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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

    ... their evidence against the men because they were busy with preparations for the G20 leaders’ summit in Brisbane in November. A week after the Queensland raids, police mounted their largest ever counter ...

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

    Retirees spark trailer park home boom in Australia

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

    ... population in a country that has some of the most expensive real estate in the world". GE Capital, which had lent US$5 billion to manufactured housing operators in the US and Canada, planned ... said. Unlike in the US, where trailer parks typically provide housing for low-income residents, in Australia they have historically been used as tourist accommodations. The Australian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1616307/retirees-spark-trailer-park-home-boom-australia
  3. 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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney US dossier detailing presence of weapons of mass destruction widely used in 2003 to justify Iraq war now causes ex-leader embarrassment Former Australian leader John Howard has said he was embarrassed that the US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction he used to justify sending troops to Iraq in 2003 proved to be unfounded. But he denied ...

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

    Australian police shoot dead teenage terror suspect after two officers stabbed

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 11:05am

    ... countries taking part in the US-led coalition against the jihadists. Australia was singled out, along with the United States, Canada and France. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Canberra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599328/australian-police-shoot-dead-teenage-terror-suspect-after-two-officers
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

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

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

    ... we are in the process of putting the Australian Federal Police in charge, not just of external security, but also of internal security in Parliament House.” US Secretary of State John Kerry ... of homegrown militants returning from the Middle East, Abbott pledged on Sunday to send a 600-strong force as well as strike aircraft to join a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants ...

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

    Australia raises terror threat level over domestic Islamic State supporters

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

    ... military bases, government buildings and large public events. “Normal life in Australia can and must go on, but we need to be aware that there are people who wish to do us harm and are preparing to do us harm,” Abbott said. “But we think that our security, intelligence and police organisations are smarter than them and are one step ahead of them and can protect us,” he said. Australia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1590828/australia-elevates-terrorism-threat-second-highest-level
  7. 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 ...

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

    Australia deploys new counterterrorism units at airports

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

    ... breach in December last year. The government this month proposed tough new counterterrorism laws as well as A$630 million (US$590 million) in additional resources over four years to help ... The Australian and US governments on Wednesday signed an information-sharing agreement to bolster their ability to confirm identities of foreign travellers at airports. The agreement will enable two-way ...

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

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott dubs Russia ‘a bully’ over sanctions

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:10pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... government on Thursday banned most food imports from the West – including the US, European Union and Australia – as retaliation against sanctions related to the crisis in Ukraine. Prime Minister Tony ... as a world leader, as opposed to becoming an international outcast: Hold your forces back. Stay behind the border. Let the business of Ukraine be sorted out by Ukrainians.” Australia was one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569200/australian-prime-minister-tony-abbott-dubs-russia-bully-over-sanctions
  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Record US$470m settlement reached in Australia wildfire lawsuit

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:34pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Sydney More than 5,000 people joined the class action against electricity provider SP AusNet, arguing the company was negligent because it hadn’t maintained its power lines, which sparked the fire Survivors of one of Australia’s deadliest wildfires are to be awarded nearly A$500 million (US$470 million) in a class action settlement reached on Tuesday, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554794/record-us470m-settlement-reached-australia-wildfire-lawsuit

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