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puts bailout at risk
ATHENS: Greece has thrown the eurozone back into deep crisis and
financial markets into panic with a shock call for a referendum on a
debt rescue reached with huge difficulty only five days ago.
Prime Minister George Papandreou’s announcements of confidence
and referendum votes hit global stocks, angered EU leaders and relit
warnings about the future of the eurozone - all just as G20 leaders
head for a summit in France.
Italy was thrown back into the danger zone, and its borrowing rates
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German... Read more
Abbott denies Qantas cover-up
OPPOSITION leader Tony Abbott has
denied government claims that he
was covering up what he knew about
Qantas’s plans to ground its fleet and
lock out workers, as the airline’s chief
executive Alan Joyce prepares to face
a grilling from politicians. Mr Abbott rejected Labor suggestions
he had been given a heads-up from Qantas about the grounding
and lockout. But shadow treasurer Joe Hockey said that Qantas
had been canvassing the option around Parliament House -
including with him - for weeks.
Read Michelle Grattan’s report in The Age.
Jet lands on belly
A BOEING 767 with 231 people on
board has made an emergency
landing, skidding down the runway
on its belly at Warsaw Airport after its
landing gear failed.
Fire and ambulance crews were deployed and all 220 passengers
and 11 crew on the plane of national carrier LOT Polish Airlines
were able to disembark safely.
“The Boeing 767-300 with 220 passengers aboard travelling from
Newark [in the United States] made a successful emergency
landing after its landing gear failed to deploy,”...
Prosecutors show youth a kindly face
in Bali drug trial
INDONESIAN prosecutors have expressed
sympathy for the Australian schoolboy facing
drug charges in Bali, in a positive sign for the
14-year-old at the end of the first day of his
trial. After the drama of battling a media pack
at the Denpasar courthouse yesterday, the boy
from Morisset Park in New South Wales was
said to have been comforted by judge Amser
Simanjuntak and prosecutors, who told him
they were ‘’family’’ and he had nothing to fear.
Read the full report in The Age.
Women still struggling for equality
NEW YORK: Women are closing the gender gap on men in
health and education but still cannot get a firm foot in the
political and business doors, an international study says.
Women hold less than 20 per cent of key national positions,
said the World Economic Forum in its Global Gender review
of 135 nations.
While 85 per cent of the countries have made some progress in
the past six years, women’s rights are declining in the rest of the
world, notably in several African and South American countries.
International scores for health and education have improved
with 96 per cent of the health benchmarks and... Read more
Light drinkers have higher cancer risk
WASHINGTON: Light to moderate alcohol drinkers have an increased
risk of breast cancer compared to women who do not drink beer, wine
or liquor, says a US study.
Women who drink three to six glasses of alcohol per week have a 15 per
cent higher risk of getting breast cancer than women who do not drink,
said the research led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard
Medical School. Read more
17th century coin unearthed
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a Chinese coin minted between
1667 and 1671 at a planned mine site in the Yukon, suggesting early
trade with Canada’s far north.
The 340-year-old Chinese coin was found during a dig in June within
the Selkirk First Nation’s traditional territory on the historic Dyea to
Fort Selkirk trade route.
Information stamped on the money indicates it was... Read more
Gillard heads to G20 maelstrom
DOMESTIC political pressures in Europe and the US are set to make it
hard for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other G20 leaders summit to
reach much consensus on solutions to global economic uncertainty.
As the southern French coastal city of Cannes went into security
lockdown, Prime Minister Julia Gillard was due to arrive today to meet
with business leaders ahead of the summit itself.
Ms Gillard said before she left that the European debt... Read more
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