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Strawberries spook Australia into raising jail terms for food tampering

2:04am EDT

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday increased the jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country.

Australia doctors warn 'humanitarian emergency', seek access to Pacific camp

12:34am EDT

SYDNEY Australian doctors said on Thursday a "humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at an Australian-run detention center in the Pacific and they asked for government permission to treat asylum seekers at the remote facility.

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

Sep 19 2018

SYDNEY Australia plans to increase the maximum jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country.

Australia strawberry industry in crisis; police say needle culprits face jail

Sep 18 2018

SYDNEY Australian police said on Tuesday they are investigating reports of dozens of cases of needles embedded in strawberries and other fruits, and warned that those responsible could be jailed for 10 years.

RPT-Drought to trim Australia's golden fleece

Sep 17 2018

SYDNEY, Sept 18 Australia on Tuesday trimmed its forecast for wool production by 6 percent as drought across the country's east coast forces farmers to cull sheep despite record prices for their fleece.

Drought to trim Australia's golden fleece

Sep 17 2018

SYDNEY, Sept 18 Australia on Tuesday trimmed its forecast for wool production by 6 percent as drought across the country's east coast forces farmers to cull sheep despite record prices for their fleece.

Australian PM's own party defies him in selection of by-election candidate

Sep 13 2018

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's own party defied his wishes on Friday by nominating a former diplomat instead of a female candidate to run in a crucial by-election for a seat that belonged to the man he deposed in a leadership coup.

India and Pakistan have driven global sugar glut: Australia's minister for trade

Sep 12 2018

SYDNEY The policies of India and Pakistan have contributed to a global glut in the world's sugar market, Australia's Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham told Reuters.

Australia weather bureau says dry conditions likely to persist for rest of year

Sep 12 2018

SYDNEY Dry weather across Australia's east coast will linger until 2019, the country's meteorological bureau said on Thursday, extending drought conditions that have hit rural production and threatened the broader economy.

Australian government to face pivotal vote in ex-PM's seat on Oct 20

Sep 12 2018

SYDNEY Australia's center-right government will face a by-election in deposed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's seat on Oct. 20 and could lose its parliamentary majority if voter anger in opinion polls is carried through to the ballot box.

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