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Rocket Lab plans to launch its rockets off a cliff.

If you're going to build a brand new rocket launch site, you might as well locate it in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Rocket Lab, a new private spaceflight company, did just that when it constructed its new facility in New Zealand. It plans to start launching its small Electron rocket off this picturesque ...

- Mashable! - US

Kyrgios not a top-16 seed at Roland Garros.

Nick Kyrgios will lead Australia's French Open charge after being seeded 18th, with Samantha Stosur and Daria Gavrilova seeded in the women's event.

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Australia still pondering opening options.

Steve Smith says Australia will use both of their Champions Trophy warm-up matches to decide who will partner David Warner at the top of the order.

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Queensland Bauxite LtdAndrew Kavasilas Interview Regarding Medical Cannabis Limited and Vitahemp.

Queensland Bauxite LtdAndrew Kavasilas Interview Regarding Medical Cannabis Limited and Vitahemp...


Volunteers help astronomers find star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs.

Online volunteers, including a woman from Belgium and a Scottish man, have helped astronomers at The Australian National University find a star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs' time on Earth.

- PhysOrg - NL

Australian PM sees Sri Lanka President's visit as an opportunity to advance key areas of bilateral cooperation.

May 24, Canberra: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena commencing his three-day state visit to Australia on the invitation of the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in Canberra Wednesday morning .

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Sri Lankan President observes several programs in Canberra.

May 24, Canberra: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics this morning , President's Media Division said.

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Australian soccer coach freed after hostage ordeal in Yemen.

Soccer coach Craig McAllister, held in Yemen since October, released after 'patient work'.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes.

Children from disadvantaged households are more likely to hit puberty early and could face poorer health later in life as a result, an Australian study has shown.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

'Top Gun 2' Is Happening, Tom Cruise Confirms.

Tom Cruise turned up the excitement around the production of “Top Gun 2” on Wednesday with a confirmation on Australian TV that the film will go ahead. Interviewed on the “Sunrise” show on Australia's Seven Network, Cruise said that “filming will begin probably within the next next ...

- Variety - US

Tom Cruise says 'Top Gun 2' is 'definitely happening' and coming sooner than you think.

Paramount PicturesAfter years of rumors about a potential sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, Tom Cruise has confirmed that there will be a "Top Gun 2." And it sounds like you won't even have to wait all that long. While on the Australian morning show "Sunrise" to promote his latest movie, "The Mummy" , Cruise was asked about ...

- Business Insider - US

Daniel Sturridge shines in Liverpool post-season friendly amid doubts over future and hip injury

England striker scored and set up Roberto Firmino during 3-0 victory over Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium.

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Sturridge stars in Liverpool win in Sydney

SYDNEY, May 24 — Liverpool shrugged off jet-lag to master Australian A-League champions Sydney FC 3-0 today just three days after finishing their English Premier League season. England striker Daniel Sturridge, fighting back from a hip injury,...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Lesson of Sydney Siege: More Force, Less Talk

A coroner investigating the deadly Sydney cafe siege of December 2014 recommended that police drop qualms about using force in terrorist attacks, saying negotiation may fail against radicalized militants braced to die.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Appea welcoms gas umpire in Qld

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association has welcomed the establishment of the new Land Access Ombudsman in Queensland, after legislation was introduced to Parliament earlier this week. The government in December announced that the independent ombudsman would work with Queensland landholders and gas ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

MCA calls for nuclear energy in Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia has urged the Australian government to consider nuclear energy in the nation's future. Speaking at the Paydirt South Australian Resources and Energy Investment conference, MCA's executive director for uranium, Daniel Zavattiero, said that Australia's uranium exports in 2016 equated to 103% ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

ASIC bans former mining magnate Tinkler from managing companies

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has banned former coal mining entrepreneur Nathan Tinkler and two of his associates from managing companies for up to four years, with the watchdog citing failures in their duties as directors. The former billionaire's three-years and nine-months disqualification follows ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

BHP hopes for more nickel mines in WA

Mining major BHP has confirmed that it is pursuing environmental approvals to develop two satellite pits to support production from its Mount Keith operation, in Western Australia. Mt Keith is owned by the Nickel West division of BHP.

- Mining Weekly - ZA

How we could make the retirement system more sustainable

Our current retirement system is simply not sustainable, as our population ages and life expectancy increases. Australia incentivises people to structure their finances so they are asset rich and cash poor. They are then able to claim the pension and can leave an inheritance, which is in part paid for by taxpayers. We need ...

- The Conversation - UK

Dorji Lopon in Australia

Dorji Lopon Kinley of Zhung Dratshang, who is in Australia on a 17-day visit, administered oral transmission of the ngoendro, chabdro, bazaguru and mani to over six hundred devotees, mostly the Bhutanese community living and studying in Canberra.

- Kuensel Newspaper - BT

As it happened: Liverpool ease past Sydney FC 3-0 in glamour friendly

Sydney FC toil hard, but ultimately Liverpool's star quality is telling as the Reds romp to a 3-0 win over the A-League champions at the Olympic stadium.

- ABC News - AU

Liverpool too strong for Sydney FC in 3-0 friendly triumph

A rampant first-half showing helps Liverpool beat A-League champion Sydney FC in their glamour friendly clash at the Olympic stadium.

- ABC News - AU

Australia and Peru to begin negotiating free trade agreement

CANBERRA, Australia " Australia plans to start negotiating a free trade deal with Peru as part of a new Australian push to open Latin American markets for beef, wheat and wine exports.Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and his Peruvian...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Australian man kidnapped in Yemen freed

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirms an Australian kidnapped in Yemen last October, believed to be football coach Craig McAllister, has been released "safe and well".

