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Australian FM Rudd Resigns Amid Ruling Party Turmoil

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd has announced his resignation in the latest sign of turmoil within his country’s ruling Labor Party. Rudd announced the decision during an official visit to Washington late Tuesday. “The simple truth is I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I do not have Prime Minister Gillard’s support. I […]

Australian FM Rudd Resigns Amid Ruling Party Turmoil

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd has announced his resignation in the latest sign of turmoil within his country’s ruling Labor Party. Rudd announced the decision during an official visit to Washington late Tuesday, saying he could not continue in office without the support and confidence of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Australian media have reported in […]

Australian Historian Uncovers Mutiny on World War II US Base

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian scholar says he has uncovered evidence that African-American soldiers staged a mutiny to protest racial abuse while stationed in Australia during World War II. Ray Holyoak, a historian at Australia’s James Cook University, says 600 black soldiers were deployed to the northern state of Queensland in 1942 to help build an airfield outside […]

Rising Australian Floodwaters Force Mass Evacuation

Posted February 5th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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An entire Australian town has been ordered to evacuate to higher ground as rising floodwaters race toward record heights. Officials say the 3,800 residents of St. George in Queensland state have been ordered to abandon their homes before the only remaining exit road is washed out. The swollen Baloney River is expected to peak at […]

Australia Kills 24,000 Ducks To Stop Bird Flu

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities Wednesday were to destroy 24,000 ducks that tested positive for bird flu, but said the outbreak does not pose a threat to humans. Andreas Dubs, the head of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, said Wednesday the ducks were infected with a low pathogenic form of the avian influenza. It is separate from the […]

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Australian Police Rescue PM from Unruly Crowd

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Riot police in the Australian capital moved in Thursday to rescue Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott from a crowd of unruly protesters who were supporting indigenous rights. Photographs and television footage show plainclothes security personnel clutching the prime minister as they pulled her away from a Canberra restaurant surrounded by protesters […]

Australian Police Rescue PM from Unruly Crowd

Posted January 26th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Riot police in the Australian capital moved in Thursday to rescue Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott from a crowd of unruly protesters who were supporting indigenous rights. Photographs and television footage show plainclothes security personnel clutching the prime minister as they pulled her away from a Canberra restaurant surrounded by protesters […]

Activists Injured in Skirmish with Japanese Whalers

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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An anti-whaling activist group says three of its members were injured Wednesday during clashes with Japanese whalers off the coast of Antarctica. The Sea Shepherd group said two activists suffered deep bruising after being struck in the shoulder with iron grappling hooks. Another received lacerations after being stabbed in the face with a bamboo pole. […]

Japan to Release Anti-Whaling Activists to Australia

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Australia says Japan has agreed to release three anti-whaling activists who boarded a Japanese whaling support vessel two days ago. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard released a statement Tuesday saying a customs ship has been dispatched to rendezvous with the Shonan Maru 2 and pick up the men. The trio, members of the Australian environmental […]

Australia to Ease Sanctions Against Burma

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Australia says it will scale back sanctions against Burma in response to the Southeast Asian nation’s move toward democratic reforms. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, in a statement Monday, said Burmese tourism officials and ex-ministers from Burma’s military junta who have left politics will be removed from Canberra’s sanctions list. He said an arms embargo will […]

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