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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:30:00 GMT
Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory with 3.239 meters
Britain has a new highest mountain after new data showed measurements from old overland surveys were inaccurate. It was thought until this point that Mount Jackson was the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory at ...

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:48:00 GMT
South Georgia launches four-year toothfish licensing round
The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has launched the next toothfish licensing round. The documentation offered provides information for anyone applying for a license to fish for toothfish in the South...

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:44:00 GMT
IAATO launches free iOS and Android for Antarctica guides
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators launched a free iOS and Android app for staff guiding visitors in Antarctica that makes it quick and easy for users in the field to access essential information, withou...

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:56:00 GMT
World's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica's Ross Sea comes into effect
The world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica officially comes into effect on Friday, in what has been hailed as a "watershed" moment in conservation. The marine protected area in the Ross Sea curbs damaging activities such ...

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT
"Silver Cloud" cancels Antarctica cruise and Falklands call following engine failure
The failure of a fuel pump and engine left the "Silver Cloud" adrift as it headed toward Antarctica on November 20, 2017. Power was reportedly restored to the ship in about an hour, permitting the cruise vessel to return to Pue...

Australian Top Stories

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:46:42 +1100
Rain halts Australia's drive for Ashes victory in Perth
Seemingly only rain can stop Australia reclaiming the Ashes in Perth, with the hosts in a position of immense strength having taken four English wickets on day four at the WACA.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:42:07 +1100
'Poor timing': Ribbons for sex abuse victims cut down by Catholic parishioners
Catholic parishioners in Ballarat have lined up to cut symbolic ribbons off their cathedral's iron fence in a move described as disrespectful to sexual abuse victims so soon after the royal commission findings. ...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:45:55 +1100
'Black market 101': Sydney man charged for allegedly working for North Korea
The Australian Federal Police charges a 59-year-old Sydney man for allegedly acting as an economic agent for North Korea, accusing him of brokering sales and discussing the supply of weapons of mass destruction. ...

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:15:29 +1100
Household electricity looks set to get cheaper from mid-2018
Power prices are expected to fall across Australia over the next two years — offsetting this year's price increase — when variable wind and solar generation come online, the Australian Energy Market Commission says. ...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:23:17 +1100
Opinion: Grattan: Bennelong brings Turnbull a prized Lego piece — but he still has to build the set
Malcolm Turnbull ends the year on as much of a high as possible for a leader who has lost 24 consecutive Newspolls but there are still risks ahead for the Prime Minister if he is to win the next election, Michelle Gratta...

Australian World News

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:08:14 +1100
Rodrigo Duterte says he supports same-sex marriage
The Philippines President tells a group of LGBT people he supports same-sex marriage "if that will add to your happiness", in comments likely to displease bishops in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country. ...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:43:16 +1100
US boycott push amid mass protests in Jakarta against Trump's Jerusalem decision
An estimated 80,000 people rally outside the US embassy in Jakarta in protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:37:58 +1100
Pentagon admits to running a secret multi-million-dollar UFO program
The US Defence Department says until 2012, it ran a hush-hush $22 million program to investigate unidentified flying objects — but backers claim the program remains in existence.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:31:38 +1100
Alarm over reports US health agency forbidden from using words like 'fetus' and 'transgender'
Officials at America's top public health agency are reportedly being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender", "diversity" and "science-based". ...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:44:03 +1100
Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails
US President Donald Trump's transition team says the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election obtained "tens of thousands of emails" unlawfully.

Brisbane Times Headlines

Canberra Times

Sun Dec 17 05:59:25 UTC 2017
Winx given inoculation booster to keep European campaign on the radar
Winx is back in Chris Waller's Rosehill stable for Christmas and was given an inoculation booster on Saturday as planning for 2018 begins for the champion mare.

Sun Dec 17 05:55:11 UTC 2017
Police investigating death of man who fell at a Sydney music festival
Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man at a music festival in Sydney's inner west on Saturday night, after he tripped and suffered head injuries in the fall.

Sun Dec 17 05:48:21 UTC 2017
'Chaotic': Two women dead, 17 injured after balcony collapse at Doncaster East
Two women have died and 17 people have been injured after a balcony collapsed.

Sun Dec 17 05:38:45 UTC 2017
South African party, once a symbol of hope, turns to a new leader
Nelson Mandela's African National Congress once inspired hope across Africa. It helped liberate black South Africans from white-minority rule, promoting reconciliation with former oppressors and the ideal of a postracial "Rainbow Nation." It seemed e...

Sun Dec 17 05:38:08 UTC 2017
Peter Snowden takes Bondi to Wyong Magic Millions with something in the tank
Peter Snowden has Breeders Plate runner-up Bondi where he wants him for Thursday's Wyong Magic Millions Classic.

