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Fiji to sell world's first climate-change 'green' bonds.

SYDNEY - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

- Reuters - US

Is there still time to save the Great Barrier Reef?.

We're killing one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders – but it's not too late to change


Welfare spending rises as home ownership declines: report.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare paints a mixed picture of the country's wellbeing in its latest report.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

Flooding returns to southern Queensland, Australia.

This multi-day deluge has led to overflowing rivers near to and west of Bundaberg.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Man jailed for five years after filming gang rape of 'scared' teen at party.

A man who filmed the "revolting" gang rape of a semi-conscious, intellectually impaired 16-year-old girl in Australia has been sentenced to at least five years in prison.

- Stuff - NZ

Bowling long spells in Tests remains my ultimate aim: Kuldeep.

He has made rapid strides in limited overs cricket over the past couple of months but for Kuldeep Yadav, the ultimate challenge is to bowl long spells consistently in the Test format. The 22-year-old from Kanpur, alongside another youngster Yuzvendra Chahal, has shouldered the Indian spin attack in back to back ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

U.S. SEC charges Rio Tinto, former top executives with fraud.

SYDNEY/NEW YORK - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealed critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars.

- Reuters - US

Compulsory jail terms for child sex offenders could have 'unintended consequences': Labor.

Labor says it will vote against mandatory sentencing for child sex offenders, saying the measure "will not make Australian children safer". But the Government has accused the Opposition of moving to "allow more paedophiles into the community".

- ABC News - AU

Australia must act to stop ‘humanitarian emergency’ in Manus, says UNHCR.

Australia must step in to prevent a “looming humanitarian emergency” in Papua New Guinea because of the abrupt closure of its immigration processing centre on Manus island, the UN high commissioner for refugees said. The organisation said it had profound concerns about the “mounting risk” associated ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Life expectancy plateaus for Australian boys, ABS data shows.

Life expectancy for typical girls has reached an all-time high, but for newborn boys it has plateaued for the first time in more than 20 years.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

Rafael, Bisalloy Steels announce partnership.

Australian company Bisalloy Steels has entered an industrial partnership with Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, it was announced on 18 October. According to a statement, the agreement facilitates trials of Bisalloy Steels' products and the potential involvement of the Australian

- Jane’s - US

Penguin Composites named as Hawkei subcontractor

Tasmanian company Penguin Composites has signed a contract with Thales Australia to support the programme to supply Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles for the Australian Defence Force . The Australian government said on 17 October that Penguin Composites' subcontract –

- Jane’s - US

Management of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia completes company buyout

The management of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Australia has bought out the company from its German parent group, it has been announced. The company is now known as Australian Maritime Technologies Pty Ltd , its name before ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems acquired it in 2013.

- Jane’s - US

BHP Billiton exiting U.S. shale

Australian mining and energy giant BHP Billiton said it was on course to leave U.S. shale behind, but kept production expectations for next year unchanged.

- UPI - US

Internet cable between Perth and Singapore back online

Inter-Asia traffic routes revert to normal.

- iTnews - AU

INXS distances itself from Michael Hutchence documentary The Last Rockstar

Aussie rockers INXS have distanced themselves from the upcoming Australian television documentary The Last Rockstar. 

- Stuff - NZ

Australian TV host Lisa Wilkinson's exit from Channel Nine is far from a victory for women

OPINION: I want to be happy for Lisa Wilkinson. Really I do.  

- Stuff - NZ

'For the first time I felt like I wasn't welcome': Migrants relieved after proposed citizenship changes thrown out of Senate

Thousands of migrants who want to be Australians are relieved the government’s proposed changes to citizenship laws have been killed off by the Senate.

- - AU

Xenophon may have farewelled Senate

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon may have made his last speech to the Senate, ahead of a High Court ruling and tilt at South Australian politics.

- - AU

Small Australian town aims to become its own power station

The northern New South Wales town of Tyalgum is powering toward being Australia's first town to completely drop out of the national electricity grid with clean and cheap renewable energy.

- ABC News - AU

Electric cars could be 'new beginning' for Australia's automotive industry

There are calls for Australia to take advantage of the plug-in car revolution as Holden closes its last manufacturing plant.

- ABC News - AU

Contract for Festival Plaza work contained conflict of interest, audit finds

Major flaws are uncovered in the awarding of a government contract for almost $3 million of work on the controversial redevelopment of Adelaide's Festival Plaza.

- ABC News - AU

US SEC charges Rio Tinto, former top executives with fraud

SYDNEY/NEW YORK: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealed critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars. The U.K.'s Financial ...

- Sify - IN

Six fishermen missing of the coast of Australia

 Appalling weather is hampering the search for six fishermen feared drowned off Australia's Queensland coast as their families pray for a miracle.

- Stuff - NZ

Australia risks humanitarian crisis over asylum, UNHCR says

The UN's refugee agency says the nation "cannot walk away" from people it has held in detention.

