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Paedophile barred from leaving Australia under new law.

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian law barring registered child sex offenders from international travel had an immediate impact when it took effect Wednesday, stopping a convicted paedophile and turning him away from Sydney Airport.

- BangkokPost - TH

Australia introduces tough new laws on child sex tourism.

New laws designed to stop pedophiles convicted in Australia from traveling overseas to offend again came into effect Wednesday, with the government saying it will ...

- The Japan Times - JP

South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as global regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'.

South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worry about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Australian paedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by sex tourism flight ban.

A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian paedophiles from travelling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism. Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted paedophiles listed on the Australian child sex offender register ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Check out the 'monster' python that stopped Australian police in their tracks.

After the Queensland police shared the photo on their social media, the post went viral with over two million views and 10,000 comments.

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Bat invasion in Australia town prompts closures, protests: 'Kids are locked indoors'.

Videos show screeching bats filling the sky.

- Global News - CA

In trade blowback, Canada will buy used Australian jets rather than new Boeing aircraft.

Canada has ditched a plan to buy 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from U.S.-based Boeing Co. and will instead buy 18 used F-18 fighters from Australia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously warned that Canada would stop doing business with Boeing if the company doesn't drop a trade complaint...

- Los Angeles Times - US

South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'.

SEOUL - South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains.

- Reuters - US

Barron's After Hours: Jabil Jumps, Boeing Gains, Comcast Rises.

U.S. stocks rose on Monday ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting on Wednesday with the S&P 500 closing 0.3% higher, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 0.2%. Asia-Pacific markets are muted on Tuesday with Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edging 0.06% higher, while Japan's Nikkei nudged up 0.07%. Korea's Kospi, ...

- Barrons - US

Barron's After Hours: Insmed Soars, Western Digital Jumps, VeriFone Slumps.

U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday as producer prices rose ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision on Wednesday. The S&P 500 rose 0.2%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.5%. The Nasdaq Composite declined 0.2%. Asia-Pacific stock markets are flat with Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 edging up ...

- Barrons - US

Fast Asia Open: Japan machine orders, Australia home sales.

- Financial Times - US

Westfield sells to France's Unibail to create $72bn shopping mall group

Unibail-Rodamco's $25bn deal for Australia's Westfield to forge 104-property company

- Financial Times - US

Australian central bank mulls electronic banknotes

RBA studies blockchain technology but dismisses bitcoin fever as 'speculative mania'

- Financial Times - US

Canada shuns Boeing, will buy used Australian fighter jets

- CNN Top Stories - US

Genome reveals secrets of Tasmanian tiger's extinction

Scientists have sequenced the Tasmanian tiger's genome, offering new insights into the species' demise.

- UPI - US

Celebrating Hanukkah where the dominant winter holiday isn’t Christmas

Yael Horovitz, who immigrated to Israel from Australia, always loved the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, but the emphasis there...

- Deseret News - US

The growing skills gap between jobs in Australian cities and the regions

Growth in high-skilled jobs is highest in Australian cities and for the country its low-skilled jobs.

- The Conversation - UK

Schools are not adequately preparing young Australians to participate in our democracy

Results from the latest report into civics and citizenship education show by the time students hit year ten, the majority of them have little knowledge about Australian civics and democracy.

- The Conversation - UK

What is going rotten in the franchise businesses plagued by scandals

There are some hallmark problems within franchising in Australia and internationally and not all are within the franchisor's or franchisees' control to fix.

- The Conversation - UK

Westfield's history tracks the rise of the Australian shopping centre and shows what's to come

The fact that Westfield's founders are moving out of physical store development to invest in innovative retail technology shows what's to come in Australian retail.

- The Conversation - UK | Australia throw hat in for RWC 2027

Australia will bid to host the 2021 women's and 2027 men's Rugby World Cups, Rugby Australia announced.

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Australian scientists raise hopes of reviving the extinct Tasmanian tiger

Scientists in Australia have mapped the genetic sequence of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, raising hopes of reviving the species, the last surviving example of which died in a zoo in the city of Hobart in 1936.

- Stuff - NZ

Aussie Christmas shoppers interrupted by anti-Islam Santa, women in sheer burqas

Christmas shoppers in Australia have been left shocked and appalled following a distasteful stunt by a right-wing political group at an upmarket shopping centre.

- Stuff - NZ

NZ-born woman sues Aussie doctor after he inappropriately 'massaged' her during skin check

A woman has successfully sued an Australian skin cancer doctor more than NZ $52,000 after he inappropriately massaged her breasts and buttocks during a medical examination.

- Stuff - NZ

Trudeau snubs Boeing, unveils plan to buy used Australian jets

The Trudeau government is escalating a trade fight with Boeing, ditching plans to buy 18 Super Hornets while launching a search for new fighter jets under parameters that could hamper future bids from the U.S. plane maker.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

A convicted child molester has been prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles out of Southeast Asian sex tourist markets.

- FOX News - US

Tinder thinks you need a timeline for your matches

One of the world's most popular dating apps just got a little bit creepier. Tinder announced Tuesday that it's testing out a new feature letting users see more social media content from people they match with. The "Feed" — which is being tested in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada — is an updating timeline where users ...

