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  • Govt won't stop Japanese whaling ships

    05/16/2005 2:36:16 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 1 replies · 444+ views
    The Age ^ | May 16, 2005
    Prime Minister John Howard has ruled out forcibly preventing Japanese whaling ships from entering Antarctic waters. Pressure is mounting on the government to do more to halt the hunting of whales, including the famed humpbacks, in Antarctic waters. Japan is believed to have killed more than 400 whales, ostensibly for scientific research, in the Antarctic since a sanctuary was declared to protect the mammals. Documents submitted to the Federal Court by the government showed it had deliberately refrained from trying to stop Japanese whalers in its exclusive economic zone, newspaper reports said. Among the reasons given were that the whalers...
  • Residents of Australian town in a flap over Nazi flag

    04/20/2005 10:14:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 798+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/05 | AFP - Sydney
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Residents of a small Australian town are up in arms over a family who decided to fly a Nazi flag in their backyard because the colourful banner amused their four-month-old daughter, local media reported. Darren Mackay and Jenni Duncombe, from Mannering Park in New South Wales state, say they bought the swastika-bearing flag at a local market for 10 dollars (7.80 US) "as a bit of fun" and did not realise its significance until neighbours began complaining, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported. The couple now refuse to haul the flag down, with Duncombe quoted as saying her four-month-old...
  • Hippo kills Australian tourist in Kenya

    03/01/2005 7:25:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies · 1,487+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/1/05 | Antony Gitonga - AP
    NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) - A hippopotamus flipped and trampled an Australian tourist to death at a popular resort in central Kenya, police said Tuesday. Vicky Elizabeth Bartlett, 50, was with a group of 12 tourists at Lake Naivasha on Monday night when the hippo attacked, said Simon Kiragu, the regional police chief. "The hippo attacked the woman, flipping her into the air before tossing her on the ground and trampling her," he said. Bartlett was rushed to a hospital but died while undergoing treatment. No one else was injured in the attack. Wilflife experts say hippos can pose extreme danger...
  • Arid Australian Interior Linked To Lanscape Burning By Ancient Humans

    01/26/2005 12:28:52 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies · 1,327+ views
    University Of Colorado-Boulder ^ | 1-26-2005 | Gifford Miller/Jim Scott
    Contact: Gifford Miller 303-492-6962 Jim Scott 303-492-3114 University of Colorado at Boulder Arid Australian interior linked to landscape burning by ancient humans The image of a controlled burn in the interior of Australia today, featured on the cover of the January 2005 issue of Geology, illustrates how Australia might have looked 50,000 years ago. Photo courtesy Gifford Miller, University of Colorado at Boulder Click here for a high resolution photograph. Landscape burning by ancient hunters and gatherers may have triggered the failure of the annual Australian Monsoon some 12,000 years ago, resulting in the desertification of the country's interior...
  • Son of Jemaah Islamiah leader denies role

    12/15/2004 12:17:24 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 228+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 15 2004
    ACCUSED of providing long-term liaison between al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the young man with impeccable JI lineage smiled gently and began his long litany of denials and refusals. Abdul Rohim, the youngest son of accused terrorist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, denied he had ever met convicted Australian terrorist Jack Roche in Pakistan. He insisted his years in the sprawling Pakistani city of Karachi were spent studying, not working with al-Qaeda. He told The Australian he did not even recognise the name of the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, let alone serve...
  • Australian PM unmoved by Arafat

    11/16/2004 12:41:40 PM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 515+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 16 2004
    The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussells praises John Howard for not singing in tune with the arafatuous chorus ONE of the few exceptions to the words of adulation occasioned by Yasser Arafat's death and funeral last week came from the Asia-Pacific. It was yet one more example of how lucky the region is to include Australia, where hypocrisy has never been a virtue, even among the political class. Indeed, Prime Minister John Howard's words posed a stark contrast to other official statements from Asia and the world. "I think history will judge him very harshly for not having seized...
  • Latham's revolt claims sixth victim

