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  • Australia 'very disappointed' at Indonesia death row ruling
    Australia 'very disappointed' at Indonesia death row ruling Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday she was "very disappointed" at the failure of the latest bid to spare two Australians on death row in Indonesia, as Jakarta signalled that execution preparations were almost complete. More »

  • Australia imposes sanctions on Egypt-based militant group Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Wednesday imposed financial sanctions on the Egypt-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. More »

  • Gayle's record 215 lifts West Indies to 73-run World Cup win
    Gayle's record 215 lifts West Indies to 73-run World Cup win Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chris Gayle bludgeoned a World Cup-record 215 containing 16 sixes and shared a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels in a stunning return to form Tuesday to guide the West Indies to a 73-run win over Zimbabwe. More »

  • Australian World Cup crowd in awe of Gayle's performance
    Australian World Cup crowd in awe of Gayle's performance Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chris Gayle felt like he'd lost the support of West Indies cricket administrators and fans when he heard jokes doing the rounds on social media about a pending pension plan. More »

  • Oz Drug Smugglers Lose Latest Death Row Appeal
    Oz Drug Smugglers Lose Latest Death Row Appeal Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Two Australian men are set to be executed for drug smuggling after their latest appeal was rejected in Indonesia. Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were found guilty in 2005 of being the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang. Australia has been pursuing a campaign to save the men - but the Indonesian president has refused to grant them clemency. Their appeals for presidential clemency, typically a death row inmate's final chance of avoiding the firing squad, were rejected by Mr Widodo in recent months. More »

  • Jakarta court dismisses death row Australians' legal challenge
    Jakarta court dismisses death row Australians' legal challenge Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An Indonesian court on Tuesday dismissed a bid by two Australian drug traffickers on death row to avoid execution by challenging the president's rejection of their pleas for clemency. More »

  • West Indies win toss, elect to bat v Zimbabwe at World Cup Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat first Tuesday in the World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe. More »

  • Australia's national security law and Muslim concerns
    Australia's national security law and Muslim concerns Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott says civil liberties must be sacrificed in order to protect Australians from attacks. More »

  • England beats Scotland to post its 1st win at 2015 World Cup
    England beats Scotland to post its 1st win at 2015 World Cup Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    On the plus side for Eoin Morgan, his England squad now has a winning record at this World Cup against countries that aren't hosting the tournament. More »

  • West Indies express full confidence in batsman Chris Gayle
    West Indies express full confidence in batsman Chris Gayle Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — West Indies skipper Jason Holder put a positive spin on Chris Gayle's batting slump so far at the World Cup, saying the big-hitting batsman has the full confidence of his team. More »

  • Australia ramps up anti-terror measures
    Australia ramps up anti-terror measures Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned Monday of a long era of heightened threats from "home-grown" extremists and announced new security measures including revoking citizenship for dual-nationals linked to terrorism. More »

  • Australia PM announces new counterterror measures
    Australia PM announces new counterterror measures Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Tony Abbott says strategy against "home-grown extremists" includes revoking citizenship for those fighting overseas. More »

  • Afghanistan does itself proud at the Cricket World Cup
    Afghanistan does itself proud at the Cricket World Cup Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    All sentiment aside, Afghanistan's cricketers showed Sunday why they belong at the World Cup. Later in the day, India indicated why it might be a strong chance to repeat as champions, beating one of the favorites, South Africa, by 130 runs. More »

  • Stormers make it 2 wins from 2 to lead Super Rugby Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Stormers beat the 14-man Blues 27-16 to lead Super Rugby on Saturday as former champions the Crusaders and Queensland Reds bounced back from opening-round defeats. More »

  • Indonesia delays execution of two Australians
    Indonesia delays execution of two Australians Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Indonesia has delayed the execution of two Australian drug smugglers by up to a month, backtracking on an earlier pledge to put the pair before the firing squad by the end of February. More »

  • France, Germany, Japan in running for Australian submarine deal
    France, Germany, Japan in running for Australian submarine deal Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Australia on Friday said France, Germany and Japan were potential partners to design and build its next generation of submarines, in what will be its biggest ever defence procurement programme. More »

  • China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters. While the new islands won't overturn U.S. military superiority in the region, Chinese workers are building ports and fuel storage depots as well as possibly two airstrips that experts said would allow Beijing to project power deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. "On many different levels it's going to be exceptionally difficult to counter China in the South China Sea as this develops." China claims most of the potentially energy rich South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims. More »

