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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 NAB first big bank to axe overdrawn fees for personal accounts

SYDNEY, July 29 AAP - National Australia Bank Ltd is the first of the big local banks to abolish overdrawn account fees, which contribute to about $1.2 billion in annual fee revenue for the banking sector.

Consumer groups applauded the move on Wednesday, as other major banks said they were considering following suit.


Feature Story Terror stalks Indonesia as hotel bombs kill at least 8

JAKARTA, July 17 AFP/AP/AAP - High-explosive bombs tore through two luxury hotels in Jakarta on Friday, killing at least eight people including foreigners as terrorism returned to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Australian trade official Craig Senger and Perth businessman Nathan Verity were believed to be among the victims of the deadly bomb blasts.


Feature Story Leading economies agree to battle protectionism, warming

L'AQUILA, Italy, July 9 AFP - The world's biggest economies have agreed to fight protectionism and limit global warming as the major emerging powers confront the Group of Eight rich nations at their Italian summit.

Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico and South Africa joined an expanded G8 on its second day on Thursday, determined that US president Barack Obama and his wealthy partners pay the lion's share of the bill for solving the economic crisis.


Feature Story 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.

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.


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.


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Obama to give 16 'agents of change' US Medal of Freedom

Fri Jul 31 04:24:11 EST 2009

WASHINGTON, July 30 AFP - President Barack Obama will next month award the highest US civilian honour to 16 "agents of change" including Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking and Muhammad Yunus, the White House said on Thursday.

Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 12 to Tutu, a South African anti-apartheid veteran, British physicist Hawking and Yunus, a Bangladeshi micro-financier who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Other figures tapped to receive the nation's highest civilian honour included six women from sport, entertainment, science and government; a Native American war chief, a civil rights leader, an African-American actor, two US politicians and a doctor.

Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official of a major US city, will receive the award posthumously, along with long-time, self-described "bleeding heart conservative" politician Jack Kemp, who passed away in May.

"These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds," Obama said in a statement.

"Yet they share one overarching trait: each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way."

Continued .....

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US: Astronaut bringing test underwear back to Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, July 30 AP - In what might embarrass less adventurous souls, astronaut Koichi Wakata is returning to Earth with the underwear he used during his 4-1/2-month space station stay so scientists can check them out.

US: Obama to give 16 'agents of change' US Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON, July 30 AFP - President Barack Obama will next month award the highest US civilian honour to 16 "agents of change" including Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking and Muhammad Yunus, the White House said on Thursday.

Vic: Cyber stalker uses Twitter to threaten Delta Goodrem
MELBOURNE, July 31 AAP - Singer Delta Goodrem and fiance Brian McFadden have been threatened by a man via the social networking website Twitter.

US: US orders an Afghan detainee at Guantanamo freed
WASHINGTON, July 30 AFP - A US judge on Thursday ordered the release before the end of August of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad, an Afghan who is one of the youngest men held at the notorious prison camp.

Fed: US could ask for increased committment in Afghanistan
Australia could be asked to increase its commitment in Afghanistan again .. after a top Pentagon official warned the situation is serious.

US: Endeavour astronauts prepare for home from ISS
Astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavour are preparing for their return to Earth from the International Space Station.

US: Two US officers accused of running check on Obama
Authorities are investigating two Atlanta-area police officers .. accused of using government computers to run a criminal background check on US President BARACK OBAMA.

Building approvals jump in June to ease RBA housing concerns
SYDNEY, July 30 AAP - A sharp jump in the number of approvals to build new homes should ease central bank concerns that money flowing into housing will boost prices rather encourage greater supply of affordable shelter.

SCI: Saturn's 'day' shorter by five minutes
PARIS, July 29 AFP - A day on Saturn is pretty short, and it just got shorter.

SCI: 150 years later, Darwin vindicated... by jellyfish
PARIS, July 29 AFP - Creatures large and small may play an important role in the stirring of ocean waters, according to a study released Wednesday that confirms a theory advanced by Charles Darwin.

US: Obama sees 'beginning of the end' of recession
RALEIGH, North Carolina, July 29 AFP - The United States may be seeing "the beginning of the end of the recession," President Barack Obama said Wednesday, as the world's biggest economy combats its worst slump in decades.

US: US, Britain discuss Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, July 29 AFP - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began talks on Wednesday with her British counterpart David Miliband who vowed to keep troops in Afghanistan despite growing calls at home for their withdrawal.

NSW: Backpackers found in submerged car
SYDNEY, July 29 AAP - The bodies of a Korean man and woman have been found in a car submerged in an irrigation channel nearly a week after the pair went missing in the NSW Riverina area.

NSW: On-air lie detector stunt backfires on radio station
There's been angry criticism of the Kyle and Jackie O radio show in Sydney after a lie detector stunt backfired when a 14-year-old girl reluctantly revealed she had been raped.

NAB first big bank to axe overdrawn fees for personal accounts
SYDNEY, July 29 AAP - National Australia Bank Ltd is the first of the big local banks to abolish overdrawn account fees, which contribute to about $1.2 billion in annual fee revenue for the banking sector.

NSW: Four more with swine flu die in NSW =3D2
"Pregnant women, people who have existing health problems, such as diabetes, respiratory, heart and renal disease need to take extra care and consult their doctor if they experience flu-like symptoms," Dr Chant said in a statement.

