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Emergency alert for blaze near Sydney

An emergency warning has been issued for the 230,000-hectare Gospers Mountain blaze on Sydney's northwestern outskirts as firefighters brace for a "long and challenging day".Strong westerly winds have been fanning the Gospers Mountain…

Bellamy’s investors back China buyout

Bellamy's investors have overwhelmingly approved a proposed $1.5 billion takeover by the China Mengniu Dairy Company.Thursday's scheme proposal in Melbourne was supported by 99.23 per cent of shareholder votes - representing 82.88 per…

7-Eleven drags Metcash to $152.5m H1 loss

Metcash has slipped to a $152.5 million first-half loss on the back of the loss of its 7-Eleven supply contract.The IGA supermarket supplier says sales revenue for the six months to October 31 rose 1.6 per cent to $6.29 billion, but the…

Emergency blaze northwest of Sydney

An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire northwest of Sydney as authorities say heavy smoke smothering the city is forecast to linger into the weekend.Firefighters faced another tough day of windy and dry conditions on…

Officer has no memory of ‘gooch’ search

A police officer involved in searching a boy at an underage music festival in Sydney says he has "no memory" of the teenager being asked to "show your gooch".The 15-year-old claims he "froze" when he was asked to drop his pants during a…

GDP growth tepid as shoppers bank tax cuts

The economy expanded by an underwhelming 0.4 per cent in the September quarter as the mining sector continued to fire but consumers apparently pocketed tax offsets instead of spending them.The quarterly increase undershot market…

Rio Tinto shares dip as violence disrupts

Rio Tinto shares have slipped after the miner's $US1.5 billion Utah copper project extension was tempered by news its South African operations had been disrupted by nearby violence.The global miner said on Tuesday it was spending $US1.5…

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