One of three teenagers accused of shooting dead Australian baseballer Christopher Lane said that they killed him for fun. The teenager has told police they were bored and looking for something to do.(事实证明,脑残不是中国的专有现象) Twenty-two-year old Christopher Lane was studying on a scholarship in Oklahoma.
Leading the news this morning.Support for Kevin Rudd has fallen to a record low in the latest Newspoll(澳大利亚英语专有名词,要大写). Voter dissatisfaction with the prime minister has climbed to 54%, while Tony Abbott’s dissatisfaction rating is down to 51%. Labor is trailing the Coalition 46% to 54% after preferences.
Perth and the Pilbara region will soon be connected to southeast Asia by a new fibre optic network. Fujitsu Australia and Trident have struck a deal to develop the network. Trident installs sub-sea cable systems.
US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt and cancelld joint military exercise scheduled for next month. The official death toll from the crackdown has now risen to more than 600. In the latest violence, hundreds of supporters of the Muslim brotherhood set fire to a government building near Cairo.
To finance. And the US government is moving to block a merger between two of the countries’ biggest airlines. American Airlines and US Airways want to join forces to create the world’s biggest airline.
The debate over policy costing is set to intensify today. Treasury will release the last budget update before polling day this morning. The government is stepping up the pressure on the Opposition to reveal just how will pay for its policies, but the Opposition says it wants to examine the figures before making any announcement.
And when the markets in Europe closed a couple of hours ago, London’s FTSE 100 was up 54 points. The Dax was up 20 points, while the Euro Stoxx were(口误)up 9 points. And in the US, trading comes to a close shortly and the Dow Jones is down 62 points, while the S&P 500 is down 7 points.
Leading the news this morning. Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott will hold their first campaign debate on Sunday. The debate will be held at the National Press Club in Canberra. It will be the first of several debates over the course of the campaign.
The prime minister has dragged Tony Abbott into his row with Rupert Murdoch. Kevin Rudd is calling on the Opposition leader to come clean, he says, about any discussions that he had with Mr Murdoch about the future of the National Broadband Network. Mr Rudd is accusing the media Mogul of using his newspapers to attack Labor, because he sees the NBN as a threat to his Fox sale business.
Let's go to finance now. And well, mortgage holders are welcoming yesterday's interest rate cut. It is unlikely to do much to improve business confidence.
British police have rearrested Australian entertainer Roff Harris over new allegations of sexual offenses. He was first arrested in March as part of an opperation set up to investigate claims of sex abuse mainly against British TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
US embassies are on terrorism alert across the Arab world. Twenty-one embassies and consulates right across the Middle East and North Africa will remain close until the end of this week. Security is particularly tight in Yemen’s capital where Britain, France and Germany have also closed their embassies.
And when the markets in Europe closed a couple of hours ago London's FTSE 100 was down 34 points. The Dax was also down, while the Euro was up two points. In the US, trading comes to a close shortly and the Dow Jones is up. The S&P 500 is also up.
Bank customers are likely to be the one who pay for the Federal Government’s planned deposits levy. The government says the money is needed to guarantee deposits in the event of a bank collapse. The levy will be imposed on deposits of up to 250,000 dollars.
The Federal Government is slugging smokers to help pay for its policies. It’s putting up the tobacco excise by 12.5% a year over the next four years. The move will raise more than five billion dollars.
Raising the GST and reducing company tax are part of a pre-election blueprint for economic growth being proposed by business leaders. The Business Council of Australia has put forward an ambitious nine point plan.
Yeah, thanks Bear. Leading the news this morning. Federal cabinet is meeting today to put the finishing touches to another round of spending cuts. The treasurer Chris Bowen is expected to hand out a new economic statement this week in the face of falling revenues.
Checking the business news. And when the markets in Europe closed a couple of hours ago, London’s FTSE 100 was down. The Dax was also lower, while the Euro Stoxx closed a little bit higher. In the US, the Dow Jones closed up. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were also up slightly.
Leading our news this morning. The Coalition is at the centre of a diplomatic row with Papua New Guinea over the latest asylum seeker deal. PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neil denies that he told the Opposition that he’ll be given control over Australia’s aid money to his country as part of the agreement.
The share market is edging up in early trade after a relatively flat finish on Wall Street. Right now, the ASX 200 is a quarter of a per cent higher. Taking a looking, overnight in the US, weaker than expected existing home sales and disappointing earnings from Mc Donalds weighed on the market.
The Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labour in London's St Mary Hospital. Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess is now in the Lindo Wing where her husband was born 41 years ago. The first sight of the baby's birth is expected to come with the appearance of the messenger bound for Buckingham Palace.
Asylum seekers sent to Papua New Guinea who are refused refugee status could remain locked up indefinitely. PNG is refusing to resettle them. The Immigration Minister Tony Burke says they'll stay in detention if they can't be sent home or resettled in another country.
And when the markets in Europe closed a couple of hours ago, London's FTSE 100 was down. The Dax and Euro were also down. In the US, trading comes to a close shortly and the Dow Jones is down five points, while the S&P 500 is down three.
Indonesia has come to Australia's aid to try to stem the flood of asylum-seeker boats to Australia. It's restricting the entry of Iranians to the country in response to a direct request by Kevin Rudd. The prime minister is said to unveil his revamp to asylum seeker policy as early as today.
The OECD has painted a bleak picture for unemployment in the Eurozone. The yearly outlook says young workers will continue to suffer from high unemployment rates. It also says older workers are facing financial pressures and are being denied access to early retirement schemes.