Department of State who did just that, accidentally sending a test email featuring a photo of a cat dressed in a Cookie Monster costume. According to the Australian Associated Press, the photo was was titled “cat pajama-jam” and was sent within an email titled “meeting,” as part of a fake meeting invitation sent by the Department of State to recipients. It’s been described as a “training error,” and at least the U.S. Embassy saw the humour in it. “Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise,” U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor Gavin Sundwall wrote in a subsequent email two days later. “It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”

https://mashable.com/article/us-embassy-cat-picture/#vqPhih_qZaqJ