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N.Korea to Re-Open Embassy in Australia

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australia says North Korea is planning to re-open its embassy in the nation’s capital, five years after closing it for financial reasons. Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Wednesday said he welcomes the move. He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation it would allow Australia to express its “very deep concerns” about what he called North Korea’s […]

Fueled by ‘Catastrophic’ Conditions, Wildfires Rage Across Australia

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Wildfires continue to rage out of control across southeast Australia on Tuesday, with authorities warning of “catastrophic” conditions in some areas. Officials say more than 130 fires, many uncontained, are burning in the heavily populated New South Wales state, where temperatures reached 45 degrees and wind gusts reached more than 100 kilometers per hour. In […]

Australian Prime Minister Tours Fire-Ravaged Tazmania

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s prime minister has toured the southern island of Tasmania, where four days of wildfires have damaged or destroyed hundreds of structures and left around a hundred people missing. Australian firefighters, using helicopters and planes, are still battling the blazes on Tasmania, where the fires flared Friday after a record summer heat wave pushed temperatures […]

Police Search for Missing in Fire Australia Wildfires

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Raging wildfires are continuing to burn through southern Australia, where concerns are focused on about 100 people who may be missing. Australian firefighters, using helicopter and planes, are battling the blazes across the state of Tasmania, where the fires flared Friday after a record summer heat wave that pushed temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. Acting […]

Thousands Flee Wildfires in Southern Australia

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities say thousands of people have fled wildfires raging through southern Australia, with one blaze destroying dozens of homes in the southern island state of Tasmania. The fires flared on Friday amid a record summer heat wave that pushed temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in Tasmania, which is normally known for its cooler climate. […]

Australia Apologizes for Abuse in Military

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s government has apologized to hundreds of victims of abuse within the military, clearing the way for victims to receive compensation. In an address to parliament Monday, Defense Minister Stephen Smith acknowledged that, since the early 1950s soldiers, sailors and members of the air force had suffered abuse, often by superiors, under the excuse of […]

Australia Agrees to Host Key US Space Surveillance Systems

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has reached an agreement to station a powerful radar and space telescope in Australia, providing what U.S. officials say is a key ability to monitor the skies of the Asia-Pacific. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the agreement reached Wednesday at an annual security summit in Australia is a “major leap forward” […]

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US, Australia Vow Deeper Defense Ties

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States vowed continued military cooperation with Australia, as the two countries opened annual defense talks in Perth, Australia on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in the summit’s opening remarks that U.S.-Australia relations were an important part of Washington’s strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific. “Our biggest challenge now is, as we rebalance to […]

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Clinton in Australia for Defense Summit

Posted November 13th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Perth Australia for defense talks aimed at expanding military and political cooperation between the United States and Australia. Clinton will meet with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday ahead of the annual summit. She will be joined by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the […]

India, Australia Launch Nuclear Talks

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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India and Australia have agreed to launch negotiations on a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. The decision was made Wednesday during talks between Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh Wednesday in New Delhi. Such an agreement would allow Australia to sell uranium to India, which already has signed such deals with […]

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