Australia

Australia drops investigation into Indonesia 'Balibo Five' murders

SYDNEY - Australian police said on Tuesday they were dropping a long-running war crimes investigation into the deaths of five Australian journalists, killed during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975.

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: reports

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.

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Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: paper

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday.

World, China, 19 Oct 2014

Australia's CSL, Ansell join global medical response to Ebola

SYDNEY - Australian biotech firm CSL Ltd, the world's second-biggest blood products maker, said on Friday it's working on a plasma product to treat Ebola following a request from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a growing commercial response to the deadly outbreak.

Australian naval base in lockdown, bomb squad called

SYDNEY - A naval base in the Australian state of Victoria went into lockdown and a police bomb squad was sent to the scene to investigate unspecified "hazardous material", security officials said on Thursday.

World, 16 Oct 2014

Australia says forces sent to Iraq standing idle in UAE over legal status

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that 200 special forces sent to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq had not entered the country because Baghdad had not offered them sufficient legal protections.

World, Tony Abbott, Iraq 14 Oct 2014

Australia to ease immigration rules for Chinese millionaires

SYDNEY - Australia on Tuesday took steps to boost a visa scheme aimed at luring investment from wealthy Chinese, including speeding up approvals and expanding investment avenues, after complaints that disclosure requirements were too strict.

World, Tony Abbott 14 Oct 2014

U.N. to give evidence in Australian asylum seeker test case

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court gave the United Nations permission on Tuesday to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country's power to intercept asylum seekers' boats outside its territorial waters.

Australia PM says will confront Putin at G20 over downed flight MH17 'murders'

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he would use an upcoming G20 leaders summit to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the "murder" of Australian citizens.

World, Russia, Tony Abbott 13 Oct 2014

TPG consortium asks UGL to explain payments to Hong Kong leader- sources

HONG KONG - Private equity firm TPG Capital has asked Australia's UGL Ltd to provide a full explanation of payments made to embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying when he was a top executive of a UGL-owned property company that a consortium led by TPG has agreed to buy, people familiar with the matter said.

World, 09 Oct 2014
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Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years for Steenkamp killing

PRETORIA - A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria.