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Standing Wager
Merchant of gloom makes a bet

29 Nov 2008 2:30 AM

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.


High Scores Longest Chase
Police chase stolen car 250km from Wagga to Canberra

20 Jan 2009 12:21 PM

CANBERRA, Jan 20 AAP - Police have arrested a 26-year-old man in Canberra following a 250km high-speed car chase that started in south-western NSW.

NSW police started pursuing the stolen car in Wagga Wagga on Tuesday morning and ACT Policing took up the chase when the driver crossed the border into the territory.


High Scores
Police dissappointed by young drivers

14 Dec 2008 4:28 PM

Police have arrested a man for driving at 237 kilometres-an-hour on Sydney's Hume Highway.

And .. they say they are extremely disappointed with instances of irresponsible driving by young and inexperienced motorists overnight.


High Scores Possible New Blow
Man blows six times legal limit

31 Dec 2008 2:16 PM

BRISBANE, Dec 31 AAP - Queensland police have caught a man with an alleged blood alcohol reading more than six times the legal limit.

A 28-year-old man from Peak Crossing was stopped overnight for a random breath test in the nearby town of Boonah, south-west of Brisbane, and allegedly blew .303 per cent.


High Scores
P-plate driver returned blood alcohol reading of 0.265

06 Dec 2008 8:18 AM

SYDNEY, Dec 6 AAP - A P-plate driver has returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.265 after allegedly flagging down a police car in northern NSW.

Police said a 26-year-old woman had her licence confiscated after she returned a high-range PCA reading near Tamworth about 8pm (AEDT) on Friday.


Porsche vs Bikes
Porsche and motorcycles in 224km/h road race

20 Dec 2008 4:24 PM

SYDNEY, Dec 20 AAP - The drivers of a Porsche and two motorcycles have had their vehicles confiscated after reaching speeds of more than 220km/h in an alleged road race.

Police say the three men were racing along a 100km/h zone of the Pacific Highway on the far north NSW coast on Saturday about 10.40am (AEST).


Turbo Rice vs RX7
Two drivers to stand trial over passenger death

15 Dec 2008 5:38 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 15 AAP - Two young men accused of drag racing before a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy will stand trial.

Mitchell Cairnduff, of Wheelers Hill, died when a turbo-charged Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Jarrod Rooke hit a taxi at 120km/h, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.


High Scores Oldest Hoon
I'm a skilled driver, says 78yo hoon

By Michelle Draper 06 Jan 2009 5:31 PM

MELBOURNE, Jan 6 AAP - A 78-year-old hoon caught speeding at 170km/h on a narrow country road on New Year's Day told police he was a skilled race driver.

Victorian Premier John Brumby, however, was not impressed with John Belfield's claims, labelling Australia's oldest hoon driver an "idiot", while police said he was toying with death.i


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Feature Story Iraq death toll spikes as US troops leave cities

BAGHDAD, July 1 AFP - Bombings in the lead-up to the pullback of US forces from Iraq's towns and cities have resulted in the bloodiest death toll seen in the conflict-hit nation in 11 months, official figures show.

About 437 people were killed in June, government ministries announced on Wednesday as Iraqi forces officially took charge in the country's urban areas a day after the pullout of American troops six years after the invasion.


Feature Story Baghdad parties ahead of US pullout

BAGHDAD, June 29 AFP - Tens of thousands of Iraqis partied amid massive security in Baghdad on Monday to mark the imminent pullout of US troops from urban areas and celebrate the restive nation's reclaimed sovereignty.

The American pullback, agreed under a security accord signed last year, will be completed on Tuesday, which has been declared a national holiday, but soldiers and police were out in force as festivities began.


Feature Story Fewer see Turnbull capable of leadership: survey

CANBERRA, June 29 AAP - The news doesn't get any better for Malcolm Turnbull with a fourth opinion poll questioning his ability to lead the opposition, his honesty and his vision for the party.

The weekly Essential Research online survey found Mr Turnbull's disapproval rating spiked to 57 per cent, up from 49 per cent in May, while his approval rating was down six points to 24 per cent.


Feature Story Exact details of Jackson death remain unclear

LOS ANGELES, June 26 AP - The final act of Michael Jackson's life came into clearer focus on Friday, a picture of a fallen superstar under the care of his own private cardiologist as he tried to get his 50-year-old body in shape for a gruelling bid to reclaim his glory.

