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India to raise its concern on WTO issue at G-20 in Sydney

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 21:25

India is expected to raise its concerns over the slow progress on WTO's Bali agreement at the G-20 meeting of trade ministers in Sydney on Saturday.

Evelyn Sharma sings her way...on foreign shores

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 18:22

Actress Evelyn Sharma has made her singing debut internationally with an number, which is not indie-pop in nature, but a part of the alternative genre - less commercial and more music. She says she`s always been passionate about singing.

Action not words needed to boost growth, Australia tells G20

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:15

Abbott said that Australia was asking G20 nations to push harder on their growth plans, so they could meet their pledge to add 2.0 percent to GDP over the next five years.

Abe makes symbolic visit to Australia mining heartland

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 14:01

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today visited the resources-rich Pilbara region of Western Australia, in a recognition of the key role its minerals have played in his country`s economic growth. <br><br> Abe travelled with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Rio Tinto`s West Angelas mine, where he toured the site and observed the use of Japanese technology in state of the art equipment.

Japan PM says door always open for China talks

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 13:34

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday played down recent tensions with neighbour China, saying the countries were "inextricably linked" and his door was always open for dialogue.

Australia promises to give 72 hours notice before returning asylum seekers

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 11:54

Australia promised on Tuesday not to return a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without providing 72 hours notice, a move hailed by human rights lawyers as a minor victory in a case that has raise concerns about the country`s tough immigration policy.

Japan`s Abe declares peace goals in historic Australia visit

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 09:30

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared Tuesday his determination to pursue peace in Asia, as he signalled closer defence ties with Australia and prepared to rubber-stamp an ambitious free-trade agreement. <br><br> Abe used an historic address to a joint sitting of Australia`s parliament to say that Japan "is now determined to do more to enhance peace in the region and peace in the world".

First stop police station for Sri Lanka asylum seekers handed back by Australia

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 09:50

A boatload of asylum seekers intercepted by the Australian navy and returned to Sri Lanka are to be handed over to the police, a Sri Lankan naval spokesman said on Monday, a move bound to fuel concerns about Australia`s hard-line policy and rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Australia, dismissing "shrill" claims, says 41 asylum seekers handed back to Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 08:58

Australia said on Monday 41 asylum seekers had been handed back to Sri Lankan authorities at sea, a move that has galvanised opposition to its hardline policy against illegal arrivals and revived fears of rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Australia tops global list of recreational drug users

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 08:53

Australia has the highest proportion of recreational drug users in the world, according to the UN`s 2014 World Drug Report, media reports said Monday.

Woman charged over racist tirade in Australia

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 12:51

A 55-year-old woman has been arrested in Australia for directing a torrent of racial abuse at an Asian woman on a Sydney train.

Australian PM `gutted and dismayed` at Harris verdict

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 09:14

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was "gutted and dismayed" Tuesday after entertainer Rolf Harris was convicted on 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls, as his home town moved to purge his memory.