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Louise Hand has been appointed as Australia's new High Commissioner to Canada, to begin this month. She will be replacing Justin Brown who has served in the position since 2008.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new ambassador to the United Arab Emirates with a non-resident accreditation to the State of Qatar.

The Australian Government yesterday announced new plans to impose additional sanctions in response to Iran's continuing non-compliance with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on its nuclear program.

A new conference in 2012 will aim to develop opportunities in the infrastructure sector in Sub Saharan Africa.

Australian toy company, Moose Enterprise has made global impacts with its new Trash Pack toy range. After it’s launch sold out in August, the company has sold over 10 million units worldwide, with 100 predicted for 2012.

Country branding is important for investment, immigration and consumption, shows FutureBrand research.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spoke about the importance of trade between China and Australia at the Australia-China Forum yesterday.

Businesses ready to take up the opportunities presented by the new Malaysian budget are competing for places to learn more. A business meeting in Melbourne, which will feature keynote addresses from government, industry and business leaders, and the following Kuala Lumpur cocktail reception, will aim to inform Australian companies about conducting business in Malaysia.

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote exchange in health and medical research between the two countries over the next three years.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso discussed plans for strengthened cooperation between Australia and the European Union during bilateral talks in Canberra this week.