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Oct 29, 2015

Australia to join Chinese navy exercises in South China Sea

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two Australian warships will hold exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea next week, Australia’s defense minister said on Thursday, just days after a U.S. navy patrol near a man-made Chinese island in the disputed waters angered Beijing.

The HMAS Stuart and HMAS Arunta will visit China’s main South China Sea base of Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong ahead of drills scheduled for early next week, Marise Payne said.

Oct 15, 2015

Megabrew deal may fall flat with Australian regulators

SYDNEY, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Australian regulators are likely
to raise concerns over the planned $100 billion-plus takeover of
SABMiller by rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, wary
of the impact on competition from a combination of the country’s
No.1 and No.3 brewers.

After a long courtship, SABMiller agreed on Tuesday to a
deal that would brew almost a third of the world’s beer and
rank in the top five mergers in corporate history.

Oct 7, 2015

Volkswagen says 77,000 Australia vehicles had emissions cheating software

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian unit of Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE said on Wednesday some 77,000 vehicles sold in the country had been fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions, widening a global scandal engulfing the German automaker.

The unit said it had set up a website for customers to see if their vehicles, including almost 55,000 Volkswagen branded passenger cars, 5,000 Skodas and more than 17,000 Volkswagen commercial vehicles, had the affected EA 189 diesel engines.

Oct 3, 2015

Australian officials say Sydney police HQ shooting ‘linked to terrorism’

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian police said on Saturday they believed the shooting of a police worker by a 15-year-old boy in Sydney the previous day was “linked to terrorism”, the latest in a series of attacks blamed on radicalized youth.

Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its battle against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown radicals since last year.

Sep 20, 2015

Australian PM appoints immigration hard-man Morrison as new treasurer

CANBERRA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday appointed Scott Morrison treasurer,
handing the conservative lawmaker the top economic job in his
new cabinet in an effort to mend party divisions following the
ouster of Tony Abbott.

Morrison won both praise and condemnation as immigration
minister for his ruthlessly efficient implementation of
Australia’s policy of turning back boatloads of asylum seekers
arriving from Asia.

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.

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