Indonesia rebuffs last-ditch bids to delay drug - convict executions


CILACAP, Indonesia/SYDNEY - Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge. | Video


Vale taps Barclays to advise on Australian asset sale - sources 10:58am BST

MELBOURNE/LONDON - Brazil's Vale SA has chosen Barclays to advise it on the sale of some or all of its Australian coal assets, two people close to the situation said on Monday, as the company looks to raise money to ride out the commodities rout.


BHP faces 269 million pound tax bill on Singapore marketing hub 2:36am BST

MELBOURNE - BHP Billiton is contesting A$522 million (269 million pound) in Australian tax bills on its Singapore marketing operations up to 2010, after having paid almost no tax in Singapore since 2006, the global miner told an Australian Senate panel.


Rose and Day share lead in New Orleans 26 Apr 2015

- England's Justin Rose, who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed on Sunday.

Day and Compton share lead at weather-hit PGA Tour event 26 Apr 2015

- Australian Jason Day and American Erik Compton were tied for the early third-round lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday as the players prepared for a marathon Sunday to complete the event.


Indonesia informs death row convicts execution just days away 25 Apr 2015

CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia has informed two Australians, one Nigerian and four other death-row drug convicts that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Tuesday. | Video

U.N. chief appeals to Indonesia not to carry out executions 25 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Saturday not to execute 10 prisoners, including two Australians, for drug-related crimes.


Australia flyhalf Cooper to join Toulon 24 Apr 2015

LONDON - Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper has agreed a two-year deal to join Toulon, the French Top 14 rugby club said on Friday.

UK boy, 14, appears in court over ANZAC day attack plot 24 Apr 2015

LONDON - A 14-year-old British boy appeared in court on Friday charged with inciting a man in Australia to behead someone and carry out a terror attack on an ANZAC day parade in Melbourne.

Park tames strong winds to lead in Indonesia 24 Apr 2015

JAKARTA - Australian Unho Park put himself in position to claim a first Asian Tour title after surviving the stiff winds in Jakarta on Friday to lead the Indonesian Masters by one shot at the halfway stage.


Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. | Video