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Pedophile Barred From Leaving Australia as Sex Tourism Law Takes Effect

A man convicted of child sex offenses was turned away from Sydney Airport on Wednesday as Australia’s “world first” sex tourism law came into effect.

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Australian PM says government at risk if it loses Sydney by-election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday his government's future was at risk if it lost a Sydney by-election this weekend and failed to regain its one-seat majority, forcing it to rely on independents to survive in power.

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Electric vehicle battery prices to steady by 2020: Hyundai Motor

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co believes electric vehicle battery prices will level off by 2020 due to supply constraints of key ingredients, ending years of sharp declines that have helped stimulate activity in the booming sector.

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Azarenka given wildcard for Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Twice champion Victoria Azarenka has been given a wildcard for next month's Australian Open, organizers said on Wednesday.

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Electric vehicle battery prices to steady by 2020-Hyundai Motor

* Mineral supply constraints to slow battery price fall - Lee

Children and Childhood nytimes.com

Opinion: Ed Sheeran Raises Money for Liberia — And Is Promptly Shamed

Criticizing the singer for promoting “poverty porn” hurts people the world has forgotten.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Roy Moore, New York City, Jerusalem: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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UPDATE 2-Glencore sees battery minerals powering profit in 2017 and beyond

* Says has "zero interest" in lithium (Updates with share price, further detail)

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Louis Dreyfus to sell Australian fertiliser unit to Agrium

PARIS/WINNIPEG, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Global commodity trader Louis Dreyfus Company has agreed to sell its fertiliser business to Canada's Agrium Inc. as it continues an overhaul in response to tough agricultural markets.

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BRIEF-Louis Dreyfus Company Sells Its Australian Fertilizers Business To Agrium

* SELLS ITS AUSTRALIAN FERTILIZERS AND INPUTS BUSINESS TO LANDMARK OPERATIONS LTD

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Exclusive: Australia sound out Scolari for World Cup job

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Australia have approached World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari about leading them to the 2018 tournament in Russia, the former Brazil and Portugal boss has told Reuters.

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PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks

SEATTLE (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Economic Scene: Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Cutting taxes is mostly an exercise in slicing the economic pie a different way, not making it bigger, with gains for a few offset by losses for many.

environmentNews reuters.com

Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.

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France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 billion for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds Frank and Peter Lowy comments, analyst comments)

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UPDATE 3-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds analyst comment, retail background)

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France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 billion for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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RPT-Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Australian Lawmaker Quits Amid Questions Over China Ties

Sam Dastyari, a Labor Party member, faced accusations that he pushed policies favorable to China after accepting money from Chinese-born political donors.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

Theresa May Quiets the Critics — in Her Own Party

The British prime minister had to calm waters roiled by her own cabinet members, who seemed to undercut a hard-won agreement on Friday to keep Brexit talks alive.

healthNews reuters.com

NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

(Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents.

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UPDATE 1-NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

Dec 12 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents.

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Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Prominent Australian opposition Senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia.

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Small Canadian miners in pole position for electric vehicle battery boon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian developers of cobalt and lithium mines stand to benefit from a round of investments from the makers of electric vehicles and the batteries powering them, a potential game-changer for small miners short on money to develop deposits of these critical battery ingredients.

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India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

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China's top paper says Australian media reports are racist

BEIJING (Reuters) - Australian media reports on Chinese interference in Australia are racist and paranoid, China's top newspaper said on Monday, stepping up a war of words over concerns in Australia about Chinese influence in the country.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Bitcoin, Nobel Peace Prize: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Music nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: An Everyman — Just Not Ours

Understanding France’s ardor for Johnny Hallyday does not come easily to Americans.

