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‘Loyal agent of North Korea’ charged in Australia over ‘sanctions breach’

“A Sydney-based “loyal agent of North Korea” has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said on Sunday” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. “This man is a loyal agent of North Korea, believing he was acting to serve some higher patriotic purpose.”.  Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Australia regulator to block BP/Woolworths deal

“BP already supplies fuel to about 1,400 BP-branded service stations in Australia, setting fuel prices at roughly 350 of them” writes Robb M for marketwatch.com. SYDNEY–Australia’s antitrust regulator will block BP PLC’s BP, -0.02% planned acquisition of a network of gas stations across Australia, which it said likely would significantly reduce competition in retail fuel supply.The deal was a blow to Caltex Australia Ltd. (CTX.AU), the existing fuel supplier to Woolworths’ outlets. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Sri Lankan man ‘risks torture and rape’ if deported

“The United Nations committee against torture has advised the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan man, citing concerns he might be tortured upon return” writes Ben Doherty for theguardian.com. The man, whom the Guardian has chosen to refer to as Jyran, was told on 6 December by the department of immigration to prepare to be deported imminently from Australia.The Geneva-based committee of 10 independent human rights experts has issued an interim measure formally requesting Australia not to return the man while his case is considered. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Ottawa to buy fleet of 30-year-old fighter jets from Australia in snub to US

“Canada will purchase a fleet of 30-year-old F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets from Australia amid an escalating trade dispute with the US. Plans to buy a newer fleet of 18 Boeing Super Hornets were ditched after the US imposed an 80% tariff on imports of Bombardier passenger aircraft and Canada will instead spend about $500m on the fleet of vintage RAAF planes” writes Guardian Staff for theguardian.com. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, told ABC News the Australian jets would be an adequate stopgap measure…

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Australia become first rugby union to appoint female chief executive

“Rugby Australia has named Raelene Castle as its new chief executive – the first female boss of any of the major national unions in world rugby” writes Sports Staff for independent.co.uk. Castle previously held the post of chief executive of the Canterbury Bulldogs, a rugby league side based in Sydney, but stepped down from the position earlier this year. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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NZ’s Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

“(Reuters) – New Zealand’s Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer’s respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Fisher & Paykel and California-based Resmed are engaged in patent disputes in several countries over medical devices used to treat respiratory conditions.Fisher & Paykel shares were about 1 percent lower after the announcement, in a lower overall market in New Zealand. Resmed’s Australia shares were down about 1 percent while the larger…

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Bairstow admits England ‘need to rebuild the trust’ of the public

“Jonny Bairstow has admitted that England need to rebuild trust with the cricketing public following a number of high-profile off-the-field incidents” writes Jonathan Liew for independent.co.uk. Numerous accusations have been flying about in recent weeks over a supposed drinking culture within the England team, particularly in light of the incident involving Ben Stokes in September that continues to cast a shadow over the touring party. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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From India to Australia via Gibraltar: Cryptocurrency Regulation Update

“As the cryptocurrency industry spreads across the globe and grows in popularity, governments are forced to take notice” reports financemagnates.com. This means that the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre will be able to monitor the activities of all cryptocurrency exchanges. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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England suspend Duckett after latest late-night bar incident

“England have suspended batsman Ben Duckett pending an internal investigation after he was involved in an incident at a Perth bar on Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced” writes Jack De Menezes for independent.co.uk. England remain without all-rounder Ben Stokes following his late-night incident in Bristol last September, for which the Durham star was arrested and released without charge pending further investigation.Somerset and Avon Police have since concluded their investigation and passed on their recommendations to the Crown Prosecution Service, with Stokes flying out to New Zealand…

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Ambassador posts adorable proposal after marriage equality legalised in Australia

“Marriage equality is finally law in Australia, which means LGBTQ couples can start planning their weddings” writes Johnny Lieu for mashable.com. The video was posted on Berne’s Twitter account mere hours after marriage equality was made legal in Australia.”Now, as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn now.The law change also means thousands of LGBTQ couples who got hitched overseas will have their marriages officially recognised in Australia. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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