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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    ‘Syria recruiter’ charged with preparing Australia terror attack

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 12:08pm by Agence France-Presse in Brisbane

    ... was initially accused of recruiting, funding and sending jihadist fighters to Syria after he was detained in Brisbane on September 10. He is now facing a new charge of committing an act in preparation ... to fight after a separate Brisbane raid in late September – also had his case adjourned to the same date. Crown prosecutor Shane Hunter told the court police needed more time to prepare ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618347/syria-recruiter-charged-preparing-australia-terror-attack
  2. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australian judge backs Canberra's hard line on immigration

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 04:54am by AFP

    ... 2013 Australia has denied asylum seekers arriving by boat resettlement in the country, sending them instead to camps in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. The government considers Ferouz an unlawful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1617317/australian-judge-backs-canberras-hard-line-immigration
  3. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Retirees spark trailer park home boom in Australia

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:09am by Bloomberg

    ... There was "tremendous opportunity in manufactured housing", said Jason Kougellis, managing director for Australia and New Zealand at GE Capital. They "provide an affordable solution for an ageing ... bureau. Many retirees "have a lot of money tied up in their house but don't necessarily have much cash to live on", said Loewensohn. Alceon has acquired about 5,000 sites in New ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1616307/retirees-spark-trailer-park-home-boom-australia
  4. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Refugee held in Papua New Guinea dies in Australia from infection

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:45am by AFP

    ... to Australia from Papua New Guinea last month after reportedly developing septicaemia. But doctors were unable to save him. "The man's family late this afternoon provided consent for the withdrawal of his life support," Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said late on Friday. "An imam was present at the time of death and the government of Iran will be informed." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586688/refugee-held-papua-new-guinea-dies-australia-infection
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott returns ‘stolen’ statues to India

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 10:52pm by AFP

    ... Abbott's office said. The National Gallery of Australia bought a bronze sculpture of a dancing Shiva for US$5 million in 2008 from New York art and antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor. A stone ... Agence France-Presse in New Delhi Australia's prime minister yesterday handed back to his Indian counterpart two statues allegedly looted from ancient temples, his office said. Tony ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586172/australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-returns-stolen-statues-india
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to prohibit secret service torture of terrorism suspects

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 12:47pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... for that reason, I’m perfectly happy that this addition is placed into the proposed legislation.” George Williams, a University of New South Wales legal expert, said the amendment to specifically prohibit ... to disclose their whereabouts, even to family. The orders, which were introduced in 2005, were used for the first time last week when police arrested 16 people during counterterrorism raids in Sydney. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597895/australia-prohibit-secret-service-torture-terrorism-suspects
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia's ex-PM Howard ‘embarrassed’ by Iraq war dossier on weapons of mass destruction

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 02:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... at the time he decided to send Australian soldiers to Iraq with US and British forces it was in the belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. “I was struck by the force of the language ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1597923/australias-ex-pm-howard-embarrassed-iraq-war-dossier-weapons-mass
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM cites ‘chatter’ over attacks on government, parliament

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 12:03pm by Reuters in Sydney

    ... are believed to have returned to Australia and pose a security risk, and last week the national security agency for the first time raised its four-tier threat level to “high”. Highlighting the risk ... neighbourhood, where they expressed anger that the raids, and new security laws aimed at targeting extremists, were unfairly focused on Muslims. Senator Christine Milne, the leader of the opposition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1595909/australian-pm-cites-chatter-over-attacks-government-parliament
  9. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia raises terror threat level over domestic Islamic State supporters

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 02:08pm by Associated Press in Canberra

    ... “We have no specific intelligence of particular plots.” “What we do have is intelligence that there are people with the intent and the capability to mount attacks.” It is the first time that the threat level has been elevated above medium since the scale was introduced in 2003. Abbott described the new setting as “broadly comparable” to the setting in Britain where the terrorism threat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590828/australia-elevates-terrorism-threat-second-highest-level
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia deploys new counterterrorism units at airports

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 06:25pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Canberra Australian government giving high priority to reducing the domestic terrorism threat created by homegrown extremists who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight New ... screening of passengers will also be introduced at all airports. “I’m advised that these new units have already intercepted at least one person of interest,” Abbott told parliament. “This government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581199/australia-deploys-new-counterterrorism-units-airports

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