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Food fight: To beat China fakes, New Zealand and Australian produce firms raid tech larder

Apr 09 2017

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY As China's middle class develops its taste for imported food and drink, fresh produce suppliers in New Zealand and Australia are topping up nature's bounty with anti-counterfeiting technology in a bid to protect their growing business from fakes.

Rio says reboot in Chinese iron ore production may lead to volatility

Mar 30 2017

PERTH The potential restart of idled Chinese iron ore capacity will cause the most uncertainty for prices in 2017 and is likely to add to volatility for the rest of year, said a senior official of the world's No. 2 iron ore miner Rio Tinto.

U.S. officials meet asylum seekers at Australian-run camp, possibly restarting "dumb deal"

Mar 20 2017

CANBERRA/PERTH U.S. officials began taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru on Monday, signalling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what U.S. President Donald Trump called a "dumb deal" has restarted.

U.S. officials meet asylum seekers at Australian-run camp, possibly restarting 'dumb deal'

Mar 20 2017

CANBERRA/PERTH U.S. officials began taking fingerprints of asylum seekers in an Australian-run camp on the Pacific island of Nauru on Monday, signaling that vetting of applicants for resettlement in what U.S. President Donald Trump called a "dumb deal" has restarted.

Rocks, rip tides kill unwary Asian visitors on Australian beaches

Mar 09 2017

SYDNEY Notices in several languages emblazoned with the symbol of the skull and crossbones caution against the risk of being swept off the rocks at Maroubra Beach in Sydney's eastern suburbs. | Video

Scores of detained asylum seekers take Australian cash and return home

Mar 01 2017

SYDNEY Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years. Australia has ratcheted up efforts to clear the Manus Island detention center of people who have twice had their refugee claims rejected, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through.

Australia calls ambassadors home to reshape foreign policy, trade

Mar 01 2017

SYDNEY Australia will call home all of its overseas ambassadors for a meeting, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday, as it reshapes its foreign policy to balance ties with long-time ally the United States and China, its largest trading partner.

Australian rock band Midnight Oil to play first world tour in 20 years

Feb 17 2017

SYDNEY Australian rock band Midnight Oil said on Friday they will play their first world tour in 20 years, vowing to continue their political activism during the six-month, fifty-show world tour.

Exclusive: Australia increases pressure, cash offers for PNG asylum seekers to return home

Feb 14 2017

SYDNEY Officials at an Australian immigration center in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through.

Australia, Indonesia making joint effort to protect WW2 wreck

Feb 14 2017

SYDNEY Australia and Indonesia are sending divers to inspect the wreck of a warship torpedoed off the coast of Java during World War Two next month to determine how best to protect the site from looters who have stripped numerous other WW2 wrecks.

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