Oceania & the Pacific

Australia Blocks North Korea From Re-Opening Embassy, Citing North Korea’s Nuclear Test

March 7, 2013

“Australia, a close U.S. ally, is one of a few Western countries to have diplomatic ties with North Korea, which first opened a Canberra embassy in May 2002. It closed the embassy six years later and then sought this year to reopen it.”

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New Zealand Court: Mega Upload Founder Kim Dotcom May Sue Government’s Spy Agency For Illegal Surveillance

March 7, 2013

“The GCSB collected intelligence on Dotcom ahead of the 2012 raid on his house to determine whether he posed any danger to the police who would later swoop in by helicopter to arrest him.”

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Reserve Bank of Australia Cuts Economic Growth and Inflation Projections

February 8, 2013

“The Reserve Bank of Australia reduced its economic growth and inflation forecasts as investment outside the mining industry remains elusive, the labor market softens and a high local currency contains prices.”

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Tsunami Warning in the South Pacific Following an 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Near the Solomon Islands

February 5, 2013

“Brian Shiro, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, told CNN that instruments near the Solomon Islands indicated that a tsunami was in fact generated. It is 1 meter high, he said, describing it as “significant.”"

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Boat Carrying Asylum-Seekers from Sri Lanka Crashes En Route to Australia; At Least 2 Passengers Drown

January 29, 2013

“Twenty survivors, including a four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, are on the island of Nusa Kambangan near the coastal town of Cilacap after being rescued by fishermen.”

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Severe Flooding in Eastern Australia Kills At Least 4 People And Displaces Thousands

January 29, 2013

“The storm system, which has unleashed floods from north of Brisbane in Queensland state to Sydney over 900 kilometers south in New South Wales and beyond, is the result of a slow but very wet swing down the coast by the remains of Tropical Cyclone Oswald that began last week.”

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New Zealand and Italian Officials, in Cooperation with the U.S. Arctic Program, Searching for Downed Plane in Antarctica

January 24, 2013

“Communications between U.S. officials at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre confirmed that an emergency locator beacon had been activated.”

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Australia Discovers Up To $20 Trillion Worth of Oil Shale Reserves

January 23, 2013

“Brisbane company Linc Energy yesterday released two reports, based on drilling and seismic exploration, estimating the amount of oil in the as yet untapped Arckaringa Basin surrounding Coober Pedy ranging from 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of oil.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Clinton calls for increased pressure on Syria

November 15, 2012

“President Barack Obama is backing the effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while realigning American security strategy to focus on Asia-Pacific as China’s military power grows.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to skip the Benghazi Attack Congressional Hearings

November 13, 2012

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has come under serious flak for allegedly ignoring requests to beef up security at the Benghazi consulate prior to its attack, will not testify.”

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Canada officially joins the closed-door Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

October 11, 2012

“More than 100,000 people signed a petition protesting Canada’s participation in the agreement, which Open Media warns could impose draconian restrictions on the Internet and cost Canada its sovereignty when it comes to Internet law.”

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Report: Australia’s Central Bank may have to cut Interest Rates to sustain Economic Growth

October 8, 2012

“Australia faces a gathering threat to its 21-year run of recession-free growth.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta travels to China, Japan and New Zealand

September 15, 2012

“Panetta’s trip to Asia coincides with mounting friction between China and its neighbours over territorial disputes. In the potentially resource-rich East China Sea, Beijing and Tokyo have clashed over disputed islands.”

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Over 1,000 people protest the controversial anti-Muslim film in Sydney, Australia

September 15, 2012

“Six policemen were among a dozen people injured, with two officers requiring hospital treatment as the inner-city streets and Hyde Park turned into bloody battlegrounds.”

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Secretary of State Clinton: The U.S. can work with China in the Pacific

September 1, 2012

“Clinton arrived in the tiny Pacific outpost of the Cook Islands for this year’s Pacific Islands Forum, part of Washington’s effort to woo nations across the Asia-Pacific.”

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