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Lightning storms knock out power to entire Australian state


SYDNEY Severe storms and thousands of lightning strikes knocked out power to the entire state of South Australia on Wednesday, authorities said, leading to port closures and commuter chaos. | Video

Former Australian bowler Walker dies 4:20am BST

MELBOURNE Former Australia fast bowler Max Walker has died after a two-year battle against skin cancer, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. He was 68.


Chinese hunger for Australia food leaves A$1 billion tax hole 27 Sep 2016

SYDNEY Australia might be missing out on up to A$1 billion (588 million pounds) in uncollected taxes annually from Chinese agents who ship food back home to meet insatiable demand from a booming middle class.

Hague court to arbitrate in East Timor-Australia maritime border dispute 27 Sep 2016

AMSTERDAM/SYDNEY The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague has said it will oversee a compulsory conciliation between East Timor and Australia on their maritime boundary, rejecting Australian objections.

Indonesia arrests alleged major people smuggler 24 Sep 2016

JAKARTA/SYDNEY Indonesian police have arrested an alleged people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday.

Anglo American names new finance director 23 Sep 2016

LONDON/BENGALURU Global mining company Anglo American Plc on Friday named a new finance director with a track record in cost-cutting and debt reduction at Australian iron ore giant Fortescue .

Brisbane gets backing to continue 2028 bid 23 Sep 2016

SYDNEY A potential bid to host the 2028 Olympics from Brisbane gained further traction on Friday with the Australian Olympic Committee backing the decision to fund a further feasibility study.

New Zealand outvoted in bid to change Super Rugby format - Tew 23 Sep 2016

WELLINGTON New Zealand Rugby (NZR) lobbied furiously to change the Super Rugby playoffs format but were knocked back by South Africa and Australia, the organisation's chief executive Steve Tew has said.


Ricciardo tips Rosberg for F1 title 22 Sep 2016

LONDON Australian Daniel Ricciardo has spoken of the awkward pre-podium silences between Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while tipping the latter for the season's Formula One title.


Asia central bank doves flutter wings as Fed takes its time 22 Sep 2016

SINGAPORE By dallying over raising interest rates the U.S. Federal Reserve made it easier this week for central banks in the Asia Pacific to stay dovish, with Indonesia lowering rates on Thursday and Australia and New Zealand saying they could cut later.


Malaysian flight MH17 downed by Russian-made missile - prosecutors

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from a launcher brought into Ukraine from Russia and located in a village held by pro-Russian rebels, international prosecutors said on Wednesday. | Video