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2006-04-07 01:52:02

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will review how it grants visas to asylum seekers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after Indonesia complained it was not consulted over Canberra's decision to give 42 Papuans protection visas. Australia's Immigration Department recognized the 42 boat people from Indonesia's troubled Papua province as refugees last month after they sailed from their homeland in a traditional outrigger with a banner accusing Indonesia of genocide. Jakarta...

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 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...

2006-04-02 04:07:03

PERTH (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Sunday China was prepared to meet Australian safeguard requirements for the purchase of uranium. Australia, which has about 40 per cent of the world's known uranium reserves, is ready to supply uranium to meet China's energy needs as long as the Asian giant adheres to strict criteria. "In our bilateral cooperation we should establish a long-term, stable and fundamental institutional and systematic safeguard," Wen said in Perth on...

2006-03-29 21:50:00

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's conservative national government, which opposes homosexual marriages, said on Thursday it will overturn any new law legalizing gay civil unions in the national capital. "There is a special place in Australian society for the institution of marriage, as historically understood, and we do not intend to allow that to be in any way undermined," said Prime Minister John Howard. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government, which rules the capital, Canberra,...

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...

2006-03-19 20:56:29

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A powerful cyclone hit Australia's far northeast early on Monday near the tropical city of Cairns, with winds of up to 290 kph (180 mph) uprooting trees, flattening crops and ripping off the roofs of houses. Tropical Cyclone Larry posed a "very serious threat to life and property" in the far north of Queensland state, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, adding it had forced thousands of people to take shelter or evacuate. There were no immediate reports of...

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...

2006-03-16 23:24:54

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...

2006-03-06 02:16:03

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Australia will consider selling uranium to India if it is convinced about New Delhi's commitment to follow global nuclear safeguards for its civilian atomic reactors, Prime Minister John Howard said. Howard's comments came as he began a four-day visit to India late on Sunday, days after New Delhi and Washington sealed a landmark nuclear deal that is expected to give India access to the global market for fuel and reactors to meet its soaring energy needs....


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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