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Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament to push for national ban of face coverings

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An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from fellow lawmakers Thursday by wearing a burqa in Parliament as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face coverings. Continue reading

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3rd Australian minister could be fired over dual citizenship

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A third Australian government minister has revealed she might have been unlawfully elected to Parliament because of a constitutional ban on dual citizens that has snared six lawmakers since July in an unprecedented political crisis. Continue reading

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Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament

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An Australian senator has provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face coverings. Continue reading

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Australian court: Refugee camp in Papua New Guinea is legal

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Australia’s highest court has ruled that the country’s policy of sending asylum seekers to migrant camps in Papua New Guinea is valid. Continue reading

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New Zealand lawmaker says good chance of Pacific trade deal

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New Zealand’s trade minister says he believes there’s an odds-on chance that a group of 11 Pacific nations including Japan and Australia will sign a free-trade deal, despite the U.S. pulling out. Continue reading

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The Latest: Trump says Kim made ‘wise and reasoned’ decision

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The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump says in a tweet that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “made a very wise and reasonable decision” amid indications his country has decided not to proceed with its multi… Continue reading

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The Latest: Malaysia says it will evaluate new MH370 data

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The Latest on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Malaysia’s government says it will need to evaluate a new analysis that could narrow the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in t… Continue reading

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South Korea’s president: Any strike on North Korea should be approved by us

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Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, said Tuesday that no country “should be allowed” to take military action on North Korea without first being approved by Seoul. Continue reading

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Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots

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Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean. Continue reading

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Japanese siblings accept WWII soldier’s flag from US veteran

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HIGASHISHIRAKAWA, Japan — The former U.S. Marine knew the calligraphy-covered flag he took from a fallen Japanese soldier 73 years ago was more than a keepsake of World War II. Continue reading

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Analysis: To launch or not? Either way, North Korea may gain

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If, after all the fanfare, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t actually launch missiles toward Guam, many may write the whole episode off as another of the North’s seemingly endless bluffs. Continue reading

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Political feud erupts between Australia and New Zealand

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Like squabbling siblings, New Zealand and Australia have close ties but also a rivalry that can sometimes turn ugly. Continue reading

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The Latest: Moon says North Korea crisis must end peacefully

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The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Continue reading

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N. Korea leader briefed on plans for missile tests near Guam

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North Korea said Tuesday that leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military’s plans to launch missiles in waters near Guam days after the Korean People’s Army announced its preparing to create “enveloping fire” near the U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Continue reading

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Australian inquiry: Priests should report abuse confessions

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Australia’s most powerful investigative authority has recommended that priests who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse should face criminal charges, even when they learn of abuse through confession. Continue reading

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Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

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Global warming is opening up the fabled Northwest Passage, a route through Arctic waters that’s closed to ships for most of the year. Continue reading

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Australian deputy prime minister under citizenship cloud

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Australia’s deputy prime minister has become the latest lawmaker to reveal he might have breached a constitutional prohibition on dual citizens becoming lawmakers, after he was advised by the New Zealand government that he might be a kiwi. Continue reading

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Will NKorea’s Kim pull the trigger? Possible signs to watch

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Tensions between the United States and North Korea tend to flare suddenly and fade almost as quickly — but the latest escalation won’t likely go away quite so easily. Continue reading

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Devoutly Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat

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Across Guam — where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic — priests prayed for peace as residents of the U.S. Pacific island territory faced a missile threat from North Korea. Continue reading

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Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

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North Korea’s announcement that it is finalizing a plan to launch four ballistic missiles over Japan toward the island of Guam has touched off a series of fiery threats from President Donald Trump and upped tensions between Pyongyang and Washington to … Continue reading

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Guam guarded by lethal air power

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Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined their counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japanese air forces in sequenced bilateral missions, August 7. Continue reading

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Associated Press Koreas bureau chiefs talk rising tensions

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Below, the Associated Press’ bureau chiefs for North and South Korea discuss the North’s stated plans to send test missiles close to the U.S. territory of Guam, and President Donald Trump’s vow to unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it continues to… Continue reading

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As North plans missile launch, US, S. Korea ready war games

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Military officials said Friday they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.-South Korea exercises later this month that North Korea, now finalizing plans to launch a salvo of missiles toward Guam, claims are a rehearsal for war. Continue reading

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US company offers to take financial risk of new MH370 search

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U.S. seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity says it has offered to take the financial risk of a renewed search for the missing Malaysian airliner, as victims’ families urge the Malaysian government to agree to a private-sector hunt for Flight 370’s … Continue reading

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North Korea details plan to fire missile salvo toward Guam

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North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date. Continue reading

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Challenge filed in court to Australian gay marriage ballot

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Gay-rights advocates have lodged a High Court challenge to the government’s unusual plan to canvass Australians’ opinion on gay marriage next month, while a retired judge says he will boycott the survey. Continue reading

