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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.
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WORLD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
WORLD
August 28, 2009 | Associated Press
The Australian government breached international obligations on human and indigenous rights by imposing radical restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child abuse in Outback communities, a United Nations expert said Thursday. The U.N. special rapporteur on indigenous human rights, James Anaya, said his 12-day fact-finding tour of Australia revealed that the Aboriginal minority still suffers from "entrenched racism." Anaya's comments came as Australia launched its latest bid to address inequality, ill-health and poverty among the country's 500,000 indigenous people, issues that have dogged the country since white settlers arrived more than 200 years ago. The government said Thursday it would set up a new national representative body this year to advise it on policies relating to Aborigines.
WORLD
May 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
The governor general of Australia, the British monarchy's face here, stepped aside Sunday to fight an allegation that he raped a woman in the 1960s when he was a preacher. Peter Hollingworth, 68, already is under severe pressure to resign because of criticism over his handling of cases of sex abuse by clergy while he was Anglican archbishop of Brisbane during the 1990s. Prime Minister John Howard, who handpicked Hollingworth for his post, announced the decision Sunday.
WORLD
November 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Australian government said Tuesday that it is satisfied that its citizens can get fair trials before the military tribunals the United States created for terrorism suspects. After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Australia have agreed to changes in tribunal rules that they believe will provide fair and open trials without compromising national security.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
December 11, 2009 | By John M. Glionna
Nick Bonner has a cautionary tale about propaganda, censorship and North Korea. But it's not what you think, he says. The British filmmaker and art dealer had helped commission five North Korean painters to produce works for an Australian art exhibit, inviting them to come and talk about their craft and inspiration. This week brought a last-minute catch, a tableau where politics overshadowed art. But it didn't come from one of the world's most-repressed societies. Instead, Australia denied entry visas for the artists, calling their work a product of North Korea's propaganda machine.
WORLD
March 31, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Crews continued searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean west of Australia on Tuesday as authorities emphasized ramped-up efforts to determine what happened to the airliner that went missing March 8. Officials said an Australian military ship towing a pinger locator - which can scan the sea for the sounds of a beacon attached to the plane's flight data recorder - left port for the search zone Monday night. It was expected to arrive in the search area about 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
WORLD
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 .
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