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July 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Before there were cuddly koalas, hordes of flesh-eating kangaroos, "demon ducks" and marsupial lions roamed Australia's outback, according to paleontologists' recent fossil discoveries announced Wednesday. A team from the University of New South Wales working in the eastern state of Queensland made the discoveries in three new fossil deposits. Many of the fossils are older than 24 million years; one of the deposits is thought to contain fossils up to 500 million years old.
August 27, 2007
First Lady Laura Bush has a pinched nerve and so has canceled plans to accompany the president on next month's trip to Australia, her office announced. President Bush is to arrive in Sydney on Sept. 4 for a state visit and talks with Australian Prime Minister John Howard before participating in the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit. Howard said the president would leave the summit early to return to the U.S. for the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
July 1, 2007 | From Reuters
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008, Australian media reported today. The Sunday Telegraph, quoting an unnamed senior military source, described Howard's withdrawal plan as "one of the most closely guarded secrets in top levels of the bureaucracy." The newspaper said the drawdown of troops would focus on soldiers based in southern Iraq on security duty with Iraqi soldiers.
March 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone faces a stiff fine for allegedly trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted. Lawyers for Stallone, the 60-year-old star of the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movie franchises, represented him in a Sydney court on Tuesday where he faces one charge of importing a banned substance.
October 17, 2002 | Bernard Lagan, Special to The Times
SYDNEY, Australia -- Australians call this continent the Wide Brown Land and have long been nursed and cursed by its desert emptiness and the vast oceans that ring it off from the world. Cursed isolation can mean economic and cultural hardship, nursed because the world's big troubles seemed so far off. Until a car bomb ended that innocence along with the lives of nearly 200 people. "This has touched our country in a way that nothing else has," Prime Minister John Howard told a shocked nation.
December 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday that he was prepared to act against terrorists in neighboring countries and suggested that the U.N. Charter be changed to allow nations to launch preemptive strikes against terrorists planning to attack them. His remarks drew condemnation from Asian governments. In October, a terrorist bombing on Indonesia's resort island of Bali killed 191 people, almost half of them Australians. "If you believe that somebody was going to launch an attack on your country .
August 8, 2012 | By K.C. Johnson
LONDON -- Kobe Bryant rallied from a scoreless first half with six three-pointers and LeBron James added a triple-double as the U.S. men's basketball team eliminated pesky, physical Australia, 119-86, in a London Olympics men's basketball quarterfinal Wednesday night at North Greenwich Arena. The U.S. advances to face Argentina, which defeated Brazil earlier. Russia will play Spain in the other semifinal. Bryant, who finished with 20 points, had missed all five of his shots before going nuts in the second half, including three consecutive three-pointers at one point while scoring 12 points in a little more than a minute of the fourth quarter.
February 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw wants to visit Australia, but as a tourist, not a pitcher. "I'd love to go there on vacation," Kershaw said. "I don't really want to go pitch there. But that's what we're signed up to do, so we're going to have to be ready to do it. " Spreading the gospel of baseball overseas will require sacrifices, especially on the part of Kershaw, who is expected to pitch in Sydney in the first game of the two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
February 25, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Must-see drama turned into can't-see drama. For about an hour or so, there was this surreal (non-) sight at the women's freestyle aerials ski ramp at Cypress Mountain on Wednesday night. An announcer would say a name and a country and some sort of fuzzy, ghostly apparition would hurtle down the ramp, come into semi-view and twist and turn through the air. One reporter joked that the shadowy outlines looked like figures on a surveillance video. Foggy, foggy night. Was this a night where someone was going to win a gold medal or, instead, the opening scenes of a horror movie?
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