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While Australia Leads for Whales, U.S. Lags

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States, together with actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, are aski...

When Barack Obama Goes Down Under

Antony Loewenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Antony Loewenstein

Obama's upcoming visit to Australia will be primarily an election year opportunity for PM Kevin Rudd to bask in the glow of a President whose popularity is diving in America, but remains buoyant globally.

'London Calling' Re: the Climate Bill

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Giles Slade

All around the world, it seems, awareness that the world has reached its environmental limits vies with a pathological inability to prepare for the climate crisis.

Australia To Japan: Stop All Whaling Or Face International Legal Challenge (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Australia is turning up the heat on Japan's whaling practices. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that unless Japan reduces all whaling ac...

Commonwealth Leaders Call For Ambitious, "Legally Binding" Climate Change Deal

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Leaders of the Commonwealth countries called Saturday for a legally binding international agreement on climate change ...

It's Greener than You Think Down Under

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

On a whim, I spent part of the holiday season in Sydney, Australia. To my surprise, I found the folks Down Under are ahead of us in a number of ways when it comes to going green.

Kevin Rudd, Australian PM, Apologizes For Kids Shipped From Britain To Colonies

AP | ROD McGUIRK and JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CANBERRA, Australia — When John Hennessey was 10 years old, he was sent from a war-weary Britain to an orphanage in Australia, where he was told...

Climate Change May Lead To A Sunken Australia

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Sonia Ulliana , GlobalPost GOLD COAST, Australia -- The prediction is dire. Coastal towns will be left to fall into the sea by governments in ...

Learning from Down Under: Where Labor Policy is Center Stage

Thomas Kochan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Kochan

Our friends down under have set a benchmark for the U.S. We don't usually look beyond our boarders for lessons on domestic policy, but Australia has recognized employment relations as central to economic vitality.

Ferry Sinks Off Tonga; Dozens Missing

AP | PESI FONUA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga — Giving women and children the comfort of cabins while men stayed on deck may have doomed them to be trapped inside an overni...

Stern Hu Detained In China, Australia Moves Cautiously In Effort To Free Executive | MERAIAH FOLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SYDNEY, Australia The government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been walking a political tightrope since the detention last week of an Australian mi...

Baron Cohen's Bruno Hits On Australian Prime Minister

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

SYDNEY — British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new character has a thing for Australia's wonkish prime minister. Baron Cohen, once better known ...

Afghanistan: Australia To Send 450 More Troops

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced Wednesday it will increase by almost one half its troops in Afghanistan to about 1,550 as part of the ...

Alison Woodhead: Brown's Busiest Day

G20Voice | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gordon Brown repeatedly made the point that Thursday is part of a process of building a new economy; not an attempt to solve it all in one day.

Obama, Rudd Talks Focus On Economic Crisis

The West Australian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reaffirmed the close Australia-US alliance during a 70-minute meeting at the White House on Tu...

Obama, Kevin Rudd Meet To Discuss Joint Role In Afghanistan

The Age | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has hinted Australia could expand its role training Afghan security forces, if the US wants us to make a greater contributio...

Reconciliation Through Art: Video Premiere of "Apology (It's Time)"

Russell James | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russell James

One year ago tomorrow, Kevin Rudd, on his first day of office, officially apologized to the Indigenous people of Australia for 200 years of oppression. This speech was the impetus for this video.

Australian Wildfires Called An Act Of "Mass Murder" By Prime Minister

AP | TANALEE SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WHITTLESEA, Australia — Disaster teams found charred bodies on roadsides and in crashed cars _ grim signs of the futile attempt to flee raging w...

Cooked Goose

David Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Horton

If you thought that electing Obama was going to lead to action on global warming you might take a look at this week's events in Australia.

The Meaning of Obama's Election for China

Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess

This has been a tough year for China. Between the Sichuan earthquake, the Tibetan protests, and the frightening melamine poisonings of thousands of infants, the glories of the successful Beijing Games were muted. It has hardly been the triumphant year top officials hoped for.

South Australia 10 Years Ahead Of Renewable Energy Target

Treehugger | Warren McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The ninth wind farm in South Australia just opened on the Barunga Ranges near Snowtown. Its 47 turbines, installed by Trust Power of New Zealand, (who...

Scientists Urge Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd To Change Climate Plan

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's leading climate change scientists Monday pleaded with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to override his top adviser on the issue an...

Five Things We Wish George W. Bush Would Read Before His Olympic Visit to China

Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Kate Merkel-Hess

In recognition of the limited time he has before departing for Beijing, we've put together a brief list of the best recent China writing on the Web.

Exclusive: 51% Of Americans Believe IOC Was Wrong to Award Olympics to China

David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Weiner

According to a new poll, American public opinion about the Olympic Games, China, and the perceived actions of the host country has changed very little since the Sichuan earthquake.

Australian PM John Howard Loses Election

AP | ROHAN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised ...