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2006-03-02 00:02:51

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Indonesia needs to try harder to stop hundreds of illegal fishermen venturing into Australia's northern waters, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday. Australia says Indonesian fishermen are venturing into its waters to fish for shark fin because they have depleted their own stocks. Shark fin is a delicacy in Asia and can earn fishermen up to A$200 ($146) a kilo. "There is a case for more effort by the Indonesians," said Howard, who marked a decade as prime...

2006-02-20 23:50:16

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will almost double its troop numbers in Afghanistan by sending a 200-member security and reconstruction team to the country's volatile south, Prime Minister John Howard said on Tuesday. The Australian Defense Force (ADF) troops will be deployed from late July and work alongside Dutch soldiers as part of a NATO force preparing to expand peacekeeping and reconstruction operations. Violence has intensified in Afghanistan in recent months, particularly in...

2006-02-16 23:49:17

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Even in death Australia's richest man, billionaire Kerry Packer, continued to stir divisive emotions on Friday as mourners and protesters gathered for a state memorial service at the Sydney Opera House. Celebrities Tom Cruise and his pregnant fianc©e Katie Holmes flew in for the service, along with Yahoo chairman Terry Semel, golfer Greg Norman and Oscar-winning film star Russell Crowe. Prime Minister John Howard led a procession of...

2006-02-14 03:10:00

CANBERRA -- An emotional Australian Prime Minister John Howard said the sentencing of two Australian men to death in neighboring Indonesia on Tuesday for attempting to smuggle heroin should serve as a warning to other Australians. "Can I just say to every young Australian, please take notice of this. I even beg them not to take the terrible risks that these young people have done -- their lives destroyed in the case of two people," Howard told reporters. Howard said Australia would make...

2006-02-12 02:55:42

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Sunday there was no exit date for his country's troops in Iraq. Australia was one of the first countries to commit forces to the U.S.-led war to oust Saddam Hussein, and still has about 1,370 forces in Iraq, including 450 troops guarding Japanese engineers in the southern Al Muthanna province. "This idea of setting an exit date irrespective of the circumstances is wrong and we are not going to do that," Howard told...

2006-01-11 20:55:00

By Michelle Nichols SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia kick-started a climate change pact of six of the world's biggest polluters on Thursday by committing A$100 million ($75 million) for a clean-energy fund to tackle global warming. The inaugural Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate meeting in Sydney aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions with the support of industry and without hindering economic growth. But it also sets no targets on members to cut emissions of carbon dioxide...

2005-12-20 00:26:17

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia was soul-searching on Tuesday over the racial violence that has gripped Sydney's beachside suburbs with an opinion poll showing three-quarters of Australians believe their country is racist. The ACNielsen poll, published in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, prompted Prime Minister John Howard to say for the first time that racial tensions had played a hand in the violence, though he denied most Australians were racist. "There are...

2005-12-19 18:26:27

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Three-quarters of Australians believe their country is racist and nearly 60 percent believe racial violence at beaches in Sydney has damaged the country's international reputation, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. The ACNielsen poll, published in The Sydney Morning Herald, prompted Prime Minister John Howard to say for the first time that racial tensions played a hand in the violence, though he denied most Australians were racist. "There...

2005-12-13 23:15:31

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Southeast Asian leaders have quizzed Australian Prime Minister John Howard at a regional summit about the racial violence that has gripped Sydney's beachside suburbs. But Howard told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday that the violence, which erupted at Sydney's Cronulla beach at the weekend, will not tarnish his visit to the first East Asia summit. "Incidents like this that don't play well around the world can happen in any country," Howard said shortly...

2005-12-12 00:29:10

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard called for ethnic and religious tolerance on Monday after racial violence, spurred on police say by white supremacists, erupted in parts of Sydney. Racial tension sparked violence on Cronulla Beach on Sunday when around 5,000 people, some yelling racist chants, attacked youths of Middle Eastern background, saying they were defending their beach after lifesavers were attacked there last week. Violence then...