While the exact circumstances of his death remained unclear, early clues suggested he may simply have pushed his heart too far.


Feature Story Solar users to be paid for excess energy, NSW govt

SYDNEY, June 23 AAP - Solar-savvy households will be paid up to $900 a year to generate their own electricity under a NSW government plan to boost renewable energy.

Under the 20-year scheme, residents plus some schools, small businesses and community groups will be paid 60 cents per kilowatt hour - four times the average cost of electricity.


Feature Story EU rejects Iran interference claims as 'unacceptable'

BRUSSELS, June 22 AFP - The European Union has rejected Iran's claims of EU interference in presidential elections there as "baseless and unacceptable".

"The EU considers the accusations made by various Iranian authorities towards the EU and its member states concerning European interference in the Iranian elections as baseless and unacceptable," a statement said on Monday.


Feature Story Iranian protesters clash with police, defying ultimatum

TEHRAN, June 20 AFP - Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran in defiance of an ultimatum from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for an end to protests over last week's disputed presidential election.

A suicide bomber meanwhile struck a key regime monument -- the south Tehran mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei, killing himself and wounding three pilgrims, state media reported.


Feature Story Khamenei says Iran protests must end

TEHRAN, June 19 AFP - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has demanded an end to street protests over last week's disputed presidential election, siding with declared winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Making his first public appearance on Friday after daily demonstrations against the results, he ruled out any major fraud in the election and warned that defeated candidates would be held to account over any renewed violence on the streets.


Feature Story Iran takes centre stage at Twitter conference

NEW YORK, June 18 AFP - Some members of the audience in the darkened New York theatre had paid nearly $US1,200 ($A1,515) for their seats.

But they weren't settling in to watch a hit Broadway musical.


Feature Story Anti-Ahmadinejad protesters flock to banned demo

TEHRAN, June 15 AFP - "Give back our votes!" hundreds of thousands of Iranians both young and old chanted on Monday at a banned opposition rally in Tehran protesting at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election win.

Defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi also attended the rally in his first public appearance since Friday's poll which he has branded a "charade."


Feature Story Iran protests mount as Ahmadinejad wins landslide

TEHRAN, June 13 AFP - Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a landslide victory in Iran's hotly-disputed presidential vote, according to official results on Saturday that triggered mass opposition protests and furious complaints of cheating from his defeated rivals.

Riot police clashed with protesters in unrest not seen for a decade as thousands of supporters of main challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets shouting "Down with the Dictator" after final results showed Ahmadinejad winning almost 63 per cent of the vote.


Feature Story Don't worry, it's just a pandemic

PARIS, June 11 AFP - Now it's official: we have a flu pandemic. But what does it mean?

For many, the term may be tinged with fear. It evokes folk memories of three influenza pandemics that erupted last century and claimed tens of millions of lives.


Feature Story WHO declares flu pandemic

GENEVA, June 11 AFP - The swine flu crisis has escalated into the world's first influenza pandemic in 40 years, the World Health Organisation has declared, after infecting tens of thousands of people in 74 countries.

WHO director-general Margaret Chan says the declaration of a "moderate" pandemic should not be a cause for panic and does not mean the death toll from A(H1N1), which stands at less than 150, will sharply increase.


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Russia, Obama clinch deals to revive ties

By Anna Smolchenko and Laurent Lozano Tue Jul 7 03:38:49 EST 2009

MOSCOW, July 5 AFP - US and Russian leaders Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev have announced agreements on nuclear arms cuts and Afghanistan as they seek a new era in battered relations.

The two sides issued a joint declaration on replacing a key disarmament treaty, including figures for reductions in nuclear warheads, and clinched a breakthrough deal for US military transit for Afghanistan across Russia.

But as Obama made his first visit to Moscow as president they still remained at odds over US plans to install a missile defence shield in eastern Europe, an initiative that remains a major bone of contention.

The declaration signed by the presidents pledged to reach a new nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the 1991 START accord, the White House said.

"The presidents signed a joint understanding for a follow-on agreement to START that commits both parties to a legally binding treaty that will reduce nuclear weapons," the White House said in a statement.

The declaration also called for a reduction in the number of nuclear warheads in Russian and US strategic arsenals to between 1,500 and 1,675 within seven years.

Continued .....

