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  • Bin Laden's Friend Jihad Jack Freed By Australian Judges

    08/18/2006 5:32:52 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 336+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-19-2006 | Nick Squires
    Bin Laden's friend Jihad Jack freed by Australian judges By Nick Squires in Sydney (Filed: 19/08/2006) A British-born Muslim convert jailed in Australia on charges of receiving money and an airline ticket from al-Qa'eda terrorists, was freed last night after his conviction was overturned. Joseph Terrence Thomas, 33, nicknamed Jihad Jack after claiming that he had met al-Qa'eda's leader Osama bin Laden three times, was jailed for five years in March. But in a judgment seen as a blow to the Australian government, the appeal court in Melbourne ruled that some of the evidence used against him was not admissible....
  • Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep (It's a wool thing)

    08/15/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks. A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) wool industry. The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibers, clumps of wool that fall out, bare...
  • Australian troops take on new role

    08/12/2006 3:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Australian Maj. Mark Tanzer
    The formation of Overwatch Battlegroup – West has opened a new chapter in the Australian army’s long and distinguished history of military operations in the Middle East. Formerly known as Al Muthanna Task Group 3, the 450-strong Australian unit is tasked with providing operational supervision in support of Provincial Iraqi Control in Al Muthanna province, southern Iraq. Al Muthanna on July 13 became the first province in Iraq to achieve PIC. It gives Iraqi security forces the lead role in maintaining a secure environment for their people. Following Iraqi control, Multi-National Forces in the province began handing over their bases,...
  • Mel Gibson link to Aussie anti-Semitic group

    08/05/2006 3:42:51 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies · 1,200+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | 06AUG06 | LINCOLN WRIGHT
    MEL Gibson once had close links to the Australian League of Rights, a Far Right group notorious for its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews. The Hollywood star's foray into Far Right activist politics in Australia occurred in 1987 when he campaigned for a friend, Rob Taylor, who stood unsuccessfully for the northern Victorian federal seat of Indi. Charles Pinwill, a former Queensland state director of the League of Rights, said he knew Gibson's father, Hutton, and said Gibson was interested in the league's ideas. "They were...
  • ESG 3 Hands Over CTF 158 Mission in North Arabian Gulf

    06/26/2006 9:18:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 411+ views
    USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), North Arabian Gulf – Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, turned over command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 to Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Lockwood June 23. CTF 158 is responsible for Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG). This coalition force works with the Iraqi navy to protect key oil producing assets. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the NAG and protect Iraq 's sea-based infrastructure which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-determination. “These are some tough...
  • Meteor mega-hit spawned Australian continent: researchers

    06/03/2006 3:23:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 774+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A meteor's roaring crash into Antarctica -- larger and earlier than the impact that killed the dinosaurs -- caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history and likely spawned the Australian continent, scientists said. Ohio State University scientists said the 483-kilometer-wide (300-mile-wide) crater is now hidden more than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. "Gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out," the university said in a statement Thursday....
  • Loadmasters help reposition Australian Defense Forces

    05/30/2006 7:34:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 451+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo
    5/30/2006 - TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AFPN) -- The U.S. Pacific Command is using its strategic airlift capability to help the Australian Defense Force. At the request of the Australian government, two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are moving equipment and troops from the Solomon Islands back to Australia. This will help Australia position its forces to respond more rapidly to unrest in neighboring East Timor. The biggest part of the mission involves the loading and unloading of passengers and cargo. “We’re in charge of passenger safety (and) ensuring the cargo is loaded correctly ... the weight and...
  • MWR travel packages make Australian vacations more affordable

    05/18/2006 8:53:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 404+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | May 17, 2006 | Tim Hipps
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, May 17, 2006) – Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons will be hard-pressed to beat the cost of an Australian vacation purchased through their Information, Ticket and Reservation office. A five-night stay in Sydney or Melbourne is available for $838 per person based on double occupancy. The “G’Day Good Deal” packages include three- or four-star accommodations for five nights, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco aboard Qantas Airways and a 15-hour calling card that can be used to dial the United States. Taxes and surcharges are not included in the base price. “Normally, when...
  • Anti-US mentality blinds liberals to importance of taking on tyrants

