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Pro-Russian forces in the Ukraine ignored the government's ultimatum to leave government buildings in the east of the country on Monday. Professor John Langmore from the Melbourne School of Government told ABC News 24 that it was important for both parties to maintain a dialogue if the situation is to be resolved without violent conflict.

Corruption scandals are likely to cost President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party of Indonesia in the country's parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Claiming people have "a right to be bigots" undermines the rights of equality with dignity and non-discrimination, says Dr Mark McMillan, who sued columnist Andrew Bolt in 2009 under the Racial Discrimination Act.

American scholar Dr Patricia Galloway, the world's foremost expert on megaprojects and gigaprojects, spoke at the University of Melbourne recently on the evolving concept of the megaproject with a particular focus on the Asian region.

In the wake of the referendum for Crimean independence from Ukraine, both Europe and Russia will have to find compromises which will not be welcomed in Kiev.

Leadership has long been identified as a crucial ingedient for a productive and innovative worplace. SKY News Business spoke with Professor Peter Gahan (Director, Centre for Workplace Leadership) about how 'leadership' is defined, devloped and demonstrated. 

Dr Barbara Keys discusses the relationship between the Olympics and the international conflict involving Ukraine and Russia. There has been a call for an international boycott of the Paralympics, beginning later this week. 

Ukraine is bordering on a pre-default situation with its economy, says political scientist Professor Leslie Holmes from the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said a $320 million assistance package to drought-stricken farmers was "a hand up", not a handout. 

New research indicates just one extra year of schooling can make you a healthier person for life.

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