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History's biggest bubbles: They never end well

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Actor Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over 'inappropriate behavior' report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

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Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Russia's world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month's Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's IAG makes premium sharing arrangements to curb earnings volatility

* Company to share 12.5 pct of premiums and costs with reinsurers

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's IAG makes premium sharing arrangements to curb earnings volatility

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Insurance Australia Group Ltd said on Friday that it had entered agreements to share its premiums with reinsurers Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Ukraine - biggest obstacle to normal Russia ties, says Tillerson

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States would "badly" like to lift sanctions against Russia but will not do so until Moscow has pulled its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, calling that the main obstacle to normal ties.

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Tillerson says Ukraine is biggest obstacle to normal Russia ties

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States would "badly" like to lift sanctions against Russia but will not do so until Moscow has pulled its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, calling that the main obstacle to normal ties.

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BRIEF-Pieris Pharma Received Clearance to Initiate Its First-In-Human Study In Australia For PRS-060/AZD1402

* PIERIS PHARMACEUTICALS - RECEIVED ETHICS AND REGULATORY CLEARANCE TO INITIATE ITS FIRST-IN-HUMAN STUDY IN AUSTRALIA FOR PRS-060/AZD1402

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ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the tax office showed on Thursday.

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Singing as Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

The Australian Parliament celebrated with singing and flags after it voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Australia celebrates 'day for love' as it allows same-sex marriage

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia became the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery in a country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just 20 years ago.

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Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

Australia's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Just three weeks after a national referendum showed strong support for gay marriage, Parliament followed the public’s lead.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

(Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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Australia competition watchdog to not oppose Fox Sports, Foxtel merger

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's competition watchdog on Thursday dropped its opposition to a proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the deal would not "substantially lessen competition."

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Can Elon Musk make subway tunnels cool again?

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Qualcomm adds security, battery life features to phone chips

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday revealed new security and battery life features on its latest Snapdragon 845 mobile phone processor, a chip that customarily powers high-end Android-based phones from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Vladimir Putin, Wildfires: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Starbucks Corporation nytimes.com

The World’s Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here’s What It Looks Like.

The company’s new store in China is aimed squarely at a country of tea drinkers that has emerged as a major core of its business.

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Should Elon Musk merge Tesla and SpaceX?

Campaign Finance nytimes.com

China Scolds Australia Over Its Fears of Foreign Influence

The Chinese Embassy accused Australian officials of damaging “mutual trust,” a day after laws were proposed to curb interference by other countries in Australian politics.

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Christine Keeler, woman at the centre of Britain's biggest sex scandal, dies

LONDON (Reuters) - Christine Keeler, the model and dancer whose liaisons with a British minister and a Soviet diplomat at the height of the Cold War shocked Britain and embroiled the government in a notorious political sex scandal, has died aged 75.

vis-photo nytimes.com

A Long-Dead Cambodian King Is Back — and He Looks Familiar

Some think Prime Minister Hun Sen considers himself the reincarnation of a 16th-century ruler. Recently built statues certainly suggest a resemblance.

Meyers, Seth nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers Says Russia Meddled in the Olympics — and the Election

Mr. Meyers and other late-night hosts took on the news that Russia had been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Games because of doping.

peopleNews reuters.com

Christine Keeler, the love triangle call girl in Britain's biggest sex scandal, dies

LONDON (Reuters) - Christine Keeler, the woman at the center of a 1960s love triangle between a minister and Soviet naval attache that produced Britain's biggest political sex scandal, has died at the age of 75.

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RPT-Electric charge: Glencore bets big on car battery metals

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Glencore has increased production of the metals used to make electric car batteries faster than its major mining rivals, according to an industry-wide analysis that shows the scale of a strategy that has big prospective risks and rewards.

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China accuses Australia of paranoia over foreign influence laws

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China accused Australia of hysteria and paranoia on Wednesday after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to ban foreign political donations in a move to curb external influence on its domestic politics.

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Japan's Nikkei posts biggest fall since late March

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest percentage drop since late March, with selling accelerating after a break of a key technical support level from its 25-day moving average.

