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Dollar struggles as traders wary ahead of Fed meeting; NZD shines

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar languished near one-month lows against a basket of major currencies on Friday, having suffered a setback overnight as traders were wary of the Federal Reserve turning more dovish at next week's policy meeting. Full story

U.S. navy to recover bombs from Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Friday it would lead the effort to recover four unarmed bombs it was forced to drop in Australia's World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. Full story

Australia: Experiencing the Outback by motorcycle

Australia's Outback is a vast and remote place, often missed by visitors who cross the country by flying from one city to the next. Associated Press photographer Rob Griffith, who is based in Sydney, decided to explore the Outback with four friends by motorcycle this summer on a seven-day journey th Full story

Dollar still glum, China data next in focus

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The dollar wallowed at one-month lows early in Asia on Wednesday after extending a broad decline for a third session, giving beaten-down currencies such as the Australian dollar some breathing space. Full story

Exclusive: Australia's Rinehart clears hurdles on $10 billion iron ore project - sources

SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) - Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart's $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project has overcome key hurdles holding up debt negotiations, a move that could pave the way for the mine to start producing by September 2015, sources said on Thursday. Full story

Dollar soothed by Bernanke comments, sterling outperforms

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The dollar held on to modest overnight gains early in Asia on Thursday after a choppy session that saw investors first sell then buy back the currency in reaction to comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Full story

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