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Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

Sydney - British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands Friday as they hit Sydney's famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their Australian tour.

58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

Sydney - Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack.

Harry and Meghan 'gift' rain to drought-stricken Aussie outback

Dubbo - Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them.

Aussie government blames admin error for 'okay to be white' vote

Sydney - Embarrassed officials scrambled Tuesday to explain how members of Australia's conservative government backed a parliamentary motion declaring "it is okay to be white", blaming the decision on an "administrative process failure".

Harry and pregnant Meghan get baby gifts, meet koalas Down Under

Sydney - British royals Harry and Meghan received baby gifts, met a koala couple and posed in front of Sydney's dazzling Opera House Tuesday, on their first public outing since announcing they are to become parents.

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Sydney - Facing a domestic backlash and the threat of foreign trade retaliation, Australia's Prime Minister on Tuesday appeared to slow-peddle a controversial decision to move the country's embassy to Jerusalem, saying he would first consult with allies.

Australian ministers under fire for backing 'okay to be white' vote

Sydney - Australia's indigenous affairs minister and several of his colleagues faced calls to resign Monday, after they backed a failed parliamentary motion tabled by a controversial senator that declared: "It is okay to be white.

Aussie same-sex penguin 'couple' tickled pink by foster egg

Sydney - Two male penguins who have paired up as a "same-sex couple" have become so good at nesting that zookeepers in Sydney have given them a real egg to look after.

British royals arrive on landmark trip Down Under

Sydney - Prince Harry and Meghan touched down in Sydney on Monday, kicking off a bumper Pacific tour that is the British royals' first major outing abroad as a couple.

Australia to stop schools expelling gay students

Sydney - Australia's conservative government will ban schools from expelling students over their sexuality, after a public outcry over the issue that threatened to sway the result of a crucial by-election and change the balance of power.

'Heavy price' — how 'Black Power' solidarity changed Aussie sprinter's life

Sydney - When a principled Peter Norman stood on the podium alongside two Americans in their famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, his place in the history books was sealed.

Woman's body found after Australian crocodile attack

Sydney - The body of an indigenous women was recovered by Australian police Friday following a reported crocodile attack in a remote part of the country's north.

'Overdue' statue for Aussie 'Black Power' sprinter

Melbourne - Australia will erect a statue of a homegrown sprinter who backed two Americans in their famed Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, with authorities describing the honour as "seriously overdue".

Head of US Marines in Darwin stood down over drink-driving

Sydney - The head of US Marines in Australia's tropical north has been stood down "due to a loss of trust and confidence" after being charged with drink-driving, the military confirmed Monday.

Sydney Opera House horse race 'advertising' sparks uproar

Sydney - A government push to use the Sydney Opera House's sails to advertise a horse racing event over the wishes of the building's management has sparked uproar among many Australians over the commercialisation of an iconic landmark.

'Islamic Bonnie and Clyde' guilty of Australia terror plot

Sydney - A self-described Australian "Islamic Bonnie and Clyde" couple were Friday found guilty by a Sydney court of planning a terrorist act that prosecutors said involved a stabbing attack on New Year's Eve.

Australia shutters notorious offshore asylum camp

Sydney - A notorious Australian immigration detention camp on remote Christmas Island has been shut, the government said Friday, hailing the success of its hardline policies in ending a flood of asylum-seeking boat people.

United Airlines low fuel mayday triggers Australia emergency landing

Sydney - A shortage of fuel triggered a mayday call on a United Airlines flight crossing the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney Thursday, spurring Australian authorities into high alert.

After years of debate Australia scraps 'tampon tax'

Sydney - After almost two decades of political wrangling Australia on Wednesday finally agreed to scrap its so-called "tampon tax".

Digital innovation can boost Australian economy

A new survey finds that digital innovation has the potential to deliver $315 billion in gross economic value to Australia, over the course of ten years assuming that the opportunities presented are realized.
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