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  1. News - Asia

    Sri Lankan asylum seeker dies after setting himself on fire in Australia

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 11:28am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney A Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker has died after setting himself on fire while awaiting a visa decision in Australia, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said ... with Seemanpillai’s father in India, who requested a funeral for his son in Geelong. Seemanpillai, who arrived by boat in Australia in January last year, was receiving community mental health support and his ...

  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lankan asylum seeker group to be taken to the Australian mainland

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:36pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Foreign Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be brought to Australia so that their nationality could be determined A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to Australia’s mainland and may be sent to India, ...

  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Chinese ambassador to Australia Ma Zhaoxu unexpectedly recalled to Beijing at short notice

    Posted May 27th 2014, 10:36am

    ... Associated Press and Staff Reporter Envoy left Canberra on Monday 'for a meeting' — several weeks before he was scheduled to return home China’s ambassador to Australia has been ... on Tuesday that as recently as Saturday, the Chinese embassy told Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs that Ma would be returning to Beijing in mid-June. However, foreign ministry spokesman Qin ...

  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian foreign minister denies Indonesia rift

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 12:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... that Australia’s overseas diplomatic posts were involved in a vast US-led surveillance network. The problems were compounded by a report on Sunday citing a document from US whistleblower Edward Snowden showing that Australia and the United States mounted a joint surveillance operation on Indonesia during 2007 UN climate talks in Bali. An angry Jakarta on Monday said it would co-sponsor a draft ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    By axing Australia Network, Abbott's lost sight of the big picture

    Posted May 20th 2014, 04:48am by SCMP Editorial

    ... This raises questions about Canberra's decision to shut the Australia Network, while China, Japan, France and Germany have expanded their Pacific services in recent years. It came as the Australian Broadcasting Commission was set to sign a deal with the Shanghai Media Group giving the Australia Network extensive access to Chinese audiences. This would have provided priceless ...

  6. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia ‘caught by surprise’ over Australia asylum seeker boat turnbacks

    Posted May 21st 2014, 11:43am by Agence France-Presse

    ... appreciate”. Indonesia has been angered by Australia’s efforts to stem the flow of asylum-seekers by establishing a military-led operation to turn the boats back to its Southeast Asian neighbour, where ... to our notice when such a policy takes place after the event,” Natalegawa said, adding in response to a question on whether Australia notifies Indonesia when it turns back boats that “we ...

  7. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Australia's Treasury Wine rejects US$2.9b bid from KKR

    Posted May 21st 2014, 01:11am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney The Australian vineyard is banking on its Penfolds brand and new chief to boost value Treasury Wine rejects US$2.9b bid from KKR Australia's Treasury Wine Estates ... will further sweeten their bid in coming weeks, albeit not materially higher," Macquarie Securities (Australia) analysts Craig Collie and Ben Tedder said in a research note. Treasury's shares ...

  8. News - World

    Pilot dies fighting Australian bushfires

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 12:58pm by Associated Press

    ... the pilot from the scene but are being challenged by weather conditions and nearby fire,” Cassar told reporters in Nowra, a city near Ulladulla. Fire officials also Thursday defended Australia ...

  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 11:36am by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... Associated Press in Sydney "Live ordnance exercises” in defence department training area believed the source of Australian wildfire. Fire officials defended Australia’s defence department on Thursday after investigators revealed a military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have torn across the nation’s most populous state over the past week. ...




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