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BHP Billiton commits to US shale exit.

Global mining behemoth BHP Billiton has pleased shareholders by committing to a US shale exit and slashing net debt. Annual underlying profits surged to $6.7bn , the Australian firm announced overnight. Net debt fell from $16.3bn to $10.0bn. Markets chose to focus on the debt and strategic announcements rather ...

- City AM - UK

Bar turns away Danish prince due to lack of ID.

The Crown Prince of Denmark was denied entry into a Queensland bar after failing to produce photo identification upon entry.  Prince Frederik was forced to quench his thirst elsewhere after falling foul of tough alcohol laws in Brisbane, which make it a requirement for patrons to scan their ID to enter certain venues after ...

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Norfolk Islanders pining for a new deal, want Pacific paradise to be part of NZ.

Changes to the way the Australian territory is governed have some islanders looking to secede.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

Overwatch is taking players to Junkertown for its next map.

Blizzard Entertainment announced a new map for Overwatch during its Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany today. Junkertown, the Australian home of the bomb-loving character Junkrat and his oversized bodyguard Roadhog, will be playable at the show. Junkertown will be an escort map, meaning the attacking team has to push a ...

- VentureBeat - US

Yemen: Houthis Detain Prominent Activist.

Expand Prominent Yemeni activist Hisham al-Omeisy was detained on August 14, 2017 in Sanaa.  © Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Houthi authorities in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, should immediately and unconditionally release Hisham al-Omeisy, a prominent activist detained on August 14, 2017, Human Rights Watch said ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

North Korea tells Australia it is acting suicidally by joining war games.

The North Korean regime has lashed out at Australia, describing its participation in current military exercises with the US and South Korea as a suicidal act of inviting disaster'. The North Koreans also targeted Malcolm Turnbull's recent statements when he said that if the US came under attack from North Korea, Australia ...

- The Conversation - UK

The 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival: films to watch out for.

Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name: an erotic romance imbued with the effervescence of a European summer. FrenesyThe theme of this year's Melbourne International Film Festival was to explore new worlds', which saw matters of social justice, empathy and connection examined in many films. Between us, ...

- The Conversation - UK

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement.

With some tweaks to the recipe, cement and concrete can be made kinder to the planet. Postman Photos/Shutterstock.comCement is the world's most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world's favourite building material. But with cement's success comes a huge amount ...

- The Conversation - UK

It's not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor.

Higher-density developments change neighbourhoods, often in ways that further disadvantage low-income households. Laura Crommelin, Author providedThis article is the second in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Last year marked the first time that ...

- The Conversation - UK

Australia's car industry needs cybersecurity rules to deal with the hacking threat.

Cars are basically computers on wheels. That means they can be hacked. Floris Looijesteijn/Flickr, CC BY-SAIt's common to hear modern cars referred to as computers on wheels. They boast sensors that measure fuel and braking, along with built-in navigation and infotainment systems. These digital systems could be hacked and ...

- The Conversation - UK

Official prayers in federal parliament are divisive and unconstitutional, and should be scrapped.

It is inconsistent with Australia's religious diversity for federal parliament to have official prayers based on one particular religious denomination. AAP/Lukas CochIn a nation that is increasingly secular, religion still plays a vital role in the way we run our country. In this series, we examine the role of religion in ...

- The Conversation - UK

Science is important but moves too fast: five charts on how Australians view science and scientists

More than 50% of Australians think drugs should be cleared for use before they've completed clinical trials. Neale Cousland/shutterstock Ninety percent of Australians feel science has made life easier overall. But we're a complex nation when it comes to the finer details of how we view science and scientists. We recently ...

- The Conversation - UK

Finkel's Law: robots won't replace us because we still need that human touch

The rise of the ChiefBot. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-NDBy now, you've probably been warned that a robot is coming for your job. But rather than repeat the warning, I've decided to throw down a challenge: man against machine. First, I'll imagine the best possible robot version of an Australian Chief Scientist that ...

