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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60 Minutes mum sorry way it worked out Thursday, April 21st, 2016

AUSTRALIA, (AAP): A 60 Minutes crew is on their way back to Australia after spending two weeks in a Beirut prison, as the mum at the centre of the case stays on. Brisbane woman Sally Faulkner wants her two children to know mummy's sorry they won't be together. The woman at the centre of the..

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Turnbull sets stage for early election in Australia Monday, March 21st, 2016

Jamie Smyth, Cairns, (FT):  Malcolm Turnbull is poised to call an early Australian election in July following a move to bring forward the budget and threat to dissolve parliament unless it passes stalled legislation. The prime minister’s political gamble, which he announced on Monday, follows..

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U.S. says in talks to base long-range bombers in Australia Thursday, March 10th, 2016

SYDNEY-WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): The United States is in talks to base long-range bombers in Australia, U.S. defense officials said, within striking distance of the disputed South China Sea, a move that could inflame tensions with China. The deployments could include B-1 bombers and an expansion of..

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Australia’s trade deficit narrowed in January Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Australia’s trade deficit narrowed to $2.937 billion in January in seasonally adjusted terms, coming in below the $3.524 billion figure of December and expectations for a decline to $3.1 billion. According to the ABS, exports rose by 1.0%, or $266 million, to $25.549 billion. Non-rural goods..

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Australia to send asylum baby to Nauru Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Sydney (AFP): Australia said Monday an asylum-seeker baby brought from a Pacific detention camp for hospital treatment is expected to be returned to the camp as a deterrent to people-smugglers, despite protests from doctors and others. Under Canberra's tough immigration policy, asylum-seekers..

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Australia’s population set to hit 24 million Friday, February 12th, 2016

Tessa Akerman, Melbourne: Australia’s population is pro­­jected to reach 24 million at 12.51am on Tuesday, with midwife Ashlee McConnell waiting anxiously for her firstborn to join the millions living down under. Only 72 per cent of Australia’s population was Australian-born as of June last..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..