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Australia’s Rudd Undergoes Successful Heart Surgery

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian cardiologist says that Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is doing well after heart surgery Monday that replaced a failing heart valve with one from a cow. Dr. Malcolm Davison told reporters in Rudd’s hometown of Brisbane that the 53-year-old former prime minister was expected to recover in about eight weeks. Rudd had similar surgery […]

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Tiger Australia to Stay Grounded Till August 5

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore-based Tiger Airways says its Australian domestic services are likely to remain grounded until at least August 5. The budget carrier said Australian aviation authorities have issued it with a set of formal conditions that the airline must comply with before domestic flights can be resumed. Tiger said it will refund all passengers booked to […]

Tiger Australia to Stay Grounded Till August 5

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:14 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore-based Tiger Airways says its Australian domestic services are likely to remain grounded until at least August 5. The budget carrier said Australian aviation authorities have issued it with a set of formal conditions that the airline must comply with before domestic flights can be resumed. Tiger said it will refund all passengers booked to […]

Landmark Lawsuit Tests Limits for Growers of GM Foods

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A landmark lawsuit in Australia is raising new questions about the responsibilities of growers of genetically modified crops. West Australia GM farmer Michael Baxter is being sued by his lifelong friend and neighbor Steve Marsh after some modified canola seed blew onto the neighbor’s farm. That caused Marsh to lose his license to sell organic […]

Australia Investigates Possible Organ Trafficking

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Australia are investigating the country’s first suspected case of organ trafficking. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Thursday that an elderly Sydney woman suffering from a kidney disease is suspected of flying in a younger woman from the Philippines with the intent of harvesting an organ from her. The newspaper said that routine […]

Australia, Malaysia Sign Refugee Exchange Deal

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia and Australia signed a controversial deal Monday to send 800 asylum seekers to the Southeast Asian nation in exchange for Australia resettling 4,000 processed refugees. Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen signed the pact at a Kuala Lumpur hotel, while a small group of human rights activists protested outside. […]

Australian Immigration Detention Hit with Second Day of Riots

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Australian police have put down violent protests at an immigration detention center on remote Christmas Island for a second consecutive day. Despite the violence, authorities say another 52 asylum seekers who arrived in Australia this week will be sent to the overcrowded facility. A boat carrying the asylum seekers and two crew members was intercepted […]

Police Raid Greenpeace Offices After GM Wheat Crop Destroyed

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Australia have raided the offices of the environmental activist group Greenpeace after three of its members destroyed an experimental crop of genetically modified wheat. The activists wore mock hazard suits as they scaled a fence and cut down the crop last week at a farm in Canberra operated by the country’s top scientific […]

Australia Mulls New Privacy Right Amid Phone Hacking Scandal

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Australia is seeking public comment on whether it should establish a legal right to sue media companies for invasion of privacy in the wake of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said Thursday the reports that the now-shuttered News of The World hacked into private cell phones and bribed police officers have “put […]

Court Action Against “Aussie Taliban” Poses Unusual Legal Test

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian court will face difficult constitutional issues next month when the government seeks to seize the profits from a book by David Hicks, the former Outback cowboy who spent years as a U.S. prisoner after being captured in Afghanistan. Hicks, nicknamed the “Aussie Taliban,” spent more than five years at the Guantanamo Bay detention […]

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