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Dalai Lama Dismisses Gillard Snub, Issues Climate Warning

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Dalai Lama says he is not troubled by the fact that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had decided not to meet him during his current visit to Australia. Ms. Gillard’s decision not to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has been widely reported as a snub. But the Dalai Lama said Tuesday he has nothing […]

Chile Volcano Causing Widespread Flight Disruptions

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A cloud of ash from an erupting volcano in southern Chile has disrupted air travel from South America to Australia and New Zealand, causing widespread delays. A flight carrying United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Buenos Aires, Argentina was diverted to the northern city of Cordoba late Sunday because of the ash, which can damage […]

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Australian PM Says She Will Not Meet Dalai Lama

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ended weeks of speculation by announcing she will not meet the Dalai Lama during his current visit to the country. Monday’s decision is likely to please Australia’s largest trading partner, China, which sees the Tibetan spiritual leader as a dangerous separatist. But Ms. Gillard has been under pressure to […]

Chilean Volcanic Ash Disrupts Flights in Australia, New Zealand

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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A cloud of volcanic ash from Chile has left thousands of air travelers stranded for a second day in Australia and New Zealand. Dozens of flights between New Zealand and Australia have been canceled over the past few days, along with many domestic routes in both countries. Australia’s national airline, Qantas, said all flights in […]

Dalai Lama Optimistic About Change in China

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dalai Lama says he is optimistic about the possibility of change in China. While on an 11-day tour of Australia, the Tibetan spiritual leader said Friday he thinks China will become more open, and that will lead to change in other repressive countries, such as Burma and North Korea. He said that refugees from […]

Australian Police Quell Unrest at Immigration Center

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Australian officials say police fired pepper spray and beanbags at inmates overnight to quell a riot at the troubled Christmas Island immigrant detention center. Police say up to 100 illegal immigrants began a violent protest late Thursday at the facility, pelting police and guards with broken concrete and other objects. One guard was slightly injured. […]

Poll: Most Australians Say Gay Marriage Inevitable

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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A new public opinion survey has found that most Australians believe same-sex marriage will be legalized in the country. The survey found about 75 percent of those asked agree that it is inevitable that the law preventing homosexuals from marrying will be repealed. The poll was commissioned by the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality. Alex […]

Poll: Most Australians Say Gay Marriage Inevitable

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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A new public opinion survey has found that most Australians believe same-sex marriage will be legalized in the country. The survey found about 75 of those asked agree that it is inevitable that the law preventing homosexuals from marrying will be repealed. The poll was commissioned by the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality. Alex Greenwich, […]

Australia Halts Most Live Cattle Shipments to Indonesia

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia has expanded a ban on cattle shipments to Indonesia, after a television expose showed images of Indonesian slaughterhouse practices that shocked Australian viewers. The move, announced late Tuesday, extends a temporary ban on that cattle trade from 11 Indonesian abattoirs to all 770 slaughterhouses in the country. The ban is expected to last up […]

Australia Halts Most Live Cattle Shipments to Indonesia

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia has expanded a ban on to cattle shipments to Indonesia, after a television expose showed images of Indonesian slaughterhouse practices that shocked Australian viewers. The move, announced late Tuesday, extends a temporary ban on that cattle trade from 11 Indonesian abattoirs to all but five of the country’s 770 jurisdictions. The ban is expected […]

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