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Australian citizenship threatens government with nine more MPs in doubt

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia faces a series of by-elections that could topple the government, which trails in opinion polls and has lost its slender majority, in a bizarre citizenship crisis that has engulfed both sides of parliament.

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Australian watchdog takes GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis units to court

(Reuters) - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said it is taking local units of GlaxoSmithKline and Swiss healthcare company Novartis to court over false or misleading representations in the marketing of pain relief products.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Winter Olympics, Yemen: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Electric charge: Glencore bets big on car battery metals

LONDON (Reuters) - Glencore has increased production of the metals used to make electric car batteries faster than its major mining rivals, according to an industry-wide analysis that shows the scale of a strategy that has big prospective risks and rewards.

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'Smart bags' may not fly if battery cannot be removed

GENEVA (Reuters) - "Smart suitcases" may be able to charge mobile phones or be easily found if misplaced, but unless their battery can be removed they risk being sent packing by the world's airlines.

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Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm took its first orders on Tuesday, ending the suspense over its opening date and sending retail stocks higher amid complaints of limited product range and uncompetitive prices on the U.S. e-commerce platform.

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World's biggest Starbucks just opened in China

Amazon.com Inc nytimes.com

Amazon’s Australian Launch Brings Excitement, Dread and Defiance

The retail giant launched with a modest product offering, seeking to steal a piece of Australia’s retail sector.

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UPDATE 2-Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception

* Retail stocks rise after months of Amazon worries (Recasts throughout)

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Australia, citing concerns over China, cracks down on foreign political influence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

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Australian new vehicle sales notch a record November-industry

SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Australian new vehicle sales posted a second consecutive month of solid gains in November, with strong demand in the commercial sector pointing to a continued pick up in business spending.

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UPDATE 1-Amazon Australia goes live in time to ruin rivals' Christmas

* 23 categories including sports, shoes, clothes, electronics

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Michael Flynn: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Amazon Australia goes live in time to ruin rivals' Christmas

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm said it would start taking orders on Tuesday, ending speculation about the timing of its launch in the world's No. 12 economy and likely dashing hopes of a holiday boost for struggling brick-and-mortar rivals.

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Canada's Aurora Cannabis boosts stake in Australia-based Cann Group

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Monday it increased its stake in Australia-based Cann Group Ltd to 22.9 percent from 19.9 percent, its latest move to expand in the cannabis industry.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Gay Australian Politician Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The marriage proposal came as a bill legalizing same-sex unions made its way through the final stages of passage in Parliament.

lifestyleMolt reuters.com

Kiwi-Aussie hybrid 'Kwaussie' wins Australia's word of the year

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is one, and so is Barnaby Joyce, Australia's deputy prime minister whose dual citizenship almost brought down the government.

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Bounce for Australian PM as voters tire of leadership roundabout

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull received an unexpected boost from an opinion poll on Monday that showed voters want their leaders to govern for their full terms rather than the revolving door that has marked Australian politics.

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UPDATE 1-Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption

* Competition probe could lead to tax reform - analyst (Adds comments from Google, media analyst)

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Australian lawmaker proposes to same-sex partner on floor of parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian conservative politician on Monday proposed to his long-term partner on the floor of parliament, ahead of the expected passage of a measure for same sex couples to marry.

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Shareholders sue Australia's Crown Resorts over China marketing

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd was slapped with a class action lawsuit on Monday for allegedly failing to inform shareholders of a marketing campaign in China that resulted in staff arrests and a slump in the share price.

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Australia's Crown Resorts faces class action

(Reuters) - Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd on Monday said that Maurice Blackburn Lawyers had commenced a class action proceeding against Crown in the Federal Court of Australia.

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Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption

SYDNEY, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Australia's competition regulator said on Monday it would investigate whether U.S. online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google had disrupted the news media to the detriment of publishers and consumers.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Michael Flynn, North Korea, Rohingya: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

As China Rises, Australia Asks Itself: Can It Rely on America?

