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A fuel tanker moves past Air India passenger jets parked at an airport in Kolkata. [Reuters]

350 pilots in India call in sickPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 21:48:00 +1000

Air travel has been thrown into chaos in India, as a week long strike escalated, with 350 Air India pilots calling in sick.

PNG's Parliament has been dissolved to allow the election in June to proceed. [ABC: File]

PNG dissolves parliament ahead of electionPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 19:31:00 +1000

The parliament in Papua New Guinea has been dissolved to allow the mid-year general election to go ahead.

Last week, Sir Michael said he would not run, despite reconsidering his retirement plan. [AFP]

Somare leaves door open for PNG election bidVideoPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 12:56:00 +1000

Papua New Guinea's former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare looks set to change his mind yet again and stand in the upcoming election.

Francois Hollande won the French presidential election on May 6, 2012. [Reuters: File]

Hollande sworn in as new French presidentPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 20:04:00 +1000

Socialist leader Francois Hollande has been sworn in as France's new president.

Former Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks has been charged with perverting the course of justice. [ABC]

Charges laid in relation to phone hacking scandalPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 20:11:00 +1000

British prosecutors have charged the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International newspaper arm, Rebekah Brooks, with perverting the course of justice.

North Korea's Ceremonial Leader, Kim Yong-Nam (L) shakes hands with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) during a state visit to the presidential palace in Jakarta. [AFP]

Second highest leader in North Korea visits IndonesiaVideoPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 19:23:00 +1000

The second highest ranking person in North Korea's government has met Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr (L) meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing on May 14, 2012. [AFP: Mark Ralston]

Australia discusses sensitive consular cases with ChinaVideoPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 19:10:00 +1000

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has held a series of high level meetings in Beijing during his first visit to the Chinese capital as foreign minister.

Cattle in a Queensland feedlot. Indonesia has cut its cattle import quota. [ABC]

Fears Indonesia may soon run out of beefPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 14:18:00 +1000

Indonesia's meat industry estimates the country has just one week's supply of beef left.

Protest in Vanuatu against military equipment consignment

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 18:43:00 +1000

A demonstration against a visiting Indonesian military aircraft is being held at Vanuatu's main airport in the capital Port Vila.

Asian company suspends natural forest loggingPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 21:15:00 +1000

Logging company Asia Pulp and Paper says it will suspend logging in all natural forest areas in Indonesia under its control, until their conservation values are assessed.

Traffic slows on a freeway in Sydney. Australia has the seventh largest ecological footprint in the world. [ABC]

Australia has seventh biggest ecological footprintPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 18:31:00 +1000

A report examining the pressures the world is placing on the planet's biodiversity ranks Australia as having the seventh biggest ecological footprint per person when compared to other nations.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill wants the body formed to tackle corruption to became a permanent one. [ABC]

Calls for response to PNG Public Service corruption findingsPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 19:28:00 +1000

Transparency International Papua New Guinea says it hopes the government that is elected at next month's elections will act on the findings of a damning report on corruption in the public service.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India says it will not tolerate corruption at any level. [ABC]

Indian cricket board to probe corruption claimsPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 21:18:00 +1000

India's cricket board says it will probe allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League and other domestic competitions.

Bianca Elmir was rated a serious medal chance for Australia in London. [Bianca Elmir: Facebook]

Australian boxer banned from competitionPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 20:49:00 +1000

One of Australia's top medal prospects for the London Olympics has been banned from competition, after testing positive to a diuretic.

Earthquake hits North Indian Ocean region

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 16:15:00 +1000

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has occurred in the North Indian Ocean region.

East Timor's former military commander Taur Matan Ruak shows his inked finger after casting his ballot during the secound round of presidential election. [ABC]

Rural development a focus of East Timor's next presidentAudioPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 11:45:00 +1000

An adviser to East Timor's President-in-waiting says Taur Matan Ruak will focus on rural communities when he assumes office.