- The Conversation - UK

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik turned away from Australian bar

Queensland's Attorney-General has stood by the Australian state's controversial ID scanning laws, saying "rules are rules", after reports Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik was denied entry to a Brisbane bar at the weekend.

- Stuff - NZ

Could your hands predict your sporting success?

SYDNEY, Aug 22 — New research has revealed an unusual way of predicting sporting success, finding that the length of the ring finger of teenage boys could indicate their prowess at sports. Their study is the first to attempt to measure this...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Horn: McGregor win would be 'dreadful' for boxing

MELBOURNE, Aug 22 ― Australia's Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday's super-fight and hopes the American will annihilate' the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing. Horn,...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects: minister

BEIRUT - Lebanon monitored the brothers accused of plotting to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi for more than a year and coordinated with the Australian government on it for a long time, the Lebanese interior minister said on Monday.

- Reuters - US

Lebanon helps foil plot to take down UAE plane

Country's intelligence plays major role in stopping attack on Australia to Abu Dhabi flight

- GulfNews - AE

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ANZ Bank New Zealand wants at least $100m in five-year bond offer

ANZ Bank New Zealand wants to raise at least $100 million by selling five-year bonds, which will have a lower interest rate than what it's offering term depositors. The Auckland-based unit of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Mortgage stress: Young Sydney couple's eye-watering household debt

A young Sydney couple with an eye-watering level of debt have given a shocking insight into just how Australians have come to carry the second-highest level of household debt in the world.Roy Palleson and Rowena Ebona have racked...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Greencross makes 'aggressive' inroads into NZ pet market

Australia pet care company Greencross made inroads on this side of the Tasman by buying up veterinary clinics and opening retail outlets, boosting New Zealand sales by more than a fifth. ASX-listed Greencross, which jointly owns...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Lebanon says it helped foil Islamic State plot to down Emirati jetliner from Australia

Lebanon's interior minister said Monday that the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Australian ID scanning laws turn away Danish Crown Prince Frederik

By Anthony Marx Queensland's liquor laws have become an international farce after Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the husband of Princess Mary, was turned away from a Brisbane bar.The Crown Prince was left stunned when he was...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Australian terror plan to hide plane bomb in Barbie revealed

Details emerge of plans to hide bombs inside a doll and a meat grinder on an Australian flight.

- BBC - UK

Australian broadcaster explains why it left Israel off the map

SYDNEY , Australia's national news service defended its decision to broadcast a graphic showing a map of the Middle East that included Palestine but not Israel. Shown during an Aug. 17 segment on ABC News Australia, the map illustrated a story about how laws in 11 Muslim-majority countries and the Palestinian territories ...

- JTA - US

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

100 Mbps? Call it the 60 Mbps customers might actually experience at peak hour The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has fired off its latest salvo in its decades-long argument with the telco industry about internet speed claims in Australia, telling them to advertise typical speeds rather than theoretical ...

- TheRegister - UK

Lebanon played major role in foiling Sydney terror plot: Machnouk

Lebanon played a major role in foiling a recent terror plot to blow up an Emirati airplane filled with 400 passengers bound for Abu Dhabi from Australia, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Australia's pledge to help US prompts threats from N. Korea

North Korean state media warned Australia that helping the U.S. in a war is a 'suicidal act.' Video provided by Newsy         


NZ Ski Racers in the Medals at ANC Races in Australia

The Australia New Zealand Cup Series opened today with men's and ladies' Giant Slalom in Thredbo, Australia.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Bangla name Joshi as spin consultant

Bangladesh have roped in former India tweaker Sunil Joshi as the spin consultant for the upcoming two-match Test series against Australia. The Bangladesh Cricket Board first approached the left-arm spinner after the one-off Test against India in Hyderabad in February. The former Karnataka captain has been handed the role ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Lebanon foiled suicide bomb attack on Australia-Abu Dhabi flight

Lebanon foiled suicide bomb attack on Australia-Abu Dhabi flight...


