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2006-08-14 04:25:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Car-loving Australians on Monday were offered cash rebates to convert their vehicles to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rather than petrol in a government move to reduce the country's dependence on Middle East oil. Prime Minister John Howard unveiled a A$1.6 billion ($1.2 billion) program over eight years to help combat high world oil prices, but said there was no way to escape rising prices. "This is a difficult time for Australians faced with high petrol...

2006-08-14 00:21:24

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned on Monday plans for tougher new asylum laws, designed to ease Indonesian concerns, after a revolt by government lawmakers ensured Prime Minister John Howard could not pass the legislation. The revolt handed Howard the biggest parliamentary defeat in his conservative government's 10 years in office, and forced him to withdraw the changes ahead of a vote. "The whole bill is out," Howard told reporters, adding he accepted that he did not have the...

2006-08-09 05:11:18

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send an extra 150 troops to Afghanistan due to the deteriorating security situation, Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday, briefly boosting Canberra's commitment to Afghanistan to more than 600. "Security beyond Kabul, particularly in the east and south, is the worst since the Taliban fell -- suicide bombings have increased," Howard told parliament. Australia was one of the first countries to commit forces in late 2001 to...

2006-07-31 00:58:41

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Monday he would seek a fifth straight term, ending his ambitious deputy's leadership hopes and cementing his place as one of the world's most successful conservative leaders. The popular Howard, first elected in 1996, said his Liberal Party colleagues had urged him to lead his ruling coalition at the next elections due in late 2007. "I remain enthusiastic and keen to ensure that the coalition achieves...

2006-07-29 03:20:54

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pro-Lebanese protesters fought with Australian police on Saturday as they tried to stop Prime Minister John Howard from leaving a hotel after he gave a speech criticizing Hizbollah as a terrorist organization. About 200 protesters, many waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags and some carrying banners which read "Bush's War of Terror," rallied outside the hotel in the western Australian city of Perth. One Muslim woman chanted "We want peace." Israel and Hizbollah...

2006-07-25 02:16:43

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Prime Minister John Howard has been demonized by Aborigines for a decade, but on Tuesday one of Australia's most influential black leaders said Howard could be the person that ends generations of black squalor. After years of racial tensions over Howard's tough practical approach to improving aboriginal living standards, prominent black leader Mick Dodson said Howard had an historic opportunity to do what no other prime minister has achieved....

2006-07-12 22:40:06

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard signaled on Thursday he may seek a fifth term and lead his conservative government to the next election due in 2007, despite pressure from his ambitious treasurer to step down. "There's still a lot of things I want to do. I find that I am still very committed to this job and I still get stimulated by it," Howard told Australian radio. The 10-year-old government was thrown into a leadership row this week when Treasurer Peter...

2006-07-11 07:57:53

By James Grubel CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) - After a decade as Australia's prime minister in waiting, Treasurer Peter Costello is now outlining a blueprint for a Costello government -- a move analysts say is designed to bolster his leadership chances. Costello, 48, was anointed long ago as Prime Minister John Howard's heir apparent, and his supporters are hoping his time may soon be coming with Howard turning 67 this month. Leadership speculation recently resurfaced after...

2006-07-10 19:21:21

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A powerful decade-long alliance between Australia's Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello has come to an end, Australia's media declared on Tuesday, with the pair at odds over a leadership succession deal. Howard and Costello will face each other at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, a day after the treasurer publicly contradicted his leader, saying Howard had pledged in 1994 to hand him the top job after one-and-a-half terms in government. The two...

2006-07-10 19:17:05

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A powerful decade-long alliance between Australia's Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello has come to an end, Australia's media declared on Tuesday, with the pair at odds over a leadership succession deal. Howard and Costello will face each other at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, a day after the treasurer publicly contradicted his leader, saying Howard had pledged in 1994 to hand him the top job after one-and-a-half terms in government. The two...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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