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North Korea outlines plan to launch missiles toward Guam

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North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a volley of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, and dismissed President Donald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury” if it… Continue reading

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The Latest: New Zealand premier criticizes Trump’s comments

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The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local): 5:30 p.m. New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English says President Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea are “not helpful” in an environment that is “very tense.” Continue reading

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4th Australian senator sent to court under eligibility cloud

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A fourth Australian senator has been referred to the High Court to rule on whether he was legally elected due to a constitutional prohibition on dual citizens becoming lawmakers. Continue reading

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New Zealand politician resigns after revealing past fraud

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The co-leader of New Zealand’s Green Party has resigned three weeks after confessing she committed welfare fraud as a struggling young mother more than 20 years ago. Continue reading

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Trump, North Korea trade escalating threats of fire

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In an exchange of threats, President Donald Trump has warned Pyongyang of “fire and fury like the world has never seen” and the North’s military has claimed it was examining plans for attacking the U.S. territory of Guam. Continue reading

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US Air Force jets take off from Guam for training, ensuring they can ‘fight tonight’

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Less than 24 hours after North Korea revealed that it is considering a plan to fire a missile at Guam, two U.S Air Force B-1B bombers, under the command of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, joined counterparts from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Ja… Continue reading

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Australian leader says gay marriage could be law this year

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Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that Parliament could legalize gay marriage this year if the nation’s voters endorse it in a rare nonbinding poll in November. Continue reading

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17 people arrested in 3 countries in Australian drug bust

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Police in three countries have arrested 17 people and seized nearly 2 tons of drugs in connection with what Australian authorities say was an effort by organized crime groups to transport large amounts of drugs into Australia. Continue reading

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Marines who died in Osprey crash identified

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A trio of Marines, who’ve been missing since Saturday when their MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia, were officially declared ‘deceased’ by the Marine Corps on Monday, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. Continue reading

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Australia’s ruling party refuses vote on gay marriage bill

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Australia’s ruling party has rejected a push to allow lawmakers to decide whether the country should recognize gay marriage. Continue reading

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US, Australia, Japan want coercive acts at sea to be stopped

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The U.S., Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have called for a halt on land reclamations and military actions in the South China Sea and compliance with an arbitration ruling that invalidated China’s vast claims to the disputed waters. Continue reading

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Refugee at Australian camp on Papua New Guinea dies

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A refugee being held in an Australian immigration camp on Papua New Guinea has died. Continue reading

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Australia’s ruling party meets to resolve gay marriage rift

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Australia’s ruling party will attempt to resolve bitter internal differences over gay marriage at a special meeting on Monday aimed at containing a rift that threatens the prime minister’s leadership. Continue reading

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Australian police release man arrested in plot to bomb plane

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A man arrested in connection with what Australian authorities say was a plot to bring down a plane has been released from police custody after being charged with a weapons offense. Continue reading

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Guam high school students to learn more about decolonization

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Education leaders in Guam have their sights set on better teaching high school juniors and seniors about the concept of decolonization and what it would mean for the U.S. territory. Continue reading

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Navy ends search for sailor lost in South China Sea, officials say

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The Navy has ended its search for a sailor who went missing earlier this week in the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. Continue reading

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The Jacinda effect: New Zealand politician enjoys rapid rise

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Jacinda Ardern took over as New Zealand’s opposition leader just three days ago, but already she has prompted a flood of donations, taken a stance for women in the workplace and transformed what had been a dull election campaign. Continue reading

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Australian PM: Trump relationship ‘warm’ despite transcripts

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Australia’s prime minister insisted on Friday that his relationship with President Donald Trump was “warm,” despite transcripts of a heated conversation in which the leaders sparred over a refugee deal. Continue reading

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Australia police: Men tried to get bomb on Sydney plane

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Police say two men facing terrorism charges in Australia were involved in an aborted attempt to place an improvised explosive device on an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney last month in a plot directed by the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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Australian prime minister: Threat from plane plot is over

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Australia’s prime minister says there is no longer any threat to Australia’s aviation industry from an alleged plot to bring down an airplane. Continue reading

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New Zealand’s auditor-general resigns over handling of fraud

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New Zealand’s Auditor-General has resigned amid questions over how he handled a fraud case while he was head of the nation’s transport agency. Continue reading

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Papua New Guinea re-elects prime minister in chaotic poll

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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been re-elected as leader of the South Pacific island nation. Continue reading

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Man freed after airline plot arrest shocked to be questioned

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The United Arab Emirates’ national airline says it is working with Australian police in its investigation into an attempted airplane attack. Continue reading

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Few speak up on sex assaults, harassment at Aussie campuses

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A survey of Australian university students has found that half the respondents had been sexually harassed and almost one in 50 had been sexually assaulted, but few made formal complaints. Continue reading

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