MELBOURNE, March 21 A $2 billion coal seam gas
project that could ease a looming gas shortage in eastern
Australia is at risk of becoming a casualty in a weekend
election in the country's most populous state.
MELBOURNE A $2 billion (£1.5 billion) coal seam gas project that could ease a looming gas shortage in eastern Australia is at risk of becoming a casualty in a weekend election in the country's most populous state.
MELBOURNE Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, and will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life. | Video
After I spent weeks covering the trial of Cardinal George Pell in a small court room in Melbourne, a New York-based reporter for a U.S. media organisation was first with the news that one of the most senior officials in the Vatican had been convicted of sexually assaulting two choir boys.
MELBOURNE Australia's gas prices are so high they could force the imminent shutdown of some manufacturing on the east coast, the nation's competition watchdog said on Tuesday, urging gas producers to step up output and offer reasonable prices.
* Gas prices make Orica Australia plant uncompetitive
(Adds Orica CEO comments)
MELBOURNE Australia is on the verge of becoming the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, with dozens of tankers a week carrying fuel to North Asia. It could also soon be importing LNG as supply sources in its southern states run out.
MELBOURNE Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will spend his first night behind bars on Wednesday after he was remanded into custody pending sentencing for sexually abusing two choir boys in Australia two decades ago. | Video
MELBOURNE/VATICAN CITY An Australian court has found Cardinal George Pell, one of the highest ranking Vatican officials and a former top adviser to Pope Francis, guilty on five charges of child sexual offences committed more than two decades ago against 13-year-old boys. | Video
There was a gasp in the Australian courtroom as the jury foreman read out the first verdict on child sex offences against Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's treasurer, then stunned silence as the same word was repeated for each of the four other charges he faced.