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Australia's scandal-hit deputy PM quits

Sydney - Australia's scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced Friday he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide.

Dustin Lynch shares insights on 'I'd Be Jealous Too,' Australia Special

Chart-topping country star Dustin Lynch chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "I'd Be Jealous Too," as well as his upcoming tour in Australia with country mega-star Luke Bryan.

Extreme conditions await MH370 recovery if wreckage found

Sydney - Salvagers are confident debris and human remains can be recovered if Malaysia Airlines MH370 is finally found, despite the pitch-black darkness, crushing pressure and ice-cold water awaiting them.

Five suspicious deaths at Australia aged care facility probed

Sydney - A doctor has been reported to health authorities and three nurses fired over the suspicious deaths of five people at a Baptist-run aged care facility in Australia, authorities said Thursday.

Sex scandal opens rift in embattled Australia government

Sydney - Australia's parliamentary sex scandal opened a rift in the governing coalition on Friday as deputy leader Barnaby Joyce described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as "inept" for criticising his affair with an aide.

British warship to sail through disputed South China Sea

Sydney - A British warship will sail from Australia through the disputed South China Sea next month to assert freedom of navigation rights, a senior official said Tuesday in a move likely to irk Beijing.

Australia's rooftop solar boom records best January ever

Rooftop solar installations in Australia are booming, with more than 110MW of registrations completed in January – a 69 percent increase on the previous January. Solar farm approvals and rooftop installations are expected to "turbo-boost" production.

Australia still struggling to improve Aboriginal lives, report says

Sydney - Australia is making some progress in improving health and education among its indigenous population, an annual report said Monday, but it is still missing most targets to reduce Aboriginal disadvantage a decade after launching a major campaign.

At least 8,000 great white sharks off Australia coast: researchers

Sydney - At least 8,000 great white sharks roam the waters off Australia, according to research released Friday that is likely to renew debate about balancing conservation efforts with mitigating attacks.

Digital transformation forecasts for Australian manufacturing

Industrial practices are changing in order to match niche consumer demand. For companies to remain competitive a transition to smart manufacturing. A new report looks at how Australian manufacturing can develop this practice.

Seven injured in Australia hot air balloon crash

Melbourne - Seven people were taken to hospital Thursday with back injuries and fractures after a hot air balloon crashed in high winds during a dawn tour in Australia, officials said.

Top US general warns of 'nasty' Korea conflict, stresses diplomacy

Darwin - The US military's top officer warned Tuesday that any war with North Korea would be "nasty" and said America still hopes to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis.

Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Sydney - Australia announced tougher restrictions on foreign buyers of agricultural land and electricity infrastructure on Thursday amid fears over rising Chinese influence.

Cabinet papers: Secret documents found in old government furniture

Sydney - Hundreds of "top secret" and classified Australian government papers have been found in locked cabinets sold at a secondhand shop, national broadcaster ABC reported Wednesday as Canberra ordered an urgent probe.

Op-Ed: Can AI deal with climate change AND human stupidity?

Sydney - It’s official; predicting the weather is now very difficult, thanks to climate change. The weird jet streams, heat, floods and droughts are hitting hard, and knowing what happens next is crucial.

'Forgotten' antibiotic offers hope against worst superbugs

An antibiotic overlooked since its discovery in the late-1970s could help develop new drugs against life-threatening infections caused by some of the world's most dangerous superbugs.

Thousands protest 'Invasion Day' on Australia's national day

Melbourne - Tens of thousands of people marched across Australia Friday in an "Invasion Day" protest calling for a rethink of the national day they say is offensive to indigenous people.

Self-sailing drones set to explore the Southern Ocean

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) has announced a partnership with San Francisco-based ocean technology start-up, Saildrone, to radically improve measurement and monitoring in Australian waters and the Southern Ocean.

Interview with Sam Ludeman: Australian singer, actor and model Special

Australian actor, singer and model Sam Ludeman is a triple threat in the entertainment industry. Ludeman chatted with Digital Journal about his music career, and his plans for 2018.

Review: Tommaso D'Orsogna wins big at Western Australia Championships Special

Australian swimmer Tommaso D'Orsogna has a major reason to be proud. He still wins swimming competitions, while in medical school.
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