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  1. News - Asia

    Conservative leader Abbott expected to win Australian election as polls open

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 10:49am by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney A confident Abbott, who is often photographed in his swimming costume at his local Manly Beach, was accompanied by his wife and daughters in warm spring sunshine Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott, expected to win national elections on Saturday and end six years of Labor rule, cast his vote at a Sydney surf club, joking he’d rather be enjoying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305503/conservative-leader-abbott-expected-win-australian-election-polls-open
  2. Sport - Soccer - SOCCER

    Del Piero signs up for second year in Australia

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 11:58am by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Alessandro Del Piero confirmed the worst kept secret in Australian soccer on Thursday when the former Italy and Juventus great said he would be staying for a second year at Sydney FC. Signed last September in the most lucrative deal in Australian sport, the 38-year-old striker has had the impact both on and off the field that the A-League club banked US$2.06 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1155299/del-piero-signs-second-year-australia
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    ‘Spawn bank’ holds hopes for future of Great Barrier Reef

    Posted Feb 13th 2013, 02:55pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney For the past two years Australian scientists have been collecting and storing billions of reproductive cells from the Great Barrier Reef, hoping that this “spawn bank” ... are collected and frozen separately, on site, then brought back to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in the town of Dubbo, some 400km northwest of Sydney. If needed, the cells could be mixed and fertilised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1149393/spawn-bank-holds-hopes-future-great-barrier-reef
  4. Sport - Other Sport - CRICKET

    Thirimanne shines before Sri Lanka fall for 294

    Posted Jan 03rd 2013, 02:14pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia’s four-pronged pace attack overcame spirited resistance from Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene before dismissing Sri Lanka for 294 to bring an end ... penultimate innings as captain, threatened to make a sunny day in Sydney their own. Ultimately though, Australia captain Michael Clarke’s decision on winning the toss to send his pacemen out to bowl ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1118996/thirimanne-shines-sri-lanka-fall-294
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Fire destroys 80 cars at Sydney Olympic stadium

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 04:09pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Fire chief says grass fire that spread to vehicles probably caused by cigarette butt Eighty cars were destroyed or badly damaged in a devastating fire at Sydney’s Olympic Park which investigators on Monday said was likely started by a “stupid” individual discarding a cigarette. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze in the car park ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1331487/fire-destroys-80-cars-sydney-olympic-stadium
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Adelaide Zoo’s giant pandas fail to breed

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 04:03pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Breeding blow for Australian scientists It was back to the drawing board for Australian scientists on Monday after another breeding season for giant pandas failed to produce results at the Adelaide Zoo. Wang Wang and Funi arrived in Australia on a decade-long loan from China in late 2009 and there were hopes of breeding the Southern Hemisphere’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1315963/adelaide-zoos-giant-pandas-fail-breed
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Abbott abolishes Australia’s climate watchdog

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 05:01pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s new conservative government on Thursday abolished an independent climate change commission set up by the previous Labor administration, as part of its plans to streamline bureaucracy. The Climate Commission was set up to provide apolitical and reliable information to the public about the science of climate change, emissions targets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1313071/abbott-abolishes-australias-climate-watchdog
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Protesters heckle Australian leaders

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 03:58pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott were both raucously heckled by refugee advocates on Saturday as Australia voted in a general election. In south Sydney, a group of protesters tried to block the path of the poll favourite opposition leader, screaming: “Refugees welcome, Abbott is not”. Security men intervened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305630/protesters-heckle-australian-leaders
  9. News - Asia

    Australian Labor lawmaker says party has lost election

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 02:01pm by Associated Press and Agence France-Presse

    ... conducted by Sydney-based market researcher Newspoll showed the coalition was leading Labor 53 per cent to 47 per cent, and was expected to win 97 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. ... vowed to scrap the carbon tax and instead introduce taxpayer-funded incentives for polluters to operate cleaner. Paul Perini, a pastor, walked out of a polling station in the Sydney suburb ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1305577/australian-pm-rudd-concedes-election-defeat
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Abbott vows Australia’s focus will be Asia

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 10:41am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australian election frontrunner Tony Abbott on Wednesday said Asia will be his top foreign policy priority if he wins office as the influential Fairfax Media ... is on track to win Saturday’s poll. His first travel priorities would be Indonesia, China, Japan and South Korea, he said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, rather than Australia’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1303096/abbott-vows-australias-focus-will-be-asia

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