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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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