Karolos Papoulias is seeking to resolve the crisis over a tough EU-IMF debt bailout, which risks forcing the country into new elections and out of the eurozone. [Reuters]

Greek deadlock drives increased eurozone fearsVideoPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 08:35:00 +1000

Share markets in London, Paris and Frankfurt have dived amid fears that political deadlock in Athens could force Greece to abandon the euro.

US senator John McCain says the US must go further than planned to encourage Burma's reforms. [ABC]

McCain calls for freeze on Burma sanctionsPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 07:53:00 +1000

A key US Senator has called on the United States to suspend most sanctions on Burma.

Millions of tonnes of debris were swept into the ocean following the tsunami and earthquake in Japan. [Reuters]

Australian prepares for tsunami debris mission across PacificPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 11:13:00 +1000

Australian environmentalist Paul Sharp is about to set off on the fishing trip of a lifetime, but Mr Sharp will not be catching fish - he will be taking part in the first scientific survey of Japanese tsunami debris.

American Samoans are concerned about an alleged abduction. [ABC]

Alleged abduction frightening American SamoansPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:52:00 +1000

Police in American Samoa are investigating what may be the territory's first ever abduction case.

An attempt by the parliament in April to delay the election prompted outrage from business and community leaders. [ABC]

PNG PM 'determined' elections will proceed: MinisterVideoPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:10:00 +1000

A senior minister in Papua New Guinea's government says Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is committed to holding an election next month.

Survivors of the plane crash are helped off an aircraft after being evacuated for medical attention to Pokhara Airport. [AFP]

Plane crash kills 15 in NepalPhoto

Last Updated: Mon, 14 May 2012 18:40:00 +1000

Authorities in Nepal are investigating a plane crash in a mountainous northern region that has left 15 people dead.

NZ 'runaway millionaire' pleads not guilty

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 11:42:00 +1000

One of New Zealand's so-called 'runaway millionaires' has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft, fraud and money-laundering.

The 67-year-old UN secretary general will have his arm in a cast for six weeks. [AFP, file photo]

UN chief injured in soccer fallPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 08:22:00 +1000

The United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon has fractured his hand after falling over during a football game against diplomats.

Philippe Croizon swimming in the sea off La Rochelle in 2010. The limbless Frenchman has been delayed from starting his epic journey in Papua New Guinea by a paperwork problem. [AFP: Pierre Andrieu]

PNG bureaucracy delays disabled swimmerPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 10:09:00 +1000

A limbless Frenchman planning to make four challenging swims around the world has been delayed from starting his epic journey in Papua New Guinea by a paperwork problem.

JP Morgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon says the bank will post a profit this quarter despite the loss. [Timothy A Clary: AFP]

Push for tougher financial rules after JP Morgan loses $US2 billionPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 07:05:00 +1000

The White House says a $US2 dollar trading blunder by investment bank, JP Morgan, shows the need for rules to protect US taxpayers from mistakes on Wall Street.

Lee Myung-bak is the first South Korean leader to visit Burma since 1983. [AFP: File]

South Korean president visits BurmaPhoto

Last Updated: Mon, 14 May 2012 23:20:00 +1000

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak is in Burma for a two-day visit that will include a meeting with his Burmese counterpart, Thein Sein.

Dame Carol Kidu says the developer did not follow proper processes in obtaining the title to the land at Paga Hill. [AFP]

PNG Opposition leader alleges police assaultPhoto

Last Updated: Mon, 14 May 2012 17:54:00 +1000

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader Dame Carol Kidu says she was assaulted by police when she tried to stop them evicting squatter settlers in the capital Port Moresby over the weekend.

Paul Watson is threatening to ram another Japanese whaler tomorrow.

Sea Shepherd captain held by German courtPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 06:47:00 +1000

The founder of conservation group Sea Shepherd remains in custody in Germany after appearing in court on an extradition warrant.

Australian cows are loaded onto a truck at an Indonesian port. [Reuters]

Australian cattle producers considering lawsuitVideoPhoto

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 10:19:00 +1000

The Australian Government is facing compensation claims from two groups of cattle producers affected by last year's one month ban on live exports to Indonesia.

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