    10/20/2004 3:47:19 AM PDT · by MorseMoose · 19 replies · 416+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | October 20 2004 | Michael Harvey
    Gone: Lindsay Tanner says "Mark Latham has done a very good job in difficult circumstances". AN exodus of senior faces from Mark Latham's front bench is becoming a stampede with the departure yesterday of Victorian Lindsay Tanner. Mr Tanner became the sixth shadow minister to quit since Labor's election drubbing. Fifty-five years of frontbench experience has now disappeared from Mr Latham's senior team as he strives to hold the dispirited party together. Mr Tanner, regarded as a Labor thinker, blamed the ALP's post-election direction for his retreat to the back bench. "I have absolutely no complaint about how Mark Latham...
  • Australian links to Spanish terror cell

    10/19/2004 11:47:14 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 230+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 19 2004 | Martin Chulov
    ASIO last night asked Spanish authorities to provide details of Australian phone numbers contacted by a group of seven alleged Islamic terrorists arrested across Spain on Monday. The calls were believed to have been placed by members of the alleged terror cell to numbers in Sydney and Melbourne in the past two months. Spanish national police allege that the group was planning to bomb Spain's highest court, possibly with help from the separatist terror group ETA. They believe some of the men were directly linked to the key organiser of the Madrid train bombings in March. Plans for the new...
  • Australian FM: Downer 'proud' of decision to invade Iraq

    10/01/2004 10:32:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 236+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 01 2004 | Elizabeth Colman and Dennis Shanahan
    FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday that former dictator Saddam Hussein had "undiminished WMD ambitions" and he was "proud" Australia had made the decision to invade Iraq. "In removing Saddam we have ensured that he will never again use WMD -- whether against his own people or his neighbours," Mr Downer told a forum on Iraqi human rights. He attacked Labor's policy on withdrawing troops as "provocative weakness that would spur (terrorists) to greater evil". "It is naive and irresponsible to argue that ... we can withdraw -- in effect, 'cut and run' -- from Iraq, yet still claim that...
  • Australian Embassy bomber identified

    09/28/2004 10:54:14 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 186+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 28 2004 | Associated Press
    INDONESIAN investigators have identified the suicide bomber of the Australian Embassy attack after finding DNA at the scene that matched samples taken from his mother, police said yesterday. A senior officer refused to name the man but said police now believed one suicide attacker - not two as previously thought - drove the van that blew up outside the heavily fortified Jakarta building on September 9 killing nine people and injuring more than 180. The officer did not say how the DNA sample was known to be the bomber's and would not give any more details. Meanwhile, police released a...
  • 9/11 mastermind's Aussie visa

    09/21/2004 11:30:27 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 336+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 21 2004 | Martin Chulov
    THE mastermind behind September 11 was granted a visa to visit Australia one month before the al-Qa'ida strikes on New York and Washington but authorities realised their error only after the attacks. The tourist visa was granted to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed after he made an application using an alias through the Australian high commission in Islamabad in August 2001. However, at that stage Australian authorities had not entered any of the aliases used by Khalid -- al-Qa'ida figurehead Osama bin Laden's military commander -- on their alert lists. That was done only in the days following the attacks, which killed...
  • Australian terrorist seeks deal to testify in foreign trials

    08/18/2004 8:38:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 18 2004 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's first convicted terrorist, who confessed to conspiring with Al-Qaeda to blow up the Israeli embassy in Canberra, wants a deal in exchange for testifying against terror suspects in foreign courts. The Australian newspaper said British-born Islamic convert Jack Roche has undergone two lengthy interrogations with Australian Federal Police since he was sentenced to nine years in jail three months ago. The paper said the interrogations produced two witness statements for Indonesian authorities, two for Germany and one for France. But it said Roche has refused to sign the statements or commit to giving evidence at foreign...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Jellyfish (Irukandji) could hold cure for male impotency: Australian researcher