    05/01/2006 1:14:03 AM PDT · by CheyennePress · 6 replies · 371+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 1, 2006 | Daniel Finkelstein
    A group of left-wing pundits and intellectuals wants to save the Left from itself, but why bother? asks Daniel Finkelstein SO, anyway, there I was on Monday night in Pinner Synagogue giving a speech alongside my mother, as one does. We were attending a Holocaust remembrance service and my mum was telling her survivor's tale, the story of her life as a young girl. I think I know it pretty well, but whenever I hear it, I always discover something I'd missed or hadn't thought about properly before. And so it proved. We'd got to the bit where my mother...
  • "I Ate Frogs and Lizards"

    04/14/2006 6:47:46 AM PDT · by Sax · 7 replies · 335+ views
    SKY News ^ | 4/14/06 | SKY News
    'I Ate Frogs And Lizards' Updated: 13:00, Friday April 14, 2006 A man who survived nearly three months alone in the Australian outback by eating lizards and frogs has spoken of his ordeal. Ricky Megee lost half his bodyweight during his stint in the desert, when he was forced to munch leeches and grasshoppers to stay alive. The 35-year-old was discovered looking like a "walking skeleton" by farm workers. He had set off on a 3,500-mile journey to take up a new job in Port Hedland, Western Australia, but never made it to his destination. Details of how he came...
  • Rice: U.S., Australian Alliance Built on Love of Freedom

    03/17/2006 4:15:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 329+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2006 – Australia has been a strong U.S. ally for decades in a relationship based on common values and belief in the virtue of democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today in Melbourne, Australia. "The Australian people have, indeed, been good friends and good allies," Rice said to Australian troops at Victoria Barracks. "And that is represented by the tremendous friendship and alliance of our military forces, because military forces can't be allies and friends if the peoples are not allies and friends, particularly in great democracies." Australia went with the United States to the fight...
  • Australian firm proposes LNG terminal in ocean off Malibu coast (22 miles offshore)

    03/16/2006 9:45:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 607+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/16/06 | Tim Molloy - ap
    In the latest proposal to import liquefied natural gas to California, an Australian company has unveiled plans to place a terminal about 22 miles off the coast of Malibu. The plan announced Wednesday by Woodside Energy attempts to sidestep fears from environmentalists and some residents that importing natural gas is too dangerous because it is volatile and potentially explosive in its gaseous state. Woodside wants to ship supercooled LNG from Australian fields to the California coast in specially designed tankers. But unlike other proposed terminals off the West Coast, the plan doesn't require any large, permanent structures. Instead of feeding...
  • A Howardesque Leader (Mark Steyn Introduces Canada's Stephen Harper To Australians Alert)

    01/24/2006 7:51:06 AM PST · by goldstategop · 34 replies · 1,464+ views
    Australian News ^ | 01/25/06 | Mark Steyn
    A SAD day for Michael Moore. In the event of a terrible tragedy, the corpulent anti-corporate crusader is wont, like the Queen and Kofi Annan, to issue a formal statement to the world. And his "Michael Moore Statement On Canadian Election" made distressing reading: "Oh, Canada - you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right?" Well, no. In a very Canadian kind of revolution, we rose up yesterday and threw the bums out but gave them a soft, fluffy landing, nevertheless installing in office a minority government that somehow managed to...
  • Australian In Bosnia Pyramid Riddle

    01/20/2006 3:11:01 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 773+ views
    The Age ^ | 1-20-2006
    Australian in Bosnia pyramid riddle January 20, 2006 - 7:39AM Australian archaeologist Royce Richards is among a team preparing to look for the truth behind a theory that Bosnia-Herzegovina has an ancient pyramid. Archaeologists from Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, and Slovenia will begin excavation work in April on the Visocica hill, 32 kilometres north-west of Sarajevo. The hill is quite symmetrical, and the theory that it was once a pyramid is supported by preliminary investigations. If true, it would rewrite world history, putting Europe alongside South America and of course Egypt as homes of ancient pyramids. Bosnian Semir Osmanagic put...
  • Australian artist paints with breasts

