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Wales win over Australia would not be monkey off back, says Warren Gatland

Relieved to have started an autumn campaign with a win at last, Warren Gatland dismissed the notion that next Saturday’s assignment against Australia represents an opportunity to shake off another hex. The last time Wales beat Australia was 10 years and 13 matches ago. Eight of those defeats came here in the autumn. “I don’t look at that,” he said. “It is ...

Scott Morrison is stuck in the permanent present – and Australia’s getting nowhere

It is worth remembering that Peter Dutton was almost prime minister of Australia. Yes, the man who joked about sea levels rising and “Cape York time” while standing underneath a live boom microphone was within a whisker of being the 30th prime minister. It is worth remembering such things because in our current political climate we too often live in the permanent ...

Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Saudi Arabia’s stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, vanished on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Ankara believes that he was murdered inside the building and his body removed. ...

Theresa May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try to save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’sinsistence upon a Northern Ireland-only backstop. The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make-or-break summit dinner on Wednesday night after seeking the ...

‘A dream come true’: refugees Deng and Mabil make Socceroos debuts together

Childhood friends whose families fled conflict in Sudan represent Australia for first time against Kuwait From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide, to the A-League and then the Socceroos, Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil have plenty of history in common. And in the unlikely location of Kuwait City, the pair of South Sudanese refugees ...

Australia stands ready to support Indonesia: PM

Australia stands ready to help Indonesia after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Sulawesi, the prime minister and foreign affairs minister said. Scott Morrison and Marise Payne expressed their condolences to the people of Indonesia in a joint statement late on Sunday. At least 832 people have been confirmed dead after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami ...

Palestinians in Lebanon Appeal to Unity in Face of U.S. UNRWA Onslaught

Media office of the Lebanese parliamentary speaker, Nabih Berri, said in a statement that he welcomed the Palestinian Ambassador in Beirut Ashraf Dabour. “Palestinians today face the slap of the century, not the Deal of the Century and the United States’ decision, starting with the decision to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem and ending with cutting funds to the ...

Australia, Indonesia agree on stronger ties in grains sector

Singapore — Australia and Indonesia concluded negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or IA-CEPA on Friday, which will allow Australian farmers to export 500,000 mt/year of tariff-free feed grains to Indonesia. Under the new agreement, Australia will gain access to the Indonesian feed grain market, with the ability to export duty-free feed barley, feed wheat and sorghum. Currently, Australia’s ...

Australia reports its first case of drug-resistant superbug

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state on Tuesday reported its first case of a superbug in a hospital patient who likely picked up the drug-resistant fungus in Britain. Victoria deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton said health officials were taking a “search and destroy” approach to ensure the Candida auris fungus did not spread. “The man was isolated as soon ...

146 firefighters coming from Australia, New Zealand to fight blazes across U.S.

Beleaguered firefighters across the U.S. are being pushed to their limits battling wildfires that have broken out in rapid succession across the West. They’ll soon get reinforcements – from the other side of the globe. Nearly 150 specialists from Australia and New Zealand are being deployed this weekend to provide assistance to American firefighters, the National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday. The ...