  • Australia coach Lehmann: Cricket World Cup is way too long
    Australia coach Lehmann: Cricket World Cup is way too long Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann is saying what a lot of people often think during the Cricket World Cup. It needs to be shortened. More »

  • Australian PM plays down bullying allegations in spat with Indonesia
    Australian PM plays down bullying allegations in spat with Indonesia Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attempted on Thursday to play down allegations of bullying Indonesia as a diplomatic rift deepens between the uneasy neighbours over Jakarta's planned executions of two Australian drug smugglers. Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Abbott drew strong criticism from Jakarta on Wednesday for linking his pleas for clemency for the pair to Australia's aid to Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 p.m. GMT Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — Decades ago the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, had little impact outside of China. But as the country gained outsized economic influence, the holiday, which has enormous cultural significance in the Chinese-speaking world, has become more prominent. This is how it ripples around the world. — FACTORY FREEZE More »

  • Bangladesh beats Afghanistan first-timers at Cricket WCup
    Bangladesh beats Afghanistan first-timers at Cricket WCup Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Afghanistan's much-heralded first Cricket World Cup match ended in defeat on Wednesday when Bangladesh took three early wickets for three runs on the way to beating the fledgling side by 105 runs. More »

  • Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia
    Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Indonesia's foreign ministry told Australia Wednesday that nobody responds well to threats as tensions mount over the looming execution of two Australian drug smugglers. More »

  • Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions
    Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Charlotte Greenfield and Matt Siegel JAKARTA/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia owes it to Australia not to execute two Australian drug offenders on death row, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ratcheting up a diplomatic war of words that is threatening to sour relations between the neighbours. Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Abbott urged Indonesia to remember the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, saying Australia would feel "grievously let down" if the executions proceeded despite the roughly A$1 billion in assistance it rendered after the disaster that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia's Aceh province. More »

  • Afghanistan to bowl 1st vs Bangladesh in World Cup debut
    Afghanistan to bowl 1st vs Bangladesh in World Cup debut Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Afghanistan's first formal act in the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday was to lose a toss of the coin to determine which team had the choice of batting or bowling first in the Pool A match against Bangladesh. More »

  • Indonesia postpones transfer of drug convicts for execution
    Indonesia postpones transfer of drug convicts for execution Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has postponed the transfer of six convicted drug smugglers, including five foreigners, to a prison island for execution due to technical problems and to allow the two Australians among them to spend more time with their families, an official said Tuesday. More »

  • Australians' transfer to Indonesia execution site delayed
    Australians' transfer to Indonesia execution site delayed Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The transfer of two Australians to an Indonesian island prison for execution will not go ahead this week as planned, the attorney-general's office said Tuesday, as Canberra pressed for their lives to be spared. More »

  • Afghan cricket team set to debut in World Cup tournament Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Mohammad Nabi has come a long way from the refugee camps of central Asia where he, along with other children displaced by war, whiled away the hours playing cricket. More »

  • New Zealand wins, Afghanistan ready for World Cup debut Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand unconvincingly beat second-tier Scotland by three wickets in a low-scoring Pool A match at the World Cup on Tuesday. More »

  • Australian PM Abbott threatens repercussions over Indonesia executions
    Australian PM Abbott threatens repercussions over Indonesia executions Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Indonesia of the potential for diplomatic fallout if Jakarta goes ahead with the looming execution of two Australian citizens on death row for drugs charges. Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Five foreigners were among six people executed last month, the first executions since President Joko Widodo took office in October. Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two Australian members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. More »

  • Australia PM warns Indonesia of tough response to executions
    Australia PM warns Indonesia of tough response to executions Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Millions of Australians are "sickened" by the imminent execution of two of its citizens by Indonesia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday, warning of a tough diplomatic response. More »

  • Australia pleads with Indonesia over death row men
    Australia pleads with Indonesia over death row men Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Prime Minister Abbott warns Canberra will make displeasure known should Indonesia execute two Australian drug smugglers. More »

  • Afghanistan beats United Arab Emirates by 14 runs Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Samiullah Shenwari top-scored with 58 runs and Najibullah Zadran added 47 as Afghanistan beat the United Arab Emirates by 14 runs in Friday's Cricket World Cup warmup match. More »

  • Refugees suffered but Australian high seas policy legal
    Refugees suffered but Australian high seas policy legal Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Tamil asylum seeker held at sea by Australian customs describes harsh detention of men, women and children. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced a former Korean Air executive to a year in prison for aviation law violations that stemmed from her inflight tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, achieved worldwide notoriety after she ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. More »

  • A capsule look at venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup
    A capsule look at venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — AUSTRALIA More »