UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014
By United Press International
At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

Australia's ABC investigates biased reporting allegations

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Australia's national broadcaster is investigating allegations of reporting bias, especially in its coverage of politics and asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Australia's governor general strays into republic debate

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Australia's prime minister has defended the right of the governor general -- representative of the British monarchy as Australia's head of state -- to declare her support for Australia becoming a republic.
Former Australia PM Keven Rudd resigns from Parliament

Former Australia PM Keven Rudd resigns from Parliament

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced Wednesday he would retire from politics at week's end, telling Parliament it was time for him to go.

Australia's political parties claim asylum seeker success

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Both Australia's newly elected Liberal Party coalition and the ousted Labor Party claim their get-tough policy on illegal boat asylum seekers is showing results.

Australia's opposition Labor Party elects ex-union boss

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Australia's federal Labor Party narrowly elected a long-time union boss as its leader in an attempt to regroup after losing power in last month's general election.

Julia Gillard: Labor had 'cynical and shallow' message for Australia

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Saturday Labor lost the election because the party sent Australians "a very cynical and shallow message."

Australia reiterates tough asylum boat policy

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Australia's new government said it will make good its promise to crackdown on asylum seeker boat arrivals and people smugglers.

Australia's new government a boost to mining industry?

SYDNEY, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Resource sector leaders in Australia applauded the election Saturday of Tony Abbott as the country's new prime minister.

Conservative coalition leader Tony Abbott claims victory in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Tony Abbott told supporters "Australia is under new management" as he claimed victory in Saturday's parliamentary election.

Rudd, Abbott stump for votes before Australia's election

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he needs to win over between 300,000 and 400,000 voters, vowing to campaign until the last possible moment.

Australian police arrest suspected people smugglers

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Australia's national police force arrested five suspected people smugglers during coordinated dawn raids in four states.

Western Australia ready to assist Africa's mining sector

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Resource-rich Western Australia has signaled it wants to work with African governments to help boost their mining industries.
Security delays work of U.N. inspectors in Syria

Security delays work of U.N. inspectors in Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.N. weapons inspectors in Syria shelved their work in Damascus for a day because of lingering concerns for their safety, the secretary-general said Tuesday.
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Kevin Rudd
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd in the Oval office of the White House in Washington on March 24, 2009. (UPI PhotoGary Fabiano/Pool)

Kevin Michael Rudd (born 21 September 1957) is an Australian politician who was the 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010. He has been Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2010. A member of the Australian Labor Party, Rudd has served in the House of Representatives since the 1998 federal election, representing Griffith, Queensland.

Rudd was born in Queensland and grew up on a dairy farm. He joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 15 and was dux of Nambour State High School in 1974. He studied an arts degree in Asian studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Chinese language and Chinese history. In 1981, he married Thérèse Rein and they have three children. He worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1981 and from 1988 he was Chief of Staff to the Queensland Labor Opposition Leader and later Premier, Wayne Goss. After the Goss government lost office in 1995, Rudd was hired as a Senior China Consultant by the accounting firm KPMG Australia.

Rudd was elected to Parliament in 1998 and was promoted to the Labor frontbench in 2001 as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. In December 2006 he had become the leader of the Labor party and Leader of the Opposition; the party overtook the incumbent Liberal/National coalition government led by John Howard, in both party and leadership polling. Rudd made policy announcements on areas such as industrial relations, climate change, an "education revolution", a National Broadband Network, and health. Labor won the 2007 election, with a 23-seat swing. The Rudd government's first acts included signing the Kyoto Protocol and delivering an apology to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations. The previous government's industrial relations legislation, WorkChoices, was largely dismantled, Australia's remaining Iraq War combat personnel were withdrawn, and the "Australia 2020 Summit" was held. In response to the Global Financial Crisis, the government provided economic stimulus packages, and Australia was one of the few western countries to avoid the late-2000s recession.

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