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The newspaper of choice during the war – celebrating 125 years

The Albany Advertiser may not be the go-to source for comprehensive worldwide war reporting these days, but that wasn’t always the case.

Soldier wounded in Afghanistan

A SPECIAL forces soldier has been wounded during a mission in Afghanistan, the Australian Defence Force says.

Motorists rescued as storm hits Sydney

A severe storm has hit Sydney causing flash flooding with…

NovaRay Medical, Inc. Enters Into Distribution Agreement for China and Southeast Asia With TCL Medical Systems for …

NEWARK, CALIFORNIA and BEIJING, CHINA– – NovaRay Medical, Inc. of Newark, California, USA , developer of high-performance medical x-ray fluoroscopy systems, announced today that it has entered into a …

UPDATE 1-Surprise jump in UK retail sales fuels recovery hopes

(Adds analysts’ comments, market reaction, background) LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – British retail sales soaredunexpectedly in January as Britons splashed out on furniture andsports goods, adding to signs …

AEGON UK CEO Adrian Grace Appointed to Management Board

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, February 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –AEGON announces the appointment of Adrian Grace, Chief Executive Officer of AEGON’s operations in the United Kingdom, to its Management Board. Mr. …

Australian terror accused jailed in Lebanon

AN Australian who had his passport cancelled by ASIO over terrorism concerns has been convicted in a Lebanese court after allegedly travelling to Pakistan to train with an extremist group.

Japan slowly wakes up to doomsday debt risk

By Tetsushi Kajimoto, Leika Kihara and Tomasz Janowski TOKYO (Reuters) – Capital flight, soaring borrowing costs, tanking currency and stocks and a central bank forced to pump vast amounts of cash into …

Australia: UK man survives bite on testicle by deadly Tasmanian tiger snake

Embattled UK paper The Sun’s still got it, bringing Australia the tale of a man bitten ‘Down Under’ while answering call of nature in Tasmania. read more

Police defend raids on Murdoch's 'Sun'

London police on Monday defended a string of arrests at Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun, which has accused the force of carrying out a “witch hunt” against its journalists.

Australia's Billabong Gets $821 Million Offer

Australian surfwear group Billabong International has received a A$766 million ($821 million) takeover offer from a private equity group that is believed to be TPG Capital , the Australian Financial Review reported on Thursday, without naming its source.

RugbyU: England coach role more PR than rugby: Smith

WELLINGTON, Feb 16, 2012 (AFP) – - Former All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith ruled himself out of the running as England coach Thursday, saying the job sounded more suited to a public relations manager than a rugby mentor.

Two foreigners arrested as Egypt cracks down on NGOs

The Egyptian authorities intensified their crackdown on foreigners at the weekend, arresting an Australian journalist and an American student and accusing them of trying to bribe civilians to join a strike.

Vietnam MoT Seeks $205M More for WB-funded Infrastructure Project

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has proposed to the government to provide additional $205 million for transport infrastructure development project using loans from the World Bank and non-refundable loans from the Australian government.

Fame beckons for new 'world's shortest man'

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (L), a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world’s shortest man at 56 centimetres (22 inches) in height sits next to a child in Jhapa district, southeastern Nepal.

Indonesia confirms Malaysian fugitive arrested in Batam

Malaysian police have received confirmation that the man arrested in Batam for possession of fake identification documents was indeed fugitive Azmin Helmi. City CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Ku Chin Wah said they received word from their Indonesian counterparts that Azmin, 37,…

CIMB Malaysia, China International Eye RBS Units – Report

CIMB Malaysia and China International Capital Corp. are the last two companies looking at buying the Asia-Pacific assets of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (RBS.LN), the Australian Financial Review reports Tuesday, without saying where it got the information.

Sunday newspaper round-up: Stock market crash, Xstrata, Tesco

LONDON (SHARECAST) – The London stock market could slump by as much as 30% – with financial shares collapsing by 60% – if the Eurozone debt crisis leads to a break-up of the single currency.

The big boss who still controls the world

The US dollar has maintained its status as the world’s main reserve currency for decades. More than half

US business leader urges closer ties with China

Washington/Beijing (China Daily/ANN) – The United States should advance economic ties with China to reduce the adversarial nature of the relationship between the world’s two largest economies, the head of the US Chamber of

Britain joins the European single weather zone

The coldest night of winter so far left the majority of Britain blanketed in snow as temperatures dropped to -12C.

Patrick Cockburn: The death of the American dream in Afghanistan

The United States’ announcement that it plans to end the combat role of its troops in Afghanistan earlier than expected, and before the end of next year, is a crucial milestone…

Rupert Cornwell: Mass invasion of the alien swamp monsters

America has a huge immigration problem. I don’t mean the human one from south of the Rio Grande that so exercises the Republican party this election season. I’m talking about immigrants with scales, fins, feathers, …

ANC expels youth leader Julius Malema

South Africa’s firebrand youth leader Julius Malema yesterday lost his appeal against expulsion from the ruling ANC party. An appeal panel upheld the party’s decision in November to eject Mr Malema, the Youth League president, for five years, …

Midnight’s children: Could the Lord’s Resistance Army’s horrific practices in Africa soon end?

Children in Rafai don’t like getting up early. It’s not that they want a lie in or to avoid chores or going to school. In this small town in the south of…

REFILE-Australia's iron lady on road to world-scale wealth-Forbes

(Corrects spelling of Rinehart in paragraph three) * Rinehart wealth nearly doubles to $18 bln after Roy Hilldeal * Rinehart now Asia-Pacific’s wealthiest woman * Investments in iron ore

Stranded Russian tourists start flying back home

Binh Thuan, Southeast Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) – Arrangements were made yesterday for 71 Russian tourists to begin their journeys home after they were stranded in central Binh Thuan Province when their tour operator went bankrupt.

Australia's iron lady on road to world-scale wealth – Forbes

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Gina Rinehart could soon become the world’s wealthiest woman after amassing an $18 billion fortune from mining and media investments, Forbes magazine says in its latest list …

UPDATE 1-Australia's iron lady on road to world-scale wealth-Forbes

(Adds more details) * Rinehart wealth nearly doubles to $18 bln after Roy Hilldeal * Now Asia-Pacific’s wealthiest woman * Investments in iron ore, coal underpin wealth * Recent media buys draw comparisons …

Australia's iron lady on road to world-scale wealth – report

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Gina Rinehart could soon become the world’s wealthiest woman after amassing an $18 billion fortune from mining and media investments, Forbes magazine says in its latest list of the wealthiest people in Australia. The 57-year old widow saw her…

Papua New Guinea ferry sinks with up to 350 aboard (AP)

AP – Rescuers plucked more than 230 survivors from the sea off Papua New Guinea’s east coast after a ferry sank Thursday with as many as 350 people on board, officials said.

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