February 25, 2010 |
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?
January 9, 2006 |
The Australian and Canadian embassies in the capital, Amman, closed for security reasons, a day after Britain shut its embassy, citing the danger of a terrorist attack. The U.S. Embassy remained open. The British Foreign Office on Saturday warned Britons visiting Jordan that "terrorists may be in the final stages of planning attacks against Westerners."
October 28, 2003 |
Australia and New Zealand will start withdrawing troops from the Solomon Islands as a peacekeeping mission restores law and order. Australia sent 1,400 personnel in July as leader of a 2,225-strong force of soldiers and police from six nations. Direct intervention was seen as the only way to end years of fighting by ethnic militias. Australia said 800 of its personnel would return home by early December.
December 10, 1986 |
Authorities said Bulgarian weightlifting star Neum Shalamanov has vanished, and a local Turkish-language newspaper said Wednesday the athlete plans to seek political asylum in Australia. The 19-year-old Shalamanov won the world cup competition in Melbourne on Sunday, his third title. Australian weightlifting federation president Sam Coppa said Shalamanov had not been seen or heard from since Sunday night, when he attended a post-tournament banquet.
February 20, 2007 |
Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today that Australia would gradually ban incandescent lightbulbs and require the use of more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs instead. Legislation to restrict the sale of the old bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by hundreds of thousands of tons and cut household lighting costs up to 66%, Turnbull said. Australia produced almost 565 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2004, officials say.
March 31, 2014 |
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.
February 17, 2003 |
Hundreds of thousands of chanting, placard-waving people marched through downtown Sydney on Sunday to protest Australia's possible involvement in a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Organizers estimated the crowd at 500,000; police said at least 200,000 people showed up but agreed that it was Australia's biggest protest since the Vietnam War. Australia is one of Washington's staunchest allies and has deployed 2,000 troops to the Mideast. Prime Minister John Howard reaffirmed his support for U.S.
November 15, 2005 |
Members of an alleged Islamic terrorist cell in Sydney stockpiled bomb-making materials, trained at outback hunting camps and sized up Australia's only nuclear reactor as a possible target, according to a police report released Monday. In the 20-page glimpse into Australia's biggest terrorism investigation, police said the eight suspects arrested last week had the know-how and were assembling chemicals, detonators, digital timers and batteries to carry out a major bomb attack.
June 29, 2006 |
An Australian terrorist suspect being held at Guantanamo Bay would serve prison time in Australia if he was convicted by a U.S. military tribunal, Justice Minister Christopher Ellison said today. David Hicks, 31, has been held at the U.S. military camp in Cuba since 2002. He was captured in 2001 in Afghanistan, where he allegedly fought alongside the Taliban. He is one of several inmates chosen to face a U.S. military trial.
June 27, 2002 |
HONG KONG * A mainland Chinese migrant sought asylum at the Australian Consulate in Hong Kong, saying he was being persecuted by the territory's campaign to deport several thousand mainlanders who want to stay here with their families. But Cheng Chiu-leung soon left the building, saying he was told he did not meet the requirements for political asylum. The Australians did not immediately comment. Cheng's mainland-born parents, grandparents and brother have Hong Kong residency.