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Asia Pacific Mar 23, 2016

Australia announces fund for clean energy, in break with past

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the country would establish a 1 billion Australian dollar ($760 million) fund for innovation in clean energy, a major departure from his predecessor's much-maligned approach to climate change. Conservative former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was criticized by ...

Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids: sources

World Jan 23, 2016

Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids: sources

The competition for a 50 billion Australian dollar ($34.55 billion) contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany's Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has lost ground over technical concerns, multiple sources said. Australia ...

Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

World / Social Issues Sep 3, 2015

Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful — and dangerous — places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide. The act of taking a picture of oneself ...

Japan to join U.S., Australia drills amid growing China tensions

National May 27, 2015

Japan to join U.S., Australia drills amid growing China tensions

Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions build over China's island-building in the South China Sea. While only 40 Japanese officers and soldiers will take part in ...

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

National May 29, 2014

Tokyo, Canberra test sub fleet export waters

Japan will get the chance to pursue an unprecedented military export deal when its defense and foreign ministers meet their Australian counterparts in Tokyo next month. Japan is considering selling submarine technology to Australia — perhaps even a fleet of fully engineered, stealthy vessels, according ...