AUSTRALIA

Aussie government blames admin error for 'okay to be white' vote

Aussie government blames admin error for ‘okay to be white’ vote

October 16, 2018 12:20 pm

Sydney: Embarrassed officials scrambled Tuesday to explain how members of Australia’s conservative government backed a parliamentary motion declaring “it is okay to be white”, blaming the decision on an “administrative process failure”. The resolution, tabled in the Senate on Monday, was drafted by populist firebrand Pauline Hanson and railed against what it described as “the […]

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Harry and pregnant Meghan get baby gifts, meet koalas Down Under

Harry and pregnant Meghan get baby gifts, meet koalas Down Under

October 16, 2018 11:40 am

Sydney: The happy prince and his US-born wife laughed as they were given a pair of Australian baby Ugg boots from the country’s governor general, watched eucalyptus-munching koalas at the zoo and took a boat ride across Sydney Harbour as they began a lengthy tour of the Pacific. Meghan, wearing a tight white dress by […]

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Julian Assange allowed partial internet access by Ecuador: Wikileaks

October 15, 2018 6:51 pm

London: Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuador Embassy here since 2012, was allowed limited internet access by the south American nation, seven months after it disabled for alleged breach of asylum terms, Wikileaks has announced. The 47-year-old Australian national, who remains in hiding in a back room of the Ecuadorean Embassy […]

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Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

October 11, 2018 9:09 am

Sydney: A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea’s New Britain island on Thursday, triggering a tsunami warning. Hazardous tsunami waves were forecast for some coasts, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. Tsunami waves were forecast to be less than 0.3 metres (one foot) high for the coasts of PNG and Solomon Islands, it said, […]

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Australia seeks to settle migrants outside major cities

Australia seeks to settle migrants outside major cities

October 9, 2018 12:46 pm

Sydney: Australia is drawing up plans to require migrants to temporarily settle in regional and rural areas to ease congestion in major cities, the government announced Tuesday. While much of the vast continent is sparsely populated, Australia is growing at an annual rate of 1.6 percent — one of the highest among OECD countries. Sydney, […]

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