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Australian State Allows Police to Unveil Muslim Women

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s most populous state has approved a law permitting police to order Muslim women to remove burqas and other face-covering veils. The law was introduced Monday in New South Wales, where a Muslim woman was convicted of falsely accusing a police officer of forcing her to remove her burqa during a random breath test for […]

Australian FM to Hold Live Cattle Talks With Indonesia

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian news reports say Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will seek to restore Australia’s live cattle exports to Indonesia during his visit to Jakarta later this week. The reports say Rudd will meet with Indonesian officials Friday in an effort to salvage the $320 million annual trade. Indonesia suspended cattle import licenses until the end of […]

Australia Grounds Budget Airline

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Aviation regulators grounded a subsidiary of Singapore-based Tiger Airways Saturday for violations of safety regulations. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority said Tiger Airways Australia has twice flown under the minimum allowed altitude. The ban, the first imposed by CASA in Australian aviation history, is for an initial five days. If the company does not address […]

Australia’s Rudd Arrives in Burma

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has arrived in Burma, but it is uncertain whether he will meet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Burma’s military-backed government told the Nobel peace laureate this week to stop all political activities, which may include meeting foreign diplomats. Rudd’s office said last week that he is scheduled to meet […]

Australia Announces Massive Selloff of Military Equipment

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Australian military says it will sell dozens of ships, aircraft and armored vehicles in the biggest disposal of surplus military equipment since the end of World War Two. The military announced Wednesday it will sell 24 ships, more than 200 aircraft of various types, and 600 armored vehicles over the next 15 years. The […]

New Zealand Supports Australia’s Move on Cigarette Labeling

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s government and anti-smoking groups have praised Australia for refusing to back down against tobacco industry threats to challenge in court planned cigarette packaging laws. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said Tuesday that New Zealand is watching the situation closely as it considers introducing similar laws. Anti-smoking groups have applauded Australia’s Prime Minister Julia […]

Australia’s Rudd to Visit Burma

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Australia says Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will travel to Burma this week to discuss ways Australia can support positive reforms and development in one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Rudd’s office said in a media release Friday that the visit will be the first to Burma by an Australian foreign minister since 2002. […]

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Sues Australia

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong-based tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia announced a lawsuit Monday against the Australian government over the country’s plans to strip company logos from cigarette packages. Under proposed government legislation due to take effect next year, all logos would be removed from cigarette packaging and brand names would have to be printed in a specific […]

Jerry Lewis Cancels Sydney Show in Australia Because of Illness

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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American entertainer Jerry Lewis was rushed to a hospital Friday, just moments before he was to take to the stage in Sydney, Australia for a benefit show. The 85-year-old performer is in Australia to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia. Lewis is the long-time chairman of the U.S. Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, which is […]

Qantas, Rolls Royce Settle Over Engine Explosion

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 4:47 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s Qantas Airways says it has reached a settlement with British engine maker Rolls Royce over last year’s mid-air engine explosion on one of its superjumbo jets. The airline issued a statement Wednesday saying the settlement is worth $100 million. The agreement ends Qantas’s legal action against Rolls Royce. A Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine installed […]


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