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Jobs: Australia targets Americans to fill skills shortages

Australia unveiled measures Monday targeting Americans as it looks to fill a jobs shortage in the resources sector during a boom time for the industry thanks to demand from China and other parts of Asia. Surging commodities exports to Asia helped Australia avoid a recession during the global downturn and…

U.S. could fly spy drones from Australian territory

Australia on Wednesday said it may allow Washington to use its territory to operate long-range spy drones, as part of an increased US presence in the Asia-Pacific that has rankled China. The United States and Canberra are planning a major expansion of military ties, with the first of a 2,500-strong…

Apple to face Australian court over iPad

Australia said Tuesday it would take Apple to court for misleading consumers over sales of its new iPad, claiming adverts that it can connect to a 4G network was misleading. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it would be seeking orders against Apple in the Federal Court on Wednesday over its local “iPad with WiFi + 4G” promotion,…

Debate still raging on site for super-telescope

An international consortium planning to build the world’s most powerful radiotelescope is still debating whether South Africa or Australia should host the $2 billion project, an official said Friday. Scientists hope the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will shed new light on fundamental questions about the universe, including how it…

U.S. Marines set to arrive in Australia next month

US Marines are set to arrive in Australia’s tropical north next month as Washington increases its military presence as part of a renewed emphasis on the Asia-Pacific, reports said Tuesday. State radio said about 250 Marines were set to deploy to Darwin from early April as part of a process that will…

Indonesia warns of ‘mistrust’ over U.S. Marine plan

SYDNEY — Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Friday said the stationing of US Marines in Australia needed to be better explained to all countries in Asia to avoid “mistrust”. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Natalegawa also called on Australia to “wage aggressive peace” in the region…

Aussie fined for ‘mooning’ queen

A man was Tuesday slapped with a Aus$750 (US$803) fine for flashing his buttocks at Queen Elizabeth II during her visit toAustralia last year — and said he would do it again. Sydney barman Liam Warriner, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of public nuisance during the 85-year-old monarch’s tour of theQueensland capital Brisbane in October. A…

Animatronic dinosaurs roam museum halls

The Queensland Museum of Natural History is celebrating its grand reopening with a spectacular display of animatronic dinosaurs. They roam the halls, ride the escalators — and frighten small children. The museum, located in Brisbane, Australia, has just undergone a $US 14 million renovation. There is a special exhibit to…

Thousands evacuated in flooded Australia

Thousands of Australians were evacuated Wednesday, with dozens being rescued, as monsoonal rains sparked flash flooding and landslides and a cyclone threatened to form in the Pacific Ocean. Emergency authorities ordered 4,200 residents of five towns in New South Wales to abandon their homes as a huge storm lashed northeast Australia, causing rivers to break…

‘Nuckin Futs’ snack gets go ahead in Australia

MELBOURNE — A snack called “Nuckin Futs” has got the green light to be sold in Australia after regulators accepted the profanity it parodies was part of everyday speech, according to a report. The Trade Marks Examiner initially ruled that the name was inappropriate and rejected a trademark application, the…

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