Dominion Post

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:13:12 +1300
Government reviews 'disastrous' Kauri Dieback Programme
The Government is reviewing the kauri dieback programme, following widespread concerns not enough is being done to stop the spread of the disease killing the native trees.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:40:25 +1300
Diver missing at Flat Point Beach, in Wairarapa
A man is still missing after diving off a beach in Wairarapa.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:09:54 +1300
Cat covenant proposed for Lower Hutt subdivision - but who enforces it?
How do you enforce a covenant restricting the right to own a cat? That is the question facing Lower Hutt Forest & Bird.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:10:40 +1300
CTV families demand law changes to stop people "getting away with murder"
Families fighting for justice for the victims of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse have demanded changes in the law to close up "cracks" they say have allowed people to "get away with murder".

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:28:14 +1300
Nine hurt, one critically, after car crash in North Otago
One person is in a critical condition and eight others are hurt, two seriously, after two cars were involved in a crash on State Highway 1 near Oamaru in North Otago.

Independent Australia

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:00:00 +1000
Telstra culture and death
For the longest time, I have remained silent on my experiences working with Telstra. Now a person I knew and worked with is dead. read now...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:09:15 +1000
CARTOONS: After Bennelong
Turnbull has a plan... read now...

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +1000
Screen Themes: The Disaster Artist vs Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Things are getting a little weird at IA HQ, as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out a couple of movies about movies and ponders the troubled genius of Jim Carrey. read now...

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:30:00 +1000
Royal Commission recommends sweeping reforms for Catholic Church
There were more than four times the number of child abuse allegations against the Catholic Church than any other religious group. read now...

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:30:00 +1000
Malcolm and Lucy's Christmas mail
The Turnbulls always enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. Malcolm, especially, finds it an exciting time of the year. December 25 is not long off and their excitement is growing by the day. Join our first couple in their harbourside mansion...

New Zealand Headlines

New Zealand National

New Zealand Pacific

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:52:21 +1300
Conjecture, speculation and denial over a Tahiti journalist's disappearance
Twenty years ago today, the French Polynesian journalist Jean-Pascal Couraud disappeared without a trace. His case remains unsolved, but his family is convinced that he was a victim of a political assassination.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:50:49 +1300
About 200 turn out to protest against Samoa land laws
About 200 people marched through Samoa's capital, Apia, on Saturday, protesting against nine-year-old land laws.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:28:48 +1300
Fiji police superintendent convicted
A police superintended in Fiji has been convicted of a corruption-related offence.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:06:25 +1300
Medical colleges call for Manus Island access
Peak medical bodies are calling on the Australian government to improve the healthcare of Manus Island refugees.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:04:16 +1300
Samoan man jailed over death of his son
A Samoan man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after an assessor trial found him guilty of the manslaughter of his eldest son.

New Zealand RadioNZ

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:34:46 +1300
Wgtn City Council defends social housing clamp down
Tenants are being given ample warning if their income is too high to qualify for social housing, a Wellington City Councillor says.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:01:33 +1300
10 injured after crash near Oamaru
Ten people, including two children, are in hospital after two vehicles crashed in Maheno, near Oamaru.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:17:54 +1300
Man stable after stingray strike in Wairarapa
A stingray strike at a Wairarapa beach has put a diver in hospital with a leg wound.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:19:21 +1300
Taranaki home nearing 100-years-old lost to blaze
A nearly 100-year-old house in north Taranaki has burned to the ground.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:36:33 +1300
Diver missing off Wairarapa coast
A diver who went missing off the Wairarapa coast, north of Wellington, has still not been found.

New Zealand Top Stories

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:29:49 +1300
Two dogs maul their owner to death during a walk in the woods
US woman Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went out to look for her at the area she frequented.

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:11:59 +1300
'It breaks my heart': A Rohingya mother's pain after 60 family members murdered
Almas Khatun saw her seven children and husband murdered during a wave of massacres in Myanmar. She and thousands of other survivors now face new threats as they languish in refugee camps.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:32:35 +1300
Christchurch woman stuck with 'massive unstable hillside'
A Christchurch woman cried after a contractor she trusted dug up her hillside section, allegedly leaving it unstable and requiring more than $100,000 in works to remediate.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +1300
Hayley Young speaks out about sexual harassment and rape in NZ and UK navy
Hayley Young was raped while serving in the Navy. Now she is trying to change the culture that let it happen. Today, she speaks openly for the first time.

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:28:14 +1300
Nine hurt, one critically, after car crash in North Otago
One person is in a critical condition and eight others are hurt, two seriously, after two cars were involved in a crash on State Highway 1 near Oamaru in North Otago.

New Zealand World

Otago Daily Times

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:19:43 +1200
Lawyer: Korean triple murder suspect agrees to extradition
A man wanted in connection with murders of three of his family members in South Korea has agreed to be extradited, his lawyer has confirmed.Sungkwan Kim, 33, appeared at the North Shore District Court today where his name suppression...

