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Outbreak of rare deadly disease in Australia

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It is called Murray Valley encephalitis, it is very rare, it can infect humans, it is deadly and it has been found among chickens in Australia’s New South Wales State, in the first appearance since the 1970s. The population in the areas infected in this State and the State of Victoria is being warned to protect itself. Murray Valley encephalitis is more commonly found in north-western Australia... 

Australian Banks Given One Week To Prepare For European Meltdown

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Whereas previously we had heard extensive horror stories about banks being told to prepare for the end of the world in case the European summit (the latest and greatest one from last Friday which was supposed to find a cure for cancer among other things) failed, and even went so far as to read about preparations for trading in the drachma on a when issued basis, once the summit passed (and it was... 

Australian Police criticised after tent dress torn off Occupy protester

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Police have been criticised after tearing a tent being worn as a dress by an Occupy Melbourne protester. The Ethical Standards Department is investigating a physical assault complaint over an incident in which police stripped an Occupy Melbourne protester down to her underwear. The incident happened in the Flagstaff Gardens this morning when police moved in to remove tents being worn by a couple of... 

China reacts to Australian move to sell uranium to India

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A day after Australia’s ruling Labor reversed its policy of not selling uranium to India, China on Monday gave a guarded response to the move, saying all countries are entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy. “China always believes countries are entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy and at the same time they should fulfill the international obligations of nuclear non-proliferation,”... 

Australia deprives Tobacco Giants of their Brands

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Australia is introducing a single design model for cigarette packs of all the brands sold in the country. The respective law has been adopted by the country’s parliament, and after approval by the Governor-General it may come into force. Tobacco corporations have already sent their representatives to courts, and a number of countries are observing the attempt to null the cigarette brands. Australia... 

Strange Brinicle Beneath the sea in Antarctica, destroys everything in its path

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The icicle of death: The brinicle can be seen extending towards the seabed. Slowly it grows bigger over time as more water freezes around it An underwater ‘icicle of death’ which sinks to the seabed destroying everything it comes into contact with has been caught on camera for the first time. The sinking brine is so cold that it causes the seawater to freeze around it. BBC film crews recorded... 

Closer US-Australia defence ties irk China

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Obama meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and announces a permanent military presence in Australia beginning next summer. Communist Party paper attacks Obama’s plan to deploy up to 2,500 troops and boost air force co-operation with Canberra. China has reacted angrily to remarks by Barack Obama signalling a significant shift in US policy vis-a-vis Asia. The US president has pledged... 

Gillard backs vote on gay marriage

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Australian PM Julia Gillard said she favours a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage, despite opposition Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said she favours allowing a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage – although she personally opposes changing the law. In an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian newspapers, Ms Gillard said politicians “should... 

US to build Military Base in Australia to ward off growing China threat

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New arrivals: Between 500 and 1,000 U.S. Marines are to be stationed permanently in Darwin Australia is set to become home to hundreds of U.S. Marines – as America moves its servicemen to a military base on the northern tip of the country. In a bid to combat China’s increase in global military and financial power, between 500 to 1,000 officers are to form a permanent U.S. military presence... 

Australia passes pollution tax

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard The Australian senate has endorsed a controversial pollution tax as part of policy adjustments aimed at reducing the country’s carbon emissions. On Tuesday, the senate passed the Clean Energy Act, which requires Australia’s coal-fired power stations as well as other major emitters to “pay to pollute” from July 1 next year. The move was... 

Police arrest Occupy Melbourne protesters after clearing square

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A mounted policeman pursues an Occupy Melbourne protester, as hundreds were forecibly evicted from City Square in Melbourne today. Police are arresting protesters who took part in the Occupy Melbourne demonstration after more than 100 officers moved in to clear city streets. Riot and mounted police broke up a group of several hundred protesters who blocked the intersection of Swanston and Collins streets... 

Anti-ageing wonder pill drug will enable us to live to 150

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Very old age: Dustin Hoffman plays 121-year-old Jack Crabb in Little Big Man Drugs that can slow the ageing process are likely to be available this decade, raising the prospect of people living to 150 or longer. ‘Wonder’ pills that help the body repair itself are in the early stages of development and will help us live well into our second century – while stem cell therapies will... 

Australia commits economic suicide as parliament passes divisive carbon tax

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Australia has passed its controversial carbon tax law. One of the worst aspects of living in these apocalyptic times is that whenever you look around the world, wondering where you might escape to, you begin to realise that everywhere else is just as bad if not worse. Take Australia, an island built on fossil fuel with an economy dependent on fossil fuel. What would be the maddest economic policy a... 

New Zealand scientists win international contract to hunt flu virus

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A group of New Zealand scientists and flu researchers have won a five-year, multi-million-dollar contract to study influenza in an effort to better understand the burden of the virus and how to prevent its spread around the world. New Zealand Health Minister Tony Ryall and the Minister for Science and Innovation Wayne Mapp on Wednesday congratulated the Institute of Environmental Science and Research... 

Facebook tracks you even after logging out

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An Australian technologist has caused a global stir after discovering Facebook tracks the websites its users visit even when they are logged out of the social networking site. Separately, Facebook’s new Timeline feature, launched last week, has been inadvertently accessed by users early, revealing a feature that allows people to see who removed them from their friends’ lists. Facebook’s... 
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