China Focus: China's FTAs with ROK, Australia take effect

December 21, 2015 by · Comments Off on China Focus: China's FTAs with ROK, Australia take effect 

QINGDAO, Shandong, Dec. 20 — China's free trade agreements (FTAs) with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and australia took effect Sunday, saving billions in tariffs for companies from the countries.

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Taylor Swift meets fan suffering from hearing loss

December 2, 2015 by · Comments Off on Taylor Swift meets fan suffering from hearing loss 

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 — Singer Taylor Swift granted the wish of a young fan, suffering from hearing loss, by meeting her in australia over the weekend.

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One in ten future Australian teachers fail simple literacy, numeracy exam

December 2, 2015 by · Comments Off on One in ten future Australian teachers fail simple literacy, numeracy exam 

CANBERRA, Dec. 1 — Almost one in ten of Australia's future teachers have failed a nationwide literacy and numeracy trial exam designed to weed out those unfit to educate the next generation of Australians.

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Australian FM defends 'redirection' of USD 720M in foreign aid

December 1, 2015 by · Comments Off on Australian FM defends 'redirection' of USD 720M in foreign aid 

CANBERRA, Dec. 1 — Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday defended the "redirection" of at least USD 720 million of aid to help fund climate-change schemes for Australia's less affluent Pacific neighbors.

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Peru's Machu Picchu named for top National Geographic travel award

November 19, 2015 by · Comments Off on Peru's Machu Picchu named for top National Geographic travel award 

LIMA, Nov. 19 — The Incan site of Machu Picchu has been nominated for the Overseas Attraction prize in the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards, Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva, said Wednesday.

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PHL, Aussie ink partnership to strengthen TVET

November 19, 2015 by · Comments Off on PHL, Aussie ink partnership to strengthen TVET 

MANILA, Nov. 18 — The Philippines, through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and australia sealed a partnership agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation and mutual assistance in technical vocational education and training (TVET) in their respective countries.

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Australian rugby fans angry at 'unfair' World Cup final start time

October 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on Australian rugby fans angry at 'unfair' World Cup final start time 

CANBERRA, Oct. 29 — Australian rugby fans have expressed their disappointment at a decision by Rugby World Cup organizers to schedule the start of the final at unsociable times for southern hemisphere viewers.

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Chinese firm buys 45% stake of Australia's 4th largest beef producer

October 29, 2015 by · Comments Off on Chinese firm buys 45% stake of Australia's 4th largest beef producer 

CANBERRA, Oct. 28 — Australia's fourth largest meat processor has sold a 45 percent stake in its business to Chinese company Shan Dong Delisi Food Co Ltd, in an early test of the new free trade agreement terms.

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Rugby World Cup attendance passes 2 million

October 21, 2015 by · Comments Off on Rugby World Cup attendance passes 2 million 

LONDON, Oct. 19 — The total attendance for the 2015 Rugby World Cup has exceeded two million after the quarterfinal matches last weekend.

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Australian dollar edging up on Wednesday

October 7, 2015 by · Comments Off on Australian dollar edging up on Wednesday 

SYDNEY, Oct. 7 — The Australian dollar continued to rise on Wednesday overnight trading after Australia's Reserve Bank's decision to leave the cash rate on hold.

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