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Martina Bosanac stands inside Australia’s first full body scanner at Sydney International Air-port yesterday. A trial using the L3 ProVision Body Scanner — the most advanced passenger screening technology in the world AFP 


Arbitrator voids Sri Lanka oil hedge deal with Citibank

A Singapore-based international arbitrator on Monday voided an oil hedging deal between Sri Lanka's state oil company and Citibank, rejecting the bank's demand for $192 million plus interest in payments it said it was owed, sources said.

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Syrian army kills 136 in crackdown

Syrian forces killed nearly 140 people on Sunday including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama, activists said, prompting calls for emergency Security Council talks. Activists said it was one of the deadliest days in Syria since demonstrators first took to the streets on March 15 demanding democratic reforms before turning their wrath on the regime and calling for its ouster.

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NZ review to look at linking with Australia CO2 scheme

A report reviewing New Zealand’s carbon-trading scheme will be released later this month and will look at how to link with neighbouring Australia’s carbon-pricing programme, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said on Monday.

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Papua New Guinea rattled by 6.8 quake

The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea was jolted by a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake Monday, prompting a minor tsunami warning, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 16 kilometres (10 miles), some 131 km (81 miles) east of Wewak and 706 kilometres north of the capital Port Moresby.

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