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Australia to boost child vaccination with $20mn package SYDNEY: Australia Sunday unveiled a Aus$26 million (US$20 million) package to increase child vaccination rates, as it removed a religious exemption allowing parents unwilling to immunise their children to claim some government benefits.The measures reflect the government's public health concerns amid a debate over immunisation for children, with some parents believing that vaccines against deadly diseases are themselves dangerous.Health Minister Sussan Ley said the new measures, which will be part of the May 12 federal budget, included the establishment of a national school vaccination register and financial incentives for doctors to pursue children two months overdue for their immunisations.An information campaign involving doctors will also be rolled out to educate parents, she said."We need to make sure that the information is available through general practitioners to explain to those parents who are hesitant, who are getting complex and complicated information and, quite honestly, hearing some crackpot ideas about what happens ...

MH370 search zone to double if nothing found: officials KUALA LUMPUR: The search zone for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the huge undersea area now being scanned for wreckage, government officials from Malaysia, Australia and China said Thursday.A joint statement released by the officials after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur said the Indian Ocean search zone would be expanded to 120,000 square kilometres (46,300 square miles) if the current area comes up empty.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...
South Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years SEOUL: South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes.The resumption of the so-called "2+2" talks involving senior foreign ministry and defence officials represented a slow thaw in practical diplomatic contacts despite a glacial rift in the overall relationship.South Korean officials said the meeting, last held in 2009, covered regional security, defence policies and cooperation, but refused to disclose ...
Defiant China oil boss denies graft charges: report BEIJING: A former senior executive of China's largest oil producer denied most corruption charges at his trial, state-run media reported Tuesday, a rare example of defiance in a country where almost all criminal defendants are convicted.Tao Yuchun, ex-president of a gas subsidiary of state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), was accused of abuse of power, embezzlement, taking bribes and seeking illegal gains for relatives and friends totalling around 300 million yuan ($48 million), the Southern ...
Lamborghini, Ferrari in 'Fast and Furious' Beijing crash BEIJING: A Lamborghini and Ferrari crashed in a high-speed road race in Beijing as the seventh stunt-filled "Fast and the Furious" movie opened in China, the latest luxury car accident to provoke controversy Monday.Pictures of the mangled wreckage of a lime green Lamborghini, a damaged red Ferrari and other high performance cars in a tunnel in the Chinese capital emerged online following Saturday's crash, which police said left one person injured.A high-speed Ferrari crash in ...
Japan buries more dolphins after mass beaching TOKYO: Japanese officials were burying several more dolphins on Monday as researchers tried to work out why scores of the animals beached themselves last week.Eight melon-headed whales, a species of dolphin, were found washed up along the coast at Hokota, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tokyo.A city official said the dolphins were probably part of the original herd that rescuers had taken back out to sea."Unfortunately they are all dead, so we will bury ...
No tension 'tolerated' as China limits visits to Hong Kong HONG KONG: Tension between Hong Kong and visitors from China will not be "tolerated", the financial hub's leader said Monday as he confirmed a cap on the number of trips mainlanders can make to the southern city.An influx of millions of Chinese visitors to Hong Kong has prompted angry rallies by frustrated residents tired of seeing public transport clogged and shelves periodically wiped clean of daily necessities purchased for resale over the border.Meanwhile anxiety over ...

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyMay 21, 2015
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