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  1. Australia's Cocos Keeling Islands threatened by Christmas Day cyclone

    Headlines

    Wed, 24 Dec 2014

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Residents of the Cocos Keeling Islands, a remote Australian territory northwest of the mainland, are bracing for possible winds gusting up to 150 kph (90 mph) from a cyclone due to pass near the islands on Thursday.

  2. Australia's Cocos Keeling Islands threatened by Christmas Day cyclone

    Headlines

    Wed, 24 Dec 2014

    SYDNEY, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Residents of the Cocos Keeling Islands, a remote Australian territory northwest of the mainland, are bracing for possible winds gusting up to 150 kph (90 mph) from a cyclone due to pass near the islands on Thursday.

  3. Australia shares higher as upbeat Wall St gives pre-Christmas lift

    Headlines

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    SYDNEY, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Australian shares edged higher on Wednesday as investors took a breather in a shortened Christmas Eve session and falling iron ore prices undercut an upbeat lead from Wall...

  4. Australia shares slightly higher as iron ore slump offsets U.S. fervour

    Headlines

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    * Trading choppy, thin ahead of Christmas (Adds analysis, quotes, stocks on the move)

  5. Australian foreign minister hopeful Egypt will release Al Jazeera journalist

    Headlines

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    SYDNEY, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday the case of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste is "under consideration" by high levels of the Egyptian government and she is hopeful of his release by the end of the year.

  6. Fitch Affirms Australia's Telstra at 'A' on Pacnet Acquisition

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    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    (The following statement was released by the rating agency) SYDNEY, December 23 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed Telstra Corporation Limited's (Telstra) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and senior unsecured rating at 'A'. The Outlook on the IDR is Stable. The Short-Term IDR and the ...

  7. REFILE-UPDATE 1-Anti-terror police arrest two in Sydney week after siege

    Headlines

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    SYDNEY, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Australian counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they arrested two men in Sydney, eight days after a 16-hour siege in a central city cafe ended with the deaths of two hostages and a gunman with radical Islamist sympathies.

  8. Two men arrested in Sydney by anti-terror police

    Headlines

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    SYDNEY, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Two men have been arrested in Sydney in a "counter terrorism operation", Australian police said on Wednesday, a week after a 16-hour siege in a central city cafe ended with the deaths of two hostages and a gunman with radical Islamist sympathies.

  9. Increase in Canterbury Earthquake Costs Expected to be Covered by Reinsurance

    Commentary

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    Insurance Australia Group now estimates that ..... 2011 earthquakes that hit New Zealand 's Canterbury region ..... claims costs. Insurance Australia Group also reaffirmed ..... We expect Insurance Australia Group to meet its insurance

  10. FOREX- Australian dollar hits 4-1/2-yr low on China growth worries

    Headlines

    Tue, 23 Dec 2014

    LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) - The Australian dollar hit a 4-1/2-year trough against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as prices of iron for construction fell in China amid weak demand from the property...

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