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2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

2019 Australia election: Vote count under way in eastern states

World
Voting in Australia's closely-fought general election has closed in the country's eastern states, where counting is now under way.Early exit polls suggest a victory for the opposition Labor party, although polling in Western Australia continues until 1800 local (1000 GMT).A win for Labor would make its leader Bill Shorten the next PM, succeeding centre-right Liberal Scott Morrison.Australia has mandatory voting and a record 16.4 million enrolled voters.Live updates: Australia heads to the pollsBoth leaders were out early at polling booths on Saturday, in a last-ditch pitch for votes.Shortly after polls in the east shut, a Nine-Galaxy poll showed Labor beating the incumbent Liberal coalition 52-48, with a parliamentary majority. T...
Ancient relative of the blue-tongued skink found in Australia

Ancient relative of the blue-tongued skink found in Australia

Science
May 1 (UPI) -- Paleontologists in Australia have unearthed the complete skeleton of an ancient lizard, an early relative of modern blue-tongued and social skinks. Analysis of the remains -- the most complete lizard fossil yet discovered in Australia -- suggests the 15-million-year-old reptile was remarkably similar to modern lizards. Scientists described the new species, Egernia gillespieae, this week in the journal Vertebrate Palaeontology. "This creature looked like something in-between a tree skink and a blue-tongued lizard," Kailah Thorn, PhD student at Flinders University, said in a news release. "It would have been about 25 centimeters long, and unlike any of the living species it was equipped with robust crushing jaws." Scientists conducted DNA and anatomical analysis of ancient ...
Australia steps up surveillance to enforce sanctions against N. Korea

Australia steps up surveillance to enforce sanctions against N. Korea

Business
April 26 (UPI) -- Australia's defense ministry announced a maritime patrol to conduct surveillance enforcing sanctions against North Korea. A P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined surveillance operations in Japan, where the guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne is already deployed with international partners, the ministry said in a statement on Friday. Australia deployed maritime patrol aircraft to the Sea of Japan, which separates Japan from the Korean Peninsula, three times in 2018. The Australian deployment enforces United Nations sanctions against North Korea. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously passed resolutions condemning North Korea for its ongoing nuclear weapons program. The measures include a ban on sales of military equipment and any property convertible to military use, a fre...
Israel Folau: Rugby Australia ‘intends’ to sack full-back after social media post

Israel Folau: Rugby Australia ‘intends’ to sack full-back after social media post

Sports
Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union say they intend to terminate Israel Folau's contract after a social media post by the full-back in which he said "hell awaits" gay people.Folau, 30, has 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup."He does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts," the governing bodies said. "In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union, which is responsible for Super Rugby side NSW Waratahs, said they have made "repeated attempts" to contact Folau and he has failed to get in touch with either organisation."Israel has failed to understand...
Australia suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following Ethiopia crash

Australia suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following Ethiopia crash

World
Australia has become the latest country to suspend Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft flights in and out of its airports after the deadly crash in Ethiopia.The country's civil aviation authority has announced the move after airlines in China, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico suspended flights from the same plane on Monday. South Korean airline Eastar Jet also said it would suspend operations of the 737 MAX 8 on Tuesday.An official said the airline hadn't found any problems with the jets, but is grounding them due to customer concerns.A spokesperson from the British travel operator TUI suggested the airline were not grounding flights. The suspensions come after 157 people were killed on Sunday when a 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia. Nine Britons were among the dead. ...