    01/06/2006 4:24:24 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 41 replies · 1,072+ views
    New IND press ^ | 1-6-06 | ind press staff
    SYDNEY: Changing colours of palette entails endless showers for an Australian artist - because she prefers to paint with her breasts. But Di Peel, a mother of two, is producing what the market wants. Unlike recent winners of prestigious Turner Prize for modern art, Peel's works can do what paintings traditionally are supposed to do and brighten up a bare wall. Her first canvas sold for $10, her second for $26 and currently she's busy with an order for 10 at a princely $89 each. Peel, from Tasmania, freely admits that her chosen method doesn't allow much detail. "They are...
  • The Suburban Terrorist (Mamdouh Habib)

    04/19/2002 3:30:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 414+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 20 2002 | BEN ENGLISH, ANNA COCK RACHEL MORRIS and LILLIAN SALEH
    TO HIS family and friends, Mamdouh Habib was a devoted father and husband. But to others, the calm suburban veneer disguised an angry and often violent man whose actions were fuelled by his religious fanaticism. Seemingly a helpful supporter at his son's soccer matches, Habib also had a nasty streak which landed him with an AVO against former colleagues and a court order to destroy firearms and ammunition in his home. Nine days after the September 11 attack in New York, his home was raided by the nation's chief spy watchdog ASIO. Today, the fate of the man named as...
  • Race riots shame Australia

    12/15/2005 3:05:00 PM PST · by Mulch · 47 replies · 1,366+ views
    midday.com ^ | December 14, 2005 | Khalid A-H Ansari
    Race riots shame Australia By: Khalid A-H Ansari December 14, 2005 A man threatens police at Cronulla Beach in Sydney AP Photo Sydney: What started as a seemingly innocuous face-off between two innocent Lebanese youths and a group of white right-wing Australians on a suburban Sydney beachfront last Sunday has reached a flashpoint, which has shaken the very foundations of Australia’s multicultural society. The incident sparked off a retaliatory rampage by gangs of incensed Middle Easterners, brandishing handguns and rifles on a third night of violence and mob rule in Cronulla, Maroubra and Brighton le Sands that saw women molested,...
  • “The Right Sort of Men” (Iraqis taking charge of their country)

    12/05/2005 10:19:04 AM PST · by Moonraker · 19 replies · 1,139+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    As in bombing campaigns launched prior to previous elections in that country, the insurgents have failed to break the will of the Iraqi people. And U.S. officials on the ground have been telling me that the Iraqi people are becoming as disturbed by attacks on American forces, as they are on their own. "They're fed up with it," says Col. Cloy. And for reasons as simple as the fact that Iraqi civilians have come to know and befriend many of the young American soldiers and Marines who patrol their villages and neighborhoods.
  • Australian anger over Singapore hanging

    11/28/2005 9:25:27 PM PST · by maui_hawaii · 69 replies · 1,825+ views
    Time is running out for 25-year-old Australian drug trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van, who is due to be executed at Singapore's Changi prison on Friday. His death sentence has sparked widespread criticism in Australia. The Canberra government has repeatedly pleaded for clemency, as have lawyers, trade unions and church groups. But Singapore remains unmoved, and insists the hanging will go ahead as planned. "People have been praying for a change of heart," said Father Peter Norden, a friend of Kim Nguyen, the condemned man's mother. "They want the Singapore government to change its heart from one of stone to a heart...
  • Anti-"Sport Hunting"

