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A mystery to many, Australian PM is a tough sell at election

Scott Morrison has carried an unusual burden for an Australian prime minister campaigning for election. Continue reading

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Candidates vow next Australian prime minister will last

Both candidates vying to become Australia’s prime minister in elections on Saturday are promising to stay in the job for the entire three-year term, shut the revolving door to high office and put the choice of the nation’s leader back in voters’ hands. Continue reading

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Australian prime minister hit with egg in protest

Australia’s prime minister was hit on the head with an egg and a woman was knocked off her feet Tuesday during a protest ahead of a general election next week. Continue reading

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Australia leader plays down terror threat at Gallipoli event

Australia’s prime minister on Thursday played down any potential link between the arrest of a suspected Islamic State group member in Turkey and a World War I battle commemoration attended by hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders at the Gallipoli … Continue reading

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Australia works to repatriate terrorist’s 3 children

Australia’s prime minister said on Friday his government was working with international aid workers to repatriate three orphaned Australian children of a convicted terrorist from a Syrian refugee camp. Continue reading

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Australia could jail social media execs for showing violence

Australia’s Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Continue reading

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Cyclone lashing northwest Australia weakens

A slow-moving cyclone that lashed northwest Australia was weakening on Monday. Continue reading

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Alleged Christchurch gunman’s actions stun hometown

Those who watched Brenton Tarrant growing up in the sleepy Australian country town of Grafton say they had no inkling of the potential evil he allegedly unleashed in merciless gunfire at two New Zealand mosques that claimed at least 49 lives. Continue reading

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Cardinal George Pell’s crimes described in victim’s words

The trial of Cardinal George Pell was largely a case of his word against that of his sole accuser, a 34-year-old man who alleged that as a 13-year-old choirboy he and a friend were abused in one of Australia’s grandest cathedrals more than 20 years ago… Continue reading

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Sex abuse convictions of Australia cardinal prove polarizing

The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse will be sentenced to prison on Wednesday in an Australia landmark case that has polarized observers. Continue reading

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Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Continue reading

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Californian sailor welcomes discovery of yacht in Australia

Californian solo sailor Abby Sunderland said on Thursday her “heart skipped a beat” with news that the yacht she abandoned in the remote Indian Ocean in 2010 during and ill-fated round-the-world attempt had been found off the Australian coast. Continue reading

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Australia insists man who lost citizenship isn’t stateless

Australian officials insisted Wednesday that a suspected militant had not been left stateless after he was stripped of his Australian citizenship over his alleged links to the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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Australia raised detained refugee with Thai authorities

Australian officials have raised with Thai authorities the plight of an Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who was detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain, Australia’s foreign minister said Friday. Continue reading

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Pilot under investigation for sleeping, overflying Australian destination by 29 miles

A commercial pilot is under investigation after falling asleep in the cockpit of a freight plane and overflying his Australian island destination by 29 miles. Continue reading

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Australia wants it easier to strip extremists of citizenship

Australia revealed plans on Thursday to increase government powers to strip citizenship from extremists and to control the movements of Australian fighters who return home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. Continue reading

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Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat

Australia’s prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of “continuing down a path of denial” after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists. Continue reading

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Independent says Australian gov’t lost on its refugee stance

A newly elected independent lawmaker said on Monday a tough policy toward asylum seekers was a major reason Australia’s conservative government lost its parliamentary majority. Continue reading

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Australia invests in developing Papua New Guinea naval base

Australia announced Thursday it will invest in redeveloping a Papua New Guinea naval base as concerns mount over increasing Chinese influence in the South Pacific. Continue reading

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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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