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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Senegal confirms first case of Ebola virus

Senegal has become the fifth West African country to confirm a case of Ebola after a student arrived from neighbouring Guinea carrying the disease.

Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

Britain has raised its terrorism threat level to "severe", the second highest level, in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq.

SA, ACT reject Government's offer to fund chaplaincy program

South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have rejected the Federal Government's offer to fund a school chaplaincy program worth nearly $250 million, after non-religious counsellors were excluded from the scheme.

Iron ore producers feel the heat from lower prices

Australia's smaller iron ore producers are under pressure as iron ore slumps to the lowest level in nearly five years.

NATO condemns Russian military action in Ukraine

NATO says it is clear Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into Ukraine, describing the actions as a "blatant violation" of the country's sovereignty.

The organisation's secretary-general, Anders Rasmussen, condemned "in the strongest terms" what he said was Russia's "continued disregard of its international obligations".

"Despite Moscow's hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and south-eastern Ukraine," he said.

Muslim leaders 'disappointed' by talks with A-G

Muslim leaders have expressed disappointment with the Federal Government's consultation on proposed anti-terror laws after a meeting with Attorney-General George Brandis in Sydney.

Icelandic volcano alert downgraded; airspace reopened

Iceland has downgraded its volcano alert from red to orange after a small eruption that is no longer considered a threat to aviation.

Airspace has reopened below 5,000 feet in a radius of 10 nautical miles around the site of the eruption after earlier being closed to air traffic.

Man who imported euthanasia drug escapes with fine

An Albany man has been fined $1,400 for importing a banned euthanasia drug but has escaped having the conviction recorded.

Australian share market finishes week flat

The Australian share market finished the week with a flat day of trade, with losses by the mining sector negating gains elsewhere.

Google tests Project Wing delivery drone in Qld town

A Darling Downs farmer's order of dog food and chocolate bars has made history as the first order to be processed by Google's prototype drone delivery system Project Wing.