    11/26/2005 11:22:01 PM PST · by FranklySpeaking · 307 replies · 4,459+ views
    Any psuedo "sport-hunting", posing poser, tree-standing, duckblinding, inadequate, floundering, hunterering bozo who wants to kill any defenseless beautiful animal like any one of these needs to check and re-check their thinking. God is watching.
  • Australian model to walk free despite guilty decision

    11/17/2005 9:56:54 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 720+ views
    Radio New Zealand ^ | November 18, 2005
    A Bali court has found Australian model Michelle Leslie guilty of using ecstasy and sentenced her to three months jail, a period of custody she has already served. Leslie is expected to be released from prison as early as tonight and will leave Indonesia possibly tomorrow.
  • Aussie in US spy scandal

    11/16/2005 9:32:47 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 16 2005 | Michael McKenna and Patrick Walters
    AN Australian Defence employee has become embroiled in an international espionage scandal involving the alleged sale of top-secret US B-2 Stealth bomber technology to foreign powers. Defence Materiel Organisation officer Arthur Lazarou, a retired Royal Australian Navy lieutenant-commander, is the subject of an internal Defence investigation over his links to US engineer Noshir Gowadia, who was charged last month with disclosing military secrets - which could be "used to cause injury" to the US - to representatives of eight foreign governments and corporations. Although prosecutors have not disclosed the identity of foreign interests involved, US press reports named China as...
  • Getting drunk part of Australian identity, study finds

    10/31/2005 11:52:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 472+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/31/05 | AFP
    SYDNEY, (AFP) - Occasionally getting drunk is a core part of national identity for most Australians, according to new research. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Council study of 1,500 Australians found that some 58 percent of people agreed that sometimes having too much to drink was "simply part of the Australian way of life." The survey found that about one in 10 people had a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives and that about 60 percent were close to someone who had experienced a drinking problem. The study also found that 17 percent of those interviewed...
  • Last Australian WWI Veteran Dies at 106

    10/17/2005 8:19:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 782+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/05
    SYDNEY, Australia - The last Australian veteran to see action in World War I has died at age 106, government officials said Tuesday. William Evan Allan enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy when he was just 14 at the outbreak of the war, serving as seaman on HMAS Encounter from 1915 until 1918. "With his passing, we have lost an entire generation who left Australia to defend our nation," Veterans Affairs Minister Deanne Kelly said in a statement. "Mr. Allan was just a boy when he went to war, much younger than most. His sacrifice is remembered and we honor...
  • Aussies hunting terrorists

    10/08/2005 11:42:07 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 340+ views
    The Advertiser ^ | 10/9/05 | Lincoln Wright
    AUSTRALIAN agents and SAS troops have joined the hunt for senior terrorists in the Philippines. Australian agents are co-operating with Filipino soldiers in the search for Jemaah Islamiah figures, a former ASIO agent told the Sunday Herald Sun. The two JI figures suspected of being behind the Bali blasts, Dr Azahari Husin and Noordin Top, are believed to have returned to Indonesia from the Philippines to take part in last week's attacks. But Australian agents are searching for another bomb maker, Dulmatin, who remains in the Philippines - and they will be waiting should Top and Husin return. The former...
  • Military Commission Proceedings to Resume for 'Australian Taliban'

    09/21/2005 4:59:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 270+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 21, 2005 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2005 – Proceedings will resume within the month at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the military commission trial of David Hicks, the so-called "Australian Taliban," Defense Department officials announced Sept. 20. An Australian citizen, Hicks allegedly trained in Kosovo and then traveled to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban government. He was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan and has been held at Guantanamo Bay since early 2002. His was one of four war-crimes cases to begin the military commission process in August 2004. Proceedings in the four cases were halted in December, after a November ruling in...
  • Liberal secularism is the answer to combatting terrorism

    09/01/2005 11:15:51 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 586+ views
    On Line Opinion ^ | Friday, 2 September 2005 | By Cameron Riley
    In Muslim nations that go to the ballot box, such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, extremist political parties get crushed by voters. Those extremists are not able to earn more than a small per cent of the vote. Most people want good government, the electricity to work, the trains to run on time, low crime and so forth. The people are wise, and with a proper outlet to let that wisdom flow to government, superior outcomes prevail. Voters choose secular political parties over religious ones, and moderate parties over extremists. Saudi Arabia and Iran are the two best examples of...
  • Adelaide equipment 'saved bin Laden'

