The Buro daily: today's news in 2 minutes
1. Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Dr Kuke's attorney weigh in on #FreeKesha
After a judge ruled that popstar Kesha could not break her exclusive recording contract with Sony and producer Dr Luke, who she claims sexually assaulted her, stars have flocked to her defence. #FreeKesha is trending on social media, but Taylor Swift has put her money where her mouth is, donating $350,000 to the cause (although we're not quite sure how that will help). Dr Luke has kept silent so far and has not been charged, with his lawyer issuing a new statement refuting Kesha's allegations.
2. A military strategist has spoken out about the likelihood of a local attack
Speaking on ABC program Q&A last night, Australian military strategist and counter-terrorism expert David Kilcullen warned of an "inevitable" attack in Australia. "I don't mean to be pessimistic, but I think we have to be realistic that if you think the government can protect you from any kind of terrorist attack, you are living in dream land. Just like these things happen in other countries, they will inevitably happen in Australia," he said.
3. A Sydney school is adopting a 'gender-neutral' uniform policy
Is this a world first? After lobbying from its students, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney's inner west is rewriting the rulebook to allow boys or girls to wear either gender's school uniform. Until now, parental permission was required to wear a uniform designed for the opposite sex.
4. NASA needs more astronauts, but don't get your hopes up just yet
If you were that kid who answered 'astronaut' to the 'what do you want to be when you grow up?' question, now's the time: NASA is calling for applicants. And interest is high - so far, they've received a record-breaking 18,300+ applications - and they have just 14 spots to fill. The level of interest is attributed to the fact that the next crop of space-travellers could be trained for a 2030s mission to Mars.
5. A Syria ceasefire will come into effect this weekend
The ceasefire, announced overnight by the US and Russia, starts on February 27, but excludes the Islamic State group and Al Qaeda franchise Al Nusra Front, which will still be targeted.
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