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Australian PM Abbott bats away leadership speculation SYDNEY: Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday dismissed heated speculation he will be dumped by his conservative colleagues, saying he expected to lead his party to the next election.After reports that Abbott may not survive another challenge to his leadership, the prime minister was asked whether he expected to be in his job by the end of next week."Other people can obsess about this kind of insider gossip, but I'm certainly not going to," he said, stressing that voters should make the decision on who runs the country."I was elected to be prime minister. The government was elected to govern the country."The people expect the government and the prime minister they elect to go forward doing the job that we were elected to do, and then to submit ourselves to their judgement at the next election. And that's certainly what I expect to be doing."Abbott survived a leadership ...

Indonesia's Widodo 'considering position' on death row Australians SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday offered a glimmer of hope for two men facing imminent execution in Indonesia after phoning President Joko Widodo who he said was "carefully considering his position".Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were arrested for trying to traffic heroin out of Indonesia in 2005 and sentenced to death the following year.Their appeals for presidential clemency, typically the final chance of ...
Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew still in ICU: government SINGAPORE: Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has been put on antibiotics and remains in intensive care at a government hospital, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Thursday.The update came after the government had to quash widespread rumours late Wednesday that the 91-year-old patriarch had died. "He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation. His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely," the government statement said.Lee, ...
Australia researchers create 'world first' 3D-printed jet engines MELBOURNE: Australian researchers said Thursday they have created two jet engines using 3D printing in what is described a world-first that has attracted the interest of major manufacturers and engineering firms.The machines -- produced using the template of a gas turbine engine from French aircraft engine maker Safran, which supplies Airbus and Boeing -- demonstrated the potential 3D printing had to produce high-quality products, researchers from Melbourne's Monash University said."The significance... is the recognition by ...
Indonesia prays Islamic tourism drive can draw more visitors SENGGIGI: Just a short hop from the Indonesian holiday hotspot of Bali, a Saudi tourist and his family listen to the call to prayer as the sun goes down on Lombok, the self-styled "island of 1,000 mosques".Lombok is at the centre of an Islamic tourism drive in Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Muslim population and is hoping to boost the number of visitors from wealthy Middle Eastern countries.While aiming to continue to attract Western ...
Gunman kills three in rare shooting in South Korea SEOUL: A gunman in South Korea shot dead three people in a convenience store which he then torched Wednesday in an apparent revenge attack on the family of his former lover, media reports said.The suspect's body was later discovered on the bank of a nearby river in an apparent suicide, Yonhap news agency said.Gun crime is very rare in South Korea and the incident in the southern city of Sejong, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south ...
Australian police probe 'inducement' claims in rights chief row SYDNEY: The Australian government's woes deepened Wednesday after police said they were looking into claims a senior official broke the law by allegedly offering an inducement for the Human Rights Commission chief to resign.The president of the government-funded commission, Gillian Triggs, has been under heavy fire from Tony Abbott's conservative administration since releasing a report this month criticising the detention of asylum-seeker children.Australia has long come under international pressure over the detention of asylum-seekers arriving ...

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