Rio Tinto’s first-half profit falls nearly 65 percent on falling commodity prices

Rio Tinto’s profit slumps 65 percent

MELBOURNE, Australia — Mining giant Rio Tinto said sharp falls in metals and mineral prices were behind first-half profit dropping by nearly two thirds.

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Energy giant PetroChina agrees to buy $41 billion worth of Australian liquefied natural gas

Australia, China ink $41 billion natural gas deal

SYDNEY — A 50 billion Australian dollar ($41 billion) deal for China to buy Australian natural gas shows current diplomatic tensions between the two countries will not trump their commercial interests, officials said Wednesday.

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Australia says China canceled minister’s visit over Uighur activist row

Australia says China canceled minister’s visit

CANBERRA, Australia — China canceled a senior minister’s trip in anger at Australia’s granting of a visa to an exiled Uighur activist in the latest sign that ties between the two countries are strained.

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China arrests Rio employees on trade secrets, bribery charges; drops more serious accusations

China formally arrests 4 Rio Tinto employees

SHANGHAI — China formally arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China’s Xinhua says Rio Tinto employees face trade secrets infringement, bribery charges

Rio employees face trade secrets, bribery charges

SHANGHAI — China stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges against four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd., accusing them of infringing trade secrets and bribery in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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British security contractor accused of killing 2 co-workers appears in Iraqi court

Briton appears in Iraqi court over killings

BAGHDAD — A British security contractor accused of shooting two colleagues to death made an initial appearance in an Iraqi court, a step to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge him with murder, Iraqi and British officials said Tuesday.

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Australian family sues KFC, says daughter crippled by salmonella poisoning

Aussie family sues KFC after daughter becomes ill

SYDNEY — An Australian family sued KFC on Monday, claiming their daughter became brain damaged and crippled after eating a chicken wrap tainted with salmonella.

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Senior Chinese official: Industrial spying case against Australian executive is strong

China: Evidence in Rio Tinto spying case is strong

SYDNEY — A senior Chinese official on Monday defended Beijing’s handling of the industrial spying case against an Australian executive for mining giant Rio Tinto, and urged Australia to respect China’s court processes.

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New Zealand man sentenced to 12 years prison for brutal murder of wife

Man sentenced for brutal murder of wife

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealander was sentenced to life in prison Friday for his wife’s murder in a case that sparked an international manhunt after he abandoned his toddler daughter at a train station and fled to the United States.

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Australian coroner says toddler fed fatal overdose of morphine by his mother or her boyfriend

Australian coroner: Couple gave baby drug overdose

SYDNEY — An Australian toddler died after being given morphine and methadone by either his mother or her boyfriend, but there is not enough evidence to charge either of them, a coroner found on Friday.

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