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An academic who expects zero interest rates within two years and a 40 per cent drop in house prices has promised to walk from Canberra to the top of Australia's highest mountain if he's wrong.
University of Western Sydney associate professor of economics and finance STEVE KEEN made the bet with Macquarie Group interest rate strategist RORY ROBERTSON.
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Feature Story US preparing for troop buildup in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 AP - The US military is beginning a massive building effort in Afghanistan to house the roughly 20,000 additional troops, including an undetermined increase in marines, that are expected to begin pouring in early next year, a top military officer said on Friday.

Major General Michael Tucker, deputy commander for operations for US forces in Afghanistan, told reporters military leaders are anticipating a "very active winter" of insurgency attacks.

Feature Story World must learn to live with terror: conference told

ADELAIDE, Dec 4 AAP - The world must learn to live with terrorist attacks like those in Mumbai, a conference has been told in Adelaide.

University of Adelaide associate professor Michael Roberts told the Globalising Religions and Cultures conference on Thursday that the group involved in the attacks were not mindless fanatics and showed reasoning behind the targets they chose.

Feature Story RBA rate cut likely to last big move in this cycle-economist

SYDNEY, Dec 2 AAP - The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has slashed official interest rates to the lowest level in in six and a half years, and more cuts are on the way.

The cash rate was lowered to 4.25 per cent, from 5.25 per cent, for the first time since May 7, 2002.

Feature Story Aussies are staying at home more in hard economic times

SYDNEY, Dec 1 AAP - Aussies are having a quiet one at home as they prepare to scale back on eating and entertaining out of home, a study has found.

During these challenging economic times, there is a trend for consumers to cut back on large purchases while continuing to spend on little luxuries.

Feature Story Mumbai attack shows new sophisticated face of terror

NEW DELHI, Nov 28 AFP - The brazen attacks in Mumbai signal a sea change in the Islamic militant violence that has beset India, showing sophisticated planning and an "anti-Western agenda", analysts say.

Militants stormed a series of high-profile targets late Wednesday in India's financial capital, including the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel, a landmark restaurant, the main train station and a charitable hospital for women and children.

Feature Story Westerners targeted in Mumbai terror attacks: survivors

MUMBAI, India, Nov 26 AP/AAP - More than 80 people are dead after terrorists used grenades and automatic weapons to attack crowds at hotels, a restaurant and train station.

Teams of heavily-armed men launched coordinated attacks overnight that survivors said were aimed at killing Westerners.

Feature Story Thai protests turn violent, 10 hurt

BANGKOK, Nov 25 AFP - Thai anti-government protesters opened fire on rival activists and beat them with sticks on Tuesday, wounding at least 10 people as a second day of demonstrations in Bangkok descended into violence.

The clash erupted on a road to the disused air terminal where thousands of demonstrators behind a six-month street campaign to topple the administration have besieged the makeshift headquarters of premier Somchai Wongsawat.

Feature Story Work Choices close to being gone forever, Gillard

CANBERRA, Nov 25 AAP - Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard has sounded the death knell for Work Choices, saying it was "tantalisingly" close to being gone forever.

Legislation dismantling the previous Howard government's controversial workplace relations regime was introduced to parliament on Tuesday, honouring a Labor election promise.

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Govt inactive as author remains in Thai jail, family says

07 Dec 2008 10:03 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 7 AAP - The family of an Australian author who is in a Thai jail accused of insulting the nation's royal family says the federal government has not done enough to secure his freedom.

Former Melbourne man Harry Nicolaides was arrested on August 31 at Bangkok Airport on his way back to Australia.

The 41-year-old expatriate is facing one charge of criticising the royal family which carries a maximum prison term of 15 years.

The charges arise from a reference to the royal family in a book written by Nicolaides, who teaches at the Mae Fah Luang University in the northern Thai town of Chiang Rai.

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CHN: China in 'strong protest' to France over Dalai Lama meeting
BEIJING, Dec 7 AFP - China has lodged a "strong protest" with France over President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying it had affected China's ties with Europe, state media reports.

Fed: Govt inactive as author remains in Thai jail, family says
MELBOURNE, Dec 7 AAP - The family of an Australian author who is in a Thai jail accused of insulting the nation's royal family says the federal government has not done enough to secure his freedom.

WA: Humpback dies on beach north of Perth
PERTH, Dec 7 AAP - A juvenile humpback whale has died on a beach north of Perth.

Qld: Three charged with separate murders
BRISBANE, Dec 7 AAP - Three people have been charged after separate suspected murders in Queensland within the one night.

ASIA: Water buffalo rampage leaves 2 dead in Vietnam
A water buffalo has gone on a rampage in central Vietnam .. killing two villagers and injuring four others.

NSW: Man 'serious' after being stabbed by teenager
SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - A man is in serious condition after being stabbed by a teenager outside a southern NSW club.

QLD: Three suspected homicides in Queensland
BRISBANE, Dec 7 AAP - A woman has been charged over one of three separate suspected murders across Queensland in the one night.

Qld: Three rescued after boat overturns
Three men have been plucked from rocks off north Queensland after their boat overturned this morning.

MID: Millions of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage
MINA, Saudi Arabia, Dec 6 AP - Nearly 3 million Muslim pilgrims from about 100 countries have converged in a valley just outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia as they began the five-day hajj pilgrimage.

NSW: Two dead, two injured after crash in NSW central-west
SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - Two men are dead and two others are in a serious condition after a four-wheel-drive crashed on a remote rural property north of Bathurst in central-western NSW.

NSW: Man charged with murder in north-western NSW
A man will face court on Sunday .. charged with murder following the death of a man in north-western New South Wales.

NSW: Man in critical condition in hospital after group attack.
SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - A 27-year-old man was taken to hospital by ambulance with serious head injuries after he was attacked by a group of people south of Wollongong.

NSW: 20-year-old female P-plate driver killed overnight.
A 20-year-old female P-plater has been killed in a car crash in Sydney's west.

NSW: P-plater and 39-year-old man die in seperate accidents
SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - A 20-year-old female P-plater died and two men were injured following a collision in Sydney's west on Saturday night.

Qld: Three suspected homicides in Queensland
Police are investigating three separate suspected murders across Queensland overnight.

Fed: Police fear missing man may be dead
Police have called off their search for a Victorian man missing .. feared dead .. in the Central Australian desert.

NSW: Teen charged with shooting dead another teen
SYDNEY, Dec 7 AAP - A 14-year-old boy made a "frantic" triple 0 call to police after his school friend was fatally shot near Sydney, police say.

QLD: Policemen charged over payments to criminals
BRISBANE, Dec 7 AAP - A former and a serving police officer from central Queensland are among three people who will next month face charges of perverting the course of justice.

ASIA: India arrests two over Mumbai attacks
Indian police have questioned two men suspected of helping the militants who carried out the Mumbai attacks, amid reports of a home-grown terror link and fresh security jitters.

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