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Northrop trials Aussie biometric ID system

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has delivered the trial proof of concept for an automated biometric information system for the Australian Department of Defense.

Ex-Turkish-Cypriot leader Denktash dies

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Rauf Denktash, a longtime leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, has died in Nicosia, Cyprus, United Nations officials said Saturday. He was 87.

Envoy: Cyrpus talks making progress

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Cypriot leaders discussing reunification of the Greek and Turkish sectors of the island are making progress, a U.N. official said Thursday.

Australia may have to wait for U.N. seat

SYDNEY, March 2 (UPI) -- Australia reportedly must wait at least a decade to pursue a seat on the United Nations Security Council because of a previous administration's decision.

BMD Focus: BMD around the world -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The dramatic progress posted by nations such as the United States, Russia, Israel, Japan, India and even Iran in ballistic missile defense was balanced by the complacency for loss of political will on the issue in many other countries. For every "hare" nation on BMD in 2007, there was also a "tortoise."
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Aussie Liberal Party leadership up in air

SYDNEY, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A handful of government ministers is vying to lead Australia's Liberal Party, which lost its two most senior officeholders in last week's elections.

Atlantic Eye: Howard's painful finale

SEATTLE, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The writing had been on the wall for over a year. But even 48 hours ago I did not quite believe that Prime Minister Howard would lose the Australian federal elections. I certainly didn’t believe he would lose his own parliamentary seat; he hasn’t -- yet -- but it is too close to call.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Aussie PM calls for restraint in Pakistan

SYDNEY, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called for an early return to democracy in Pakistan.

Fiji to return to democracy in 2009

SYDNEY, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The military leader of Fiji has agreed to have elections in early 2009.

Bush, Howard sign defense trade treaty

SYDNEY, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush, during his first full day in Australia, signed a defense trade cooperation treaty with Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

S. Africa considers refugee permits

PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The South African home affairs minister suggested Tuesday that refugees from Zimbabwe be given temporary residence permits.

Report: Australia OK's uranium to India

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Australia’s National Security Committee has approved a move to sell uranium to India.

Australia mulls uranium sale to India

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Australia looks set to end its ban on selling uranium to India if New Delhi’s civilian nuclear deal with Washington is approved.

Atlantic Eye: Leading by example

YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- President Bush has advocated “creating democracy” world-wide. A meritorious goal, whose strategic implementation has been an abject failure.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Australia warns of terrorism in Indonesia

CANBERRA, Australia, July 8 (UPI) -- The Australia Department of Foreign Affairs is asking Australians to avoid travel to Indonesia, citing concerns that terrorists may strike there soon.

Alleged Aussie extremists detained

SYDNEY, June 25 (UPI) -- Three Australians, allegedly members of an extremist Muslim group, were arrested in Lebanon.

Fiji expels New Zealand high commissioner

CANBERRA, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark condemned a decision by Fiji to expel her country's high commissioner, Michael Green.

Aussie foreign minister heading for U.S.

CANBERRA, Australia, May 21 (UPI) -- Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will discuss the war in Iraq and terrorism with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week.

Australia wants Zimbabwe Tour canceled

CANBERRA, Australia, May 11 (UPI) -- Australia may cancel a planned September tour of Zimbabwe by its cricket team because it might be seen as supporting embattled President Robert Mugabe. Any tour would assume a high profile as Australia's national team won the just-concluded World Cup in t

Presidential voting begins in Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, April 9 (UPI) -- Polling began quietly in troubled Timor-Leste, in the election to replace independence leader Xanana Gusmao as president.

Flexibility sought on N. Korea funds

BEIJING, April 5 (UPI) -- China Thursday asked all countries involved in the talks on North Korea's nuclear program to show more flexibility over release of funds for the north.

Aussie government welcomes detainee's plea

CANBERRA, Australia, March 27 (UPI) -- Australian officials have welcomed Guantanamo detainee David Hicks' guilty plea to charges of providing material support for terrorism.

Aussies targeted in Timor-Leste riots

DILI, Timor-Leste, March 5 (UPI) -- The government of Timor-Leste may impose a state of emergency to halt two days of civil unrest in the Pacific island nation.

Six nations hold anti-terror summit

JAKARTA, March 5 (UPI) -- Six Asia-Pacific nations are holding a two-day meeting in Jakarta to discuss ways of fighting Islamic radicalism and how to prepare for a mass terror attack.

No changes in Aussie troop numbers in Iraq

SYDNEY, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Australian government has no plans to change the number of its troops -- about 1,400 -- serving in Iraq.
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