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2005-09-27 04:55:29

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is to impose "draconian" counter-terrorism laws after state and territory leaders agreed on Tuesday to wide-ranging security proposals made by Prime Minister John Howard in the wake of the London bombings. Howard said the new laws, which include detaining suspects for up to 48 hours without charge and using electronic tracking devices to keep tabs on terror suspects, were needed to combat "unusual circumstances." "We do live in very...

2005-09-19 02:12:57

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Sick, dysfunctional, irreparably broken and led by a man unfit to clean toilets -- Australia's main opposition Labor Party has been thrown into disarray by a trusted ex-leader now savaging his old comrades. In a vitriolic new book, Mark Latham has taken a candid look at Labor, saying it had a corrosive, rotten and debilitating culture run by factional hacks and gossiping, plotting and disloyal politicians. Latham led the center-left party to...

2005-08-23 19:28:26

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians who take drugs into Asia are stupid and should not expect to be bailed out by the Australian government, Prime Minister John Howard said after another two Australians were detained in Indonesia over drugs. Howard said he could not believe Australians would still risk taking drugs into Asia after the high-profile conviction of beautician Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May for smuggling 4.2 kg of marijuana into Bali. "It's...

2005-07-21 04:03:15

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two children released from a razor-wire detention center returned to school on Thursday, four months after they were taken from their classrooms in another embarrassing bungle by Australian immigration officials. The release of 12-year-old Ian Hwang and his 6-year-old sister Janie came a week after Australian Prime Minister John Howard apologized to two mentally ill women, one wrongfully detained and the other wrongfully deported. The children returned to...

2005-07-19 15:04:08

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Tuesday described the U.S. relationship with China as vibrant but complex as he underscored concerns about its currency, which Washington wants revalued. The president's comments came amid an intensifying debate in the U.S. Congress about China's influence as state-run CNOOC vies to purchase U.S. oil producer Unocal . Many lawmakers say such a deal could pose a threat to U.S. national security concerns and are pushing for a review by...

2005-07-17 08:46:26

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The United States has told Australia that investigations have found no evidence supporting allegations that two Australian prisoners were abused while in detention at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy's Criminal Investigative Service led an investigation into claims that terror suspects David Hicks and Egyptian-born Australian Mamdouh Habib had been abused while in U.S. custody. "The Naval Criminal Investigative Service found no information that substantiates or corroborates...

2005-07-17 01:45:05

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The United States has told Australia that investigations have found no evidence supporting allegations that two Australian prisoners were abused while in detention at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy's Criminal Investigative Service led an investigation into claims that terror suspects David Hicks and Egyptian-born Australian Mamdouh Habib had been abused while in U.S. custody. "The Naval Criminal Investigative Service found no information that substantiates or corroborates...

2005-07-14 22:45:39

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should consider introducing a national identity card in the wake of the London bombings and the rise in global terrorism, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday. Australia last debated a national ID card, called the Australia Card, in 1987. Howard, then in opposition, opposed the card, but now says times have changed. "This is an issue that ought to be back on the table...in the wake of something like the terrible tragedy in London," Howard...

2005-07-13 00:40:17

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send 150 special forces and support troops back to Afghanistan to help its close ally the United States hunt down a resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda, Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday. Howard said Australia would also consider sending up to 200 extra personnel to Afghanistan early next year to help with the nation's reconstruction and as part of Australia's increased efforts to support the war on terror. "We think it is...

2005-07-12 22:05:20

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send 150 special forces and support troops back to Afghanistan to help its close ally the United States hunt down a resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda, Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday. Howard said requests for assistance had been received from the United States and Afghanistan and that the force would be deployed by September for about 12 months. Australia sent 1,550 troops to Afghanistan in 2001 to join the U.S.-led strikes that toppled the...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • 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.'
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