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Papua New Guinea hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

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Sydney : An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the richter scale hit the coast of Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island on Tuesday morning. The quake hit 96 kilometres southwest of Panguna at 0019 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey.The epicenter was 104 kilometres southwest of the larger town of Arawa also on Bougainville Island and USGS said it was 30 ...

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Australian churches offer to take in asylum seekers

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Sydney :Australian churches have said they will offer sanctuary to asylum seekers who face deportation to Nauru.The High Court on Wednesday found Australia’s policy of sending asylum seekers to government-funded offshore processing centres was constitutional.The decision means people, including 37 babies, face deportation to the detention centre on Nauru.The Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt said they would likely ...

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Australia energy firm AGL exits CSG mining business

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Sydney : One of Australia’s largest energy firms is winding down its coal seam gas (CSG) operations, citing volatile commodity prices and long development times. CSG exploration and production “will no longer be a core business”, AGL announced on Thursday.The company will abandon projects in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, absorbing an expected pre-tax write off of A$795m ...

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Sydney schools evacuated after bomb threats

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MELBOURNE : Several schools in Sydney were evacuated and locked down on Monday after reportedly receiving bomb threats leading to police operations in Australia’s largest city.At least eight operations are underway at Sydney schools and among those affected are Hunters Hill High, Sydney’s Girls High School, Randwick Girls High, Mosman High, Riverside Girls High, James Ruse Agricultural High, Cheltenham Girls ...

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US Navy Seal kept picture of Bin Laden’s dead body as ‘memento’

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Sydney : US Navy Seal Matthew Bissonnette, who shot down Osama Bin Laden during a raid in Pakistan, kept a picture of the al Qaeda leader’s dead body as a memento. Ever since Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces during a raid on his hide-out in Pakistan, photos of the September 11 mastermind’s dead body have been ...

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