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Thousands seek shelter as cyclone batters Fiji

More than 3,500 people evacuated to emergency shelters in Fiji as the biggest cyclone in 20 years swept across the Pacific island nation on Monday, three days after the storm killed four people and destroyed thousands of homes in nearby Samoa.

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Australia launches inquiry into royal prank call

Australia's media regulator launched an investigation on Thursday into a prank call by a radio station to a London hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife, after the nurse who took the call committed suicide. Jaci

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Australia set for bumper grains harvest

Australia is on track for another year of bumper grains and oilseed harvests with ideal growing condition forecast to boost production this year, which could add pressure on global prices.      Even though Austral

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Climate change could inflate food prices

Global food prices are likely to keep rising as production struggles to match demand and extreme weather events become more frequent, a climate-change advisor to the Australian government said on Wednesday. Ross Garnaut told an agricultura

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Climate change ‘to drive up food prices’

Global food prices are likely to keep rising as production struggles to match demand and extreme weather events become more frequent, a climate-change advisor to the Australian government said on Wednesday. Ross Garnaut told an agricultura

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Australia expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai hit

Australia's government said on Monday it had ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the use of fake passports in the assassination of a top Hamas militant in Dubai in January. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said a police investi

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New underwear targets desk-bound men

Australia-based company Equmen has launched a line of high-tech underwear which claims to trim the torso while also benefiting the health of men who spend the week hunched over desks in high-stress jobs. Gavin Jones, co-founder of Equmen s

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Australia plans $45bn overhaul of health

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a $45 billion funding takeover of the country's ailing health-care system on Wednesday, proposing to wrest it away from the states and cut hospital waiting lists. The new health policy is aime

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Fury at Dubai killing reaches Australia

Mounting diplomatic fury over the killing of a top Hamas commander in a Dubai hotel reached Australia on Thursday, with Israel's ambassador summoned over the use of Australian passports by a suspected assassination squad. Dubai authorities

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Doha deal still possible in 2010: WTO chief

A successful conclusion to the Doha round of global trade talks is still possible in 2010, but would need an injection of political energy, World Trade Organisation (WTO) head Pascal Lamy said on Tuesday. A summit of leaders from the Group

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