- The Week - US

The real Breaking Bad: Aussie drug kingpin reveals the secrets of making ecstasy

When Sydney boy Steven Spaliviero found himself locked up in a US prison cell with a master drug cook named Igor, he decided to make the most of it.What happened afterwards is like the TV series Breaking Bad , on steroids.On...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti-sex tourism law

CANBERRA, Australia — A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles out of Southeast Asian sex tourist markets.Laws that...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Justin Trudeau snubs Boeing, unveils plan to buy used Australian jets

The Trudeau government is escalating a trade fight with Boeing, ditching plans to buy 18 Super Hornets while launching a search for new fighter jets under parameters that could hamper future bids from the US planemaker.Canada said...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Value Village sues Washington attorney general over demands

SEATTLE — The company that operates 300 Value Village, Savers and other thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia is suing Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, saying his office has violated the company's rights...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Australia's central bank governor calls Bitcoin a 'speculative mania'

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Australia’s central bank has no plans to issue digitised Australian dollars based on blockchain technology anytime soon, RBA Governor Philip Lowe says. In a speech this morning titled “An eAUD”?, Lowe also said cryptocurrencies had emerged as another payment option, although ...

- Business Insider - US

One Direction fans force radio host off Twitter over joke about facial hair

One Direction fans are staunchly protective of their beloved band members, something an Australian radio host is learning the hard way. Former 1D member Louis Tomlinson has generated pretty abusive backlash against an Australian radio host, who made a passing joke about his facial hair. SEE ALSO: Harry Styles loves Shania ...

- Mashable! - US

Slow television comes to Australia's outback

It makes sense that Australia, with its expanses of desert and ever-changing landscapes, would make a great place for slow television. The Ghan: Australia's Greatest Train Journey is the country's first foray into the genre, which is set to air on SBS and online on Jan. 7. SEE ALSO: Selfie tourism is killing these ...

- Mashable! - US

Azarenka gets Aussie Open wildcard amidst custody battle

MELBOURNE, Dec 13 ― Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, who has been locked in a custody battle over her baby son, was today handed a wildcard into January's Australian Open. Tournament director Craig Tiley said every assistance...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Three children dead, one holding on: An Australian mother's life of tragedy

Australian mum Cheryl Duncanson lost her first born, Mark, when he was 19. He was a backseat passenger in a car crash in 1987.

- Stuff - NZ

Husband will plead not guilty to the murder of Melbourne mum Karen Ristevski

The husband of Australian woman Karen Ristevski will plead not guilty to the murder of his wife and spend the next four months behind bars before facing court again.

- Stuff - NZ

Europe's Unibail bids $16 billion for Westfield to counter online threat

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE/PARIS - Europe's biggest property firm Unibail-Rodamco is to buy U.S. and UK mall operator Westfield Corp for $16 billion, in a defensive move to create a global leader in a sector grappling with the online shopping challenge led by Amazon .

- Reuters - US

Australian lawmaker to resign amid allegations of Chinese meddling

A prominent opposition lawmaker pledged to quit over accusations that he was bought by Chinese money, the first casualty in Australia's push to curb China's growing influence in its political system.

- Washington Post - US

Participatory Yayoi Kusama commission among major draws of NGV's Triennial in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Dec 13 — The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is getting ready to launch its inaugural NGV Triennial, a large-scale exhibition of art, architecture and design whose inaugural edition will feature major new works by Yayoi...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Road rage Aussie cyclist throws driver's keys into the bush

An Australian woman was left stranded on the side of a road near Melbourne after she stopped for a cyclist who reached into her car, grabbed her keys from the ignition and threw them into bush.

- Stuff - NZ

An Australian boy died from an allergic reaction to his hospital breakfast

Louis Tate always carried his EpiPen with him.

- Stuff - NZ

Husband charged with the murder of Melbourne mum Karen Ristevski

The husband of Australian woman Karen Ristevski has been charged with the murder of his wife. 

- Stuff - NZ

Tina Arena, Missy Higgins sign letter calling out sexual harassment in music industry

Women working in the Australian music industry are speaking out about their own experiences of sexual harassment in the #MeNoMore campaign.

- ABC News - AU

Agrium buying Australian fertilizer unit from Louis Dreyfus

The deal comes as Agrium is preparing to merge by the end of the year with Potash Corp of Saskatchewan to form Nutrien, a transaction valued at $25-billion

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Telescopes team up to study giant galaxy

Astronomers have used two Australian radio telescopes and several optical telescopes to study complex mechanisms that are fuelling jets of material blasting away from a black hole 55 million times more massive than the Sun.

- ScienceDaily - US

New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril

Maps of the world's most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland and Wildlife Conservation Society-led study published today.

- PhysOrg - NL

Chris Tremlett: I fear another 5-0 if England lose in Perth

Given they are 2-0 down, low on confidence, contending with niggly off-field distractions and set to play at the Waca which history suggests is not a happy hunting ground – I’m not particularly confident about England’s chances in the third Test. I also fear that if England lose in Perth and relinquish ...

- City AM - UK

Long after Dastyari, China's rapid rise will be this century's big story

Perhaps Sam Dastyari's most important and enduring parliamentary legacy will be highlighting the growing attacks on Australia's sovereignty, particularly from a rising China, writes defence reporter Andrew Greene.

- ABC News - AU