- BBC - UK

Fiji to sell world's first climate-change "green" bonds

SYDNEY - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

- Reuters - US

Remains found in crocodile believed to be missing Queensland pensioner

Human remains have been found inside a crocodile that is believed to have killed a pensioner in Queensland last week.  The 4.3-metre estuarine crocodile was captured on Monday night at the Mowbray River near Craiglie in northeast Australia, close to where Anne Cameron went missing from an aged care facility near Port ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Australia's Crown casino company gambling away its reputation

A lawmaker has accused Australian casino company Crown of rigging slot machines and concealing potential money laundering. Whistleblower accounts alleged the state regulator covered up criminal behavior.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot

Critically endangered Swift Parrots are under threat from squirrel-like sugar gliders in a battle for space in Australia's ancient forests, scientists said Wednesday as they race to save the rare birds.

- PhysOrg - NL

Image of dehorned black rhino takes out prestigious photography award

Two Australians are among the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, a London showcase of the most awe-inspiring and masterfully captured photos of nature from around the world.

- ABC News - AU

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo @ Gold Coast, Australia, Oct 30 – Nov 2 2017

:) Look forward to see you all in Gold Coast, Australia, Oct 30 – Nov 2 2017@ Gartner Symposium/ITxpo #GartnerSYM!speakerDetails-11122579 ...

- Gartner - US

Oil Search reaches record production in third quarter

Sydney and Port Moresby company Oil Search Ltd. has notched up its highest ever production volumes during the third quarter, most of it thanks to the rise in output from the ExxonMobil Corp.-operated Papua New Guinea-LNG project.

- OGJ - US

It's official: Brewdog is crowdfunding again

Brewdog's latest round of equity crowdfunding has now officially kicked off, nearly a month after the craft brewery accidentally published the announcement early. The irreverent Scottish craft brewer hopes that the fifth "equity for punks" raise will bring in an extra £10m, and is even hoping it could overfund up to £50m. ...

- City AM - UK

Ocean Park’s male koala Sora put to sleep after infection takes its toll

A koala at Ocean Park was put to sleep on Tuesday after an earlier respiratory infection left it in a weakened physical state – the second case involving the park’s marsupials in the past year and a half. Sora, a five-year-old captive bred male koala, which had been living in the park’s Adventures in ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Asia shares camp near peaks, China's Xi talks reform and stability

SYDNEY - Asian shares consolidated recent gains and currencies kept to tight ranges on Wednesday as the opening of China's Communist Party conference produced more in the way of aspirational politics than concrete policies.

- Reuters - US

Ugg: The battle over an iconic Australian boot

The name "ugg" is a generic term in Australia, but its US definition is prompting a legal challenge.

- BBC - UK

Australia's Crown casino denies slot-machine 'tampering'

Australia's parliament hears claims that Crown casino deliberately removed betting options.

- BBC - UK

The Storm Ophelia Passed through Scotland and North England

The storm Ophelia passed through Scotland and the North of England on Tuesday, pushing down trees, power lines and interfering with transportation, the day after taking three lives and leaving hundreds of people without electricity in Ireland, according to Associated Press. The British Meteorological Service predicts heavy ...

- Novinite - BG

Higgins canvasses for World Cup bid on Australia visit

President Michael D Higgins has been canvassing support for Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid on his state visit to Australia, saying the event would have an enormously positive impact for the country.

- RTE - IE

Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot

Nesting boxes with light-sensitive doors that open at sunrise and close at sunset have been designed for the parrots The post Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

17 Canberra girls just took over Parliament House - here's why

Almost half of Aussie young women think their gender is the biggest barrier to leadership.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

The Herald's Ross Gittins elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

The Herald's economics editor was among 46 people, mostly academics, inducted into the academy in 2017.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

SoftBank Venture Seeks 8,000 Cellular Sites Across U.S.

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank Group plans to form a joint venture with Australia's Lendlease Group to build or manage about 8,000 cellular sites across the U.S., challenging tower operators that dominate the industry.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Australian casino denies lawmaker's criminal allegations

- - US

Harris to provide electronic jammers for USN and RAAF F/A-18 aircraft

Communications and defence electronics company Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD133 million contract to supply electronic jammers to the US Navy and Royal Australian Air Force for use on F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft, the US-based firm said in a 16 October statement.

- Jane’s - US

FLIR Systems to provide PD-100 Black Hornet 2 micro-UAVs for Australian Army

FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems to the Australian Army. The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles to be delivered under the

- Jane’s - US

Analysis: Dimensions agreed for Australia's Future Submarine

Key Points The length, diameter, and displacement of Australia's Future Submarine have been agreed Assuming no major difficulties are experienced, the first of12 new conventionally powered submarines should be delivered to the RAN for operational testing and evaluation by 2030-31 The

- Jane’s - US

I Tried Recipes And Yoga From Lorna Jane's New Book To See What It's Like

Ready to learn something from Australia's queen of activewear. View Entire Post ›

- BuzzFeed - US

After The #MeToo Movement, Men Are Using #HowIWillChange To Share What They Will Do Better

Australian author and journalist Benjamin Law started the hashtag, asking his followers to consider how they respond to the viral #MeToo movement. View Entire Post ›

- BuzzFeed - US

Human remains found in large Australian croc

Human remains were found Tuesday in a large crocodile that police believe killed an elderly woman who wandered away from her aged-care home in northeast Australia. Clothing and a walking stick belonging to Anne Cameron, who suffered from dementia, were discovered by a creek near the tourist town of Port Douglas in ...

- Yahoo! News - US