Australia repeals carbon tax in 39-32 conservative victory

Posted: July 18, 2014 at 3:53 a.m.

SYDNEY -- Australia's government repealed a carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse-gas polluters Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.

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Afghan forces fend off 2 attacks

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a building which Taliban fighters used during a clash with security forces, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday, raining down rockets on the sprawling facility, setting off a gunbattle with security forces and forcing the airport to close, officials said.  The attack comes during a tense time in Afghanistan, as a recount is underway from the disputed second round of a presidential election seen as key to insuring a peaceful transfer of power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops by the end of the year.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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