AUSTRALIA

New Zealand orders top-level inquiry into mosque massacres

NZ PM Ardern vows mosque killer will face ‘full force of law’

March 19, 2019 7:54 pm

Christchurch: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Tuesday never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative “as-salaam alaikum” message of peace to Muslims. “He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand,” Ardern pledged to grieving Kiwis, while promising […]

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Australia boosts security for mosques, places of worship

Australia boosts security for mosques, places of worship

March 18, 2019 2:05 pm

Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced more funding to defend religious establishments against potential attack in the wake of the mosque massacres in neighbouring New Zealand. Morrison said he would provide Aus$55 million (US$39 million) in “community safety grants” with a priority placed on security at “religious schools, places of religious worship […]

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Dhoni gets hit on forearm during net session

Dhoni gets hit on forearm during net session

March 1, 2019 1:42 pm

Hyderabad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni had an injury scare during the Indian team’s net session on the eve of the ODI series opener against Australia here Saturday. Dhoni sustained an injury on his right forearm while taking throwdowns from team’s support staff member Raghavendra. The former India captain had a long batting session at the nets […]

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Bomb hoax at Khar railway station

Dozens of Australian journalists face charges over sex trial

February 28, 2019 10:00 pm

Melbourne: An Australian state prosecutor has sent letters threatening to charge media organizations and dozens of journalists with breaching a gag order that banned reporting of Cardinal George Pell’s convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys, lawyers said Thursday. Reporting in any format accessible from Australia of details of the former Vatican economy chief’s convictions in a Melbourne court in December was banned by […]

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'Killer cells' may pave way for life-long, universal flu vaccine

‘Killer cells’ may pave way for life-long, universal flu vaccine

February 19, 2019 4:23 pm

Melbourne: Killer immune cells that can fight all strains of influenza virus may pave the way for a universal, one-shot flu vaccine, according to a study. These microscopic killers are white blood cells that can maintain a memory of previous exposure to a flu strain, said researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia. If they recognise an invader, these cells start an […]

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Bomb hoax at Khar railway station

Connected Chinese billionaire hits back at Australia ban

February 8, 2019 11:33 pm

Sydney: The Chinese businessman barred from Australia on suspicions he is part of a Communist Party influence campaign said he had been treated in a “grotesquely unfair manner” Friday and suggested his political donations could be returned. The long-term Sydney resident had been a prominent donor to Australia’s two major parties before being effectively banned from the country Wednesday. In a statement Huang Xiangmo said […]

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Bomb hoax at Khar railway station

Inquiry refers scandal-hit Australian banks to watchdogs

February 4, 2019 1:37 pm

Sydney: A major inquiry into scandals in Australia’s banking and financial services firms has referred more than 20 cases to regulators for possible prosecution, and called for substantial changes in the sector. In the findings of its year-long investigation, the Royal Commission called for swathes of rules to be revisited, and for banks to be more heavily regulated or […]

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'Once in a century' floods hit northeast Australia

‘Once in a century’ floods hit northeast Australia

February 3, 2019 11:33 am

Sydney: Once in a century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of further downpours over the next few days. Australia’s tropical north experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season at this time of the year, but the recent deluge has surged far […]

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Bomb hoax at Khar railway station

Australian police disable, arrest man in airport standoff

February 3, 2019 11:22 am

Canberra: A man who falsely claimed to have a bomb and menaced a woman with a knife forced the evacuation of Brisbane International Airport for more than two hours in an emergency that police described on Sunday as elaborate and terrifying. Police ended the standoff late Saturday by shooting the 50-year-old man with non-lethal bean bag shotgun […]

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Australia grab four wickets as Sri Lanka's Perera retires hurt

Australia grab four wickets as Sri Lanka’s Perera retires hurt

February 3, 2019 10:53 am

Canberra: Sri Lanka lost four wickets in a hostile session against Australia Sunday that saw Dimuth Karunaratne complete a half-century after being cleared of concussion and dazed teammate Kusal Perera retire hurt. Following an incident-packed morning on day three of the second Test in Canberra, the visitors went to lunch at 215 for seven in reply to Australia’s 534 for five declared. Dilruwan […]

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