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Australia’s Tasmania may raise smoking age to 25


Sydney : The Australian state of Tasmania is considering raising the legal age for buying cigarettes to at least 21 and potentially as high as 25.If the plan goes ahead it will give Tasmania some of the toughest tobacco laws in the world.The current legal age to purchase, possess or smoke cigarettes in all Australian states is 18.Critics have complained ...

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Homes destroyed in Australia bushfires


Sydney : Twelve Australian families have lost their homes to bushfires near Melbourne, days ahead of Christmas.Fire authorities are also warning of dangerous hot and windy conditions on Christmas and Boxing Day.Crews were still tackling a blaze at Scotsburn, west of the city, for a third day on Monday.The Country Fire Authority’s (CFA) Craig Lapsley said one firefighter had been ...

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Indian visitors hit Australia’s record numbers


New Delhi : Indian visitors travelling to Australia has hit an all-time record, with almost 230,000 arrivals in the year to September 2015 – an almost 20 per cent increase on the same period last year. The Australian High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, said the strong people-to-people links between Australia and India had boosted the numbers of Indians holidaying ...

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Sydney police arrest teenager and man over ‘terror plans’


Sydney : Police in Sydney have arrested a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old in a counter-terror operation.They have been charged with “conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act”, Federal Police said.The arrests are linked to a plot outlined in material seized last year as part of Operation Appleby.That operation, in September 2014, was sparked by intelligence reports ...

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Top Thai policeman seeks Australia political asylum


Sydney : The policeman who led an investigation into human trafficking in Thailand has told Australian media he plans to seek political asylum in Australia. Paween Pongsirin was appointed to investigate trafficking networks after the discovery of mass graves at migrant camps earlier this year. Now in Melbourne, he told the ABC and Guardian Australia he fled Thailand because influential figures ...

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