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Rio, Glencore in talks over Australian coal assets: sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Miners Rio Tinto <RIO.AX> <RIO.L> and Glencore Xstrata <GLEN.L> have held early-stage talks to consider a plan that could combine thermal coal assets in Australia as they battle low prices and high costs, two sources familiar with the plan said.Full story

Search called off for missing cruise passengers

  Australian emergency crews have suspended the search for two people who went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship off the New South Wales coast. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

Australian police seize $300K in pot

  Australian police have confiscated more than $300,000 worth of cannabis in New South Wales. NBCNews.com's Alex Witt reports.

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  Australia bushfire emergency ‘ain’t over yet’

Australian firefighters continue to battle a ferocious blaze in a New South Wales. "There is no room for complacency. It ain't over yet," said New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner. NBCNew.com's Dara Brown reports.

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ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 1355 GMT ON JUNE 22, 2013DBG200A woman walks with her dog into the surf at Fingal Beach, located just 1 km (0.62 miles) south of the Queensland and New South Wales border, near the town of Tweed Heads. REUTERS/David GrayREUTERS NEWS P

Fishermen stand on a rocky outcrop as they fish at Fingal Head, south of the Queensland and New South Wales border
Fishermen stand on a rocky outcrop as they fish at Fingal Head, south of the Queensland and New South Wales border

Fishermen stand on a rocky outcrop as they fish at Fingal Head, located just 1 km (0.62 miles) south of the Queensland and New South Wales border, near the town of Tweed Heads June 22, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ENVIRONMENT)

A woman walks with her dog into the surf at Fingal Beach, south of the Queensland and New South Wales border
A woman walks with her dog into the surf at Fingal Beach, south of the Queensland and New South Wales border

A woman walks with her dog into the surf at Fingal Beach, located just 1 km (0.62 miles) south of the Queensland and New South Wales border, near the town of Tweed Heads June 22, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)