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  • Aussies suffer another costly hailstorm

     
    The National Weather Service's Sterling forecast office recorded its first (non-snow) thunderstorms of the year on Monday, and with them came some 1-inch hail.But that hail pales in comparison with the storms that have pounded parts of Australia during...
  • Tsunami aid pledges top $3 billion

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Australia promised $764 million - the largest government pledge - to the tsunami relief effort, topping a $674 million German aid package on the eve of a crucial donors conference today. World leaders were competing to head the donors...
  • Feeding the world, poisoning the planet

    First of five articles AASEN, Netherlands -- Leopold Hendrick admits a visitor through the locked doors of the world's first bureaucracy dedicated to tracking and taxing animal waste, a kind of manure IRS. The government administrator apologizes for...
  • With gold, Phelps starts strong

    With gold, Phelps starts strong
    As Michael Phelps prepared to warm up in the practice pool at the Olympic Aquatic Centre yesterday morning, Elvis Presley blared on a nearby loudspeaker. The King asked for "a little less conversation" and a "little more action," and the much-hyped...
  • Phelps on a gold rush with 2 wins in 1 night

    Phelps on a gold rush with 2 wins in 1 night
    Michael Phelps lost a half-million dollars Monday. Last night, he felt like a million.How did Phelps react to the end of his dream to match the greatest feat in the history of the Summer Olympics? All Phelps did was recover with a double shot of gold,...
  • For swimmer Phelps, Games pressure is off

    For swimmer Phelps, Games pressure is off
    His chase of Mark Spitz is done, but Michael Phelps isn't. A year out of Towson High and a stroke or two from Olympic legend status, Phelps took a bronze medal in last night's 200-meter freestyle.Phelps was beaten by a savvy Australian and a veteran from...
  • Australian immigration minister visits Jaffna, no talks with Tamil groups

    COLOMBO (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister, defending Canberra's policy of turning back boats of asylum seekers, visited a focal point of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war against Tamil separatists, but came under fire for meeting no Tamil political...
  • Australia asylum policy decried amid suicide reports, repatriations

    Australia asylum policy decried amid suicide reports, repatriations
    Australia's controversial asylum policies have come under renewed fire after reports this week that about a dozen mothers at a Christmas Island detention camp attempted suicide in desperate bids to get their children refugee status and shelter on the...
  • All at sea: Is Australia's fast-tracked asylum screening policy fair?

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - At the heart of an unprecedented legal challenge to the return by Australia of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka is Australia's controversial testing of their claims in a brief interview on the high seas. Lawyers said the "enhanced...
  • Australian PM says won't bow to 'moral blackmail' over asylum seekers

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed not to bow to "moral blackmail" following reports of suicide bids by female asylum seekers at a detention center on Christmas Island. Opposition Greens lawmaker Sarah Hanson-...
  • Player drain has Wallabies on the hop

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Wallabies' emphatic 3-0 series win over France last month might convey the impression that all is rosy in rugby Down Under but the game's power-brokers fear a quickening player drain could bring the code to its knees. While some...
  • Natural gas boom's future may be in China

    WASHINGTON China is expected to double its demand for natural gas in the next five years, making it an irresistible market for Western companies attempting to export America's energy bonanza and to exploit China's own vast reserves. Chinese cities are...