The government and a prominent strategist clash on whether the United States will remain dominant in Asia, and whether Australia should go it alone.

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Embattled Australian PM says he will lead government to next election

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's embattled conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has shaken off speculation about the security of his leadership, declaring on Sunday he will lead his coalition government into the next election in 2019.

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Smith beats Zunic in Australian PGA sudden-death playoff

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cameron Smith clinched the Australian PGA Championship title after beating Jordan Zunic on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

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CORRECTED-Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia's grid

HORNSDALE, Australia, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.

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Australian former deputy prime minister returns to parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will return to parliament after he won an essential by-election for his seat, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the conservative coalition government its majority.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

News Analysis: Republicans Near a Big Win — but Will It Lift Them Politically?

Senate passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut will be a much-needed Republican victory, but it remains to be seen whether it lifts them out of their political ditch.

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Zunic storms clear despite late lapse at Australian PGA

(Reuters) - Jordan Zunic fired 11 birdies in 16 holes on his way to matching the course record with an eight-under 64 before a late lapse left him three shots clear after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship on Saturday.

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Australia's former deputy PM expected to win election, reclaim seat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to win re-election for the seat he was earlier forced to vacate, and return to his position in parliament on Saturday, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the government its majority.

cnn.com

Russia 2018 World Cup draw — Live!

After almost three years of qualifying, 868 matches and 2454 goals, it has all come down to this.

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Leishman, Bland take lead at Australian PGA as Scott bows out

(Reuters) - Marc Leishman and Adam Bland carved out a two-stroke lead at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Australian PGA Championship on Friday as former winner Adam Scott's campaign came to an end.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Revered Australian TV Figure Feels Ripples of Weinstein Scandal

Allegations against Don Burke, a longtime star, open a debate about the “bloke” culture of masculinity in Australia.

cnn.com

Australia switches on world's biggest battery

The world's biggest lithium ion battery has started delivering power.

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Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia's grid

HORNSDALE, Australia, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.

nytimes.com

Modern Love: When Even a Toddler Can Tell You Don’t Belong

An American stepmother feels like an outsider in the British family she joined. Driving the car pool in her bathrobe doesn’t help.

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After drought, monster storm threatens Australia's wheat crop

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavy rains in eastern Australia forecast to intensify over the weekend are threatening to wipe out or damage up to 4 million tonnes of wheat due to be harvested shortly, forecasters said on Friday.

Solar Energy nytimes.com

Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk

South Australia had a blackout problem, and the Tesla founder had a solution: a battery the size of a football field.

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UPDATE 2-Australian delivery software startup inks Amazon, Yum deals; shares leap

* Expects over 250 mln deliveries a year through Yum deal (Recasts; adds investor comment, company background)

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UPDATE 1-Australia's GetSwift shares up 84 pct at record high after deals with Amazon, Yum

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australian logistics company GetSwift Ltd said on Friday it had entered into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc and a multi-year partnership with Yum Brands Inc, sending its shares up 84 percent to a record high.

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Australia's GetSwift shares surge after deals with Amazon.com, Yum Brands

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australian logistics company GetSwift Ltd said on Friday it had entered into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc and a multi-year partnership with Yum Brands Inc, sending its share up sharply.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

10 Polaroids: Marco Zanini Captures His Italian Trip — in Polaroids

The designer for Santoni documents his excursion to Italy's Marche region exclusively for T.

Eyes and Eyesight nytimes.com

Matter: The Scallop Sees With Space-Age Eyes — Hundreds of Them

Each scallop eye is built something like the gigantic telescopes that peer into deep space, researchers reported on Thursday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Rex Tillerson, Pope Francis, North Korea: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

sportsNews reuters.com

Garcia starts well as locals dominate Australian PGA

(Reuters) - U.S. Masters Champion Sergio Garcia carded a bogey-free, five-under-par 67 at the Australian PGA Championships in Queensland on Thursday to trail local pair Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland by a single stroke after the opening round.