- ABC News - AU

Australian soccer coach freed after hostage ordeal in Yemen

An Australian soccer coach held hostage in Yemen since October has been released.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help

Oman's state news agency says the country has helped free an Australian citizen who went missing in Yemen.

- FOX News - US

Australia says its citizen freed in Yemen with Oman's help

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Australian police strategy criticized in 2014 Sydney deadly siege inquiry

After two years of testimony, authorities have released the final inquest into the 2014 hostage crisis that left three dead. The coroner slammed police hesitation and 'erroneous' advice from the consulting psychiatrist.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General

Prime Minister Bill English has announced the Australian Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, will make a State visit to New Zealand next week.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Craft beer pioneer warns of danger signs in Australian market

The billionaire founder of one of the world's biggest craft breweries warns Australia not to follow some of the US industry's costly mistakes.

- ABC News - AU

Quadrant apologises to ABC boss over 'vicious' bombing article

Quadrant's editor-in-chief apologises to the the ABC's managing director and promises to remove an article suggesting the Manchester bombing should have instead taken place at the national broadcaster's Sydney headquarters.

- ABC News - AU

Hit the big banks harder, says BoQ chief

Bank of Queensland CEO Jon Sutton objects to Standard & Poor's downgrading his bank's credit rating.

- ABC News - AU

Could Blockchain improve PNG's low rate of financial inclusion?

Papua New Guinea's central bank and the Australian Government are investigating how a new technology could help impoverished PNG villagers engage with banking, finance and the broader economy.

- ABC News - AU

Top Indian surfers gear up for Indian Open

Mangalore, May 24 Star Indian surfers including Ishita Malviya and Dharini Selvakumar will be seen riding the waves for the top slot in their respective categories during the second edition of the Indian Open of Surfing, which gets underway at Sasihithlu beach here from Friday. The Indian surfers are expected to face stiff ...

- Yahoo! News - US

SL, Australia to discuss human smuggling issue

President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Australia would be an opportunity to advance key areas of bilateral co-operation including action against human smuggling, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday.

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SBS World News Radio May 24

The NSW coroner hands down his findings from an inquiry into the 'Sydney siege'; Britain's terror threat level rises to 'critical' after the deadly explosion in Manchester; An inquiry into Russia's involvement in the US presidential election continues;   

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Tough Bird call to exit Sharks for Broncos

Cronulla centre Jack Bird is hopeful his decision to leave the NRL defending premiers and link up with Brisbane next year is the right one.

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Australian kidnapped in Yemen 'safe and well': Bishop

An Australian soccer coach kidnapped in Yemen last October has been released and is safe and well in Oman, the government has confirmed.

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Guidelines for Australian driverless vehicle trials released

State and territory govts agree on rules.

- iTnews - AU

Australia, Brazil worry as China lifts ban on 'American beef'

, May 24 : Brazil and Australia now have something to worry about as Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a nod to U.S. beef import following the first meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, in April.China has lifted its ban, placed in 2003 over worries about mad cow disease, on the cheaper U.S. imported beef. Before the ban, ...

- Sify - IN

Kidnapped Australian freed in Yemen after Oman mediation

The unnamed man was captured in October by unnamed assailants.

- Zee News - IN

XXXX Gold as Official Beer of RLWC2017 Tournament

Rugby League World Cup 2017 is pleased to announce Lion as the Official Beer Partner of the tournament in both Australia and New Zealand, with their flagship brand, XXXX GOLD, to be known as the Official Beer of the RLWC2017.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Australian national kidnapped in Yemen freed after 7 months

SYDNEY - An Australian kidnapped in Yemen has been released safe and well after seven months in captivity, Australia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

- Reuters - US

The internet has already got the plot for 'Top Gun 2' all figured out

Top Gun doesn't strike as a film that needs a sequel, but you're getting one anyway. Tom Cruise confirmed he's filming Top Gun 2 within the "next year". He made the announcement on the Australian TV show Sunrise , a rather unexpected place to calmly reveal such news. SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise just cleared the runway for 'Top Gun ...

- Mashable! - US

Tom Cruise Confirms Top Gun 2

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will be in Top Gun 2 and while there aren't many 54-year-old Navy fighter pilots in the real world, Maverick is unlikely to spend the movie on desk duty. Cruise told interviewers in Australia Tuesday that he will be appearing in a sequel to...

- Newser - US

Australian who runs $37 billion investment fund calls Uber a 'ponzi scheme,' claims it'll be broke in a decade

Money Sharma/AFP/Getty ImagesHamish Douglass, the co-founder of the Magellan Financial Group with more than $37 billion USD under management, thinks ride share service Uber has a less than 1% chance of surviving the next decade. It's constantly losing money and its capital-raising strategy is a ponzi scheme,' he said at ...

- Business Insider - US

Coroner: Australian Police Ill-Equipped to Handle Deadly Sydney Siege

A coroner in Australia says police made serious mistakes during a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe in December 2014. Two hostages died along with a lone gunman, a self-styled Islamic cleric, at the end of a 16-hour stand-off at the Lindt cafe in the center of Australia’s biggest city. On December 15, 2014 terror struck ...

- Voice of America - US

Coroner: Police should have moved in earlier in Sydney siege

Australian police have conceded they waited too long before storming a Sydney cafe to end a deadly siege in 2014.

- FOX News - US

Moody's China downgrade rattles Asian markets

After ratings agency Moody's cut China's sovereign credit rating, Asian shares have fallen and the Australian dollar skidded on renewed worries about the impact of rising debt in Asia's economic powerhouse.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Australian police strategy critcized in 2014 Sydney deadly siege inquiry

After two years of testimony, authorities have released the final inquest into the 2014 hostage crisis that left three dead. The coroner slammed police hesitation and 'erroneous' advice from the consulting pyschiatrist.

- Deutsche Welle - DE