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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    'Mystery flaming object' spotted crashing to Earth in Australia

    Posted May 16th 2014, 12:13pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney No debris found after Queensland residents call police over unexplained object the size of 'half a dozen jumbo jets' falling from the sky in flames Residents of northeastern Australia have reported seeing a flaming object plummeting to Earth, police said on Friday, adding that the incident remains a mystery as no evidence of a crash has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1513369/australians-report-seeing-flaming-mystery-object-falling-sky-over
  2. News - Asia - BROADCASTING

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation loses contract to run Australia Network

    Posted May 14th 2014, 09:33pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Canberra ABC loses contract to run Australia Network Australia's state broadcaster has lost the contract to run an international television service in Asia, with the government saying it had not been cost-effective. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation learned on Tuesday that its contract to run the Australia Network would be terminated this year. The decision ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1512193/australian-broadcasting-corporation-loses-contract-run-australia-network
  3. Business - Economy - INVESTMENT

    Australia to invest heavily in infrastructure as economy refocuses

    Posted May 15th 2014, 01:43am by BLOOM

    ... A$125 billion (US$117 billion) in infrastructure projects, support medical research and bolster the education export sector to aid Australia's transition from mining-led growth. "The ... re-prioritising of spending is designed to boost service industries where Australia has proved competitive and tap demand in Asia. He has scope to lower deficits as the central bank has cut interest rates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1512317/australia-invest-heavily-infrastructure-economy-refocuses
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1348955/australian-foreign-minister-denies-indonesia-rift
  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia faces currency dilemma

    Posted May 12th 2014, 02:58am by DAVID BROWN

    ... David Brown Low interest rates, a rebounding economy and speculative bubbles are putting pressure on the reserve bank to keep the currency from rising Australia in a dilemma The Reserve Bank of Australia has a problem on its hands. Interest rates are too low, the economy is getting pumped up and there are signs speculative bubbles forming. It is clearly time to be raising ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1509918/australia-faces-currency-dilemma
  6. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia to invest A$82b in roads as part of 'contribute and build' budget

    Posted May 12th 2014, 02:58am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Perth Australia to partially fund A$82b upgrade of roads The Australian government will co-fund an A$82 billion (HK$595 billion) road infrastructure plan to help stimulate ... of new jobs, but most importantly, it is going to address the significant drop-off in investment in construction in Australia associated with mining investment coming off." He dubbed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1509925/australia-invest-a82b-roads-part-contribute-and-build-budget
  7. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesian envoy to return to Australia after spying row

    Posted May 10th 2014, 02:35pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... by Australia Indonesia said on Saturday it would send its ambassador back to Australia this month in a bid to normalise relations after a spying row that has soured ties between the two countries. ... in key areas including defence and people-smuggling. Tensions were further inflamed by Canberra’s policy of turning back some asylum-seekers making their way to Australia by boat from Indonesia.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1509062/indonesian-envoy-return-australia-after-spying-row
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1339547/pilot-dies-fighting-australian-bushfires
  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australia finds half of asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea camp genuine

    Posted May 09th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Half of asylum seekers in PNG ruled genuine About half of the asylum seekers assessed after being held for months by Australia in a detention camp on Papua New Guinea are genuine refugees. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison made the admission when announcing Australia would create a new border protection agency merging operations from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1508537/australia-finds-half-asylum-seekers-held-papua-new-guinea-camp-genuine
  10. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1338626/military-exercise-sparked-big-australian-wildfire

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