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Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Sydney - The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills.

Australia solidarity rallies ahead of Greek bailout vote

Melbourne - Hundreds of people rallied in Australia on Saturday in solidarity with Greece, mainly in Melbourne which has a large Greek community, ahead of the make-or-break weekend referendum on austerity measures.

Op-Ed: Translink referendum no vote consigns Vancouver area to chaos

The one million more humans expected to become part of the Greater Vancouver metro area in the next 25 to 30 years have been consigned to transit chaos by those living there now. That is, in effect, the result we learned of in the transit vote.

'Scrubba Wash Pack' - The washing machine you wear on your back

Have you ever been someplace off the beaten track and needed to wash your clothes? Australian inventor and frequent traveler Ash Newland has been there, done that. He has invented the Scrubba Back Pack, a washing machine that travels with you.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

Sydney - Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney.

Japan to defy world opinion, set to begin whaling in Antarctic Special

Going against the tide of public opinion and an international court ruling, Japan's whaling boats will head for the Southern Ocean. A chief negotiator for whaling decisions told reporters that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica in Dec. 2015.

Police quell riot at Australian prison over smoking ban

Melbourne - Heavily-armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured.

Australian killed fighting for Kurds against IS in Syria: Family

Sydney - An Australian man has died after stepping on a landmine in Syria while fighting for Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, his family said Wednesday.

Prank video as terrified Paris Hilton told plane is crashing

It's not certain where an Egyptian TV show thought the humor was but they went ahead with a prank on Paris Hilton, convincing her the small plane she was in was about to crash. They even had an actor in on it thrown off the plane as it neared water.

Record Australian payout for abused British child migrants

Sydney - Former British migrants who were physically and sexually assaulted at a notorious school in Australia on Monday won the largest compensation payment for survivors of mass child abuse in the country's legal history.

Op-Ed: Greek exit hits markets, default looms, and stupidity rules

Sydney - The bottom line has been hit. Greece has abandoned talks. Greek banks are closing indefinitely. The EU, thanks to its own ineptitude, has unleashed an economic event with unknown consequences for the global economy.

Giant goldfish 'size of dinner plates' are becoming huge problem

You may not think a tiny goldfish could grow into a massive problem in Canadian, American and world waterways, but it can. It seems that when families no longer want Goldie they often dump the little guy into a lake, stream or other waterway.

Australian IS fighter 'still alive' after drone strike: Report

Sydney - Canberra was Sunday attempting to verify whether an Australian Islamic State group fighter, notorious for being photographed with severed heads, had survived a drone attack after a report said he was still alive.

Australia: Town invaded by 25,000-tarantula 'mega cluster'

Maningrida - A small town in Australia has, for reasons known only to tarantulas, become a hotspot for the hairy spiders — to the tune of more than 25,000 of the creatures. Experts have no idea why this is happening.

Barack Obama sings 'Amazing Grace' at funeral of slain reverend

U.S. President Barack Obama did something no other sitting president of his country has likely done before when he sang "Amazing Grace" at the eulogy for a friend murdered last week by a racist young white man. Obama led thousands of mourners in song.

Alzheimer's: Low memory test scores may be early sign of dementia

A new study has found low scores on memory and thinking tests may be a signal a person will develop Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers found that a signal that Alzheimer's is there may be detected up to 18 years before a diagnosis of the illness.

Humpback whale tangled in nets survives after dramatic rescue

A juvenile humpback whale in waters off Powell River in B.C. became tangled in the ropes of a prawn fisherman's nets over the weekend and almost died because of it. It was rescued in a lengthy operation by fisheries officials.

Human footprints found on Calvert Island oldest in North America

An amazing archaeological find has been made on British Columbia's Calvert Island. It consists of 12 human footprints from three persons, thought to be the oldest footprints in all of North America.

Fishing boat donates huge, rare basking shark to Melbourne Museum

Portland - When commercial angler James Owen and his crew accidentally reeled in an enormous, 2.6-tonne basking shark, they knew the huge fish would have fetched big money on the Chinese market for shark fin soup.
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