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Dec 16, 2014

Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed.

Police have not publicly identified the gunman but a police source named him as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh known for sending hate mail to the families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan. He was charged last year with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, but had been free on bail.

Dec 15, 2014

Sydney hostage siege ends after police storm cafe, reports say 2 dead

SYDNEY, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Australian security forces opened
fire on Tuesday as they stormed the Sydney cafe where several
hostages were being held at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a
standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

Media said that two people, including the gunman, had been
killed. New South Wales police declined to comment on the
reports, and it was not clear whether the fatalities occurred
during the rescue operation itself.

Dec 15, 2014

Security forces storm Sydney hostage siege cafe, gunman named

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

Heavy gunfire and loud bangs rang out shortly after 2 a.m. local time (10a.m. ET on Monday), and moments earlier at least six people believed to have been held captive had managed to flee the scene.

Nov 26, 2014

Australian minister apologizes for submarine firm canoe remark

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s defense minister on Wednesday apologized after saying he would not trust the government-owned submarine firm “to build a canoe”, comments that fueled expectations that most work in a A$40 billion ($34 billion) program will go offshore.

Reuters reported in September that Australia was leaning towards buying as many as 12 off-the-shelf stealth submarines from Japan.

Nov 17, 2014

G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change; Russia isolated over Ukraine

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible “frozen conflict” in Europe.

Nov 17, 2014

G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible “frozen conflict” in Europe.

Nov 16, 2014

Putin says good chance of ending Ukraine crisis, West threatens more sanctions

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday there was a “good chance” of resolving the conflict in Ukraine as Western leaders squarely blamed Moscow and threatened to slap more sanctions if it did not take action to end the crisis.

Putin was speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Brisbane where he has come under intense pressure, with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling him to “get out of Ukraine”.

Nov 16, 2014

U.S., EU override Australia to put climate change on G20 agenda

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia’s attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda.

Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine, with Western leaders warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels.

Nov 15, 2014

Obama, in latest climate move, pledges $3 billion for global fund

BRISBANE Australia/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday pledged a $3 billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change, putting the issue front and center of the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia.

The large size of the contribution took climate policy watchers by surprise and doubles what other countries had previously pledged ahead of a Nov. 20 deadline. It would be the second major move on climate change taken by Obama after big Democratic losses in last week’s midterm elections.

Nov 15, 2014

Putin put on notice at G20 summit to end Ukraine crisis

BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – The Ukraine crisis overshadowed talks on global economic growth at a G20 leaders meeting on Saturday, with Europe calling on Russia to stop the flow of weapons and troops into the country and holding out the threat of further sanctions if it did not.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Europe’s foreign ministers will meet on Monday to assess the situation in Ukraine and whether further steps including additional sanctions were needed against Russia.

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