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Etihad to fly double daily to Melbourne

Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, plans to launch a second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Melbourne (Australia) from August 1, 2015. The additional flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft wi

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Fears of jihadist attack as Sydney cafe drama continues

Australian police locked down the centre of the country's biggest city on Monday after an armed man walked into a downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack.

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Hostage crisis in Sydney, Islamic terror link seen

An armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside a central Sydney cafe on Monday, police said, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writing in the window. Pri

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BG to sell Australia gas pipeline for $5bn

British gas giant BG Group has agreed to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia - QCLNG Pipeline Private Limited - to the APA Group for $5 billion. The company said the deal is expected to be completed in the first half of

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Australia, China agree landmark free trade deal

China and Australia on Monday signed a declaration of intent on a landmark free trade deal more than a decade in the making, opening up markets worth billions to Australia and loosening restrictions on Chinese investment. The deal

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Tourism Australia, Etihad to spend more on joint marketing

Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, have deepened their strategic marketing partnership with a significant increase in joint funding for the promotion of tourism to Australia in overseas markets. Under

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Australia shuts door to Ebola-hit countries

Australia has issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak to prevent the disease reaching the country, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said, becoming the first rich nation to shut its doors to the r

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Australia shuts door to Ebola-hit countries

Australia has issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak to prevent the disease reaching the country, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said, becoming the first rich nation to shut its doors to the r

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Australia’s special forces to join Iraq air strikes

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, and its aircraft will also join US-led coalition strikes. Abbott said in

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Australian aircraft to support US-led air strikes in Iraq

Australian aircraft will join the US-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions. The US has

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