    08/30/2005 10:15:07 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 834+ views
    The Age ^ | 8/31/05 | Penelope Debelle
    CODAN, an Adelaide company that supplies remote-area long-distance communications to Afghanistan, may inadvertently have helped al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden escape a US missile strike. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a news agency that works closely with local people in war situations, reported in late 2001 that the al-Qaeda leader escaped from a house in Kabul three hours before it was hit. Quoting an al-Qaeda source, the report said terrorist spotters across Afghanistan had used the sophisticated Codan radio network to warn bin Laden of the approaching missile attack. "Bin Laden's foreign legion is equipped with a sophisticated...
  • Australian politician resigns after slur against Asian women

    08/28/2005 8:48:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 728+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/27/05 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - A leading Australian politician has resigned after it was revealed that he called an opponent's Malaysian wife a "mail order bride", pinched the bottom of one female journalist and propositioned another at an alcohol-fuelled party. New South Wales opposition Liberal Party leader John Brogden told a hastily-called news conference that he regretted his "inappropriate" behaviour and would quit the post that could have seen him become state premier. He denied being drunk at the party thrown for the media by the Australian Hotels Association three weeks ago but admitted drinking six beers to celebrate the recent resignation...
  • Anti-Secularism Muslims Told to Leave Australia

    08/25/2005 9:53:38 PM PDT · by RuthannaK · 8 replies · 489+ views
    Turks, U.S. Daily News ^ | Wednesday, August 24 2005
    A day after a special meeting between Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Muslim leaders, Muslims who do not respect secularism and law were told Wednesday, August 24, to leave the country. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Shari`ah law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, said on national television. He was quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) as saying that there are no two laws governing people in Australia. "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are...
  • Australian Muslims agree to challenge extremists

    08/23/2005 10:03:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 224+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | August 23, 2005 | Reuters
    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's key Moslem leaders promised on Tuesday to directly challenge extremists who encourage violence and terrorism in the name of Islam after a summit with Prime Minister John Howard. The 13 Islamic leaders also agreed to examine the training of Australia's imams, who mostly come from overseas, to ensure they better reflect Australian values. "There is no place for hatred, there is no place for terrorism, there is no place for violence in this country," Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ameer Ali told reporters. Howard called the summit with the nation's Islamic leaders after four young...
  • A NEW WORLD--IF WE CAN TAKE IT

    08/10/2005 4:20:54 PM PDT · by Quix · 44 replies · 2,506+ views
    WHITLEY STRIEBER'S JOURNAL UNKNOWN COUNTRY ^ | 7 AUG 2005 | WHITLEY STRIEBER
    A New World--If We Can Take It 07-Aug-2005 I have gotten in two books and interviewed the authors for upcoming Dreamlands that have, frankly, blown my mind. In all the years I’ve been doing this journal, I don’t think that I’ve ever written, specifically about books. But these two have changed the way I think about the world in such deep ways that I feel a need to write about them, in order to explore what they mean to our understanding of who we are and what is going on here. One of the books, Sinister Forces, contains some information...
  • Australian BASE jumper killed at Kjerag in Western Norway after failing to open parachute

    07/20/2005 6:20:36 PM PDT · by FraudFactor.com · 18 replies · 711+ views
    Aftenpolten - News from Norway ^ | July 20, 2005 | Nina Berglund
    BASE jumper killed at Kjerag in Western Norway An Australian BASE jumper was killed Tuesday when he didn't manage to open his parachute. The man had jumped off a cliff at a popular BASE-jumping site in western Norway. Western Norway is popular with BASE jumpers from around the world. On Tuesday, one of them met his death at Kjerag. PHOTO: TONE GEORGSEN "Witnesses have told me that he had problems getting hold of the lever that opens the parachute," said Vibeke Knutson, vice president of the Stavanger BASE Klubb. "When he finally did, it was too late." Sølve Tanke Hovden...
  • Australian cyclist killed, five hurt in Germany (Very sad news)

