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Australian PM's popularity slips in poll as tight election looms MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's popularity has fallen, just over a month before what is expected to a closely fought election, a an opinion poll published on Saturday showed. Turnbull's conservative government remained neck and neck with the centre-left Labor Party in the Ipsos poll, which showed the government leading with 51 per cent support to Labor's 49 per cent.However, Turnbull's personal popularity as preferred prime minister fell four percentage points to 47 per cent, which is still above opposition leader Bill Shorten at 30 per cent.Australians will vote on July 2 after an unusually long 74-day campaign.Turnbull, considered a moderate in the conservative Liberal Party-led coalition government, had enjoyed high levels of popularity since he deposed his right-wing predecessor, Tony Abbott, in an internal party coup in September."Turnbull was expecting to run rings around Labor in this campaign and instead Labor have him in their sights," said Peter ...

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'Brexit' in spotlight at G7 meeting in Japan SENDAI: Britain's possible exit from the European Union took centre stage at a G7 meeting in Japan Saturday, as UK finance minister George Osborne warned a 'Brexit' could doom trade deals with EU countries.The comments came during two days of talks largely focused on how the club of rich nations can stoke the lumbering world economy, with terrorism financing and a sharp divide over currency policy also on the table.As the vote on Britain's future ...

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Japan defence minister lodges complaint in Okinawa over US arrest TOKYO: Japan's defence minister travelled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.Gen Nakatani's visit to the island comes just days before a high-profile trip to Japan by US President Barack Obama."I deliver a strong message of regret and at the same time make a protest," Nakatani told US ...

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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake recorded in central Australia: USGS SYDNEY: A earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9, unusually powerful for Australia, struck the country's desert centre early on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the 10-km-deep quake, which was centred some 460 km (285 miles) west-southwest of the outback town of Alice Springs. The earthquake, which happened just before 4 a.m. local time in the sparsely populated area of the Northern Territory, was initially ...

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Search for MH370 likely to end by August SYDNEY: The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August, the man leading the hunt said Friday.Less than 15,000 square kilometres remain to be scoured out of a 120,000 sq km target zone off western Australia where the passenger jet is presumed to have crashed.Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) head Martin Dolan said there was no indication the zone would be extended."We ...

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Global growth tops agenda as G7 meeting kicks off in Japan SENDAI: Finance ministers and central bankers from the G7 kicked off meetings in Japan Friday that could highlight a divide among the club of rich nations over currency policy and how to rev up global growth.The two days of talks will see host Japan keen to win an endorsement for its position that fiscal stimulus is the way to kickstart the world economy, after a rally in the yen hit the country's exporters and worsened ...

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Taiwan's Tsai calls for 'positive dialogue' with Beijing TAIPEI: Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen called for "positive dialogue" with China in her much-anticipated inauguration speech Friday, striking a conciliatory tone in the face of an increasingly hostile Beijing.Tsai took office as the island's first female president after winning a landslide victory in January to defeat the ruling Kuomintang, ending an eight-year rapprochement with Beijing under outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou.Voters felt Ma had moved too close to China, which still sees self-ruling Taiwan as ...