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Sep 19, 2014

US Treasury’s Lew calls for euro zone, Japan to do more on growth

CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew on Friday called on the euro zone and Japan
to do more to spur growth as the global economy continues to
disappoint, highlighting what is sure to be a bone of contention
as Group of 20 ministers gather in Australia.

While lauding the strength of the U.S. economy, Lew said
more work was needed to achieve faster and more balanced
economic growth and to boost demand.

Sep 18, 2014

As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations

SYDNEY (Reuters) – G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

But the efforts of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers, meeting this weekend in the tropical tourist town of Cairns, risk being drowned out by growing alarm over geopolitical tensions and increased market volatility.

Sep 4, 2014

As Fiji election nears, Western nations look to revive influence

SUVA (Reuters) – Voters in Fiji’s election this month are keen to end a dictatorship that has ruled the South Pacific island nation since a military coup in 2006, but sprucing up its human rights situation, and ties with Western neighbors, will take time.

Change could be slow because Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, the army chief who seized power to become prime minister, looks set to retain a dominant role, with polls giving his Fiji First Party a strong lead in the run-up to the Sept. 17 election.

Sep 4, 2014

For Fiji’s military rulers, U.N. peacekeeping a useful mask

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The capture of U.N. peacekeeping soldiers from Fiji in the Golan Heights last week has shone a light on a quiet export industry that has for decades drummed up cash for the Pacific nation and polished the tattered image of its military regime.

Since independence from Britain in 1970, Fiji has sent more soldiers on U.N. peacekeeping missions than any other nation, on a per capita basis.

Sep 2, 2014

Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as U.N. peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji’s army said on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga said negotiations had been stepped up between the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and a new U.N. negotiation team now in place in Syria.

Aug 6, 2014

Dutch firm Fugro to lead search for MH370 off Australia

SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Dutch engineering firm Fugro
will lead the search of the Indian Ocean seafloor
where missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is
believed to have crashed, hoping to unlock the greatest mystery
in modern aviation.

Australia on Wednesday awarded Fugro the lead commercial
contract for the search, after months of hunting by up to two
dozen countries revealed no trace of the missing Boeing
777.

Jul 21, 2014

Angry Australia PM says Ukraine crash probe resembles ‘garden clean-up’

SYDNEY, July 21 (Reuters) – Australia’s prime minister
voiced deep concern on Monday that Russian-backed rebels
remained in control of the crash site of a Malaysian airliner
shot down over Ukraine, saying the site looked more like a
“garden clean-up” than a forensic investigation.

At least 27 Australian passengers were among the 298 people
aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over
eastern Ukraine in an attack the West has blamed on separatist
rebels armed by Russia.

Jul 4, 2014

U.N. decries reports Australia handing Tamil asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka

SYDNEY/COLOMBO, July 4 (Reuters) – The United Nations has
expressed “profound concern” about Australia’s handling of
asylum seekers amid reports that scores of Sri Lankans will be
handed over to their country’s navy after only a brief
assessment by Australian authorities.

Two boats carrying more than 200 Tamil asylum seekers from
Sri Lanka were intercepted by Australian border security forces
in the Indian Ocean in recent days and either have been or will
be transferred to the Sri Lankan navy, Australian media said.

Jul 4, 2014

U.N. decries reports Australia handing back Sri Lanka Tamil asylum seekers

SYDNEY/COLOMBO (Reuters) – The United Nations has expressed “profound concern” about Australia’s handling of asylum seekers amid reports that scores of Sri Lankans will be handed over to their country’s navy after only a brief assessment by Australian authorities.

Two boats carrying more than 200 Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka were intercepted by Australian border security forces in the Indian Ocean in recent days and either have been or will be transferred to the Sri Lankan navy, Australian media said.

Jun 27, 2014

Malaysia jet passengers likely suffocated, Australia says

SYDNEY, June 26 (Reuters) – The passengers and crew of the
missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 most likely
died from suffocation and coasted lifelessly into the ocean on
autopilot, a new report released by Australian officials on
Thursday said.

In a 55-page report, the Australian Transport Safety Board
outlined how investigators had arrived at this conclusion after
comparing the conditions on the flight with previous disasters,
although it contained no new evidence from within the jetliner.

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