Undersea cable deal with PNG inked amid concerns over China's influence

Undersea cable deal with PNG inked amid concerns over China's influence

Updated November 14, 2017 01:43:26 Australia will deliver a new undersea, high-speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Papua New Guinea, the Federal Government has announced. Key points: Australian and PNG leaders meet on sidelines of APEC summit Australia also in discussions with Solomon Island for similar cable Analysts say the deal helps Australia maintain its regional presence The announcement came as the prime ministers of the two countries met on the sidelines of the APEC summit currently underway in Vietnam. Australia’s Government also said it was in “close discussions” with…

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Journo’s plane crash ‘premonition’

Journo’s plane crash ‘premonition’

VETERAN journalist Mike Willesee says he never believed in premonitions until he experienced one 20 years ago that was too extraordinary to ignore. In an interview with Australian Story, the legendary current affairs presenter reveals how he survived a plane crash in 1997. He and cameraman Greg Low were about to board a Cessna plane in Nairobi, Kenya, bound for South Sudan to film a documentary. But before they took off Willesee said he had a premonition the aircraft would crash. “I couldn’t understand it. I had this fight in…

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This may be the most awkward presidential handshake ever

This may be the most awkward presidential handshake ever

Why, you ask? I offer this as all the evidence you will ever need — from the ongoing Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in the Philippines: There’s so much happening here — all of it (or at least most of it) super awkward, with President Donald Trump right in the middle of it both literally and figuratively. Let’s go left to the right in the photo. * Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha: He appears to be old hat at this sort of thing. No arm straining. Totally…

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Bali designer sunnies thief headed home

Bali designer sunnies thief headed home

A PERTH man who admitted stealing a pair of designer sunglasses in Bali is on his way home. Thomas Harman couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he headed to the airport to fly back to Perth on Monday. The 31-year-old was facing up to five years in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison – where some of Indonesia’s most dangerous criminals are housed – after taking a pair of $400 Gucci sunglasses from a duty-free store at Denpasar Airport in July. Mr Harman had argued he simply forgot he was…

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