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17 January 2018 7:44 PM Alexa gets Aussie accent as Amazon launches smart speakers down under

Amazon's talkative Alexa smart assistant is officially on her way to Australia as the online retail giant opens preorders for its Echo smart speakers, in preparation for an "early February" local launch. Rival to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, Amazon's smart assistant has been localised for Australia. Along with sounding like an Aussie, Alexa will also recognise 10 1

17 January 2018 11:13 AM ATM thieves caught on video ram-raiding Frankston shopping centre

Police are on the hunt for three offenders who attempted to torch a stolen vehicle after using it in a ram-raid ATM theft at a Frankston shopping centre. CCTV footage shows a light-coloured Ford Maverick smashing through a glass entrance to Karingal shopping centre at 3.55am on Wednesday morning. Police are on the hunt for three offenders who attempted 11

14 January 2018 6:05 AM Two workers dead after being overcome by fumes in tank on central Queensland coast

Two men have died after being overcome by fumes while inside a tank on Saturday night. Emergency services were called to Sarina Beach, about 37 kilometres south of Mackay just before 9pm. Police said the bodies of the two workers, aged 48 and 52, were retrieved from inside one of the two tanks. A spokesman for Workplace Health and Safety Queensland said the two tanks 8

12 January 2018 2:59 AM Queensland LNG exports hit record levels

Resources are boosting the Queensland economy, with the state recording record LNG exports over the past year. Data released on Friday shows LNG exorts from Queensland in 2017 totalled 20.2 million tonnes, eclipsing the 2016 record by 2.7 million tonnes. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the LNG sector was forecast to continue 7 1

10 January 2018 8:00 AM South Korea says sanctions stay, despite Olympic detente with North

Beijing: South Korean President Moon Jae-in says there will be no easing of sanctions against North Korea, despite preparations now under way for North Korea's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. South Korea on Wednesday sent its nuclear envoy to Washington to brief the United States on the high-level dialogue held with North Korea a day earlier 11 1

2 January 2018 8:16 PM US to withhold aid from Pakistan

United Nations: The United States is withholding $US255 million ($A357 million) in aid from Pakistan because of its failure to cooperate fully in America's fight against terrorism, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says. "There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years," she told reporters at the United Nations 26

18 December 2017 6:51 AM MYEFO: More money, but nowhere near enough to fund tax cuts

Scott Morrison wants you believe the budget's strong enough to fund tax cuts. The aim is to "deliver sustainable budget surpluses, building to at least 1 per cent of GDP, as soon as possible, consistent with the medium-term fiscal strategy". That's a surplus of 1 per cent of gross domestic product, as soon as possible, consistent with quality spending 50 1

17 December 2017 6:38 PM Banana-throwing Thai leader on media warpath again

Bangkok: Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha once threw a banana peel at reporters and has threatened to "probably execute" those who did not tell the truth. Now the former army chief, who holds sweeping dictatorial powers, is on the warpath again accusing journalists of stirring up controversy over an expensive watch and ring that his 72-year-old 66 1

15 December 2017 3:00 AM The Greens' simple way to lift wages: pay public servants more

The Australian Greens want to lift Australia out of its wages slump in the most straightforward way possible. They want to pay public servants more. Greens treasury spokesman Peter Whish-Wilson has asked the Parliamentary Budget Office to lift public service public service wages by 4 per cent per annum. The increase would apply only to non-executive 52 1

7 December 2017 5:00 AM Bernard Tomic to miss Australian Open wildcard play-off

Bernard Tomic must run the gauntlet of qualifying or miss his first home grand slam in a decade after choosing to skip the the Australian Open wildcard playoff. Tomic, ranked 142, would have been the top seed at the playoff, which takes place next week at Melbourne Park. But the 25-year-old's name didn't appear in the 16-man field published on Thursday 74