Australia to free some detained asylumseeker children

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: A number of asylum-seeker children held in Australian mainland detention centres are to be released, officials said Tuesday, although hundreds of others will remain locked up in offshore camps. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said “a large number” of the children and their families would be given bridging visas allowing them to live in the community, attend school and have access to health and... 

Broad agenda as Kerry arrives in Australia for talks

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sydney Monday for annual talks with close ally Australia, which an official said will range from the crisis in Iraq to security issues in Asia. The centrepiece of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) on Tuesday is expected to be the signing of the framework for the rotational deployment of up to 2,500 US Marines through the northern... 

Australia ‘offered asylumseekers lifeboats to go to India’

Posted by on Aug 04, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group said Monday. The boatload of 157, who lawyer Hugh de Kretser said were mostly Christian Tamils fleeing persecution in Sri Lanka, set sail from India hoping to get to Australia. “The clients we spoke to were absolutely terrified at what lay ahead for... 

Army Chief Raheel Sharif leaves for Australia on 4day official visit

Posted by on Aug 04, 2014 | Leave a Comment

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Monday left for Australia on a four-day official visit, Geo News reported. Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said that the Army Chief is going to Australia on special invitation of Australian Chief of Defence Force, the statement stated. The COAS during his official visit will preside over a round table discussion relating to security and defence besides,... 

McKeown takes 200m breaststroke gold for Australia

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

GLASGOW: Taylor McKeown sealed Australia´s ninth gold medal from just 18 swimming events at the Commonwealth Games in the women´s 200m breaststroke on Saturday. Sally Hunter ensured it was a one-two for Australia as she took silver, while England´s Molly Renshaw claimed bronze. There wasn´t to be a second medal of the meet for Scotland´s Hannah Miley after her 400m individual medley gold as she finished... 

Human remains still at MH17 crash site Australia PM

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: More than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine human remains are still at the crash site, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday. The majority of the 298 people killed when the plane was apparently shot down by a missile were Dutch, but there were also 28 Australian nationals and nine permanent residents onboard. Abbott is sending 190 Australian Federal... 

After MH17 tragedy Australia assures search for MH370 goes on

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Australia said the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continued uninterrupted Wednesday, even as the head of the search coordination agency was sent to Ukraine to help with the MH17 tragedy. Australia leads the multinational search for MH370 which disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 people and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. It has also been drawn into the latest incident... 

Possible many more MH17 bodies with wreckage Australia PM

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Australia´s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday it was possible that many bodies from the MH17 crash were still lying in the open in Ukraine. “It´s quite possible that many bodies are still out there, in the open in the European summer, subject to interference, and subject to the ravages of heat and animals,” Abbott told a press conference in Canberra. View full post on  Read More →

‘Industrial scale’ tampering of evidence at MH17 site Australia

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Evidence had been tampered with on an “industrial scale” at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday, calling it “a cover-up”. Abbott, whose government was behind a UN Security Council resolution that Monday unanimously demanded full access to the site in rebel-held east Ukraine, admitted progress had been made but said more needed... 

Australia could play DN Test with New Zealand

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Cricket Australia said Monday it is pushing ahead with plans to stage an historic day-night Test match with New Zealand, possibly as early as the 2015-16 season. CA chief executive James Sutherland and his New Zealand Cricket counterpart David White met in Melbourne last week during the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference to discuss the idea. They are devising plans to stage the match when New... 


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