Cambodia’s pardon of Australian filmmaker ends “nightmare”, says family

By Lidia Kelly MELBOURNE, Sep 22 : The family of an Australian filmmaker pardoned by Cambodia after being jailed on espionage charges said on Saturday it was happy the “nightmare” came to an end, while the Australian foreign minister thanked the government in Phnom Penh for his release. James Ricketson, 69, was freed from Phnom […]

Strawberries spook Australia into raising jail terms for food tampering

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Sept 20 : Australia on Thursday increased the jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country. Police are investigating more than 100 reports of sewing needles found in strawberries, which have forced farmers to […]

Australia doctors warn “humanitarian emergency”, seek access to Pacific camp

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Sep 20 : Australian doctors said on Thursday a “humanitarian emergency” is unfolding at an Australian-run detention centre in the Pacific and they asked for government permission to treat asylum seekers at the remote facility. Australia’s hardline immigration policy requires asylum seekers intercepted at sea trying to reach Australia to be […]

Two Australian banks among six targeted by fake apps-security firm

By Paulina Duran SYDNEY, Sep 20 : Customers of six banks including two of Australia’s largest lenders have had their personal details stolen by fake banking apps on the Google Play store, an internet security firm said. Slovakian-based security software firm ESET said the official-looking apps had been downloaded over a thousand times since they […]

Australia shares slip as some investors shift funds elsewhere; NZ falls

By Aditya Soni Undated, Sep 20 : Australian shares dipped on Thursday, pulled lower by banks and consumer staples as some investors appeared to shift funds to emerging markets as they felt less worried about the U.S.-China trade war. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.2 percent or 14.500 points to 6,175.50 by 0200 GMT. The […]

Australia’s strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Sept 19 : Australia plans to increase the maximum jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country. Police are investigating more than 100 reports of needles found […]