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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…

Charge dropped for Aussie who ‘mooned’ queen

A man who allegedly flashed his buttocks at Queen Elizabeth IIduring her visit to Australia last year had a charge of wilful exposure against him dropped. Sydney man Liam Warriner, 22, was arrested in October and charged with exposing himself as the British monarch, who is also head of state in Australia, passed by…

Charge dropped for Aussie who ‘mooned’ queen

BRISBANE, Australia — A man who allegedly flashed his buttocks at Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Australia last year had a charge of wilful exposure against him dropped. Sydney man Liam Warriner, 22, was arrested in October and charged with exposing himself as the British monarch, who is…

Woman survives after her bungee cord rips

A 22-year-old Australian is happy to survive after her bungee cord ripped, causing her to splash into the Zambesi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. According to Australia’s Channel 9 news, Erin Langworthy described her frightening New Year’s Eve experience, as she swam to safety by remembering tips…

Tiny wires could usher new computer era

WASHINGTON — Scientists said Thursday they have designed tiny wires, 10,000 times thinner than a human hair but with the same electrical capacity as copper, in a major step toward building smaller, more potent computers. The advance, described in the US journal Science, shows for the first time that wires…

US, Australia, NZ ‘disappointed’ on Japan whale hunt

The United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands said they were “disappointed” over the start of Japan’s annual whale hunt off Antarctica and warned against violent clashes. Japanese ships operating in the icy waters of the Southern Oceanhave in recent years faced interference from the US-based militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd, with repeated…

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