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{FD} Former Australian prime minister warns of Indonesia reaction

A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities

Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at the city’s Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities. Continue reading

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{FD} United flight from LA lands safely in Sydney after declaring ‘fuel mayday’

The pilot warned the plane was running low on fuel, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Rescued Indian and Irish sailors head for remote island

An Indian and an Irish sailor rescued from damaged sailboats in the remote southern Indian Ocean will be delivered to land on Tuesday when they reach an island and undergo medical assessments, an official said. Continue reading

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{FD} French boat to rescue injured Indian sailor from yacht

A French ship was expected to rescue an Indian sailor on Monday who was injured in the remote southern Indian Ocean during a round-the-world solo yacht race, an official said. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian lawmaker says MH17 was her most emotional time

Australia’s former foreign minister on Tuesday described the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 as the most emotional time of her life. Continue reading

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{FD} First asylum seeker boat in 4 years reaches Australia

The first asylum seeker boat has reached Australia in more than four years, a government minister said Monday, as new concerns were raised about the psychological state of children who arrived earlier and were banished by the government. Continue reading

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{FD} Next Australian prime minister well placed to heal party

Australia’s next Prime Minister Scott Morrison is widely regarded as a conservative who respects moderates and is well placed to heal the civil war within the party that brought him to power. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian ruling party set to choose new prime minister

Australia appears set to get its sixth change of prime minister in 11 years on Friday in a ballot of government lawmakers which would continue an era of extraordinary political instability. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Explains: How Australians dump their prime ministers

No Australian prime minister in the past decade has lasted a full three-year term before being dumped by his or her own party. Continue reading

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{FD} Colleagues say Australian PM has lost party support, must go

Three senior Cabinet ministers have told Australia’s prime minister he has lost his government’s support and must hold an internal ballot to elect a new leader quickly, in a major blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s chances of surviving his curre… Continue reading

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{FD} Dutton planning 2nd challenge to Australian prime minister

A government lawmaker said on Wednesday he was planning a second challenge against Australia’s prime minister after losing a leadership ballot, ensuring that Australia’s political instability continues. Continue reading

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{FD} Turnbull long under attack from own party’s conservatives

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has long been under attack from the most conservative members of his party who have always regarded him as too progress to lead an Australian center-right government. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian political challenger known for hard-right stances

Peter Dutton, the government lawmaker who has challenged Australia’s prime minister for his job, is publicly perceived as a hard man and a leading hard-right conservative. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian ministers resign after leader survives challenge

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia’s Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survived a leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in an internal government ballot that is unlikely to settle questions of his support. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian prime minister abandons greenhouse gas target

Australia’s prime minister on Monday abandoned plans to legislate to limit greenhouse gas emissions to head off a revolt by conservative lawmakers. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia strips citizenship from Islamic State supporters

Five former dual nationals have been stripped of their Australian citizenship due to their involvement with the Islamic State group overseas, a government minister said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia’s most populous state entirely in drought

Australia’s most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years. Continue reading

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{FD} Watchdog says Australia lawmakers increasingly exploit race

Australia’s racism watchdog said on Monday the country is experiencing a resurgence in lawmakers exploiting race to advance their political agendas and listed ethnic Chinese and Sudanese among the minorities who are suffering. Continue reading

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{FD} 9 Australians awarded bravery medals for Thai cave rescue

Nine Australians involved in rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand were awarded bravery medals on Tuesday for putting their lives in danger during the treacherous ordeal. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia continues bid to return IS suspect from Turkey

Australia will not give up its quest to prosecute an Australian Islamic State group suspect despite a Turkish court rejecting an extradition application, the Australian prime minister said on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian police chief apologizes to indigenous people

An Australian state police chief on Thursday made an historic apology to indigenous people who are overrepresented in prisons and vowed to improve race relations. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge

Wildlife rangers said Tuesday that they had trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe f… Continue reading

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{FD} Australia backs Pacific security pact as Chinese aid grows

Australian and New Zealand officials are set to seal a new security agreement with their Pacific island neighbors as China increases its influence in the region, an Australian minister and a newspaper said on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian leader calls on convicted archbishop to resign

Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday called on an Australian archbishop to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} Nauru criticized for banning Australian state broadcaster

Nauru has been accused of restricting press freedom by banning an Australian state-owned broadcaster from attending an international forum that the tiny Pacific atoll-nation will host in September. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced in an Australian court on Tuesday to 12 months in detention. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Australia said Monday that it has ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority because Australian donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia bans covert foreign interference in politics

Australia’s Parliament passed sweeping national security legislation on Thursday that bans covert foreign interference in domestic politics, makes industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime and offends the nation’s most important trading partner,… Continue reading

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{FD} Australia to ban covert foreign interference in politics

Australia’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved national security legislation on Tuesday that would ban covert foreign interference in domestic politics and make industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian archbishop steps down after cover-up conviction

An Australian archbishop says he will stand aside but does not intend to resign after becoming the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country’s iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia upholds Nauru decision to reject 3 refugee claims

Australia’s highest court on Wednesday rejected the refugee claims of two Pakistani and a Nepalese asylum seeker because they could find somewhere safe in their homelands to live. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia to release budget with looming election in mind

Australia’s government is expected to release annual spending plans on Tuesday with a focus on winning votes at elections due within a year. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian first lady ‘flattered’ by ‘delicious’ description

Australia’s prime minister says his wife was “flattered and charmed” to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as “delicious,” a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader’s first official visit to Australia. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them. Continue reading

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{FD} Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of Turkish battle

Thousands of Australians gathered at pre-dawn services on Wednesday to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian financial firm CEO steps down over fee scandal

The AMP’s chief executive stepped down on Friday following revelations that Australia’s largest wealth manager charged customers for financial services they never received and misled the industry watchdog. Continue reading

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{FD} Abbott hints at still having Australian leadership ambitions

Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday hinted that he still held leadership ambitions as his replacement struggles to turn around the government’s disastrous opinion polling. Continue reading

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{FD} Myanmar leader welcomed to Australian Parliament House

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed to Australia’s Parliament House on Monday for the official start of a state visit that has provoked protests over her muted response to a military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims. Continue reading

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{FD} Cardinal’s alleged sex victims testify in Australian court

The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse came close to confronting his accusers on Monday in a video-linked Australian court hearing to test the strength of the prosecution case. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian deputy prime minister under pressure to resign

Australia’s deputy prime minister was under mounting pressure Wednesday to resign as his party’s leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia secret service secures mislaid classified papers

Australian secret service officers on Thursday secured thousands of classified documents that were sold with two secondhand filing cabinets. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian government restores grip on power in by-election

The Australian government on Saturday won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power that was threatened by a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament. Continue reading

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{FD} Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Gay marriage in Australia became a law Friday as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Continue reading

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{FD} Gay marriage advocates celebrate ahead of Australian vote

Gay rights advocates celebrated outside Australia’s Parliament House on Thursday in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian police allege man planned New Year’s Eve attack

Australian police have arrested a man accused of planning a mass shooting for New Year’s Eve in a crowded Melbourne square, officials said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Papua New Guinea officials remove last refugees from camp

The last asylum seekers have abandoned a closed immigration camp on Papua New Guinea, ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions rather than move to alternative residences. Continue reading

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{FD} Australian gay marriage bill would let churches boycott

A senator has introduced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and allow only churches and ministers of religion to boycott such weddings. Continue reading

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