Monthly Archives for February, 2019



Aussie shares plunge as nuclear fears grow

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The Australian share market plunged to a six-month low, suffering its worst one-day fall in nine months as investors feared the economic impact of Japan's worsening nuclear crisis.

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Stock markets across the region were sharply lower.

The investor rout began after reports that another explosion and fire had pushed radiation to harmful levels at one of Japan's Continue reading the story "Aussie shares plunge as nuclear fears grow"

Palu, Barnes to return for Waratahs

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Wycliff Palu and Berrick Barnes are certain starters for NSW against the Cheetahs on Saturday night, as the Waratahs attempt to get their Super Rugby season back on track.

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After an impressive start to the year the Tahs lost their way two weeks ago in a disappointing loss to the Crusaders in Nelson.

A bye has given them an extra week Continue reading the story "Palu, Barnes to return for Waratahs"

Centrelink to review appeals process

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A hard-hitting Ombudsman's report has found major problems in how Centrelink responds to review requests from clients owing money or whose benefits have been cut.

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Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher said his organisation had identified systemic weaknesses in Centrelink's review processes including lack of transparency and insufficient education about options.

In a report released on Wednesday, the Ombudsman found those problems produced Continue reading the story "Centrelink to review appeals process"

Nuclear fuel rods ‘fully exposed’

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The fuel rods at a third nuclear reactor at the Fukushima No.

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1 nuclear power plant have been fully exposed to air, allowing them to heat up and raising the risk of a meltdown, according to officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Co, which owns the plant.

Engineers had begun pumping seawater into the reactor at the facility, the third reactor Continue reading the story "Nuclear fuel rods ‘fully exposed’"

‘Hundreds shot’ in Bahrain protest

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after bringing in Saudi and Emirati troops to help quell anti-regime protests.

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As violence escalated, close ally the United States warned that there was "no military solution" to political upheaval in Bahrain and that any violence against peacefully expressed political demands "should be stopped."

"More than 200 people we received today had been shot with buckshot," a hospital doctor in Continue reading the story "‘Hundreds shot’ in Bahrain protest"

Gulf troops enter Bahrain amid protests

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Armed forces have rolled into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help restore order in the strategic Gulf kingdom where protesters have shut down the financial centre.

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Thousands of mostly Shiite protesters occupied Manama's business district, turning the regional banking hub into a ghost town as they pressed their calls for democratic change from the Sunni Continue reading the story "Gulf troops enter Bahrain amid protests"

New Japan reactor fire ‘puts itself out’

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The latest fire to break out at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant is under control, the government says.

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"We have received information from TEPCO (the plant's operator) that the fire and smoke is now invisible and it appears to have gone out of its own accord," Minoru Ogoda, a spokesman for the state nuclear safety Continue reading the story "New Japan reactor fire ‘puts itself out’"

Gaddafi forces launch attack on key town

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Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi's forces on Monday bombarded rebel positions on the doorstep of Ajdabiya, a key town which the revolution against his rule has vowed to defend at all costs.

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Gaddafi's forces have won a string of victories in recent days and if the gateway town of Ajdabiya falls it would leave open the roads to the rebel headquarters Continue reading the story "Gaddafi forces launch attack on key town"

Faith Bandler farewelled at State Funeral

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(Transcript from World News Radio)

Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Sydney to farewell Indigenous political activist and writer, Faith Bandler.

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The 96 year-old, who was instrumental in bringing about the 1967 referendum on Indigenous Australians, died earlier this month.

Naomi Selvaratnam reports.

At the University of Sydney's Great Hall, friends and family gathered to farewell a woman whose work helped define Australia's Continue reading the story "Faith Bandler farewelled at State Funeral"

‘Abbott consistent on climate science’

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Tony Abbott's claim that carbon dioxide may not be the villain it's been made out to be is not inconsistent with the opposition leader's previous acceptance of climate science, a senior Liberal says.

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Mr Abbott on Monday told a community forum in Perth that the science wasn't settled yet.

"Whether carbon dioxide is quite the environmental villain that some people make Continue reading the story "‘Abbott consistent on climate science’"