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  • Australia Alarmed by Strategic Rivalry in S. China Sea
    Australia expressed alarm on Wednesday at escalating strategic rivalry in the South China Sea, saying it puts Asia at the risk of a military blunder with potentially serious consequences. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:22:54 -0400.
  • Urgent plea to shear overgrown sheep
    Australia's national shearing champion is urgently called in after a heavily overgrown sheep is found wandering near the capital Canberra.
    BBC News.  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:48:25 GMT.
  • Rudd drawn into Clinton email saga
    Kevin Rudd "hoped for a sympathetic call" from Hillary Clinton after being ousted as Australian PM in 2010, a recently released email says.
    BBC News.  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:03:16 GMT.
  • Australia's economy slows as China stumbles
    Australia's economy expanded at its slowest quarterly pace in more than two years, data showed Wednesday, with exports dragged down by weakening growth in key trading partner China. ...
    Yahoo.  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:56:50 -0400.
  • For Mental Health Awareness and Fundraising, Australian Motorcyclists Hit the American Road
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 -- Sixty-five Australian motorcyclists, in a nation over 15,000 miles from home, depart Sunday, Sept. 13 on a U.S. ...
    PR Newswire.  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EDT.
  • "Legal advice" delays Australia's decision on Syrian air strikes: FM
    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday the government has not yet responded to formal requests from Washington about conducting strikes in Syria, as it was still seeking "legal advice."
    Xinhua.  2015-09-02.
  • U.S. Among Six Teams To Advance At 18U World Cup
    While Brazil fell 14-0 to Japan in its opener and lost 11-1 to Australia in its next game, the United States had a more challenging time fending off the Brazilians […] The post U.S. ...
    Ben Badler.  Baseball America.  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:30:56 +0000.
  • Ethical Investors Challenge Australia's Secretive Refugee Camps
    Investors in the company that runs Australia's secretive refugee camps are starting to flex their muscles in a way that may achieve what refugee advocates and politicians have failed to for years – greater transparency and oversight. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:17:29 -0400.
  • Australia Urges More European Nations Join IS Air Strikes
    Australia is urging more European countries to take part in air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq in an effort to help end the refugee crisis in Europe.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:23:30 +0000.
  • Australian Start Up Creates Solar And Electric Powered Luxury Sports Car
    Looking more like a futuristic roadster from the film, Minority Report, an Australian start up has been working with Swinburne University of Technology to create an electric, solar powered luxury sports car called Immortus.
    By Jennifer Hicks.  Forbes.  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:38:00 GMT.

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