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2006-04-04 01:42:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and Indonesia's ties are too important to be hurt by a row over Canberra's decision to give asylum to 42 refugees from Indonesia's Papua region and the neighbors' strained bonds will recover, Australia said on Tuesday. Prime Minister John Howard said he had taken "careful note" of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's request that Canberra and Jakarta hold talks to review their relationship and ensure ties continue in good faith, honesty and...

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...

2006-03-26 23:37:14

By Adrian Croft and James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Iraq and Afghanistan were decisive battlegrounds for the values the West believes in and warned of the risk of a U.S. retreat into isolationism. In a speech to the Australian parliament, Blair made his case for the West to get involved in a broad range of issues, not just on the security front, in its struggle against Islamist militants. U.S. allies Australia and Britain both...

2006-03-20 22:16:01

CANBERRA (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush has briefed Australian Prime Minister John Howard on a U.S. nuclear deal with India in a move seen as groundwork by Canberra for a possible policy change to allow uranium exports to India. The pair discussed the deal after Bush called to pass on his sympathies over a tropical cyclone that devastated parts of northern Queensland state, a spokesman for Howard confirmed. The agreement, reached earlier this month, will see India receive...

2006-03-17 01:20:00

By Sue Pleming and Michelle Nichols SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States urged Japan and China on Friday to improve strained ties, but insisted that weekend security talks with Australia and Japan will not focus on Washington's wariness of China's rise as an Asia-Pacific power. Yet the inaugural top-level talks, to be held in Sydney on Saturday, have highlighted a difference of opinion between close allies Canberra and Washington, with Australia seeing China more as an economic opportunity...

2006-02-14 01:45:00

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced two young Australian men to die by firing squad for attempting to smuggle heroin from the resort island of Bali, verdicts that could strain ties with Canberra. The sentences matched what prosecutors had demanded for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the accused masterminds of a group of nine Australians arrested on Bali last April for trying to smuggle more than 8.2 kg (18 lb) of heroin to Australia. Activists from an Indonesian...

2006-01-27 20:50:00

CANBERRA -- Cooler conditions and a little rain calmed deadly bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday and allowed weary firefighters to make some headway in their battle, but authorities warned the crisis was not over. Firefighters managed to control one of the four most dangerous blazes -- three of which are less than 100 km (60 miles) from Melbourne, Australia's second-most-populous city -- but the rest are still burning out of control. Hundreds of people have evacuated...

2006-01-27 08:53:08

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes as four large blazes burned out of control and stretched firefighting resources. Three of the fires are less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne....

2006-01-27 01:13:10

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes as four large blazes burned out of control and stretched firefighting resources. Three of the fires are less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne....

2006-01-26 03:50:00

CANBERRA -- Firefighters battling bushfires threatening numerous towns and communities in southern Australia on Thursday are now face a new risk -- severe thunderstorms with wind gusts of up to 110 km (68 miles) per hour. Hundreds of people have fled their homes as high temperatures and strong winds fanned four dangerous blazes -- three less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second most-populous city Melbourne -- causing them to jump containment lines. A massive blaze in the Grampians...