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Australians Cheer Appearance by Queen Elizabeth II

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Australians turned out Thursday to cheer Queen Elizabeth II as the British monarch appeared for her first full day of a 10-day tour of the country. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, took a boat ride on a lake in the capital, Canberra, as they kicked off their formal program with a […]

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Australians Rolls Out Warm Welcome for Queen Elizabeth II

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australia provided a warm welcome for Queen Elizabeth II when the British monarch arrived in the country late Wednesday, in spite of the government’s stated commitment to ending the nation’s allegiance to the crown. The 85-year-old Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, landed at an Australian air force base in the capital, Canberra, and were […]

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Australians Promise Warm Welcome for Queen Elizabeth II

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Australia is planning a warm welcome for Queen Elizabeth II when the British monarch arrives late Wednesday, in spite of the government’s stated commitment to ending the nation’s allegiance to the crown. The 85-year-old Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, are scheduled to land at an Australian air force base in in the capital, Canberra, […]

Jurists Accuse Sri Lanka Diplomat of War Crimes

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s Federal Police say they are examining a brief filed by a rights group accusing a top Sri Lankan diplomat of war crimes. The legal paper, filed Friday by the International Commission of Jurists, calls for authorities to investigate Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe. The former admiral was commander of the Sri […]

Australia Court Rules Against Samsung in Apple Fight

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Australia has temporarily banned sales of Samsung’s latest tablet computer as part of a global legal battle with Apple over patents used in smartphones and other mobile computer equipment. The court ruled Thursday that Samsung cannot sell the latest version of its Galaxy tablet until a final resolution of the legal dispute […]

Australia Abandons Refugee Swap Deal with Malaysia

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The Australian government is scrapping its plan to process asylum seekers offshore after Prime Minister Julia Gillard failed to secure enough votes in Parliament to approve a refugee swap deal with Malaysia. Ms. Gillard canceled a parliamentary vote scheduled for Thursday after an independent lawmaker declared his opposition to legislation that would have permitted the […]

Gillard Hails Australia’s Future After Carbon Tax Passage

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is calling for her country to aggressively seize the future following the passage by parliament of a contentious bill to tax large polluters. The new carbon tax passed with a narrow two-vote majority on Wednesday despite fierce criticism from industry and the parliamentary opposition, which argued the tax will drive […]

Australia’s Lower House Passes Carbon Tax Bill

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia’s lower house of parliament has passed a contentious new law on carbon emissions tax, ending years of heated debate. Lawmakers passed a packet of measures Wednesday that will impose a levy on the country’s biggest polluters starting July 1 of next year. Polluters will be paying a fixed price of about $23 per ton […]

Strike Forces Qantas to Cancel Flights

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Qantas Airways passengers face flight delays and cancellations because of a strike by its engineers. Australia’s flagship airline says 40 domestic flights will be cancelled. Another 27 domestic and 11 international flights will be delayed or rescheduled. The engineers’ union planned to walk off the job for four hours Monday as it fights […]

Australia Tries to Win Release of Boy Arrested in Indonesia

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australian officials say they are doing all they can to win the release of a 14-year-old boy held in Indonesia for possessing marijuana. The boy told police he bought the drug from a man who said he had not eaten for a day and needed money. The teenager has been held at Denpasar police headquarters […]

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