Miscellany


Australia teen charged with Anzac day terror plot Monday, April 25th, 2016

AUSTRALIA, (BBC): Police in Australia have charged a 16-year-old with preparing an act of terrorism, saying they believe he was plotting to target Anzac Day services. It is the second year in a row that authorities say they have intercepted an attack linked to the holiday. Anzac Day commemorates..

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60 Minutes mum sorry way it worked out Thursday, April 21st, 2016

AUSTRALIA, (AAP): A 60 Minutes crew is on their way back to Australia after spending two weeks in a Beirut prison, as the mum at the centre of the case stays on. Brisbane woman Sally Faulkner wants her two children to know mummy's sorry they won't be together. The woman at the centre of the..

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Turnbull sets stage for early election in Australia Monday, March 21st, 2016

Jamie Smyth, Cairns, (FT):  Malcolm Turnbull is poised to call an early Australian election in July following a move to bring forward the budget and threat to dissolve parliament unless it passes stalled legislation. The prime minister’s political gamble, which he announced on Monday, follows..

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U.S. says in talks to base long-range bombers in Australia Thursday, March 10th, 2016

SYDNEY-WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): The United States is in talks to base long-range bombers in Australia, U.S. defense officials said, within striking distance of the disputed South China Sea, a move that could inflame tensions with China. The deployments could include B-1 bombers and an expansion of..

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Australia’s trade deficit narrowed in January Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Australia’s trade deficit narrowed to $2.937 billion in January in seasonally adjusted terms, coming in below the $3.524 billion figure of December and expectations for a decline to $3.1 billion. According to the ABS, exports rose by 1.0%, or $266 million, to $25.549 billion. Non-rural goods..

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Australia to send asylum baby to Nauru Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Sydney (AFP): Australia said Monday an asylum-seeker baby brought from a Pacific detention camp for hospital treatment is expected to be returned to the camp as a deterrent to people-smugglers, despite protests from doctors and others. Under Canberra's tough immigration policy, asylum-seekers..

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Australia’s population set to hit 24 million Friday, February 12th, 2016

Tessa Akerman, Melbourne: Australia’s population is pro­­jected to reach 24 million at 12.51am on Tuesday, with midwife Ashlee McConnell waiting anxiously for her firstborn to join the millions living down under. Only 72 per cent of Australia’s population was Australian-born as of June last..

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NRNA China, Australia Chapter provided life saving drugs Sunday, February 7th, 2016

KATHMANDU: Non Residents Nepali Association (NRNA) in China and Australia chapter have provided life-saving drugs worth Rs 16 million to the government in view of its scarcity in the country resulted from the Nepal-India border obstructions. Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) President Shesh..

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Cyclone May Strengthen Before Landfall in Western Australia Saturday, January 30th, 2016

SYDNEY,(AP): A tropical cyclone may get stronger before it hits western Australia's coast on Sunday morning. Tropical Cyclone Stan had sustained winds near its center of 110 kilometers per hour (68 mph) on Saturday evening, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said. Landfall was forecast east of Port..

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Australia Day celebrated around the nation Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

SYDNEY, (SBS): In Sydney, a citizenship ceremony by the Opera House began with a school choir helping sing a Welcome to Country. And a multicultural twist to the smoking ceremony that followed. Cedar leaves from Lebanon, elephant grass from Uganda and jasmine leaves from China were burnt..

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Obama touts Australia’s contribution to Islamic State fight Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, WASHINGTON (AP): President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked Australia for its "steadfast" alliance and key contributions in the fight against Islamic State group, as he welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House for his first visit to Washington since taking..

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Nepali student found dead in New Zealand Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

New Zealand: Maunganui beach of New Zealand, local media reported. Local police identified the deceased as Pawan Kumar Khadka, who originally hailed from Kathmandu. According to stuff.co.nz, a beach walker discovered Khadka’s body floating in the surf south-east of Moturiki Island at 6.30am..

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Newly migrant Nepali family killed in New Zealand house fire Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

New Zealand: Newly migrant Three members of a Nepali family  were lost their life in a house fire in Waimate district in the South Island of New Zealand on Wednesday morning. Three sisters "saw fire and smoke" before smashing a window to escape a blaze that killed their parents and young brother..

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NRNA President Sesh Ghale announces Rs 1 billion in charity Friday, January 9th, 2015

KATHMANDU: President of the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Sesh Ghale has announced one billion rupees in charity for the health and education sectors. The amount is considered to be the largest ever contributed to charity by Ghale and his wife Jamuna Gurung. Organizing a press meet in..

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Cafe worker follows call of Nepal Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Su-Zahn Angelo is going from one altitude to another. The 21-year-old is taking time off from her job at Altura, a cafe in Rosedale whose name means altitude, to do volunteer work in Nepal early this year. The six-week journey includes living with host families and helping out at an orphanage and..

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