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2007-05-25 00:00:00

By Mary Anne OstromStaff Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice toured Hewlett-Packard's lab today during a two-day swing through the state, which has been billed as a "home visit." During a day-long series of meetings with Silicon Valley executives, she focused on the valley's role in keeping America's edge in global competitiveness. New technologies, including backing "the new green revolution," would help the United States "wean" itself off hydrocarbons, she said. She arrived at the Four...

2006-09-06 00:27:45

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Supreme Court has given three young Australians death sentences for heroin trafficking, after prosecutors appealed against an earlier cut in their life jail terms, a court official said on Wednesday. A fourth Australian man was also given a death sentence after appealing against his life term, Zarof Ricar, director of criminal justice at the Supreme Court, told reporters. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told parliament in Canberra he had...

2006-09-06 00:18:06

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Supreme Court has given three young Australians death sentences for heroin trafficking, after prosecutors appealed against an earlier cut in their life jail terms, a court official said on Wednesday. A fourth Australian man was also given a death sentence after appealing against his life term, told reporters. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told parliament in Canberra he had no confirmation of news reports of the death sentences. But...

2006-08-31 06:15:22

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - International police and troops in East Timor were searching on Thursday for rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado after a mass jailbreak raised serious concern about fragile security in the fledgling nation. Reinado, one of the figureheads of a revolt that plunged the former Portuguese colony into chaos in May, was among more than 50 prisoners who walked out of the Becora jail near the capital Dili on Wednesday. The rebel leader said on a video...

2006-08-31 03:26:08

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - International police and troops in East Timor were searching on Thursday for rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado after a mass jailbreak raised serious concern about fragile security in the fledgling nation. Reinado, one of the figureheads of a revolt that plunged the former Portuguese colony into chaos in May, was among more than 50 prisoners who walked out of the Becora jail near the capital Dili on Wednesday. Australian Foreign Minister...

2006-07-04 02:10:55

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Lawyers for Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks asked the Australian government on Tuesday to formally review his case after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled planned military trials were illegal. Hicks' lawyer David McLeod made his plea during a meeting lasting almost an hour with Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, saying that Hicks was now being detained without charge as a result of the U.S. court's decision. Downer said the United States was...

2006-04-11 00:16:52

By Michael Byrnes SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister told an official inquiry on Tuesday he had been unaware of persistent diplomatic reports that the country's monopoly wheat exporter was allegedly paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told the inquiry into the alleged payments, which if proven broke U.N. sanctions against Iraq, that he did not specifically recall some 21 diplomatic cables between 2000 and 2004 raising concerns...

2006-04-04 00:24:57

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Two Australian mining companies recently entered contracts to sell uranium to Taiwan, it was revealed on Tuesday, a day after Australia signed a deal setting the stage for uranium exports to China. Energy Resources of Australia Ltd., and BHP Billiton Ltd./Plc. confirmed that they had contracts to sell uranium to Taiwan, and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the deals were unlikely to cause problems for China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade...

2006-04-03 21:38:19

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia hopes to gradually rebuild communications with Indonesia after a row sparked by Canberra's decision to give asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia's Papua province, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Tuesday. "We have to work through this period and I think from our point of view ... we just have to be cautious and sensitive about this," Downer told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio. "I think it's just best to take things cautiously and...

2006-04-03 01:55:47

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and China signed a nuclear safeguards deal on Monday that set the stage for huge uranium exports to Beijing for its power industry, but Canberra said the trade was unlikely to start for some years. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and his Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing, signed the nuclear safeguards deal in the presence of visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. "Given China's...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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