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    Monday’s news in under 2 minutes.

            1. UN experts will begin investigating the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria today. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked the UN mission in the Syrian capital of Damascus “to focus its attention on ascertaining the facts of the 21 August incident as its highest priority”. Syria has given [read more]

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    The most extreme celebrity tattoo ever.

                By MAMAMIA TEAM 1. Whoa, which celebrity has tattooed her rear end in roses? This British singer caused quite the controversy when her new bum tattoo was unveiled on Instagram over the weekend. The owner of the rose tattoo? Britain’s X Factor judge, Cheryl Cole. Her fans have been quick [read more]

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    Abbott’s daughters: “Today we want to tell you about our dad.”

        By MAMAMIA TEAM During this election campaign, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s family have been front and centre. Two of his daughters, Bridget and Frances Abbott have, in particular, stepped firmly into the media spotlight. These young women have spoken up in their father’s defence after embarrassing gaffes (‘sex appeal’, anyone?), had feature articles [read more]

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    Mamamia Cares: If Pippa can take one step, then you can take 10,000….

    By JO GRAY If Pippa can take one step, then you can take 10,000… If I’ve learnt anything from my first few years as mum to twin girls, then this is it – kids are tough, and kids just get on with it. They take life as it comes, set their sights on goals, and [read more]

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    The cruelty-free beauty brands you should be supporting.

    By NICKY CHAMP Disclaimer: No bunnies were harmed in the making of this post. Whenever we write anything about beauty on Mamamia one thing our readers request is product recommendations from cruelty-free brands (not that we actively promote the opposite) so without further ado, here are 21 Aussie beauty brands that are free from animal [read more]

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    14 excellent ideas for a slightly better world.

    We here at Mamamia have decided to create our own political party for the federal election.* This brilliant idea was predominantly inspired by this video on ideas to make the world a better place:   Campaigning in Abba-inspired-uniforms, our main policies would revolve around: – Girl power, – The implementation of National ‘Walk Like a [read more]

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    A miscarriage is a miscarriage every single time.

          By LAURA GORDON The pain of another loss hits home again. Not for me this time, but for someone dear to me. As we talked today some of the same sentences were said. Sentences I have said to myself, to others about myself, to others in consolation of their own loss. But [read more]

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    Two noises. Two reactions. One big reason to be worried.

    Do you ever wonder what the people in your street, your building or – hey – even you would do if you heard someone who was in danger in a domestic dispute? To find out the answer, a South African organisation called People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) decided to set up a little experiment. On [read more]

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    Well played GetUp. Very well played.

    Yesterday, the UN found that Australia was guilty of almost 150 violations of International Law as a result of our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. At present, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd still thinks that Manus Island is a viable solution for asylum seekers trying to reach Australia. Because, as this video from GetUp shows, [read more]

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    Sunday’s news in under 2 minutes.

        By MAMAMIA TEAM 1. Tony Abbott officially launched the Coalition’s election campaign in Brisbane this morning, with the help of his two daughters Bridget and Frances and other Liberal party members. Sky News reported that Mr. Abbott made a ‘direct pitch’ to ‘blue collar workers’, by announcing a plan to provide loans to tradesmen to [read more]

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    In defence of healthies.

    By NATALIA HAWK Healthies are the latest thing pissing people off in the social media world. In case you’re not familiar with the term “healthie”: think “selfie“, but with a uber-healthy twist. Pictures of smoothies, pictures of sunsets over beaches during early morning workouts, pictures of Nike frees on pavements and Lorna Jane fluro bras. [read more]

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    FLUFF: The first pictures of North West.

    It’s finally here. The first public  picture of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, North West, has been revealed on grandmother Kris Jenner’s TV show Kris, by father Kanye West, and later tweeted by the whole Kardashian Klan. Take a look: Not to be outdone by Grandpa Middleton (whose informal family snap of Prince George [read more]

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    BUMPER FLUFF: The Royal Baby has re-emerged.

       1. Royal baby wrap-up. After a bit of quiet time at home, this week HRH Prince George was back in the headlines. It began with the first official pictures of the bub with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, being leaked online hours before the palace was ready to release them. In [read more]

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    Meningococcal Awareness Week: What you need to know.

              By LEANNE WEYMARK-COTTER Danielle, my 14 month old baby girl, woke up sick, vomiting with a high temperature in the middle of the night. I gave her some paracetamol but she couldn’t keep that down.  She had been sick with a throat infection two weeks earlier and I thought it [read more]

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    Here’s that picture of a man with three testicles.

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    Sick of fish fingers and potato smileys? This will help.

    Meals have falled into chaos at our house in recent months. I must be getting old – years ago I ran a weekly magazine and still put a creative dinner on the table every night. I reminisce about those days and shake my head, I have no idea how I did it.
    Many a night I end up grabbing a BBQ chook or sushi for the kids because I’ve run out of time to a) shop or b) cook before the kids’ 6pm dinnertime .

