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Australia thwarts ‘Islamic-inspired’ plane attack plot Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Benjamin Cooper, SYDNEY, (REUTERS): Security has been tightened at Australian airports after police foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Sunday. The increased..

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DPM Shrestha calls on Victoria’s Governor Dessau Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha, who is on a visit to Australia, held a meeting with Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau in Victoria on Tuesday.  Both the leaders discussed the issues of existing education system of both Nepal and Australia while stressing..

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Australian PM calls for unity within gov’t Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

CANBERRA, (Xinhua): Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday penned an opinion piece calling for unity within government, declaring that both he and voters are "sick of" politics being placed before progress.  After a week of turmoil within the government, Turnbull said that voters..

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Australian prime minister looking forward to meeting Trump Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

CANBERRA, Australia, (AP): Australia's prime minister said Tuesday he is looking forward to meeting soon with U.S. President Donald Trump, three months after their heated telephone conversation over an Obama-era refugee deal. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was speaking to reporters at the..

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Australia, China vow to deepen ties on trade Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

SYDNEY, (AP): Australia and China have pledged to deepen their ties on everything from trade to tourism. The show of unity comes at a delicate time in Australia's relationship with China's chief rival for Pacific power, the United States. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Australia's..

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Why Australia is stingy and getting stingier Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Australians like to think their government is a big-hearted foreign aid donor. A recent opinion poll found voters believed our overseas aid budget to be about 10 times bigger, on average, than it actually was. In fact, Australia has never been an especially open-handed donor compared with many..

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Australia toughens helmet standards after Hughes review Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

(REUTERS): Australia's cricket board will make it compulsory for players to wear helmets when facing fast and medium-paced bowling in line with recommendations from a review into the death of test batsman Phillip Hughes. Wicketkeepers and players fielding close to the wicket will also have to wear..

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Australia Rules out Sale of Cattle Empire to Foreigners Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

By ROD MCGUIRK, CANBERRA, Australia, (AP): Australia's current government will never sell its largest cattle empire to foreigners, the treasurer said on Wednesday after blocking a takeover by a Chinese-led consortium. Chinese-based Dakang Australia Holdings on Tuesday withdrew its application to..

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Australia teen charged with Anzac day terror plot Monday, April 25th, 2016

AUSTRALIA, (BBC): Police in Australia have charged a 16-year-old with preparing an act of terrorism, saying they believe he was plotting to target Anzac Day services. It is the second year in a row that authorities say they have intercepted an attack linked to the holiday. Anzac Day commemorates..

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Two Soviet Spies Who Deserve Posthumous Nobel Peace Prize – OpEd Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

It becomes increasingly clear that two Soviet spies, Klaus Fuchs and Theodore Hall, should receive posthumous Nobel Peace Prizes for actions that almost certainly saved..

John Brennan’s Police State USA – OpEd Saturday, October 21st, 2017