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Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Science
The Australian government has backed coal-fired power, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change.Phasing out coal is considered crucial to limiting global warming to within 1.5C, as set out in the UN report released yesterday.Australia's deputy prime minister has said the country should "absolutely" continue to use and exploit its coal.But China remains the world's biggest coal consumer.In addition, China has restarted work at hundreds of coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.The Guardian reports that Michael McCormack, Australia's Deputy PM, said his government would not change policy "just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follo...
UK and Australia blame Russian unit GRU for cyberattacks

UK and Australia blame Russian unit GRU for cyberattacks

Technology
British and Australian officials said on Thursday the Russian military intelligence unit GRU is behind a wave of global cyberattacks. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Thursday the GRU is responsible for "indiscriminate and reckless" attacks against political institutions, businesses, media and sports. Britain's National Cyber Security Center has concluded that hackers behind numerous attacks have been identified as GRU personnel. The agency says four new attacks are associated with GRU as well as earlier cyberattacks. It cites attacks on the World Anti-Doping agency, Ukrainian transport systems, the 2016 U.S. presidential race and others as very likely the work of the GRU. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne issued a joint statement that Australia...
Rheinmetall contracted for 1,000 military trucks for Australia

Rheinmetall contracted for 1,000 military trucks for Australia

Business
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Rheinmetall has received a $ 497.2 million contract for medium and heavy-lift military trucks for Australia's Land 121 Phase 5B project. The Duesseldorf, Germany-based company announced this week it has been selected to supply the Australian Defense Force with more than a thousand military trucks and associated equipment. Rheinmetall is in the third phase of project 3B, which is supplying Australia with 2,500 medium and heavy military trucks worth a total of $ 1.29 billion. The new trucks will be delivered from the Rheinmetall plant in Brisbane, Australia, as part of the Land 121 Phase 5B project. "This follow-up order is of great strategic significance to us, providing an excellent reference for other important international projects," Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall...
'Business as usual once heat gets turned up' – Gilchrist on Australia after ball-tampering

'Business as usual once heat gets turned up' – Gilchrist on Australia after ball-tampering

Sports
England v Australia 1st ODIVenue: Oval Date: Wednesday, 13 June Time: 13:00 BSTCoverage: Live Test Match Special radio and text commentary on every match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app.Australia face some "large hurdles" in getting over the ball-tampering scandal which "shocked and hurt" a nation but "it will be business as usual once the heat gets turned up", says Adam Gilchrist.The Baggy Greens return to international action for the first time since the controversy against South Africa in March when they start a five-match one-day series against England at The Oval on Wednesday, looking to rebuild their battered reputation.Captain Steve Smith a...
Australia will reduce sledging – new captain Paine

Australia will reduce sledging – new captain Paine

Sports
New Australia captain Tim Paine says the team will reduce their levels of sledging under his leadership.Paine replaced Steve Smith as Australia skipper after Smith was banned for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.Australia have also been criticised for an aggressive on-field approach and Cricket Australia launched a review into the team's culture."I think what's said and how it's said will be very different going forward," wicketkeeper Paine, 33, said."A lot of this stuff we were actually starting to speak about under Steve [Smith's captaincy]."How do you tamper with a cricket ball?Ball-tampering & why it is so serious for AustraliaSmith and vice-captain David Warner were given year-long bans by Cricket Australia and batsman Cameron Bancroft a nine-month suspension after admitting...