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Drenching rains unleashed by a tropical cyclone have left vast tracts of Queensland state under water, with 1,000 evacuations and 38 regions declared natural disaster areas.  (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

 

The torrential rain that produced bowler-friendly conditions that helped England retain the Ashes has caused major disruption to world's largest exporter of coal.

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Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Netherlands have called on both whalers and protestors to show restraint.

 

Australia has joined New Zealand, the United States and the Netherlands in a call for whalers and protesters in the Southern Ocean to ensure the safety of life at sea.

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CALAMBA, Laguna — President Benigno Aquino III acknowledged the mistake his legal team committed in drafting the amnesty proclamation for detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other soldiers that mutinied against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seven years ago.

Nov. 19, 2010

 

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MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III joined other world leaders in welcoming the release of pro-democracy leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi by the Myanmar military junta and called for the immediate release of her fellow political detainees.

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Julia Gillard meets with Barak Obama at the APEC summit.  (PICTURE: Ray Strange)

President Barack Obama has lauded Australia as a key player in the Asian economy as he held his first talks with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and invited her to Washington next year.

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