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  • BHP Billiton to cut 700 coal jobs
    BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi plan to cut 700 jobs at a joint coal mining venture in Australia because of tough market conditions.
    BBC News.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:39:48 GMT.
  • Barrick Gold Slipping On Lowered Price Target And Production Estimate
    Gold producer Barrick Gold has mining operations everywhere from Australia to Zambia, but because of lowered production estimates for one of its domestic mines, shares of the company are falling in Monday trading.
    By Maggie Mcgrath.  Forbes.  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:16:00 GMT.
  • Abbott: Security before some freedom
    Australian PM says the "delicate balance" between freedom and security may shift as he seeks powers to tackle Islamists, after terror raids last week.
    BBC News.  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:18:22 GMT.
  • Australia Seeks Broad New Security Powers after Anti-terror Raids
    Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the prime minister said after sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:29:29 -0400.
  • Australian ex-PM Howard 'embarrassed' by 2003 Iraq war dossier
    Sydney (AFP) - Former Australian leader John Howard has said he was embarrassed that the US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction he used to send troops to Iraq in 2003 proved to be unfounded.
    Yahoo.  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:45:25 -0400.
  • Australia Finance Meeting Seeks Global Growth Boost
    The world's most powerful central bankers and finance ministers - including U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde - are meeting in northern Australia. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:12:04 -0400.
  • After Sweep, Australia Adds Security at Parliament
    The move came a day after 15 people were detained in raids that the prime minister said were based on signs that militant Islamists were planning attacks.
    By Chris Buckley.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:13:55 GMT.
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  • Li Na, Two-Time Major Winner, Is Retiring With Knee Woes
    The reigning Australian Open winner Li Na, who became the first Grand Slam titlist from Asia by winning the 2011 French Open, announced her retirement in a letter posted on social media.
    By Ben Rothenberg.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:00:10 GMT.
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  • Australia Detains 15 During Counterterrorism Raids
    Australian police have staged a series of predawn counterterrorism raids and detained 15 people.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:35:43 +0000.
  • Australia foils ISIL 'demonstration killings' plot
    Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids detained 15 people and foiled an alleged plot by ISIL jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", including beheading a random member of the public.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:25:00 +0200.

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