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Australian coal mine bought for $624 million three years ago has just been sold for $1

Australian coal mine bought for $624 million three years ago has just been sold for $1

The destructive force of a collapse in world coal prices has been underscored by the sale of a mine valued at A$860 million ($631 million) three years ago for just a dollar. Brazilian miner Vale SA and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. sold the Isaac Plains coking-coal mine in Australia to Stanmore Coal Ltd., the Brisbane-based company […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia hid over 1000 sex abuse cases.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia hid over 1000 sex abuse cases.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia failed to report to police more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse going back more than 60 years, a government investigation into abuse and its aftermath heard on Monday. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which was launched in 2013 amid allegations of serial […]

Americans, Europeans and Middle Easterners see ISIS as the greatest global threat; rest of the world sees climate change as the greatest threat.

Americans, Europeans and Middle Easterners see ISIS as the greatest global threat; rest of the world sees climate change as the greatest threat.

In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, many publics around the world name global climate change as a top threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey measuring perceptions of international challenges. This is particularly true in Latin America and Africa, where majorities in most countries say they […]

An Australian state is considering banning tobacco sales to anyone born after 2000.

An Australian state is considering banning tobacco sales to anyone born after 2000.

FOR many Egyptian Muslims it is not the forgoing of food and drink during daylight hours that makes the holy month of Ramadan a difficult time: it is the corresponding restriction on smoking. Take Sayed, the manager of a modest Lebanese restaurant in Cairo. He has not eaten for nearly 16 hours and is surrounded […]

Australian woman ‘arrested in UAE over Facebook photo’

Australian woman ‘arrested in UAE over Facebook photo’

An Australian woman has reportedly been arrested in Abu Dhabi for posting an image on Facebook of a vehicle blocking two disabled car spots at her apartment block. Jodi Magi was arrested and jailed for writing “bad words” on social media, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday. The report said that the 39-year-old […]

Tony Abbott warned for putting international investment at risk

Tony Abbott warned for putting international investment at risk

Tony Abbott has dramatically escalated his war on wind power, creating a new cabinet split and provoking a warning he is putting international investment at risk. Fairfax Media can reveal the government has ordered the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation not to make any new investments in wind power projects. Treasurer Joe Hockey and […]

Australian property undervalued by 30%

Australian property undervalued by 30%

Australian house prices are 30% undervalued compared with the cost of renting, according to new research. Financially, Australians would be better off buying a house than renting, said Reserve Bank of Australia economist Peter Tulip. Mr Tulip said low interest rates made it the best time in 30 years to buy rather than rent, local […]

Australian minister: ‘Gay marriage could damage our cattle exports’

Australian minister: ‘Gay marriage could damage our cattle exports’

An Australian minister warned that gay marriage could damage the country’s cattle exports because it is seen as “decadent”. Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce warned of the impact on trading partners in Asia of legalising gay marriage across Australia. “Where we live economically is south east Asia, that’s where our cattle go,” Mr Joyce told the […]

Australian Mafia boss pays $2.2 million bribe to get lighter sentence

Australian Mafia boss pays $2.2 million bribe to get lighter sentence

An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to NSW judges to get lighter jail sentences, top-secret police intelligence reports reveal. The reports also reveal how the price of some food – including certain types of seafood in Sydney – may be more expensive due to Mafia control of the supply chain across […]

Melbourne prison riot places smoking ban under spotlight

Melbourne prison riot places smoking ban under spotlight

Australian experts are split over whether smoking bans are a crucial advance in prison health or “a bridge too far” that can only spark unrest. On Tuesday, hundreds of prisoners lit fires, broke walls and smashed windows in a 15-hour riot at a Melbourne prison in what authorities believe may have been a reaction to […]

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