Latest John Howard Stories

2005-07-12 17:43:42

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia plans to send up to 400 troops, including elite special forces and construction engineers, to Afghanistan to help hunt down a resurgent al Qaeda, Australian newspapers said on Wednesday. Prime Minister John Howard and his cabinet met for several hours on Tuesday to consider the deployment to provide direct assistance to U.S. forces, which have suffered their worst combat losses in Afghanistan in recent weeks. The Australian newspaper said the cabinet decided...

2005-07-11 01:32:02

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has written to an Australian beauty therapist jailed in Indonesia for drug smuggling, offering government support for her appeal and promising to take a personal interest in her case. Schapelle Corby, 28, was sentenced in May to 20 years in an Indonesian jail for smuggling 4.1 kg (9 lb) of marijuana into the resort island of Bali in a case that has gripped and infuriated much of Australia. Howard responded on July 9 to a letter...

2005-07-10 22:08:37

By Tom Sturrock SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has not discussed taking over military command in southern Iraq from Britain, the government said on Monday after it was reported that London wanted to free up British troops for redeployment to Afghanistan. Britain's The Sunday Times newspaper reported Australia and Britain were already in talks for a handover, while Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper said Britain and the United States were planning to halve troop levels in Iraq by mid-2006....

2005-07-09 21:36:38

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced a reshuffle of his key intelligence and security staff on Sunday, including the appointment of a foreign affairs specialist as the head of the nation's chief spy agency. Howard said Paul O'Sullivan, a deputy secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and adviser on his staff, would take over as director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO). Australia, a close ally of the United...

2005-07-01 05:48:04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Angry workers blocked Australia'slargest city of Sydney on Friday in the second day of protestsagainst plans by the conservative government to use its newpowers to de-regulate labor laws. Tens of thousands of workers rallied at Sydney's town hallbefore marching down to the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of aweek of action against government plans to weaken unioninfluence in the workplace and make it easier for bosses tosack workers. "You'll become a second-class citizen,...

2005-05-24 07:29:59

SYDNEY, Australia -- Australian officials are trying to prevent a resumption of commercial whaling and halt Japan's scientific research whaling, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday. Even Prime Minister John Howard has joined the push, sending a letter to his Japanese counterpart, Junichiro Koizumi, saying Australia believes there is no basis for killing whales. "What the prime minister has demonstrated is that we are prepared to raise this at levels that it's never been raised before,"...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'