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US: US military releases Afghan news over Facebook
WASHINGTON, July 6 AFP - The US military used the social networking site Facebook to announce new tactics for its forces in Afghanistan, long before it issued the news through a standard press release.

EUR: Global swine flu infections pass 90,000: WHO
GENEVA, July 6 AFP - Swine flu has infected 94,512 people worldwide and been blamed for 429 deaths since it was first detected in April, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.

CIS: Russia allows US troops, arms transit to Afghanistan
MOSCOW, July 6 AFP - Russia has authorised the use of its airspace for the transit of US troops and arms to Afghanistan, according to an agreement announced on Monday during US president Barack Obama's visit to Moscow.

CIS: Russia, Obama clinch deals to revive ties
MOSCOW, July 5 AFP - US and Russian leaders Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev have announced agreements on nuclear arms cuts and Afghanistan as they seek a new era in battered relations.

CIS: Obama wins Russian support on Afghanistan
MOSCOW, July 6 AFP - US president Barack Obama has won Russian support for the war in Afghanistan with a breakthrough agreement allowing a dozen flights a day to transit US troops and weapons over Russian territory.

UK: World's oldest Christian Bible digitized
LONDON, July 6 AP - The British Library says the surviving pages of the world's oldest Christian Bible have been reunited - digitally.

CIS: Medvedev, Obama sign declaration on weapons cuts
MOSCOW, July 6 AFP - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama signed a declaration on Monday pledging to reach a new nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the 1991 START accord, the White House said.

CIS: Russia, Obama seek new page in ties
by Anna Smolchenko

CIS:Russia hopes to close 'difficult pages' in US ties: Medvedev
MOSCOW, July 6 AFP - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told visiting US President Barack Obama on Monday he hoped that their summit would close difficult pages in US-Russian relations.

CIS: Obama in Moscow to revive troubled Russia ties
by Stuart Williams

CIS: Russia, US agree summit text on weapons cuts: report
MOSCOW, July 6 AFP - US and Russian officials have agreed the text of a declaration to be signed by the two countries' presidents on a framework for replacing a key Cold War-era disarmament treaty, a report said on Monday.

UK: Britain says eighth Tehran embassy worker freed
LONDON, July 6 AFP - Britain has confirmed that Iran has released an eighth staff member of the British embassy in Tehran, leaving one still in detention.

Qld: Woman assaults police after "breaking" into own car
BRISBANE, July 6 AAP - A Brisbane woman seriously assaulted a police officer after he tried to arrest her for breaking into her own car, a court has heard.

NSW: Driver accused of murdering pedestrian after crisps thrown
SYDNEY, July 6 AAP - An alcohol- and drug-fuelled woman murdered a pedestrian by driving at him after he threw cheese and bacon crisps at her car, a Sydney court has been told.

US: Biden says Israel free to set own course on Iran
WASHINGTON, July 5 AP - US vice-president Joe Biden has signalled that the Obama administration will not stand in the way if Israel chooses to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, even as the top US military officer says any attack on Iran will be destabilising.

EUR: Bosnia registers second swine flu case
SARAJEVO, July 5 AFP - Bosnia has announced its second swine flu case -- a teenage girl who recently returned from Australia.

Fed: Howard comfortable with decision not to apologise
SYDNEY, July 5 AAP - John Howard says he is still comfortable with his decision not to apologise to the stolen generation, while defending his government's "paternalistic" indigenous policies.

CIS: Obama seeks new start in US-Russia relations
MOSCOW, July 5 AP - Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev will end a seven-year hiatus in US-Russian summitry, with both men declaring their determination to further cut nuclear arsenals and repair a badly damaged relationship.

ASIA: Landslides, floods kill 15 in northern Vietnam
HANOI, July 5 AP - Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 15 people and left 13 others missing in Vietnam's northern mountainous region, disaster officials say.

CHN: Torrential rain in China leaves 15 dead: state media
BEIJING, July 5 AFP - At least 15 people have died and over 400,000 had to be evacuated in China after torrential rain destroyed houses and caused rivers to overflow, state media says.

MID: Israel stands firm on settlements ahead of US envoy meeting
JERUSALEM, July 5 AFP - Israel will not bow to pressure from Washington to halt settlement activity in the West Bank even for a temporary period, a minister from the governing Likud party says.

