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  • Opposition Attacks to Follow Aussie Vote Sunday, 26 Feb 2012 | 6:40 PM ET
    Opposition Attacks to Follow Aussie Vote

    Following Julia Gillard's victory of a leadership vote by the ruling Labor Party, Colin Chapman, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Stratfor, says the prime minister will continue to face more opposition attacks.

  • Resolute Putin Faces a Russia That’s Changed Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 5:45 AM ET
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    NY Times reports that  Mr. Putin, who grew up in a hardscrabble Soviet housing block, has spent more than a decade in a byzantine world of petitioners and servants. Now, in the year he turns 60, he will face his biggest challenge: coming to grips with a society that has greatly changed under his watch, while he has remained essentially the same.

  • Australia's Leadership Tussle Frustrates Business Leaders Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 11:13 PM ET
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

    The leadership tussle between Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is frustrating business leaders who see the current political deadlock coming in the way of key economic reforms.

  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd

    Even as the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called for a leadership vote on Thursday, one economist told CNBC that the Australian economy faced greater risk from high levels of household debt than from any political uncertainty.

  • Invest in Stocks With High Dividend Payouts Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 10:40 PM ET
    Invest in Stocks With High Dividend Payouts

    Greg Bundy, Senior Adviser at AIMS Finance likes Telstra and Seek based on dividends and total returns to investors.

  • Australia Jobless Rate Falls to 6-Month Low in January Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 8:46 PM ET
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    Australian employment jumped past all expectations in January, shoving the jobless rate to a six-month low of 5.1 percent and lifting the local dollar half a cent as investors pared back expectations for a cut in interest rates any time soon.

  • CBA Posts Record First-Half Profit, but Margins Down Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 7:02 PM ET
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    Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the country's top home lender, said first-half cash profit rose 7 percent to a record as a sharp fall in bad debt charges outweighed softer demand for mortgages and rising funding costs.

  • BHP, Rio OK $4.5 Billion Escondida Copper Expansion Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 9:35 PM ET
    Chiquicamata Coppermine, Atacama Desert, Chile

    BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have raised their bets on global copper demand, approving plans for a $4.5 billion expansion of the massive Escondida mine in Chile, while BHP plans to reopen a U.S. copper mine idled three years ago.

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    Moves by Australian banks to raise mortgage rates independently of the central bank did not change the impact of monetary policy, a top central banker said on Tuesday, dampening speculation of a cut to its official rate in response.

  • A Leighton crane works over the Spencer Street Station redevelopment which has been renamed Southern Cross Station, in Melbourne.

    Leighton Holdings, Australia's top contractor, cut its outlook for 2012 to below analysts' forecasts, knocking its shares down on Monday, the latest disappointment after a disaster year.

  • Telstra First-Half Profit Up, Keeps Annual Guidance Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 6:37 PM ET
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    Telstra, Australia's largest phone company, reported higher first-half earnings and maintained its full-year guidance on Thursday, as nearly 1 million new mobile subscribers offset a fall in sales at its Yellow Pages Sensis business.

  • Australia Seen as Ideal Home for Expats Sunday, 5 Feb 2012 | 9:27 PM ET

    Australia beat out the United States and Singapore to take top place among expatriates as an ideal residence for quality of life and career prospects, according to an international survey released on Thursday.

  • Australia Retail Sales Subdued, Rate Cut Looms Sunday, 5 Feb 2012 | 9:01 PM ET
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    Australian retail sales slipped unexpectedly in December as consumers spent less on food and eating out, a soft end to a subdued quarter for shops and another reason to expect a cut in interest rates this week.

  • Mining equipment is submerged by flood waters on January 6, 2011 in in the central Queensland city of Rockhampton, Australia.

    An Australian military aircraft on Friday was due to deliver needed supplies to a flood-stricken town hit by the worst of summer flooding in eastern parts of the country, with coal mining and agriculture also affected.

  • Extreme Closets Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 3:01 PM ET
    Luxury home aficionados and voyeurs know that walk-in closets are a given in any modern or updated high-end property. Many mansions and penthouses have closets larger than the footprint of entire apartments rented by the non-rich and non-famous (ahem).  However, two of the most coveted closets are improbably located in apartments in New York, where even decent-sized closets are rare. One belongs to Mariah Carey, who showed it off on “MTV Cribs” and it is really more of an ostentatious wardrobe r

    The following collection of extreme closets have a marvelous urban example, as well as several remarkable closets from other continents.

  • Aussie Dollar Heading Towards $1.18: Charts Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 7:11 PM ET
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    The chart pattern suggests an initial target of $1.18 and this is usually followed by a consolidation.

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    Despite facing a series global headwinds and soft numbers out of Australia in recent weeks, the Aussie dollar has remained resilient — rising 3.5 percent since the start of the year. But one analyst is calling for the commodity currency to drop as low as 80 to 90 cents against the U.S. dollar by the end of 2012 on increasing downside risks.

  • Aussie Dollar Decouples to Race to Highs Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 7:25 PM ET
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    Australians are leaving their country in large numbers. Over the past year, a record 7.6 million local resident have left the country on short-term trips, HSBC says, as they take advantage of the strength of the Australian dollar to travel abroad. The Financial Times reports.

  • Australia Third Quarter Capital Spending Rises 12.3% Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 8:03 PM ET

    Australian private new capital expenditure rose 12.3 percent in the third quarter in  seasonally adjusted real terms, compared with the previous quarter, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday.

  • Australia Business Confidence Ticks Up in October Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 9:22 PM ET
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    Australian business conditions softened slightly n October but  firms grew more confident on he future as speculation swirled about a possible cut in interest rates, a survey showed on Tuesday.