    07/21/2004 7:13:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 723+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/21/04 | AFP - Cairns, Australia
    CAIRNS, Australia, (AFP) - A strong cocktail of toxins from the potentially deadly irukandji jellyfish may hold a remedy for impotent men, according to an Australian researcher. James Cook University academic Lisa-Ann Gershwin said she believes a sting from an irukandji tentacle, which causes excruiating pain, anxiety, paralysis and a potentially fatal rise in blood pressure, also causes prolonged erections in male victims. "This is a bizarre extra symptom of irukandji syndrome in addition to the really dreadful life-threatening symptoms the syndrome gives," Gershwin said. At least two people are known to have died from irukandji stings and hundreds of...
  • Europe debt to US, says Australian PM Howard

    06/05/2004 10:09:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 134+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 06 2004 | Michael Harvey
    JOHN HOWARD has issued a blunt message to European nations opposed to the Iraq war - never forget you owe your freedom to the United States. As the US seeks European support for a fresh United Nations resolution guiding Iraq's post-war transition to democracy, the Prime Minister delivered a pointed reminder yesterday of the bleak future Europe would have faced without American help in World War II. "Without the decisive intervention of the United States, the future of those liberated countries in Europe would have been very different," Mr Howard said. "I think it's a lesson that should never be...
  • An evil blow struck in Iraq

    05/12/2004 2:10:05 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 87+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 13 2004
    THE beheading of Nicholas Berg, an American civilian in Iraq, is more than an evil act of barbarism against an innocent man. It is also part of a conscious strategy to drag Iraq into endless anarchy. The videotape of the killing is reported to show the murderers claiming they are taking revenge for the photos of the humiliation of Iraqi prisoners, some shown with bags over their heads, which have appeared around the world. It is a justification as morally corrupt as it is spectacularly stupid. The humiliation of Iraqi prisoners is unforgiveable but there is no comparison between forcing...
  • Australian troops needed in Iraq: Downer

    04/26/2004 12:33:51 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 149+ views
    The Federal Government has strongly rejected the Opposition's claim that Australian troops remain in Iraq for "symbolic" reasons. Labor says many of the troops should be brought home, because they are not performing essential services. The Opposition's defence spokesman, Chris Evans, says the Government is keeping the troops in Iraq as a symbolic gesture. He says Prime Minister John Howard originally said the nation's commitment would last months, not years. "I'm concerned John Howard is just keeping troops there as part of a symbolic commitment," he said. "We're not providing peacekeepers, we're not helping protect the Iraqi people but John...
  • 'We will see it through': Australian PM on Iraq

    04/25/2004 12:16:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 113+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 25 2004 | Dennis Shanahan
    JOHN Howard has declared during a lightning trip to Iraq that Australian troops will be serving in the strife-torn country for at least a further 14 months, and probably longer, under a Coalition Government. During a secret George Bush-style trip to Baghdad for the Anzac Day dawn service, the Prime Minister revealed that next month's budget would include additional funds for the Iraqi campaign – a recognition that Australian troops "are not going to be home quickly". On the streets of Baghdad the violence continued during Mr Howard's visit, with a US Army Humvee destroyed by a roadside bomb and...
  • Coalition of the whining still wrong on Iraq

    04/20/2004 3:55:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 143+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 20 2004
    APRIL 2003 was a great month for those who believed the people of Iraq should be freed from the grip of tyranny, and that if they were it would make the world a safer place. April 2004 has so far been a great month for those who believed they shouldn't, and that it wouldn't. In the former camp are the governments of the US, Britain, Australia, Poland and the other nations who form the coalition of the willing - along with the majority of Iraqis, who still tell pollsters their lives are better now than under Saddam Hussein. In the...
  • Aussie trained with foreign militants (Spanish al-Qaeda)

    03/18/2004 12:35:32 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 153+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 19 2004 | Sian Powell
    AN Australian trained with Spanish al-Qa'ida militants in a camp in war-torn Poso, central Sulawesi, according to intelligence reports. Security expert Ken Conboy told The Australian the terrorist training camp was set up in an abandoned Christian village about 10km east of Poso. There was some al-Qa'ida funding for the camp, he said, but he was unsure whether it was for food, transport or buildings. At least one photo exists of militants in the Poso camp. Mr Conboy said the Spanish militants abandoned the camp late in 2001. He speculated that the September 11, 2001, attacks in the US had...