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August 8, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Team USA (5-0) faces Australia (3-1) in the quarterfinals in the 2012 London Olympics beginning Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. PDT. Below are five things to watch. 1. Team USA should have an easy game against Australia. The stakes are higher because it's the medal round. But the reality still remains the same - there's absolutely no way Australia will come close to beating the U.S. The Aussies only feature one NBA player in Patty Mills, who's tied with Pau Gasol in the Olympics as the leading scorer (20.6)
May 22, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The annual solar eclipse in the West on Sunday might be considered a stage-setter for a another solar eclipse coming in the fall - and a reason to travel to Australia. Brownell Travel based in Birmingham, Ala., offers an 11-night trip that features the Nov. 14 total eclipse that will only be seen Down Under. The path of totality of the eclipse, which begins at dawn, is in the northern edge of the country. On the trip, participants will be near Cairns on a cruise to view the early-morning eclipse and later tour the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on the northeast coast of Queensland.
April 9, 2009 | Julie Cart
Frank Eddy pulled off his dusty boots and slid into a chair, taking his place at the dining room table where most of the critical family issues are hashed out. Spreading hands as dry and cracked as the orchards he tends, the stout man his mates call Tank explained what damage a decade of drought has done . "Suicide is high. Depression is huge. Families are breaking up. It's devastation," he said, shaking his head. "I've got a neighbor in terrible trouble.
March 9, 2003 | From Reuters
The government has ordered an Iraqi diplomat who it believes is a spy to leave Australia by Wednesday, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Saturday. "We have reason to believe that he's associated with the Iraqi intelligence agency, and he is assessed by our agency as an Iraqi intelligence officer. His activities are incompatible with his status of a diplomat," Downer told reporters in Adelaide.
September 23, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
ChevronTexaco Corp., Royal Dutch/Shell Group and rivals are studying pumping natural gas across Australia through a pipeline costing more than $668 million to tap rising demand in the populous eastern states. Two trans-continental routes were being evaluated to ship gas as far as 2,486 miles from fields off northwestern Australia to cities such as Sydney, said Daniel Smith, a Western Australian government spokesman.
July 29, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
A big-budget movie that glamorizes Australia would seem to be a perfect commercial for Australia. Especially if it's made by a famous Australian director who's working for a movie studio controlled by an Australian-born media mogul. And now it will be. Baz Luhrmann, the Australian director of the 20th Century Fox period piece "Australia" due out in November, has agreed to adapt the movie for an advertising campaign to lure tourists to the land down under.
March 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Participation of this country in a war with Iraq is growing "more likely," Prime Minister John Howard said today after a telephone briefing from President Bush on Sunday's summit in the Azores. At a news conference in Canberra, the capital, Howard said Bush did not make a "formal request" to Australia to participate in military action. "But I would expect ... that that request would be received in the very near future," he added.
June 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Australian government Thursday branded multilateral forums such as the United Nations "ineffective and unfocused" and said its foreign policy will increasingly rely on "coalitions of the willing" such as the one that waged war in Iraq. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer also said that in Canberra's view, other nations' sovereignty was "not absolute."
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Australia's defense minister sharply criticized Boeing Co., saying he's concerned about a delay as long as 18 months in the production of an early-warning surveillance plane. "We are very disappointed with Boeing's performance on this project," Brendan Nelson said during a Pentagon briefing. Nelson said he intended to make sure that Boeing delivered on its airborne early-warning and control system aircraft, which are based on the 737 frame. The contract is worth more than $2.5 billion.
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