Hate Crimes nytimes.com

30 Years Later, Gay Man’s Fall From Australian Cliff Is Ruled a Hate Crime

The 1988 death of Scott Johnson, an American mathematician, was initially ruled a suicide. But it later emerged that gangs had been pushing gay men to their deaths.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's new gold rush lures prospectors Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Canada-based Kirkland Lake Gold listed its shares on the Australia bourse on Thursday after investing millions of dollars and joining dozens of other prospectors in a modern-day gold rush.

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REFILE-Back to black? Australian industry prepares for possible summer power cuts

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Some of Australia's biggest power users, including mining giant BHP, are taking steps to curb the impact of any repeat of crippling blackouts that hit last summer, worried about a grid that increasingly relies on wind power and old coal-fired plants.

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Back to black? Australian industry prepares for possible summer power cuts

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Some of Australia's biggest power users, including mining giant BHP, are taking steps to curb the impact of any repeat of crippling blackouts that hit last summer, worried about a grid that increasingly relies on wind power and old coal-fired plants.

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Elon Musk to compete to fund high-speed Loop in Chicago

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Tuesday The Boring Company will compete to fund, build and operate a high-speed Loop connecting O'Hare Airport to downtown Chicago.

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Australia bows to years of pressure, announces inquiry into finance sector

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government said on Thursday it will hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the finance sector, reversing its long-held opposition amid mounting political pressure and wiping billions of dollars off bank stocks.

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Marvel's biggest cast assemble for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The evil villain Thanos is preparing to take over the universe and Marvel has recruited all of its cinematic superheroes, from Iron Man and Thor to Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, to save the galaxy in Wednesday's new trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War."

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Australia's new gold rush lures prospectors Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Canada-based Kirkland Lake Gold will list its shares on the Australia bourse on Thursday after investing millions of dollars and joining dozens of other prospectors in a modern-day gold rush.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Aristocrat Leisure nets gaming company Big Fish for $990 mln

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Gaming machine maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd said on Thursday it will acquire Seattle-based gaming company Big Fish Games, a unit of Churchill Downs , for $990 million in cash to increase its social gaming footprint.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Pope Francis, The Hague: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

environmentNews reuters.com

China makes its biggest seizure of endangered pangolin scales: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese customs have seized 11.9 tonnes of scales of pangolins, the world's most poached animal and under threat of extinction, in their biggest seizure of its kind, state media said on Wednesday.

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Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery.

worldNews reuters.com

Same-sex marriage bill clears Australia's Senate

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's upper house Senate on Wednesday passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples.

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China's war on smog 'biggest uncertainty' for copper smelters: Jiangxi Copper executive

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's environmental crackdown is the "biggest uncertainty" facing the nation's copper smelters, as the government steps up inspections and stiffens emissions control standards, an executive from Jiangxi Copper Co Ltd said on Wednesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Rohingya, Prince Harry: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Sorensen, Bent nytimes.com

Hear the Piece That Won One of Music’s Biggest Prizes

Bent Sorensen, a Danish composer, has claimed the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his triple concerto “L’Isola della Città.”

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Mom faces felony charge after attempting to catch bullies in the act

A Virginia mother is being charged with a felony after she sent her 9-year-old daughter to school with a recorder to try to catch the students bullying the girl. CNN's Alison Kosik reports.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: The Biggest Tax Scam in History

Republicans try to create a safe space for political double talk.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Origin Energy targets APLNG cost cuts; reaffirms forecast

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Australia's Origin Energy Ltd said on Tuesday it is targeting cost reductions at its Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) liquefied natural gas project as it looks to lower its debt.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Prince Harry, Bali, Myanmar: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Australian police cut chains from immigration protesters at PM's residence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Monday used metal cutters to remove five protesters who had chained themselves to the gate of the prime minister's official residence over the treatment of asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea.

