Australian Overseas Tourist Arrivals Continue to Grow

CANBERRA The latest Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), showed that visitors from China grew by 14 percent in November 2012, buoyed by the additional seat capacity created by the introduction of direct flights from Shanghai to Cairns. Australia’s overseas arrivals have continued to grow strongly through 2012, […]

Sri Lanka to Offer Dual Citizenship

COLOMBO Sri Lanka is to offer dual citizenship for Sri Lankan expatriates from this year, a statement by the presidential media unit said. The statement said that the Immigration and Emigration Department will now restart processing dual citizenship applications from expatriate Sri Lankans under new regulations. Sri Lanka last year suspended processing dual citizenship applications […]

Bushfires Continue to Burn in Tasmania

CANBERRA Bushfires continued to ravage Australia’s island state of Tasmania, with more hot weather expected for the week. Police feared that there might be lost lives as nearly 100 people have been feared missing. Latest news from the police showed that most of the reported missing people have been accounted for and no deaths have […]

Globe Greets 2013 in Rolling New Year’s Party

NEW YORK A million people crammed into New York’s Times Square on Tuesday to greet the New Year in a global party that kicked off in Australia before rolling around the world in a non-stop chain of firework displays. An estimated one billion television viewers around the world also watched the Big Apple extravaganza, which […]

Australia Police Withdraw from East Timor

DILI Australia withdrew its last remaining police officers from East Timor as international forces wind up a 13-yearpresence in Asia’s youngest nation, where thousands have died in political turmoil. The eight Australian officers serving with the UN Police boarded a Darwin-bound plane from the capital Dili as the United Nations prepares to officially end its […]

Doomsday Rumors Trigger Panic Buying, Reflection

BEIJING Candles and matches have almost sold out in two southwest China counties following online rumors of a coming doomsday event that some believe will bring the end of the world. Panic buying in Shuangliu and Longchang counties, both located in Sichuan province, was stirred by rumors of “three consecutive days of darkness after Dec. […]

Singapore Speaker Resigns in Fresh Sex Scandal

SINGAPORE Singapore’s parliamentary Speaker announced his resignation Wednesday after confessing he had an extramarital affair with a community worker, setting off a fresh sex scandal in the city-state. Michael Palmer, 44, a married father of one who was only sworn in as Speaker in October 2011, also quit his seat in parliament and membership of […]

Australia Central Bank Cuts Interest Rate to 3.0%

SYDNEY Australia’s central bank cut the official interest rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 3.0 percent, a level not seen since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009. Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens said ongoing troubles in Europe and the United States were overshadowing global growth prospects, with […]