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  • Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101
    Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101 Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as The Great Escape, has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have detained 11 people over a massive warehouse explosion that killed at least 139 people. The national prosecutor's office said in a notice Thursday that those held include current and retired officials in the port city of Tianjin, along with others working for the company that runs the port, the largest in northern China. More »

  • Australia, wary of regional instability, eyes closer U.S. security ties Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Australia will seek to broaden and deepen its security alliance with the United States in the decades ahead as the rise of China and other Asia-Pacific powers risks fuelling instability in the region, Australia's defence minister said on Thursday. Foreshadowing a strategic defence white paper due later this year, Kevin Andrews said world economic and military power was shifting to the Asia-Pacific. More »

  • Search for MH370 may ramp up soon with new sonar equipment Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The deep sea hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner will likely include cutting-edge sonar equipment when it ramps up again in October after the stormy southern hemisphere winter has passed, the Australian search leader said Wednesday. More »

  • Australia's coal city backs green future
    Australia's coal city backs green future Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Coal being stockpiled at the coal port of Newcastle in Australia's New South Wales state on April 25, 2015 More »

  • Micro-sensors stuck to honey bees to help solve mass deaths
    Micro-sensors stuck to honey bees to help solve mass deaths Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Australian scientists revealed on Tuesday they are using micro-sensors attached to honey bees as part of a global push to understand the key factors driving a worldwide population decline of the pollinators. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his front-line troops in a "quasi-state of war" and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years. South Korea's military on Thursday fired dozens of artillery rounds across the border in response to what Seoul said were North Korean artillery strikes meant to back up a threat to attack loudspeakers broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda. More »

  • Astronomers in Austraila to attempt world record for most people stargazing …
    Astronomers in Austraila to attempt world record for most people stargazing … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Amateur astronomers in Australia are set to break the Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing in one place, with more than 3,000 expected to attend. The event will take place at the Australian National University in Canberra and participants have to observe the sky for at least 10 minutes straight through binoculars, a telescope or a camera with a telephoto lens. The attempt was organised by Brad Tucker, from the ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. More »

  • Australia considers US request to bomb IS targets in Syria Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political disputes. More »

  • Australia considers joining US-led Syria air campaign against IS
    Australia considers joining US-led Syria air campaign against IS Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Australia is considering a request from the United States to extend its air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq into Syria, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday. More »

  • Australia considering U.S. request to join air strikes in Syria
    Australia considering U.S. request to join air strikes in Syria Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that he was considering a formal request from the United States for Australia to join air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State militant group. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is already involved in bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq, but its aerial role in Syria has so far been limited to refuelling and intelligence gathering. More »

  • Australia intercepts seven men bound for Middle East
    Australia intercepts seven men bound for Middle East Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    PM says arrests over suspicions the men planned to "join terrorist groups" show continuing "allure of death cult". More »

  • Australia detains seven men suspected of trying to join militants Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Authorities have detained seven young Australian men as they were attempting to fly to the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday, over suspicions they wanted to join militant Islamist groups. Australia is on high alert for attacks by radicalised Muslims, including home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East. "We have stopped at the airport seven young Australians who were planning to travel to the Middle East, it seems, to join terrorist groups over there," Abbott told reporters in Canberra. More »

  • Islamic State in Australia: Authorities detain 7 citizens suspected fleeing … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Australian authorities have detained seven young nationals as they were attempting to fly to the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on 20 August over suspicions they wanted to join Islamist militant groups such as Islamic State (IS). "We have stopped at the airport, seven young Australians who were planning to travel to the Middle East it seems to join terrorist groups over there. It shows the importance of the most vigorous action at home and abroad to disrupt, to degrade, to destroy this menace to the freedom and the security of the world," Abbott told reporters in Canberra. More »

  • 5 suspected jihadis attempt twice to leave Sydney for Syria Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Five young men have become the largest single group of suspected jihadis to attempt to leave Australia for Syria and Iraq. But they were stopped twice on consecutive days last week by counterterrorism officials at Sydney International Airport, a minister said Friday. More »

  • Mike Hussey named as PM XI captain for NZ tour match Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Retired Australia test batsman Mike Hussey has been named captain of a Prime Minister's XI to host New Zealand at Canberra's Manuka Oval in October. More »

  • Seven young 'jihadists' stopped from leaving Australia
    Seven young 'jihadists' stopped from leaving Australia Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Seven young suspected jihadists have been stopped from leaving Australia amid fears they planned to fight for terrorist groups in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealed Thursday. More »

