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2006-01-03 01:31:57

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Mark Philippoussis advanced to the second round of the Australian hardcourt championships in Adelaide with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over Vince Spadea of the United States on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Australian wild card, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist who is now ranked 172nd, managed to overcome three service breaks in the second set to beat the 75th-ranked Spadea. "It's good to get out on court and get that monkey, that turned into a gorilla, off my...

2005-12-26 22:34:31

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Kerry Packer, Australia's richest man whose fierce business reputation dominated corporate Australia and whose companies control one of the nation's major media groups, died in his sleep overnight, his family said. Packer's Channel Nine television station in Sydney said his wife Roslyn had issued a statement saying the 68-year-old billionaire died peacefully at home in his bed. "Mrs Kerry Packer and her children James and Gretel sadly report the...

2005-12-23 10:30:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Australian scientists have proved what is common knowledge to most people -- that teaspoons appear to have minds of their own. In a study at their own facility, a group of scientists from the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne secretly numbered 70 teaspoons and tracked their movements over five months. Supporting their expectations, 80 percent of the spoons vanished during the period -- although those in private areas of the...

2005-12-22 19:15:00

LONDON -- Australian scientists have proved what is common knowledge to most people -- that teaspoons appear to have minds of their own. In a study at their own facility, a group of scientists from the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne secretly numbered 70 teaspoons and tracked their movements over five months. Supporting their expectations, 80 percent of the spoons vanished during the period -- although those in private areas of the...

2005-12-10 12:02:49

By Patrick Lannin STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - An Australian who drank a broth of bacteria to prove a theory on stomach ulcers joined nine other scientists to receive their Nobel prizes on Saturday, with the literature winner absent for a second year in a row. British playwright Harold Pinter was advised by doctors not to travel to Stockholm for the award and sent his publisher. His absence came after reclusive Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek, who has a social phobia, refused to attend the...

2005-11-24 03:43:46

By Michelle Nichols and Jan Dahinten CANBERRA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australia will not punish Singapore over the planned execution of an Australian drug smuggler, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday ahead of protests around the country to oppose the December 2 hanging. Howard rejected calls by a prominent government politician for the hanging of Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, to be taken into account in the Canberra government's deliberations on whether to grant Singapore Airlines...

2005-11-20 19:49:21

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Lawyers for an Australian drug smuggler who is to be hanged in Singapore in less than two weeks asked the Australian government on Monday to take the case to an international court in a last-ditch bid to stop the execution. Lawyers for 25-year-old Nguyen Tuong Van -- who was convicted by Singapore of trying to smuggle 0.9 lb of heroin from Cambodia and is due to be hanged on December 2 -- want the United Nations International Court of Justice to hear the case....

2005-11-18 00:26:45

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday. "(The court) declares the defendant Michelle Leslie has been proven...

2005-11-18 00:25:00

An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday. "(The court) declares the defendant Michelle Leslie has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of carrying...

2005-10-12 02:38:22

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - A court on the Indonesian island of Bali has cut five years off a 20-year jail term given to an Australian beauty therapist convicted in a high-profile drug case, one of her lawyers said on Wednesday. Lawyer Erwin Siregar said the Denpasar High Court had decided to cut Schapelle Corby's sentence on appeal. "I have received information that Corby's appeal means a 15 year sentence. The decision was issued several days ago by the High Court," Siregar told...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.