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THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2011
Soldiers accused over
asylum boat tragedy
THREE Indonesian soldiers are being investigated over their alleged
involvement in last weekend’s asylum seeker boat tragedy.
Up to 200 people are feared drowned after their boat capsized in rough
seas off East Java, 60km into its voyage to Christmas Island.
At least 47 survivors were rescued after the ship, which had a capacity
of 100 but was carrying 250 mostly Afghan and Iranian migrants, sank
40 nautical miles off eastern Java on Saturday.
Indonesian national police General Crimes Division director Brigadier
General Aridono Sukmanto has told the ABC that a group of soldiers is
being investigated over the disaster.
Indonesian rescuers carry a bag bearing a body of an asylum seeker recovered from the sea off Banyuwangi
town after an overloaded boat capsized en route to Australia. Photo: Anton Saverius/AFP
Qld exec took bribes
$950m plane sales to Australia
WASHINGTON - The US government has approved the sales of
10 military transport planes and other equipment to Australia
worth $US950 million ($A945.60 million).
Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on
Wednesday it has notified Congress of the sales... Read more
Cold case unit for sex crimes
AN ELITE police squad is being set up to try to solve 90 of
Victoria’s worst unsolved sex crimes.
The Herald Sun says the sex crimes cold case unit is confident
technological advances will enable it to crack dozens of
outstanding cases going back 30 years. Read more
Smith ‘sat on’ Skype report
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith has been accused of sitting on
a report into the Australian Defence Force Academy’s handling
of the Skype scandal because it is personally embarrassing. Read
David Ellery’s report in The Age.
Microsoft goes it alone
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp is pulling out of the International
Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the
It’s joining Apple in saying that it prefers to put on its own events
when the time is right to show off its products. Read more
Smoke and mirrors
THE Gillard government is accusing
tobacco giant Philip Morris of engaging in
corporate restructuring as a ‘’trick’’ to find
new legal avenues to challenge its cigarette
plain packaging laws.
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is arguing a
challenge by the company under a bilateral
trade treaty with Hong Kong should be
thrown out because the company’s Asian
division did not acquire its shareholding in
the Australian arm until almost a year after
the plain-packaging policy... Read more
WikiLeaks defence rests
CHRIS LEFKOW : AFP
FORT MEADE, Maryland - Lawyers for
Bradley Manning, accused of spilling
secrets to WikiLeaks, have rested their
defence at a hearing to determine if the US
soldier should face a court-martial.
Closing arguments were scheduled for 9am
on Thursday (1230 Friday, Adelaide) in
the case involving one of the most serious
intelligence breaches in US history.
The defence team said after calling two
witnesses that it was ready... Read more
A US judge has sentenced Australian
construction manager Neil Campbell to 22
months behind bars after he pleaded guilty
to seeking $US190,000 in bribes while
working in Afghanistan.
Handing down her sentence in the US
District Court in Washington DC, Judge
Rosemary Collyer described the jail term
as “just”, while acknowledging Campbell’s
crime could have been the... Read more
Rihanna slur sacking
AMSTERDAM - The editor of a Dutch
fashion magazine has been fired after
the publication used a racial slur to refer
to Barbados-born Rihanna, setting off a
social media furore and prompting an
outraged response from the singer.
Eva Hoeke, editor of Jackie, and the
magazine’s publisher said in a joint
statement on Facebook that the misuse of a
racial slur “ultimate niggabitch” was cause
for Hoeke’s departure after... Read more
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