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Giant sea snail plan to rescue Barrier Reef

Sydney - A giant starfish-eating snail could be unleashed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Monday, with a trial underway to breed thousands of the rare species.

Step towards building the quantum Internet

Scientists have made a step forward in developing the building blocks of a quantum Internet. This is with significantly improving the storage time of a telecom-compatible quantum memory.

Murdoch in Australia TV network bid after law changes

Sydney - News Corporation co-chair Lachlan Murdoch on Friday launched a bid for Australia's third-largest television network after the government struck a deal to make controversial changes to media ownership laws.

Australia church 'cancels wedding after Facebook gay marriage post'

Sydney - Australia's prime minister Friday defended a church's right not to marry some couples following reports a woman's wedding was cancelled after she posted support for same-sex marriage on Facebook ahead of a national vote.

Major shake-up for Australia media

Sydney - Controversial changes to Australia's media laws passed the upper house Thursday, paving the way for a significant concentration of ownership, in a move welcomed by the industry.

Evidence of one of world's rarest birds found in Australia

Sydney - A feather from one of the most elusive birds in the world has been found in South Australia, the first proof in more than a century that it lives there, wildlife experts said Thursday.

Another town scraps Australia Day, drawing government ire

Sydney - Marking Australia Day is like celebrating the Holocaust, a Melbourne politician said as her council scrapped a holiday it deemed offensive to Aboriginal people, in a move the government on Thursday labelled "extreme and divisive".

Rebel Wilson to give record defamation payout to charity

Sydney - Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson has vowed to hand the largest defamation payout in Australian history to charity, as she works to get her career back on track after a "long, hard" battle.

Australia cracks down on paedophilia, online child abuse

Sydney - New offences and tougher penalties targeting live-streamed child abuse and online grooming were announced in Australia Tuesday in a bid to crack down on the growing role of technology in paedophilia.

'Fluffy' the great white shark heads back to sea

Sydney - A baby great white shark that stunned onlookers when it washed up on a popular Sydney beach was released back into the ocean Tuesday after spending the night in an aquarium.The thrashing 1.5-metre (4.

Gambling addict brings landmark Australia poker machine case

Sydney - A landmark trial began Tuesday against Australian casino giant Crown and gambling slot machine maker Aristocrat, alleging players are misled or deceived about their chances of winning.

Controversial Australia vote on same-sex marriage begins

Sydney - A contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage began in Australia Tuesday, with ballots delivered across the vast continent ahead of an expected fractious campaign between the "yes" and "no" sides.

India complains over 'offensive' Australian lamb commercial

Sydney - India has lodged an official complaint over an Australian advertisement that features the Hindu god Ganesha and other religious icons endorsing lamb.

Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists

Sydney - A secret world of animals and plants -- including unknown species -- may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

Australian PM defends baby and beer photo

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull brushed off criticism Monday of a photo of him nursing a beer while holding his granddaughter as online "craziness".

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sydney - As Australia prepares for a contentious postal vote on legalising gay marriage, fierce divisions have emerged within the church, with many Christians disregarding traditional religious views as outdated.

Australian researchers say they can stop melanoma spreading

Sydney - Researchers say a combination of new treatments can stop the world's deadliest form of skin cancer -- melanoma -- in its tracks and halt its spread to other organs.

Surfer 'mauled in Australia shark attack'

Sydney - A surfer was thrown into the air and his board snapped in a suspected great white shark attack off Australia's east coast Sunday that left him with bloody cuts to his right hip.

Thousands rally in support of Australia gay marriage as polls narrow

Sydney - Thousands of Australians dressed in rainbow colours rallied Sunday in support of same-sex marriage ahead of a postal ballot, as polls showed the "yes" campaign's lead shrinking despite backing from the nation's top political leaders.

Australia gun and explosives amnesty nets large cache

Sydney - A battery of explosives, gunpowder and detonators have been handed to police under an amnesty in Australia, along with 26,000 firearms as authorities work to remove illicit weapons from the streets.
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