UK: Iran to free eighth British embassy worker: Miliband
LONDON, July 5 AFP - Iran is to release an eighth Iranian employee of the British embassy in Tehran later on Sunday, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said, bringing to one the number still in custody.

ASIA: Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, July 5 AFP - Two British soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province where US Marines and British troops are cracking down on Taliban insurgents, the military says.

NSW: Second swine flu death recorded in NSW
SYDNEY, July 5 AAP - A man with serious medical problems including diabetes has become the second person to die in NSW after contracting swine flu, health authorities say.

UK: 'Sad' Madonna plans Jackson tribute at London show
LONDON, July 4 AFP - Madonna will perform a special tribute to Michael Jackson during her London show at the venue where he was due to stage his farewell shows, she says.

US: Palin resigning as Alaska governor
WASILLA, Alaska, July 3 AP - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential candidate, has announced she's resigning from office at the end of the month without explaining why she plans to step down, raising speculation that she'll focus on a run for the White House in the 2012 race.

US: Sarah Palin resigns as Alaska governor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 3 AFP - In a surprise move, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she is stepping down and will not seek re-election, fuelling swift speculation of a possible 2012 White House bid.

MID: Biden warns of 'hard road ahead' as he visits Iraq
BAGHDAD, July 3 AFP - Vice President Joe Biden warned Iraqi officials that Washington would politically disengage if sectarian and ethnic strife resumed as he warned of a "hard road ahead".

NSW: Body of man found in burnt-out unit
SYDNEY, July 4 AAP - The body of a man has been found inside a unit after firefighters brought a blaze under control at the property at Wyong on the NSW central coast.

ASIA: Report: NKorea fires 2 mid-range missiles
SEOUL, July 4 AP - North Korea has fired two mid-range missiles off it eastern coast, a news report says.

CAM: OAS head to press global concerns in Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, July 3 AFP - The head of the Organisation of American States has arrived in Tegucigalpa for talks to try to resolve the political mayhem triggered in Honduras by the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya.

US: Palin resigning as Alaska governor
WASILLA, Alaska, July 3 AP - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential candidate, says she's resigning from office at the end of the month, raising speculation that she'll focus on a run for the White House in the 2012 race.

SA: Future of state Liberals to be decided today
South Australia's Liberal Party hopes to end internal tension .. by deciding the future of embattled leader MARTIN HAMILTON-SMITH at a party meeting today.

EUR: Swiss village unveils giant plastic Michael Jackson statue
ZURICH, July 3 AFP - A giant plastic statue of Michael Jackson has been unveiled in a village near the Swiss city of Zurich, ahead of a ceremony to pay homage to the late pop icon.

US: LA braces for horde of Michael Jackson mourners
LOS ANGELES, July 3 AP - Los Angeles officials are trying to figure out how to accommodate a public memorial service for Michael Jackson at a venue that can hold no more than 20,000 people.

EUR: Croatian swine flu victim recently in Australia
ZAGREB, July 3 AFP - The Croatian government has announced the country's first swine flu case in a woman who recently returned from Australia.

US: Powerful sedative found in Michael Jackson's home
LOS ANGELES, July 3 AP - The powerful sedative Diprivan was found in Michael Jackson's home, a law enforcement official says.

CIS: Obama appeals to sceptical Russians
MOSCOW, July 3 AP - Barack Obama dolls have hit Moscow shelves and a bar is handing out half-price cocktails to anyone who says the magic words "Yes we can" in anticipation of the American president's arrival in Moscow on Monday, July 6, for a summit.

US: Fans urged to stay away from Jackson memorial
LOS ANGELES, July 3 AFP - Fans preparing to descend on Los Angeles for next week's Michael Jackson memorial service are being urged to watch the event via television amid fears of huge crowds of mourners at the event.

MID: Iranian cleric threatens trial for British embassy staff
TEHRAN, July 3 AFP - A powerful Iranian cleric says British embassy local staff arrested for allegedly stoking post-election unrest will be put on trial, a move that's prompted coordinated protests from European governments.

UK: No evidence of imminent North Korean missile launch: Britain
LONDON, July 3 AFP - Britain's ambassador to Pyongyang says there's currently no evidence that North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range missile, after it test-fired four short-range ones.

Services sector grows for 1st time in 15 months in June, survey
SYDNEY, July 3 AAP - Rising confidence among consumers about the outlook for the economy has helped the services sector expand for the first time in 15 months in June, a survey shows.

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