Aussie miner lawmaker Clive Palmer criticized for China tirade

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 2:13PM UTC Clive Palmer. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker Clive Palmer has been widely accused of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China.

Australia, Indonesia hope to heal phone tapping rift with new pact

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:18AM UTC Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, talks with her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa after a meeting in Jakarta last year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked last November by accusations that Australia had tapped the cell phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.

Australia: Anti-war activists raid Israeli drone factory

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 1:37PM UTC Anti-war activists occupy the rooftop of Elbit Systems (Photo: WACA)

Anti-war activists stormed a factory in Port Melbourne this morning  to protest against the Australian government’s support for Israeli’s war in Gaza. They raided the manufacturing compound which, they said, supplies arms and drones for Israel. Named the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC), it consists of activists from Whistleblowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA)  and renegade activists. The protesters occupied the roof of Elbit

Thailand stops surrogate babies from leaving – report

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 9:45AM UTC Pattaramon Chanbua, 21, poses her baby boy Gammy at a hospital in Chonburi province, southeastern Thailand. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Broadcasting Corp. has reported that four couples from the Unites States and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies as part of a government crackdown on the burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry.

Kerry to outline new ‘Asia pivot’ priorities

By Thu, Aug 14, 2014 9:24AM UTC U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Pic: AP.

HONOLULU (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is wrapping up an eight-day, round-the-world diplomatic trip in Hawaii with a speech outlining the Obama administration’s new priorities in its much-touted “pivot to Asia.”

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