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  1. 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
  2. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Qing dynasty coin may show ancient Chinese trade link with Australia

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:08am by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post Qing dynasty coin may show ancient trade link In Australia these days, China seems to shadow the antipodean nation's future. China's appetite for natural resources has reshaped Australia's economy, and the threat of its expanding navy has led Australian officials to approve the deployment of US marines on Australian soil. But a team of amateur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572941/qing-dynasty-coin-may-show-ancient-chinese-trade-link-australia
  3. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Foreign investors branch out in Australia's commercial market

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:06am by Bloomberg

    ... million in US and European properties on behalf of Australian pension funds over the past 18 months, Schilling said. That will continue to increase, he said, declining to quantify the growth. ... that "with that growth and the relatively small size of the Australian market, they will need to look offshore". Invesco manages about US$53 billion of real estate globally. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1572228/foreign-investors-branch-out-australias-commercial-market
  4. 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
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    'Moral responsibility' must determine fate of baby abandoned in Thailand

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:48am by AFP

    ... as funds raised online by an Australian charity to pay for the baby's medical care rose above US$190,000 after a flood of international goodwill over the infant's plight. The boy, Gammy, ... exceeded the initial US$25,000 target, and he would be flying to Thailand from Australia in the next few weeks to coordinate how the money was used to fund Gammy's health care and his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565641/moral-responsibility-must-determine-fate-baby-abandoned-thailand
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia boosts air power with purchase of 58 F-35s fighter jets from US

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 01:14pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... in 2020. The deal with US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin includes an option to buy a further 18 planes and is additional to the purchase of 14 F-35s Australia already approved in 2009. “The fifth ... to jobs and technology here in Australia.” Abbott said the planes would cost about US$90 million each but pointed out that one of the largest defence purchases Australia has ever made has long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1495042/australia-boosts-air-power-purchase-58-f-35s-fighter-jets-us
  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Survivors of Australian bush fire win HK$3.6 billion in class action settlement

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 11:13pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Sydney Survivors of Australian bush fire win US$470m Survivors of one of Australia's deadliest bush fires are to be awarded nearly A$500 million (HK$3.6 billion) in a class action settlement reached yesterday, the largest such compensation in the nation's history. The fire, which killed 119 people, was the biggest in a series of blazes that tore through ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554901/survivors-australian-bush-fire-win-hk36-billion-class-action-settlement
  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:49pm by AFP

    ... would complain to the UN over his treatment by Australian authorities and denied that he had been screened as a possible asylum seeker. "They never asked any questions. They just wanted us ... or may not be happening on the water, but I do want to assure everyone that what we do on the water is consistent with our legal obligations and consistent with safety at sea." The US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Zeng Wei angers Sydney by knocking down 106-year-old harbour mansion

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 11:25pm by WASHPOST

    ... recently expanded a programme to grant permanent residence to foreigners prepared to invest at least A$5 million in Australian businesses. To date, 90 per cent of the applicants have been Chinese. ... generating company, which had more than US$9 billion in net assets. Zeng, who is reportedly in his mid-40s and has young children, did not respond to a letter seeking comment on the Sydney home. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535689/zeng-wei-angers-sydney-knocking-down-106-year-old-harbour-mansion
  10. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Tony Abbott a sexist, not a misogynist, says outgoing senator

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:26am by AFP

    ... for winking during a testy radio chat about the tough May budget with a female pensioner who worked on a sex phone line. Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in her book Hard ... "would like to see us behaving more humanely". Under Australia's tough offshore detention policy, asylum-seekers arriving by boat are now sent to camps in Nauru or Papua New Guinea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1538372/tony-abbott-sexist-not-misogynist-says-outgoing-senator

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