‘IS inspired’ teens charged in Australia
Oct13

‘IS inspired’ teens charged in Australia

Two 16-year-old boys were charged Thursday with planning an imminent terror attack after being arrested with “bayonet-type” knives in Sydney, with police saying the pair were inspired by the so-called Islamic State group. The boys, who were not named, were seized in the city’s southwest after buying the weapons in a shop, renewing fears about youth radicalisation. They face life imprisonment if convicted on charges...

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Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt
Oct11

Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Australia’s plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed today after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate. Debate on gay marriage in Australia has gone on for more than a decade and conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull planned to resolve the issue via a plebiscite on February 11. But Labor leader Bill Shorten said not only was the proposed plebiscite...

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NASA Begins Study of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
Sep15

NASA Begins Study of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth’s valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs has set up shop in Australia for a two-month investigation of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef ecosystem. At a media briefing today at Cairns Airport in North Queensland, Australia, scientists from NASA’s COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) mission and their Australian...

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Australia mistreats refugees as deterrent: Amnesty, HRW
Aug03

Australia mistreats refugees as deterrent: Amnesty, HRW

Australia is following the intentional inhumane policy of mistreating asylum seekers held on the South Pacific island of Nauru in a bid to deter others from attempting to sail to Australia, two prominent human rights groups say. According to a lengthy joint report by the Amnesty International andHuman Rights Watch (HRW) released on Tuesday, Canberra’s “failure to address serious abuses appears to be a deliberate policy to deter...

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Australia cuts interest rate to record low 1.5 percent
Aug02

Australia cuts interest rate to record low 1.5 percent

Australia’s central bank cut interest rates to a new record low today in a widely expected decision after a recent run of soft inflation readings. The 25 basis point cut to 1.5 percent means the Reserve Bank of Australia has slashed rates by 300 basis points since November 2011 to support the economy as it transitions towards non-resources growth after a mining investment boom. “The board judged that prospects for...

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