  • Region Australia has added a dimension to my city-life that I never knew existed.

    This is for anyone who’s ever had to pack up everything… and move.

              By LUCY GREY We are on the move. We are leaving the town we have lived in for the last three years and heading to greener pastures, oh wait, is that a euphemism for death? Because that’s not part of the plan. I am having a break-down about this and [read more]

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    Chicks with Stix: The Olympians coaching girls. For free.

      By NATALIA HAWK Last Sunday was the worst snow day I’ve seen this season. Grey skies and snow made for low visibility, and blustering winds meant that most of the lifts were closed. My friends and I sat in our car in the carpark, gazing miserably outside, willing ourselves to venture out into the [read more]

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    Colds, Imma let you finish. But MANFLU is the WORST sickness of all time.

    By the end of this week, the Mamamia office was a ghost town. And it was all because of one thing: man flu. We caught man flu so hard, most of the men – and even some of the women – in the office were out of action. As were their partners. And their housemates. [read more]

  • election

    Cheat sheet: What everyone’s promising on paid parental leave.

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme, first announced by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on International Women’s Day in 2010, has been both lauded and criticised as a “Rolls-Royce” scheme. But what is the difference between this and competing policies?

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    Kaitlyn Hunt sent back to jail for sending explicit texts.

            by MAMAMIA NEWS Kaitlyn – or ‘Kate’ as she’s known to her friends – doesn’t look like society’s stereotype of a sex offender. But having broken her bail, the Florida teenager is waiting in prison, likely to be convicted of child sexual abuse. Kaitlyn was what many would call “a model [read more]

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    Every smart solution you’ll ever need. Seriously. Ever.

      By MAMAMIA TEAM Everyone has tips and tricks when it comes to smart solutions for your home. And for the past month Mamamia has made it out goal to scour the internet, listen in on stranger’s conversations, and get tips from our readers about the best smart solutions out there. And if you are [read more]

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    Saturday’s news: UN investigation into use of chemical weapons in Syria

            1. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has offered the United Nations support for an immediate investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria. PM Rudd has yet to confirm whether Australia will be committing troops to the intervention. It comes in the wake of the UN’s announcement that there are now [read more]

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    What to say when your friend gets engaged to a total arse-hat.

    By MAMAMIA ROGUE We’ve all been there. Your friend starts dating a total arse-hat. You’re concerned but don’t want to cause unnecessary hurt feelings… so you say nothing. Then all of a sudden he’s at all your dinner parties, sitting next to you at mutual friend’s weddings, he drops round in the middle of girls’ [read more]

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    Former top model exposes the ugly truth about the modelling industry.

            By NICKY CHAMP “THINK models are effortlessly perfect glamour magnets lapping up the good life?” Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question posed by former model Carré Otis in the September issue of Vogue Australia. Eating disorders, sexual trauma and abuse, airbrushing, emotional abuse, drug addiction: they are all part of the [read more]

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    The election campaign was lacking inspiration. So Abraham Lincoln is helping out.

              By MAMAMIA ROGUE Is it just us or is this whole election caper feeling a little… lackluster? Australian politics has always been missing the grand patriotism and stirring rhetoric of our American friends. And even when compared with our nation’s own recent past – we currently don’t have anyone with [read more]

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    Feel like achieving something today? Create an anti-bucket list.

    By ROSIE WATERLAND As a born pessimist, I love the concept of anti-bucket lists. The idea of an entire list devoted to the things I will definitely never do gives me serious jollies. If you need to feel the instant satisfaction of successfully ticking off everything on a goal-oriented list I highly recommend you make [read more]

  • Hannah Smith.

    Hannah took her own life because of online bullying. She posted 98% of the abuse herself.

          By JAMILA RIZVI Warning: This post deals with themes of suicide and may be triggering for some readers. Earlier this month, 14-year-old Hannah Smith took her own life. A quick scan of the Ask.fm website reveals that Hannah had been sent a series of relentlessly abusive messages. Amongst the cruel taunts she [read more]

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    The Syrian conflict: Enough is enough.

            By SAMAH HADID WARNING: This article deals with distressing content, and some readers may find the images upsetting. Scores of children choking from chemical gas, suffering convulsions, mouths filled with foam as others gasp for air. These are images I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. ‘Massacre kills almost 1300 Syrians [read more]

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    It costs women more to get ready, so blokes should pay for dinner. Discuss.

            By MAMAMIA TEAM It’s a question that’s been asked since the dawn of time: If a caveman and a cavelady decide to join each other for a (possibly romantic) wilderbeast barbecue, is the man obliged to pay for their wilderbeast, or should they split the cost of their wilderbeast so that [read more]