    07/19/2005 5:59:06 AM PDT · by rawhide · 10 replies · 746+ views
    Yahoo Sports News ^ | July 19,2005 | Reuters
    Australian cyclist Amy Gillett was killed and five other members of the Australian women's road cycling team were badly hurt when they were hit by a car while training in Germany, officials said on Tuesday. Gillett, a former Olympic rower, was killed when a car struck the six riders near the town of Zeulenroda, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Leipzig, at around 1540 GMT on Monday. The injured cyclists were named as Katie Brown, Lorian Graham, Kate Nichols, Louise Yaxley and Alexis Rhodes. "It is with deep regret that the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Cycling Australia (CA)...
  • MENGELE'S DAUGHTER

    07/06/2005 3:15:17 AM PDT · by CatzMeow · 6 replies · 671+ views
    www.Unexplained Mysteries.com | July 6, 2005 | CatzMeow
    Dr.Josef Mengele, has an illigitimate daughter, who was born in early 1961 to an Australian woman of German ancestry. Who had been in Paraguay. Staying in a German colony there with her mother and brother, in mid-1960. It is believed the mother of the child was unaware, at the time, of who the child’s father was. But that her mother (now deceased), referred to as “A” in some articles, was well and truly aware and indeed had friends or relatives in that colony. The mother discovered the horrific truth in the mid-70’s, according to the source, believed to be a...
  • Cleric says Australian hostage from California rescued in Iraq was about to be freed

    06/18/2005 11:35:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 641+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/18/05 | Rod McQuirk - AP
    CANBERRA, Australia - An Australian engineer from California who was dramatically rescued in Baghdad last week after being held hostage for six weeks would have been released without military intervention, Australia's most senior Muslim cleric insisted Sunday. Iraqi and U.S. troops freed Douglas Wood, a 64-year-old resident of Alamo, California, early on July 15 from a Baghdad house where insurgents were holding him for ransom. Sheik Taj El Din al-Hilaly, an Egyptian-born Sunni cleric who flew from his Sydney home within days of the April 30 abduction to negotiate a release, said Wood was to have been released the day...
  • Drought-stricken Aussie farmers dance in the rain

    06/12/2005 11:17:33 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 12 replies · 586+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Sat Jun 11, 8:51 AM ET | Michael Byrnes
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian farmers have been dancing in the rain as downpours delivered the first soaking falls in over four years to large parts of drought-ridden eastern Australia. ADVERTISEMENT The rainfall would be enough to allow many farmers to plant their winter crops after months of waiting, New South Wales Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said on Saturday.Australia, the world's second-largest wheat exporter after the United States, is a major supplier to Asia and the Middle East."Farmers are out dancing in the rain," farmer Chris Groves told Reuters by telephone from his prime wheat-growing area at Cowra, 250 kilometers...
  • So very, very strange....

    06/07/2005 2:00:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies · 1,151+ views
    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian woman was found to be carrying 51 live tropical fish after custom officials were alerted by "flipping" noises coming from beneath her skirt as she arrived at Melbourne airport. On closer inspection, officers discovered the woman had strapped on an apron of plastic water-filled bags containing the fish, the Australian Customs Service said in a statement on Tuesday. "During the search, customs officers became suspicious after hearing 'flipping' noises coming from the vicinity of her waist," said the statement. The 43-year-old woman arrived in Melbourne on a flight from Singapore last Friday. Customs are still...
  • Caption this: Australian troops in Iraq.

    06/02/2005 10:39:04 AM PDT · by Random Nonsense · 66 replies · 2,286+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 31, 2005 | unknown
    Australian troops in Iraq.
  • 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 gmiller@colorado.edu 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...