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Mount Tongariro volcano erupts in New Zealand (Updated)

WELLINGTON - A New Zealand volcano used as a backdrop to The Lord of the Rings films erupted on Wednesday, sending a column of ash two kilometres (1.2 miles) above the North Island, scientists and witnesses said.


New Zealander admits Prince Charles manure plan

AUCKLAND: An elderly New Zealand anti-royalist planned to hurl manure at Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their visit to Auckland, he said Tuesday.


New Zealander held before royal tour

AUCKLAND - Police arrested a New Zealand man on suspicion of planning an assault before Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met crowds in central Auckland, reports said on Monday.


Australia commits to hosting giant radio telescope

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia said Wednesday that it remains committed to beating South Africa to host the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope, which will address fundamental questions about the universe including how the first black holes were formed.


Australia's iron lady on road to worldscale wealth - Forbes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Gina Rinehart could soon become the world's wealthiest woman after amassing an $18 billion fortune from mining and media investments, Forbes magazine says in its latest list of the wealthiest people in Australia.


Australian government to hold media inquiry

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia launched an inquiry into media regulations on Wednesday in a move seen as a veiled attack on some of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp newspapers following the British phone-hacking scandal.


Australia looks to toughen privacy laws after News Corp scandal

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is looking at strengthening privacy laws because of public concern over media intrusion in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at the British operations of News Corp, the government said on Thursday.


Aussie newspapers to outsource sub-editing, in survival measure

MELBOURNE: Australia's Fairfax Media has announced it will outsource the sub-editing of its major newspapers.


Anifah summons S’pore envoy over Wikileaks content

PETALING JAYA: Wisma Putra summoned Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia Datuk T. Jasudasen and handed him a protest note over unjustified comments made against the Malaysian leadership and the situation in the country.


Security scare clears Auckland venue

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - The Auckland Tennis centre was evacuated on Tuesday after a security scare over an unattended bag, although it was not linked to a protest against the presence of Israeli player Shahar Peer, police said.