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Queensland result leaves Australian PM closer to edge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The loss of a state election in Queensland has stepped up pressure on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who risks losing control of parliament at a by-election next month.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Pope Francis, Sinai Attack, Pakistan: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Ex-'Glee' star is charged with battery

Former "Glee" star Naya Rivera was arrested Saturday night for allegedly assaulting her husband in West Virginia, authorities said.

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Golf: Stunned Davis wins Australian Open after Day blows up

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cameron Davis stunned even himself by shooting a seven-under-par 64 to win the 102nd Australian Open by a stroke on Sunday after overnight leader Jason Day's title charge ended in a mid-round collapse.

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Golf: Unheralded Davis wins Australian Open after Day blow-up

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number 1,494 Cameron Davis shot a stunning seven-under-par 64 to win the Australian Open by a stroke on Sunday after compatriot and overnight leader Jason Day's title charge ended in a mid-round collapse.

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Golf: Day to take one-shot lead into final day of Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Jason Day will take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the Australian Open after firing up on the back nine and shooting a third-round two-under 69 in tricky conditions on Saturday.

Facebook Inc nytimes.com

Tech Tip: Ways to Stop Facebook From Eating Your Battery

The mobile app for the social network can be a bit of a battery hog, but you can do a few things to rein in the power grab.

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BMW to spend $237 million on battery cell center

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW will bundle its battery cell expertise in a new competence center, the German luxury carmaker said on Friday, adding it would invest 200 million euros ($237 million) in the site over the next four years.

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Herbert leads Day by one shot at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A charging Jason Day drilled a birdie putt just wide of the 18th hole and had to settle for second place behind young compatriot Lucas Herbert at the halfway stage of the Australian Open on Friday.

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Amazon's Black Friday sale is on — here's what to shop

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots nytimes.com

An American Spy Base Hidden in Australia’s Outback

The trials of six Christian antiwar protesters have put a spotlight on a facility that the United States would rather keep in the shadows.

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Tomic offered spot in Australian Open wild card playoff

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic has been offered the chance to win a wild card for January's Australian Open in a 16-man playoff in Melbourne next month but has not said whether he will take up the place, organizers said on Friday.

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Papua New Guinean police return to evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinean police returned to a shuttered Australian-run detention complex early on Friday, marking the second day of a major operation to clear out more than 300 asylum-seekers refusing to leave, two of the men told Reuters.

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PNG police return to evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinean police returned to a shuttered Australian-run detention complex early on Friday, marking the second day of a major operation to clear out more than 300 asylum-seekers refusing to leave, two of the men told Reuters.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Manus Island, Rohingya, Argentina: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

cnn.com

Tesla builds the world's biggest battery

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Davis soars, Day lurks, Spieth falters in Australian wind

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Young local Cameron Davis upstaged Jordan Spieth and Jason Day by shooting an eight-under-par 63 in benign morning conditions for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Amazon starts Australian trial after months of hype

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm began an order-taking trial on Thursday, giving life to the hype which has preceded its arrival in the world's No. 12 economy and weighed on the shares of the brick-and-mortar retail sector.

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Australia urges strong, sustained U.S. engagement in Asia, warns on China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia called on Thursday on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with "like-minded" partners while warning against China's rising influence.

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Tesla cranks up big battery in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has completed construction of the world's largest lithium ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said on Thursday.

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PNG police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp: refugees

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea (PNG) police have entered an abandoned Australian-run detention camp seeking to get some 380 asylum-seekers who have barricaded themselves in there to leave, two of men told Reuters on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Aldershot acquires Gold Tenement near Mt. Magnet, Western Australia

* Aldershot acquires Gold Tenement near Mt. Magnet, Western Australia Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Zimbabwe, Ratko Mladic: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Day, Spieth ready to resume rivalry at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Jason Day is desperate to add the Australian Open title to his career honor roll and would love nothing better than to do it after going swing-for-swing with Jordan Spieth in the final round this week.

healthNews reuters.com

Australia's Victoria state closer to legalizing assisted death

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's second-largest state on Wednesday took another step towards adopting a law allowing voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill patients.

technologyNews reuters.com

Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday: sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to be ready to take orders on Nov. 23, according to a retailer, the first time the global retail juggernaut has given a start date for doing business in the world No. 12 economy.

