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2006-08-26 02:03:23

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has received assurances the United States will not seek the death penalty for Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks if it brings new charges against him, Attorney General Philip Ruddock said on Saturday. Australia believes that new charges are likely to be laid against Hicks, who has been held at the U.S. detention camp in Cuba for four years, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that planned military trials for Guantanamo inmates were...

2006-08-15 00:17:12

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks should face new charges before a U.S. military tribunal by November or be returned home, the Australian government said on Tuesday. Lawyers for Hicks, who has been held at the U.S. camp in Cuba for four years, have called for his release after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that planned military trials for Guantanamo inmates were illegal. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on August 2 that plans were...

2006-08-04 23:02:44

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The father of Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks has been nominated for the country's "Father of the Year" award, angering the Australian government which said it was being used to score political points. Hicks was detained by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in late 2001 and has been in custody in Guantanamo Bay since 2002, where he is awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy. His father Terry Hicks has led a four-year...

2006-06-12 23:31:44

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's conservative national government has overruled same sex marriage laws in the nation's capital, Canberra, Attorney General Philip Ruddock said on Tuesday. He said federal law made it clear that marriage was only between men and women and that the new laws by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government to allow same-sex unions would be invalid from midnight (9 a.m. EDT) Tuesday. "From then, there will be no legal basis for the formation of civil...

2006-06-10 05:51:11

SYDNEY (Reuters) - At least 26 Australian citizens had been detained in the past as suspected illegal immigrants, a Department of Immigration spokeswoman said on Saturday. They were among 220 cases of detention of suspected illegal immigrants which the department has referred to Australia's ombudsman for review. But the spokeswoman denied weekend media reports that the 26 had been wrongly detained. Their cases covered a wide range of circumstances such as short-term detention for...

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,...

2006-01-20 04:52:39

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A former Serb commander, now an Australian citizen, charged with war crimes committed during Croatia's 1991-95 war of independence has been arrested in Australia, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said on Friday. Dragan Vasiljkovic was arrested in Sydney after Australia received a request from the Croatian government, Ruddock said. Vasiljkovic, 51, appeared in a Sydney court on Friday and was refused bail, Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio said. Croatian Justice...

2005-11-13 01:23:17

Corrects fourth paragraph to read the 10-nation ASEAN grouping CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia indicated on Sunday that it would consider joining a new regional anti-terrorism task force reportedly being set up by Indonesia. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock told Australian television that Canberra would look at any move to increase cooperation. The Sunday Telegraph said Indonesia wanted to set up a regional counter-terrorism task force, and might put the proposal to police chiefs from...

2005-11-12 21:05:09

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia indicated on Sunday that it would consider joining a new regional anti-terrorism task force reportedly being set up by Indonesia. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock told Australian television that Canberra would look at any move to increase cooperation. The Sunday Telegraph newspaper said Indonesia wanted to set up a regional counter-terrorism task force, and might put the proposal to police chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in...

2005-09-11 23:57:03

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia is taking seriously a video shown on U.S. television threatening an attack on Melbourne, the government said on Monday, but added it wasn't raising the national threat level from medium to high. The tape, broadcast on Sunday and purportedly from a U.S.-born member of al Qaeda, threatened Los Angeles and Melbourne on the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said a special taskforce was...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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