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Easter Sunday suicide bomber studied in Australia, Sri Lankan minister says

Updated April 24, 2019 16:14:08 Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed one of the suicide bombers responsible for the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks attended an Australian university. Key points:One of the suicide bombers completed his post-graduate education in AustraliaThe death toll from the deadly attacks was revised up to 359 on WednesdayInvestigators say the attacks were…

Australians killed in Sri Lanka bombings planned to move back to...

Posted April 23, 2019 21:37:04 An Australian woman and her daughter who were killed in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka had planned to move back to Melbourne next year. Key points:Manik Suriaaratchi and her daughter Alexendria were Australian citizens who lived in Melbourne for many yearsThey returned to Sri Lanka in 2014…

Cricket World Cup: Steve Smith & David Warner in Australia squad

David Warner (left) and Steve Smith (centre) made their club cricket returns in Australia in SeptemberSteve Smith and David Warner have been named in Australia's World Cup squad after serving year-long bans for ball-tampering.Former captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were fined and banned for their roles in the incident during the third Test in South…

‘Deadly’ Fisher-Price sleeper removed from online stores in Australia after mass...

Updated April 13, 2019 13:28:28 Toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers in the US after reports 32 babies died in them over a 10-year period. Key points: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the sleeper "as a matter of priority"The US recall covers about 4.7 million sleepersAn Australian recall is…

Chinese investment into Australia plunges by nearly $5b

Posted April 08, 2019 09:25:25 Chinese investment in Australia dropped by more than 36 per cent in 2018, to its second lowest level since the global financial crisis of 2008. Key points:Chinese investment in Australia fell from $13b in 2017 to $8.2b last yearMining saw a 90pc fall in investment, while commercial real estate investment…

Lewis Hamilton on pole in Australia

Sunday's Australian Grand Prix is live on the BBC Sport website and radio 5 liveLewis Hamilton pipped Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole position at the season-opening Australian GP.Hamilton was behind the Finn going into the final runs in qualifying but edged ahead by 0.112 seconds to take his sixth consecutive pole at Albert Park.Hamilton…

Ketamine-like depression treatment a ‘tremendous opportunity’ for Australia

Posted March 06, 2019 21:51:12 A Sydney psychiatrist says the approval of a ketamine-like nasal spray for use as a treatment for severe depression in the US presents a "tremendous opportunity" for Australia. Key points: The drug is administered as a nasal spray and patients must be monitored for two hoursEsketamine works on different receptor…

‘No evidence’ of Chinese ban on Australia coal imports

Posted February 22, 2019 18:28:02 Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says there is no evidence of a Chinese ban on Australian coal imports. Key points:Reports suggest Australian coal imports have been blocked at ports in north-east ChinaTrade Minster says there's "no basis to believe" China's restrictions were targeted towards AustraliaChina says the processes were aimed at…

There’s a much bigger picture in China’s cryptic message to Australia

Updated February 22, 2019 14:00:41 If it were an isolated event, the trade kerfuffle at a port in north-east China would be nothing to worry about.Taken in the context of global events during the past year, however, the banning of Australian coal by Dalian port authorities is a significant ratchetting up in regional and international…

Asylum seekers in PNG hospital hope medevac bill will take them...

Posted February 15, 2019 21:58:40 Refugees in a hospital in Port Moresby are hoping the passing of the medical evacuations legislation will give them not only access to treatment in Australia, but also settlement in the country. Key points: The medevac bill gives doctors more power to decide whether asylum seekers should come to Australia…
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