Planet Tonga

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:34:38 +0000
Digicel Tonga buys shares in Tonga Cable | Matangi Tonga
Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Digicel Tonga Ltd. today bought 16.6% of Tonga Government’s shares in Tonga Cable Ltd., which amounted to USD$4.19 million equivalent to $9.1 million pa’anga, that will be used to assist in financing the extension of the ...

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:59:47 +0000
5,000 pairs of shoes for Tongan students | Matangi Tonga
Nuku’alofa, Tonga: A private gift of around 5000 pairs of shoes from Japan are being distributed by the Tonga Red Cross this week to young students at various schools in Tongatapu. Source: 5,000 pairs of shoes for Tongan students | Matang...

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:55:15 +0000
Vava’u struck with benzene shortage at busiest time | Matangi Tonga
Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Vava’u has been struck with a serious shortage of benzene this week forcing tourism operators and businesses to look for other sources of fuel – or to cut back heavily on their operations. The shortage will not be eas...

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:39:13 +0000
Earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude strikes off Tonga: USGS
Source: Earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude strikes off Tonga: USGS

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:17:12 +0000
Philippines Ambassador visits LDS church in Tonga | Matangi Tonga
Nuku’alofa, Tonga: The Ambassador of the Philippines to New Zealand, H.E. Jesus Domingo, visited the Kingdom last week. His visit was unannounced by the Tonga Government but was reported by the LDS church who greeted and welcomed Mr Domingo to ...

Sydney Morning Herald National News

Sun Dec 17 13:57:54 UTC 2017
Superquiz and Target, Monday, December 18
Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz.

Sun Dec 17 13:04:01 UTC 2017
One in 10 Australians listening to devices at harmful volume levels, study shows
One in 10 Australians are exposing themselves to harmful levels of noise through their earphones and headphones.

Sat Dec 16 08:41:45 UTC 2017
Secret Woolworths deal with Shoppies union cuts wages
The conservative union at the centre of a massive wages scandal has struck an extraordinary secret deal with Woolworths to hide from public scrutiny the pay rates of supermarket workers

Sat Dec 16 10:19:48 UTC 2017
Australia's first same-sex couples say 'I do'
A same-sex couple in Sydney has become the first to wed under Australia's new same-sex marriage laws on Saturday.

Sat Dec 16 06:38:31 UTC 2017
Pope says royal commission recommendations 'deserve to be studied seriously'
The Vatican has released a statement saying that the final report from the child abuse royal commission "deserves to be studied seriously."

Sydney Morning Herald World News

Sun Dec 17 10:12:02 UTC 2017
Multiple deaths in suicide attack on church in Quetta city, Pakistan
Two suicide attackers have opened fire inside a church in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least five people and wounding up to 16 before being stopped by police guards, officials say.

Sun Dec 17 08:00:26 UTC 2017
Rohingya crisis: 'I couldn’t save my children. It breaks my heart'
Alamas saw her seven children and husband murdered during a wave of massacres in Myanmar. She and thousands of other survivors now face new threats as they languish in refugee camps.

Sun Dec 17 05:38:45 UTC 2017
South African party, once a symbol of hope, turns to a new leader
Nelson Mandela's African National Congress once inspired hope across Africa. It helped liberate black South Africans from white-minority rule, promoting reconciliation with former oppressors and the ideal of a postracial "Rainbow Nation." It seemed e...

Sun Dec 17 04:25:42 UTC 2017
Chilean village wiped out in fatal landslide
A mudslide on Saturday tore through a small village in southern Chile near a popular national park, leaving five people dead and at least 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said.

Sun Dec 17 03:49:50 UTC 2017
Fetus, transgender, diversity: Trump officials give US health agencies a list of forbidden words
The Trump administration has informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget.

The Age

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Shorten veers left on treaty, boats
Bill Shorten has sparked a political storm over sudden policy moves that appeal to the Labor Left.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Course set for vote failure
Progressive politics is close to killing off the worthy idea of constitutional recognition of the indigenous peoples.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Labor props up budget with raids
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has ordered sweeping raids to prop up the cash-strapped state’s ailing budget.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Fears over Brexit wipe $30bn
Shares fell yesterday, wiping more than $30 billion in value, as investors braced for a British vote to leave the EU.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:15:00 GMT
‘Dole destiny’ for STEM grads
Efforts to increase the number of people studying science and maths are wrongheaded, says Productivity Commission.

The Australian

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Shorten veers left on treaty, boats
Bill Shorten has sparked a political storm over sudden policy moves that appeal to the Labor Left.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Course set for vote failure
Progressive politics is close to killing off the worthy idea of constitutional recognition of the indigenous peoples.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Labor props up budget with raids
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has ordered sweeping raids to prop up the cash-strapped state’s ailing budget.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT
Fears over Brexit wipe $30bn
Shares fell yesterday, wiping more than $30 billion in value, as investors braced for a British vote to leave the EU.

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:15:00 GMT
‘Dole destiny’ for STEM grads
Efforts to increase the number of people studying science and maths are wrongheaded, says Productivity Commission.

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