Australia, NZ dlrs stay near 2-1/2 year lows as trade war intensifies

By Swati Pandey SYDNEY, Sept 12 : The Australian and New Zealand dollars eased on Wednesday to hold near 2-1/2 year lows as investors preferred safer bets amid a deepening rift over trade tariffs between the United States and China. The Australian dollar slipped 0.3 percent to $0.7099. On Tuesday, it touched $0.7085, a level […]

Australia paper defends Serena Williams cartoon despite outrage

By Gabriella Borter Undated, Sept 11 : An Australian newspaper defended its cartoonist on Tuesday after publishing a caricature of Serena Williams having a temper tantrum at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which civil rights leaders, celebrities and fans condemned as racist. Cartoonist Mark Knight’s image, published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, showed an angry Williams […]

Five people found dead in Australian city of Perth – police

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Sept 9 : Australian police found up to five dead people including a woman and children on Sunday in a suburb of the western city of Perth, a senior officer said. “This is early and we’ve not yet fully examined the scene. We understand that there are adults and children involved,” […]

Australian voters vent anger over turmoil to deal coalition defeat in state poll

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Sep 9 : Australia’s ruling coalition is facing a major defeat in a state by-election after voters vented their frustration over recent political infighting that led to a change in prime minister. Rural voters in Wagga Wagga, an agricultural electorate in New South Wales (NSW), posted a 29 per cent swing […]

Australian groups launch global wave of climate protests ahead of summit

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Sept 8 : Tall ships carrying climate change banners sailed into Australia’s Sydney Harbour on Saturday launching a wave of protest across 95 countries organised by New York-based lobby group 350.org. Climate change is of great concern in the Pacific region with Pacific Island nations declaring on Friday that it is […]

Australia’s drought could produce a corker vintage

By Tom Westbrook and Jonathan Barrett GRIFFITH/BAROSSA, Australia, Sept 8 : If Australia’s big dry has a silver lining, it’ll be worth cellaring, according to vintners, who are scrambling to irrigate vines while preparing for a smaller but sweeter vintage. Spring, when vine buds burst into fruit and flower, has come with much of Australia’s […]