Could Norfolk Island become part of New Zealand?

Norfolk Island is a Pacific paradise that's part of Australia, even though it's closer to New Zealand â€” and some residents wouldn't mind switching allegiances. 

- Stuff - NZ

Sydney plane plotter hid suicide bomb in Barbie doll on Australia-Abu Dhabi flight

By News Corp Australia Network staff writer, AP Lebanon's police intelligence helped to foil a plot to blow up an Emirati passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Australia last month, Lebanon Interior Minister Nohad...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Sydney welfare recipients could face random drug tests as early as January

Welfare recipients in western Sydney will be subjected to random drug testing from January, if Parliament passes the Coalition's controversial plan for a two-year trial.

- ABC News - AU

Ashton Agar firming for another Test start against Bangladesh

More than four years after his last Test cap, finger-spinner Ashton Agar looks set to pull on the whites for Australia when the series against Bangladesh starts on Sunday.

- ABC News - AU

'Overwatch' embarks into the Outback with new Junkertown map

The next Overwatch map sends players into the war-torn Australian Outback, the home of Junkrat and Roadhog. Junkertown is an escort map like Dorado, Watchpoint: Gibraltar, and Route 66, and it looks like a dusty hellhole made perfectly for Junkrat's frag launcher . The story behind the map and the payload is in this new ...

- Mashable! - US

Danish Crown Prince Frederik 'denied entry to Australian pub'

The royal was turned away because he and his entourage did not have proper identification.

- BBC - UK

Barcelona victim remembered for his smiles

A Sydney woman whose seven-year-old son died in the Barcelona terror attack remains in a Spanish hospital.

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Australian XI takes shape for first Test

The Australian team for the first Test in Bangladesh has been largely settled after their tour match was called off.

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Lebanon foiled bomb attack on Aust flight

Lebanon's interior minister says the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an plane flying from Australia.

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Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects: minister

BEIRUT - Lebanon monitored the brothers accused of plotting to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi for over a year and coordinated with the Australian government on it for a long time, the Lebanese interior minister said on Monday.

- Reuters - US

Suicide attack on Australia-Abu Dhabi flight foiled

Lebanon reportedly foiled a plot by a suicide bomber to blow up a plane bound for the UAE from Australia earlier this month.

- IOL - ZA

Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the microbes can share DNA that could help them grow and survive.

- PhysOrg - NL

Group calls for UN ban on killer robots before 'weapons of terror' are unleashed

The letter was released at an artificial intelligence conference in Melbourne ahead of formal UN discussions on autonomous weapons. Signatories implored UN leaders to work hard to prevent an autonomous weapons "arms race."

- Stars and Stripes - US

Japan to sell kangaroo steaks with tickets for Australia rugby match

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday announced a unique ticket package for the November test match against Australia , 50 tickets that come with ...

- The Japan Times - JP

North Korea calls Australia joining US-South Korea war games 'a suicidal act of inviting disaster'

Thomson ReutersThe North Korean regime has lashed out at Australia, describing its participation in current military exercises with the US and South Korea as “a suicidal act of inviting disaster”. The North Koreans also targeted Malcolm Turnbull’s recent statements when he said that if the US came under ...

- Business Insider - US | Right boxes are being ticked by the Boks

The televised evidence from Sydney should have provided a reality check in terms of how much still needs to be done but the Springboks are on an upward curve.

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Srikanth enters second round of World Championship

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the World Championship with a straight game win over Russian Sirant in the mens singles competition here today.The eighth-seeded Indian, who won the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australian Super Series Open in June, defeated Russias Sergey Sirant 21-13 ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Lebanon says it helped foil plot to down plane in Australia

Lebanon's interior minister says the country's police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Australia.

- FOX News - US