October 17, 2002 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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."
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.
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 11, 2002 |
In the first decision of its kind in any country, Australia's highest court Tuesday allowed a businessman to sue for defamation in Australia over an article published in the U.S. and posted on the Internet. The court ruled that Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal and Barron's, must stand trial in Australia, rather than the U.S., for allegedly defaming the Melbourne mining executive. Like most countries, Australia offers fewer free-speech protections than does the U.S.
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.