NSW: Overheard phone call sparks building evacuation
SYDNEY, July 29 AAP - An suspicious overheard phone call has led police to evacuate a high-rise building housing Sydney's commonwealth parliamentary offices.

NSW: New patrol boats for NSW waterways
SYDNEY, July 29 AAP - Five new boats have been added to NSW Maritime's fleet to conduct patrols along the state's waterways and coastline.

Qld: Cold case murder reopened 34 years later
Police are hoping to solve the murder of a north Queensland woman by reopening the cold case on its 34th anniversary.

NZ dolalr peeks above US66C but settles below
WELLINGTON, July 22 NZPA - For the first time in nine months the New Zealand dollar peeked above US66c in overnight trading on Tuesday, but it spent the domestic day some way below that in a narrow range.

Swine flu vaccine available within weeks, makers say
ADELAIDE, July 22 AAP/AP - An Australian vaccine for swine flu could be available in weeks, with the world's first human trials now underway in Adelaide.

US: Obama in all-out push for US health reform
WASHINGTON, July 22 AFP - Barack Obama is to hold a primetime news conference on Wednesday as support for his six-month-old presidency dips and critics blast his handling of the economy and health care reform.

ASIIA: Eclipse evokes tears then cheers in Bangladesh
While today's eclipse of the sun has been viewed with great satisfaction by astronomers .. tens of thousands of people have prayed in northern Bangladesh .. fearful it heralded natural disasters.

ASIA: Solar eclipse shrouds Asia in darkness after dawn
TAREGNA, India, July 22 AP - The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century pitched a swath of Asia into near-darkness after dawn, as millions gathered to watch the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon on Wednesday.

EUR: Global health officials mull how to slow swine flu
In part of a global effort to slow the spread of swine flu .. some Muslim countries are advising pregnant women not to attend the hajj pilgrimage.

Fed: NSW surpasses Vic with highest swine flu death toll
Health authorities say four men have died in New South Wales over the past two days who've tested positive to swine flu .. with other medical conditions .. taking the state's toll to 17 and the national toll to 41.

Fed: Swine flu vaccine available within weeks, makers say
ADELAIDE, July 22 AAP - A vaccine for the deadly swine flu could be available within weeks, with world-first human trials underway in Australia which has now recorded more than 40 deaths.

FED: Labor doesn't want to take over hospitals: AMA
CANBERRA, July 22 AAP - The Rudd government doesn't want to take over the country's hospitals despite threatening to do just that before the last election, Australia's peak doctors' group says.

ASIA: Thailand swine flu toll nearly doubles to 44: ministry
BANGKOK, July 22 AFP/AAP - The swine flu death toll in Thailand rose to 44 on Wednesday, making it the country with the most reported fatalities in the Asia-Pacific region, officials said.

Fed: Climate change not an issue for hydroponics, industry says
CANBERRA, July 22 AAP - The hydroponic horticultural industry says it's facing a bright future despite the dismal outlook for the environment because of climate change.

Survey finds corporations are still thinking short term
SYDNEY, July 22 AAP - Short-term thinking is a stumbling block to corporate endurance yet many Australian executives believe companies are still swayed by short-term profit goals, a survey says.

FED: Murder laws must change: ACT police
CANBERRA, July 22 AAP - When it comes to murder, Canberra is dead out of touch with the rest of the country.

ASIA: Afghanistan-Pakistan together in war on terror: ministers
KABUL, July 18 AFP - Afghanistan and Pakistan have vowed to work together in the fight against an insurgency gripping both nations, promising boosted border controls and closer co-operation on arresting terror suspects.

US: Astronauts on first space walk of Endeavour mission
WASHINGTON, July 18 AFP - Two astronauts from the US space shuttle Endeavour have ventured out for the first of five planned spacewalks aimed at completing a Japanese laboratory at the International Space Station.

ASIA: Australia to help Indonesia after terrorist attack
Australia's offered to treat any of the 55 people injured in Friday's terrorist attacks in Jakarta that left nine people dead.

NSW: Family of five killed in northern Sydney
SYDNEY, July 19 AAP - A family of five, including two children, have been killed in a northern Sydney home in what's believed to have been a violent robbery.

ASIA: Clinton urges global terror fight, honours Mumbai victims
MUMBAI, July 18 AFP - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a global fight against terrorism after paying tribute to victims of last year's deadly Mumbai attacks, as she began a visit to India.

ASIA: Malaysian extremist behind Indonesia attacks: official
JAKARTA, July 18 AFP/AAP - A Malaysian extremist wanted for a string of terror attacks has been named as the likely culprit behind suicide bombings at two luxury hotels in Indonesia that left eight dead, including three Australians, and 55 injured.

ASIA: Singapore confirms first swine flu-related death
SINGAPORE, July 18 AP - Singapore's health ministry has confirmed the country's first swine flu-related death, a 49-year-old pneumonia patient who suffered a heart attack.

Vic: Swine flu eases hold on Victoria
MELBOURNE, July 19 AAP - Swine flu appears to be easing its grip on Victoria.

NSW: Neale denies bush ordeal was hoax
SYDNEY, July 18 AAP - British backpacker Jamie Neale has denied his 12-day bush ordeal was a hoax, saying he wrote goodbye notes to his family thinking he would die in the NSW Blue Mountains.

Vic: Fire at Spotlight store in Sth Melb
MELBOURNE, July 17 AAP - A large fire at a fabric and home interior store in inner Melbourne may have been deliberately lit.

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