Man in Cairns charged for Melb murderA far north Queensland man has fronted Cairns Magistrates Court charged with a cold case Melbourne murder of a low-level drug dealer. Christopher Lavery, 30, appeared briefly in the dock on Wednesday afternoon. Lavery was remanded in custody and his matter was adjourned until Thursday to enable him to hire a lawyer. Victorian detectives flew to Queensland to charge the Cairns local with the death of James Russouw. The charred remains of the cannabis dealer were allegedly found on the front seat..>> view original
Endangered mangroves found in CairnsEndangered mangroves found in CairnsAn endangered species of mangrove previously found only in Asia has been discovered in far north Queensland.About 50 haines orange mangrove trees have been found at Trinity Inlet, near Cairns.The discovery, by Japan-born local Hidetoshi Kudo, has instantly increased their numbers by 20 per cent. Only 200 were previously known to be left in the world.Cairns and Far North Environment Centre president Denis Walls said "citizen scientist" Mr Kudo had also identifi..>> view original
US budget deficit up sharply in MarchUS budget deficit up sharply in MarchThe US government's budget deficit rose sharply in March, pushing the deficit for the first six months of this budget year above the same period a year ago.The Treasury Department says the deficit for March totalled $US108 billion ($A142.7 billion).That marks the biggest March deficit in four years and was more than double the imbalance in March 2015.The large jump from a year ago reflected calendar shifts, which made the 2015 deficit look smaller because $US..>> view original
Rio Olympics a real bargain for AussiesRio Olympics a real bargain for AussiesAustralian travellers headed for the Olympics will get even better bang for their buck as Brazil's recession-hit economy goes further down the gurgler.Over the past two years the Australian dollar has risen more than 28 per cent versus the Brazilian real.In fact, the Aussie has hit its best level in about a decade, Tim Harcourt, the JW Neville Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Business School says.But as Rio prepares to host the world's biggest sporting event..>> view original
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