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Cricket: England Ashes Win 3-0

  • August 26th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cricket Ashes win 2013England came very close to a 4-0 series win for the first time in history against Australia, on Sunday, going to the brink of a victory when bad light closed down play.

The match was drawn; the second draw in the five-test series.

The Australian cricket team that began the series in lackluster form put in some disciplined bowling attacks, and eventually settled on a top order batting line-up for the new test series beginning in Brisbane on 21.11.13. … Read More »

Egypt Tragedy: Appeals from outside make little difference…

  • August 18th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Egypt pyramids 2-1Egypt’s military-based regime looked determined to break resistance from the Moslem Brotherhood movement, no matter what pressure it received from outside; moving on the weekend against resistants congregated in mosques.

European governments and the United States tried to get restraint after security forces began their advance against protestors assembled within large compounds in two parts of Cairo, on Wednesday (14.8.13) – causing hundreds of deaths. … Read More »

‘Green-on-Blue’ assailant killed in Afghanistan …

  • August 16th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Afghanistan - where our troops workAllied forces have killed a former Afghan soldier who shot and wounded two of  his comrades in uniform, and seriously wounded three Australian soliders, in Ourzgan province, in November 2011. … Read More »

Europe Back to (modest) growth: Canberra envoy unsurprised …

  • August 16th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

david-daly-2-reducedThe European Union’s Ambassador in Australia, David Daley, says emphatically Europe won’t be going broke and won’t be disbanding the Euro currency.

Two days after his comments in response to a student audience in Brisbane on 12.8.13, official figures came out in his support, showing the Eurozone in the last quarter edging out of recession. … Read More »

Eiffel Tower: Terror alert, great art, life goes on …

  • August 12th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Mural eiffel 2 eiffel tower close2 The recent intensification of security precautions against a possible terrorist attack even caused a rare closing-down of visits to the Eiffel Tower.

Those looking out for the already-famous roof-top mural, in the name of Lena Nyadbi, could not have been amused. … Read More »

People Smuggling: Who wants a €40000 ticket?

  • August 11th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

Refugees - UNPolice in Spain and France have rounded up 70 members of a gang they say has been smuggling people from China into Europe and the United States.

In Italy, with the Summer peak for boat arrivals now approaching, six have died as a fishing boat from North Africa with over 100 passengers foundered on the shore, at a swimming beach near Catania in Sicily.

Australia’s part in the refugee drama has officials waiting to see the impacts of the “PNG policy”, diverting all arrivals to an island in Papua New Guinea, or to neighbouring Nauru – as a disincentive to boat trips promising settlement in Australia. … Read More »

Battles Over G20

  • August 9th, 2013
  • Posted by EU Australia

G20 session 2The G20 meeting of world leaders early next month at St Petersburg has become the focus of some urgent curtain-raisers.

The American President Barack Obama has cancelled a side summit with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Further South, the lure of the world stage at the G20 was factored into thinking about when to hold elections in Australia, by the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. … Read More »

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