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Sri Lanka on edge with scares, lock-downs and sweeps for bomb suspects

04 April, 2019 6:40 pm 6:40 pm

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan authorities locked down the central bank and shut the road leading to the jittery capital’s airport because of a bomb scare on Thursday as more people were swept up in the search for those behind Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359. Two bank officials told Reuters the street outside the … Read More

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Australia’s Shorten sets 100-day target to boost overtime pay

04 April, 2019 11:39 am 11:39 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten gave himself 100 days to make sure that low-paid workers get more money for working overtime if he wins next month’s election. Labor party leader Shorten, a former union organiser, said on Saturday he would reverse the decision by a tribunal to cut overtime pay in several … Read More

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Australia plans tougher social media laws for failing to thwart violent con...

03 March, 2019 8:56 am 8:56 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Social media executives could spend up to three years in prison and their firms be fined 10 percent of their turnover if they fail to quickly remove violent material from their platforms, according to a new law proposed by the Australian government. The March 15 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which … Read More

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Two more Australian cabinet ministers quit as election looms

03 March, 2019 8:19 am 8:19 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two more ministers in Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet said on Saturday they will not contest elections due in May, adding to a flurry of high-profile resignations as opinion polls suggest the center-right government faces a heavy defeat. Morrison will need to retain all the parliamentary seats held by his coalition … Read More

British royals give gift of dignity to Australia’s war dead

10 October, 2018 9:26 am 9:26 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, brought the gift of dignity to Australia’s war veterans on Saturday, laying a wreath for those who died at an Anzac war memorial. The Prince, in military uniform, and his wife, respectfully clothed in a high-necked black dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, silently … Read More

Meghan and Harry arrive in Australia for first overseas tour

10 October, 2018 9:19 am 9:19 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle landed in Australia on Monday a day before the official start of their first overseas tour as a married couple. It is the second tour of Australia by the younger generation of royals, after Prince William, Kate and their eldest son, George, visited in 2014. The Duke … Read More