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Aug 31, 2015

Cambodia says no plan to take more refugees from Australian detention camp

PHNOM PENH/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Cambodia said on Monday it did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention center under an agreement with Australia, dealing a blow to the controversial resettlement scheme criticized by rights groups.

Australia has vowed to stop asylum seekers sailing from Indonesia and Sri Lanka and landing on its shores, instead intercepting boats and shifting the people to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Aug 3, 2015

Some extreme doping test results show athletes’ health at risk – expert

KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Some of the thousands of leaked doping test results were so extreme they posed a risk to athletes’ health, one of the experts cited in a report on suspected blood doping told Reuters on Monday, calling for more action to clean up the sport.

“There are real questions to be asked if there is no action taken, particularly for the results taken post-2009,” said Robin Parisotto, an inventor of the test used to detect the blood doping agent EPO. “Some of the values in these athletes were so extreme that they were downright dangerous and the risks to their health were indisputable.”

Aug 3, 2015

Athletics-Some extreme doping test results show athletes’ health at risk – expert

KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Some of the thousands of leaked doping test results were so extreme they posed a risk to athletes’ health, one of the experts cited in a report on suspected blood doping told Reuters on Monday, calling for more action to clean up the sport.

“There are real questions to be asked if there is no action taken, particularly for the results taken post-2009,” said Robin Parisotto, an inventor of the test used to detect the blood doping agent EPO. “Some of the values in these athletes were so extreme that they were downright dangerous and the risks to their health were indisputable.”

Jul 30, 2015

Currents consistent with Reunion debris being from MH370-experts

SYDNEY/NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) – Vast, rotating currents
sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage
from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa,
thousands of kilometres from where it is thought to have
crashed, oceanographers said on Thursday.

France’s air crash investigation agency is studying a piece
of plane debris found on Reunion Island, off the east coast of
Madagascar, to determine whether it came from Flight MH370,
which disappeared without a trace 16 months ago with 239
passengers and crew on board.

Jul 30, 2015

Authorities study debris found off Madagascar for links to MH370

PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) – France’s air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) 777 but that it had not yet been established if it came from MH370.

Jul 30, 2015

Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) – France’s air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777 but that it had not yet been established if it came from MH370.

May 29, 2015

Al Jazeera reporter Greste fears Egyptian conviction in absentia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Cairo next week.

Australian Greste and two Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison last June in a case that provoked an international outcry.

Apr 16, 2015

Australia chases India trade deal as China slows, iron ore tumbles

SYDNEY, April 16 (Reuters) – Slowing growth in top trade
partner China and plunging prices for iron ore and coal are
adding impetus to Australian efforts to secure a free trade deal
with India by the end of the year.

Officials are meeting in Canberra this week, a source
familiar with the talks said, the second round of official
discussions since Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Indian
counterpart Narendra Modi agreed in November to accelerate
long-running but slow-moving negotiations.

Mar 19, 2015

South Pacific’s Vanuatu provides lessons in cyclone survival

PORT VILA/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Villagers in Vanuatu buried food and fresh water as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300 kph winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses to the ground.

Despite reports of utter devastation six days after Cyclone Pam pummeled the impoverished South Pacific island nation, Vanuatu appears to be providing something of a lesson in how to survive a category 5 storm.

Mar 18, 2015

Vanuatu islanders adopt well-honed survival techniques in teeth of huge storm

PORT VILA/SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – Aid groups and
survivors of one of the world’s most powerful storms on record
are hoping that early warnings, concrete-walled homes, cave
refuges and a healthy respect for the sea have saved the South
Pacific nation of Vanuatu from a huge death toll.

Officials say the toll, which stands at just 11, is certain
to rise as news still dribbles in from isolated, outlying
communities in the island chain. But traditional coping
mechanisms may have helped prevent a much greater disaster.

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