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Boost for Chinese rural lenders

CHINA’S central bank is to reduce the share of deposits that some rural lenders need to set aside as reserves, in a move aimed at giving a lift to economic growth.

Producer profit yanked away

Producer profit yanked away
THE proportion of proceeds US farmers receive for produce at supermarkets has halved in the past 30 years.

Jet blighters are on the fly

 Scientists are harnessing fruit flies with tiny sensors to help target control efforts. Picture: CSIRO. Picture: Supplied
FRUIT flies bank the same way fighter jets do when they are scared — tilting and rolling through the air.

FTA bar too low — US

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AMERICA has labelled the Australia-Japan free-trade agreement a “dud deal”.

BREKKIE WRAP Tourist jailed over Buddha tattoo

Tourist jailed over Buddha tattoo
BREKKIE WRAP: A tourist and devout Buddhist has been jailed and deported from Sri Lanka for her “offensive” Buddha ink.

South Korea Ferry families attack official

Ferry families attack official
FURIOUS relatives of the missing in South Korea’s ferry disaster beat up an official they say is exaggerating attempts to recover bodies.

Ukraine Ukraine checkpoint clashes kill two

Ukraine checkpoint clashes kill two
RUSSIA is increasing military activity close to Ukraine’s border as Ukrainian troops killed at least two in clashes with pro-Russia militia.

The MH370 conspiracies you haven’t heard

The MH370 conspiracies you haven’t heard
JOURNALIST Paul Toohey has been reporting on the MH370 disappearance since the beginning. He examines the sinister conspiracies.

Sri Lanka Woman deported for Buddha tattoo

Woman deported for Buddha tattoo
A BRITISH nurse jailed in Sri Lanka for sporting a Buddha tattoo has left the country, claiming she was sexually harassed by prison officers.

Security flaw Viber messages hacked with ease

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MOBILE chat app Viber not only sends video and images out in the open, but also stores the data publicly online, researchers warn.

Italy Man crushed by pope’s crucifix

 A man works on a giant crucifix it the Saint Josef cathedral in Sofia, Tuesday, March, 7, 2006. The cathedral was inaugurate...
A GIANT wooden crucifix created for John Paul II has crushed a man to death at a ceremony to honour the late pope’s canonisation.

Time 100 Beyoncé ‘world’s most influential’

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TIME magazine has thrown its weight behind Beyoncé’s insistence that girls run the world, naming her the most influential person on the planet.

China China outlaws eating exotic animals

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PEOPLE who eat rare wild animals like giant pandas and golden monkeys will now face jail time, under new laws in China.

Social Facebook buys fitness app Moves

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FACEBOOK has snapped up the fitness app Moves, which helps users monitor daily physical activity and their calorie counts on a smartphone.

Not charged Toll of 3 months in a Bali jail

Toll of 3 months in a Bali jail
HANDCUFFED and wearing prison garb, Sydney woman Leeza Ormsby is unrecognisable from the woman arrested almost three months ago in Bali.

Maddie suspect linked to five attacks

Maddie suspect linked to five attacks
A PAEDOPHILE suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann from a Portuguese resort has been linked with attacks on another five British girls.

Joan Rivers’ most offensive joke yet

IS this the joke that could finally kill off Joan Rivers’ career? The unrepentant comedian has turned her acerbic ‘wit’ on the victims of kidnapper Ariel Castro.

Soccer spectre ‘Ghostly racer’ caught on film

‘Ghostly racer’ caught on film
A SPECTRE or a spectator? Footage taken at a soccer match appears to show a ghostly figure racing through the stands at super human speed.

Are Russian jets playing war games?

Russian Army Su-25 jet fighters fly near the Baikal Lake in Russia on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Russia has launched its bigge...
DUTCH and British jets were scrambled after Russian fighters approached their airspace. With tensions high over Ukraine, what are the Russians up to?

Turkey Rowdy tourists gatecrash Anzac site

Rowdy tourists gatecrash Anzac site
THE Turkish coastguard was deployed to Anzac Cove after noisy tourists in a dive boat disrupted rehearsals for the Dawn Service.

Camilla’s brother dies after fall

(FILE) Mark Shand, Brother Of The Duchess of Cornwall, Suffers Serious Head Injury
CAMILLA Parker Bowles’ brother Mark Shand has died after falling and hitting his head following a night out in New York.

South Korea Dying ferry victims ‘broke fingers’

Dying ferry victims ‘broke fingers’
AS mourners pay their respects, horrifying details emerge about attempts the South Korean ferry victims made to escape.

Nepal Nepal denies sherpa exodus

Nepal denies sherpa exodus
NEPALESE mountaineering officials have rejected reports sherpas on Everest plan to abandon this year’s climbing season as a sign of respect.

United States Teen hid loaded pistol in vagina

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JAIL staff got a shock when a routine search of a teenage felon turned up a loaded gun in an extremely intimate place.

United States Stalker turned van into ‘dungeon’

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A MAN shot dead outside a high school stalked and rated young women he hoped to lure into a van he had turned into a “movable dungeon.”

Ukraine Vice reporter kidnapped in Ukraine

PRO-RUSSIAN gunmen in east Ukraine say they are holding hostage a Vice News reporter they accuse of unspecified “bad activities.”

News wrap Man fears ‘murder’ tatt may sway jury

Man fears ‘murder’ tatt may sway jury
BREKKIE WRAP: A MAN on murder charges fears the tattoo mirror-image spelling of the word “murder” on his neck may prejudice a jury against him.

United States Newlywed killed wife for $1m

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TWELVE years after his wife of four days was killed, a jury has found her husband murdered her so he could collect $US1 million in life insurance.

United States Wife sues after hubby ‘killed by swan’

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THE wife of a man who died after a vicious swan attack is suing his employer and the apartment complex where he looked after the birds.

Rethink that ‘murder’ tatt. Stat.

Rethink that ‘murder’ tatt. Stat.
A MAN charged with murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image spelling out the word “murder” on his neck might prejudice a jury and wants it removed.

Alpine Saints seek Anzac Day win

 Essendon training. Scott Lucas on the lead.

MYRTLEFORD will look for its first win when it takes on fellow winless club Wangaratta on Anzac Day.

Few gain from high prices

Elders agents take bids on first-cross ewe lambs which made $151 at last week's special store sheep sale at Wycheproof.

LAMB prices above 600c/kg and a bounce of $150 for slaughter cows and bullocks make good headlines.

Anger as diesel firm winds up

 Henty Machinery Field Days. Ron Kukler, Green Diesel Fuel System

A LIQUIDATOR has been appointed to wind up former Geelong company Green Diesel Corporation.

Going for gold

 Cut Daffodils in the cool room. David and Robin Jackson of Jacksons Daffodils in Surges Bay on their farm.

FEW growers have won the top daffodil award in the UK or the US. Yet one Australian has taken out both. Meet David Jackson.