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1 hr ago | The Globe and Mail

Australia probes 'threats' against hospitals days after stepping up terror alert

Australian police were investigating "threats" on Monday against four hospitals in the city of Sydney amid reports of at least one being partially evacuated over a bomb threat, just days after the country raised its terror alert level to "high". Patients and hospital staff were evacuated from parts of Prince of Wales Private Hospital, while police also went to Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Longueville Private hospital and Royal North Shore hospital, media reported.

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2 hrs ago | NEWS.com.au

Qld dog stabbed for disobedience

THE 65-year-old Cairns resident faces up to seven years jail for allegedly stabbing his labrador Tangles with a small kitchen knife on Saturday night. "His story was that the dog was being disobedient and we believe that alcohol was involved," Senior Constable Heidi Marek told AAP.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Scoop

RESEND: Infratil shares gain on Australian energy sale

Infratil shares rose to the highest in more than six years on the prospect of a capital return after the A$605 million sale of its Australian energy operations, which will generate a $44 million fee for manager HRL Morrison and Co. The Wellington-based company sold Lumo Energy and Direct Connect Australia after reviewing its ownership of the assets in May, and the deal is expected to complete at the end of this month, Infratil said in a statement late on Friday.

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Daily Mail

Was Australian mining executive MURDERED in Peru? Three arrested...

Was Australian mining executive MURDERED in Peru? Three arrested after man found dead in his apartment surrounded by drugs after spending the night with three women The death of an Australian mining executive who was found dead in his apartment in Peru surrounded by drugs is now the subject of a murder investigation. Jeff Hunter's body was discovered in the luxury unit he rented in Miraflores, Lima, with a plastic bag on his head, after he had spent the night with three women.

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The New Zealand Herald

South Australia: Filling up in ocean's pantry

High praise indeed. The waitress was describing the banana pancakes on the menu at Sarins in the Port Lincoln Hotel.

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The Republic

Competitor dies during Ironman event in Australia

Officials said a 39-year-old male competitor died Sunday after being pulled unconscious from the swim portion of an Ironman event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Ironman Asia Pacific chief executive Geoff Meyer confirmed the man from Victoria state suffered a suspected heart attack during the 1.9-kilometer swim leg in the Pacific Ocean surf off Mooloolaba.

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Merimbula News Weekly

Bega Roosters give Narooma Devils hell: Photos

However, a strong series of tackles by the Devils fell apart as Marty Scott-Thomas intercepted a cut-out pass and ran a solo 80-metre effort to put the Roosters well ahead. With the first half dwindling down, it was the head-geared captain-coach Ryan Apps , making a big break through the Narooma line to score under the posts right on the siren.

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Yahoo!

Australia commits 600 troops to anti-IS campaign

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday Australia would deploy 600 troops to the United Arab Emirates to join the US-led international coalition gearing up for war against Islamic State jihadists. Abbott's announcement comes two days after Canberra lifted its terror alert level to "high" on growing concern about Australian jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

ABC News

Homeless Australians expected to live until just 46

ELIZABETH JACKSON: A snapshot of Australia's homeless has revealed an alarming statistic. According to Homelessness Australia, the average life expectancy of Australians who live on the street is just 46 years.

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Vibe

Watch: Kanye West Pauses During Australia Show To Demand That Fans Stand

During a Melbourne, Australia stop on his Yeezus tour, Kanye West refused to continue with his performance of "Good Life" until everyone in the crowd was on their feet - except of course, for those who were unable to be. "I can't do this song if there's anybody in here sitting down," he said.

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Stourbridgenews.co.uk

Top tucker served Down Under

"How about we cook a kangaroo tail for afternoon tea, Pete?" suggests my charismatic aboriginal host Neville, as I cast a fishing rod into the river and keep an eye out for crocodiles. It seems a strange choice for a pastime usually associated with sandwiches and cakes, but having developed a taste for 'roo burger' on a previous trip Down Under, this is one bush tucker trial I won't be turning down.

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The Age

Baby Gammy's Thai surrogate mother wants to come to Australia

Baby Gammy's Thai surrogate mother wants to travel to Australia to see his twin sister Pipah, saying she cannot break her bond with the girl she carried in her womb. "Every day I look at Gammy and see Pipah in his eyes," says 21-year-old Pattharamon Janbua, who agreed last year to be a surrogate mother.

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Science Daily

No innocent bystander: Cartilage contributes to arthritis

Cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodeling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought, researchers report. Dr Tommy Liu and colleagues have discovered cartilage plays an active role in rheumatoid arthritis and is not an 'innocent bystander' as previously thought.

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KCCI-TV Des Moines

Australia raises terror alert level to 'high'

Australia has raised its terror alert level to "high" for the first time since the national alert system was introduced in 2003. According to the four-level system, a reading of "high" means a terrorist attack "is likely," however the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said no specific threat had been made.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

'Australians also see Abbott as a terror'

A Labor MP has broken her party's stance of bipartisan support for raising the terror alert, branding Prime Minister Tony Abbott a "terror" and criticising the Coalition's domestic policies. The West Australian MP Alannah MacTiernan took to Twitter late on Friday night tweeting: "The Jihadi threat is real but many Australians also see Abbott as a terror as he takes a wrecking ball to our social infrastructure".

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Sydney Morning Herald

Incest allegations: matriarch found guilty

The matriarch of a family where 12 children were removed from a farm in south-western NSW in 2012 amid allegations of neglect, child abuse and incest has been found guilty in Moss Vale Local court of attempting to remove two of her sons from foster care. The 48-year-old woman, Betty Colt - a pseudonym assigned for legal reasons - was also found guilty of procuring a child to commit the crime of kidnapping.

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The Billings Outpost

Australian bluesman Harper has new album

Called "Bare Bones," it's a collaborative album with fellow Detroit-based bluesman Motor City Josh.

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Reuters

Nurse who took Australian royal prank call committed suicide, inquest rules

A nurse found dead in her lodgings after answering a prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy two years ago committed suicide, an inquest ruled on Friday. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in December 2012, three days after she answered the call from Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

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ABC News

Anembo Park sports complex fire: Man accused of arson at Littlehampton clubrooms refused bail

A man has faced court over a fire that left a damage bill of about $200,000 for an Adelaide Hills sports complex. Steven Andrew Timmins, 32, faced the Magistrates Court at Mount Barker where a police prosecutor opposed bail due to the seriousness of the arson charge and citing a risk of reoffending.

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South China Morning Post

Australia elevates terrorism threat to second-highest level

The Australian government on Friday elevated its terrorism threat level to the second highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the increase from "medium" to "high" on a four-tier scale on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

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