Category Archives: CANBERRA, Australia

The Latest: Vote counting starts in Australian election

The Latest on Australia’s general election (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Votes are being counted after Saturday’s Australian election, with senior opposition lawmakers gaining confidence they will form a center-left government with a focus on slashing g… Continue reading

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Polls open in Australian election; opposition tipped to win

Polling stations have opened in eastern Australia in elections that are likely to deliver the nation’s sixth prime minister in as many years. Continue reading

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Facts and figures in Australian elections on Saturday

More than 16 million Australians are eligible to vote at elections on Saturday that are likely to deliver Australia’s eighth prime minister in 12 years. Continue reading

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Australian leader denies 2 Rwandans are massacre suspects

Australia’s prime minister has denied media reports that that two Rwandan refugees resettled in Australia are suspects in the massacre of eight tourists in Uganda 20 years ago. Continue reading

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Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89

Bob Hawke, one of Australia’s longest-serving prime ministers, has died at age 89. Continue reading

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Australian prime minister predicts close election result

Australia’s conservative prime minister has predicted a close result at elections on Saturday as his rival used a campaign rally to revel in the memory of one of his center-left party’s greatest victories 47 years ago. Continue reading

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Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday evening, triggering a tsunami alert for the country and for the nearby Solomon Islands. Continue reading

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Australian political leaders agree gays don’t go to hell

The leaders of both of Australia’s major political parties have agreed that gays don’t go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs have risen to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign. Continue reading

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Australian prime minister bares self in campaign launch

Australia’s prime minister has officially launched his conservative coalition’s campaign less than a week before an election in an extraordinarily personal presentation. Continue reading

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Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes

Australia’s central bank has taken responsibility for typos on 46 million bank notes after a radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media. Continue reading

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Australian political contender fights back tears over mother

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten has fought back tears and won widespread public support as he attacked a newspaper that challenged his version of his mother’s life story that inspired his political career. Continue reading

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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolts Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has rattled the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. Continue reading

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Former Australian leader slams security agencies over China

Australia’s prime minister has defended the nation’s intelligence agency bosses after a former prime minister described them as “nutters” who have damaged bilateral relations with China. Continue reading

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Australia’s opposition leader campaigns on health, climate

Australia’s opposition party officially has launched its election campaign, putting health care and climate change at the forefront of its bid for election within two weeks. Continue reading

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Online histories bite Australian election candidates

Australian political parties have cut loose or chastised several of their own candidates for sexist, anti-Muslim, racist and homophobic behavior less than three weeks before elections, with most falling victim to their own online histories. Continue reading

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Australian quits anti-Muslim party over strip club video

A candidate in Australia’s upcoming general election has quit his anti-Muslim political party after video of him groping and propositioning dancers in a U.S. strip club was broadcast on national television. Continue reading

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Australian ruling party’s chances improve in vote-swap deal

An Australian billionaire businessman has announced his minor party has struck a vote-swap deal with the ruling party that improves the government’s chances of being re-elected in a general election on May 18. Clive Palmer announced the deal with Prime… Continue reading

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Australian senator censured for blaming Muslim victims

An Australian senator has been censured by his colleagues for seeking to blame the victims of last month’s mosque shootings and vilify Muslims. Continue reading

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3 Australian orphans reportedly found in Syrian camp

Australia’s prime minister says he won’t put officials in danger by retrieving three orphaned Australian children of a convicted terrorist who have reportedly been found in a Syrian refugee camp. Continue reading

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