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UPDATE 2-Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday -sources

* Australian retailers told to begin taking orders from Thursday

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Ninth Australian lawmaker quits as citizenship crisis widens

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its majority.

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Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to be ready to take orders on Nov. 23, according to a retailer, the first time the global retail juggernaut has given a start date for sales in a country.

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UPDATE 1-Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday

* Australian retailers told to begin taking orders from Thursday

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Amazon tells Australian retailers to get ready to take orders from Thursday

SYDNEY, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Global retail juggernaut Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to prepare to begin shipping product on Nov. 23, a retailer told Reuters on Wednesday, the first time it has given a start date for the country.

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Australia defends alternative accommodation for asylum seekers against U.N. criticism

SYDNEY/GENEVA (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) can relocate to alternative accommodation, challenging United Nations claims that the substitute site is unfinished and inadequate.

environmentNews reuters.com

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alert

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an alert on Tuesday for a La Nina weather event next month, saying the chance it would take place was triple the normal likelihood.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Mount Agung: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

sportsNews reuters.com

Australian Open to feature 25-second shot-clocks

LONDON (Reuters) - Players will have an additional five seconds between points at next year's Australian Open but time-wasters will have nowhere to hide thanks to the introduction of shot-clocks.

politicsNews reuters.com

Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels.

Cooking and Cookbooks nytimes.com

On Dessert: What Children — and Parents — Can Learn From Baking Together

A bonding activity that builds joy and character.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Feature: The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

After more than three decades as a provocateur, the filmmaker has returned to the movie that made him famous.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Downer to sell freight rail arm to Caterpillar unit

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Australia's Downer EDI said on Tuesday it plans to sell its freight rail business to Caterpillar Inc's Progress Rail unit for A$109 million ($82.18 million) as the engineering contractor reduces its dependence on the mining sector.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's FAR expects 1.1 bln barrels of oil from Gambian blocks

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Australian oil and gas explorer FAR Ltd said on Tuesday that an independent study of two of its offshore blocks in West Africa's Gambia found potential for a total of 1.1 billion barrels of oil.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' is 2017's biggest U.S. album debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's "Reputation" album sold 1.216 million copies in its first week and debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, Nielsen Music said on Monday, the biggest album debut of the year.

cnn.com

It's too soon to celebrate Australia's vote for LGBT freedom

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Angela Merkel, Robert Mugabe: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Australia nytimes.com

Workers Lured to Australia Find Low Pay and Tough Conditions

Many of the country’s more than 900,000 temporary foreign workers make less than minimum wage but feel they can’t complain, a new survey showed.

Skin Cancer nytimes.com

Skin Cancers Rise — Along With Questionable Treatments

Dermatology is booming, with private equity investments and an influx of physician assistants doing the work of doctors. Are patients being well served?

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BRIEF-Pepper Group says Federal Court Of Australia​ has approved acquisition by Red Hot Australia Bidco

* ‍Scheme of arrangement approved by Federal Court of Australia

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Australia, NZ officials discuss screening for Manus refugees: NZ PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand and Australian officials have begun talks about screening processes for asylum seekers who have shut themselves inside a Papua New Guinea detention center, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Manus Island, Toshiba, Zimbabwe: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

cnn.com

Alabama's biggest newspapers urge voters to 'reject Roy Moore'

The three biggest newspapers in Alabama have a message for their readers: "Stand for Decency, Reject Roy Moore."