  • Australia says French-led inspection of wing piece from MH370 complete
    Australia says French-led inspection of wing piece from MH370 complete Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    An initial inspection of a wing piece from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is complete, Australian authorities said on Wednesday, raising expectations that new details about the jetliner that vanished in March 2014 could be released shortly. "The French-led investigation team examining the flaperon has concluded the first phase of inspection work," the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau said in web posting. "French authorities will, in consultation with Malaysia, report on progress in due course," the posting added. More »

  • Thai blast strikes blow to tourism, pillar of ailing economy
    Thai blast strikes blow to tourism, pillar of ailing economy Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — The bomb blast that ripped through a Bangkok shrine, killing 20 and injuring dozens, is also certain to take its toll on tourism, the one bright spot in Thailand's sputtering economy. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped short of offering a personal apology for Japan's role in World War II but his recent 70th anniversary statement could still help improve fragile relations with South Korea, leading U.S. experts said Tuesday. Washington is keen for its two main allies in Asia overcome sharp differences on historical issues that have poisoned their relationship. Since taking office in late 2012, Abe, a nationalist, has been accused of trying to whitewash Japanese wartime atrocities. More »

  • Poll: Australian government faces backlash in by-election Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's beleaguered prime minister faces a political test next month with an opinion poll on Tuesday showing his center-right party faces a large swing against it in a by-election in the nation's most conservative state. More »

  • Australian government lawmaker introduces gay marriage bill Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A maverick lawmaker broke from conservative government ranks on Monday to introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage in Australia as a new opinion poll confirmed that most Australians support such a reform. More »

  • Kyrgios, Australian tennis back in the unsavory spotlight
    Kyrgios, Australian tennis back in the unsavory spotlight Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — With tournament titles drying up, it's the tantrums now that are drawing attention to Australian men's tennis. More »

  • Australia considers launching airstrikes into Syria Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is considering joining airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria, the prime minister said Thursday. More »

  • Australians to vote on gay marriage if government elected Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday that Australians would get a chance to vote on legalizing gay marriage if they re-elect his government next year — a promise his opponents argue is a stalling tactic to sideline the divisive issue ahead of the general elections. More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 p.m. GMT Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — With the pull of a lever, control rods were lifted Tuesday from the reactor core at a plant in southern Japan, ending a ban on nuclear power following meltdowns at Fukushima in the northeast that forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes, most of them for good. Crowded, energy-scarce Japan remains committed to nuclear power despite the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant and its messy aftermath, for economic, environmental and political reasons. More »

  • This note made a new mother’s day after a stay in hospital
    This note made a new mother’s day after a stay in hospital Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    She had arrived back to car to find a parking ticket on the windscreen. More »

  • Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030
    Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030 Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Australia plans to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Tuesday, a target critics say falls well short of its fair share globally. More »

  • Australia criticized over greenhouse-gas reduction target Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has been criticized over its new greenhouse-gas reduction target which lags behind the ambitions of most wealthy countries. More »

  • Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called on Pakistan to crack down on Taliban insurgents after a suicide car bomb attack near the international airport in Kabul killed five people. In a televised address Monday, Ghani said "we know they have sanctuaries there, we know they are active there. We need all those activities to be stopped." More »

  • Australian parliament elects new speaker after scandal Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian government lawmakers on Monday elected a new speaker of the House of Representatives after the previous speaker resigned over an expense scandal that has damaged Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government. More »

  • Roosters win but other leading teams lose in Australia's NRL Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — The third-place Sydney Roosters moved to within two points of the National Rugby League leaders when they beat the Newcastle Knights 38-22 on Sunday after leading 26-0 at halftime. More »

  • France expands hunt for debris in week-long Reunion search
    France expands hunt for debris in week-long Reunion search Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A French search plane lifted off Friday for a bird's-eye view of Reunion Island, seeking any more potential debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. More »

  • Quick or slow with Flight 370 news, Malaysia finds criticism
    Quick or slow with Flight 370 news, Malaysia finds criticism Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Malaysia was intensely criticized early in the Flight 370 mystery for failing to quickly disclose that its military radar had picked up an unidentified aircraft the night the Boeing 777 disappeared. Now ... More »

  • Frustrated Flight 370 families: 'We need definite answers'
    Frustrated Flight 370 families: 'We need definite answers' Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Families aching for closure after their relatives disappeared aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 last year vented deep frustration Thursday at differing statements from Malaysia and France over whether the finding of a plane part had been confirmed. More »