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Australian medical group wants access to Manus Island asylum seekers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

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BRIEF-Medical Australia says court approved ICU Medical's offer to buy co

* Federal Court of Australia approves scheme of arrangement under which ICU Medical Inc to buy all shares on issue in MLA​

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Bones of contention: Australia returns ancient Aboriginal remains for outback burial

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 40,000-year-old remains of an Aboriginal man that prompted a drastic rewrite of Australian history were returned to his ancestral homeland on Friday after four decades of...

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Daimler to invest $755 million in China for electric car, battery production: executive

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler AG plans to invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China for factory capacity to manufacture electric cars and the batteries that power them, part of an effort to help its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands comply with the country's green car production and sales quotas.

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NZ rules out resettlement of Manus refugees without Australia's support

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand will not resettle refugees occupying a shuttered Australian-run detention in Papua New Guinea without Australia's agreement, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, rejecting a suggestion to deal with PNG directly.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. junk bond funds post 4th-biggest week of outflows ever -Lipper

(Adds details on mutual funds and ETFs, table) By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Nov 16 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors walloped high-yield funds with their biggest week of withdrawals since March, Lipper data showed on Thursday. The junk bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) posted $4.4 billion in net withdrawals during the week ended Nov. 15, the fourth-largest weekly outflow on record dating back to 1992. Several concerns weighed on high-yield markets during the week

PersonalFinance reuters.com

U.S. junk bond funds post fourth biggest week of outflows ever: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors walloped high-yield funds with their biggest week of withdrawals since March, Lipper data showed on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. junk bond funds post 4th biggest week of outflows ever -Lipper

NEW YORK, Nov 16 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors walloped high-yield funds with their biggest week of withdrawals since March, Lipper data showed on Thursday.

nytimes.com

Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, Myanmar, Da Vinci: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Octopus nytimes.com

New Quay Journal: A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dolphins — and Octopuses

Octopuses and giant barrel jellyfish come and go in a town where Wales’s best-known alcoholic drank. The dolphins seem to be staying, so far.

acetaminophen nytimes.com

Diagnosis: Was This a Virus, or Something More Dangerous for Her — and Her Fetus?

It began with the symptoms of a passing illness. But the woman got steadily worse, and the doctors worried that it was something else entirely.

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UPDATE 5-Australia's Santos shares soar after spurns $7.2 bln takeover approach

* Private equity-backed Harbour lines up A$11 bln bid - report

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Same-sex marriage may be law in Australia by early December

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian lawmakers on Thursday vowed to push through laws legalizing same-sex marriage by early December, after a national survey found the majority of Australians favored the move.

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UPDATE 4-Australia's Santos spurns $7.2 bln takeover approach

* Private equity-backed Harbour lines up A$11 bln bid - report (Recasts with Santos rejecting bid)

Australia nytimes.com

Australia’s Curious Path to Marriage Equality

A public opinion survey pointing to approval for same-sex marriage is being celebrated and criticized, even among gay couples demanding equality.

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Hanson's 'battler bus' takes the anti-immigrant road in Australia

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) - It was early morning last Thursday when Pauline Hanson's rented "battler" bus started hissing so loudly the election campaign was halted at a petrol station on a stretch of desolate highway near a remote edge of Australia.

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UPDATE 3-Australia's Santos target of proposed $8 bln takeover bid -report

* Bid tipped around A$11 bln, 21 pct premium to last trade-AFR

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Australian diplomat dies after falling from New York balcony

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five floors to his death on Wednesday from the deck of his New York City home during a social gathering with his wife and friends, police and local media said.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's Santos target of proposed $8 bln takeover bid -report

* Bid tipped around A$11 bln, 21 pct premium to last trade-AFR

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Santos target of proposed investor takeover bid-report

SYDNEY, Nov 16 (Reuters) - A consortium of global energy investors has approached Australian oil and gas major Santos Ltd with a proposal for an all-cash takeover worth A$11 billion ($8.34 billion), media reported on Thursday.