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'Tinnie terrorists' jailed in Australia for Philippines boat plot

Sydney - Four Australians with almost no seafaring experience were jailed on Friday for hatching a "foredoomed" plot to sail a boat to the southern Philippines and overthrow the local government.

Op-Ed: Investors call the shots in corporate climate change policies

Sydney - Recent legal judgments and investor pressure are effectively neutering the endless irresponsible corporate excesses in the environment. The question now is whether serial deniers of the risks of pollution and emissions can understand why.

Tesla's giant battery in Australia turns in a top performance

The huge battery at Hornsdale in South Australia is continuing to make its mark on the energy market in Australia. It made another $4 million in the fourth quarter from providing services. The battery is on track to recoup a third of its cost in one year.

Op-Ed: Kids’ misery in Australian drought – Tragic UNICEF report

Sydney - UNICEF Australia has released one of the most hideous indictments of Australia’s response to a truly deadly drought. Kids are basically losing their childhood in the personal and economic grief, and they’re angry about it.

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Sydney - Australia on Monday said a "sophisticated state actor" had hacked the country's main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election.

Australia defends lucrative PNG refugee contracts with obscure firm

Sydney - Australian officials Monday defended awarding lucrative contracts to an obscure firm with a beach shack as its registered office, saying they were in a hurry to find a company to provide services at Pacific refugee camps.

Fears flood water runoff could 'smother' Barrier Reef

Sydney - Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish.

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Sydney - A controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island is to reopen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday, as he doubled down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat.

Op-Ed: NASA — Greenhouse Effect greening China and India

Sydney - One unanticipated but pretty obvious effect of greenhouse gases and heat is to grow a lot of plants. Extra CO2, for example, promotes flowering. The main areas where this is happening turn out to be India and China.

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Wednesday announced the reopening of a controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island, doubling down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat.

Refugee footballer makes triumphant return to Australia

Melbourne - Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi made a triumphant return to Australia Tuesday, ending a harrowing two months in Thai detention, as his supporters called for an investigation into why he was arrested in the first place.

Aussie legend hails #HakeemHome as win in battle for football's soul

Sydney - Ex-Socceroos captain Craig Foster was capped 29 times for his country, but believes the fight to free Hakeem al-Araibi was the most important battle of his life and vital for saving football's soul.

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Sydney - The head of Australia's competition watchdog warned Monday that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism.

Australia signs massive sub deal with French firm

Canberra - Australia formally signed a $50 billion "strategic partnership" with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of Canberra's willingness to project power across the Pacific.

Greek-Australian teen develops an app to help kids learn Greek

So you want to learn Greek? Greek-Australian teen and entrepreneur Fotios Tsoulkas has developed an app, "Metropolis," to help kids learn the Greek language.

Op-Ed: Huge $1.7bn of ice bust hits Mexican cartels

A huge load of ice, the drug of choice for idiots, was headed to Australia, but got caught in a classic cop story tale . An outback cop stopped a car, found ice making stuff, police investigated, notified the US authorities, and hey presto, a mega-bust.

'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Townsville - Hundreds of thousands of cattle weakened from a severe drought are feared to have died in record-breaking floods in northeastern Australia, authorities said Friday, as they stepped up efforts to feed surviving livestock.

Australia using new decryption powers even before planned review

Canberra - Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications even before a promised review meant to address concerns from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

Australia wields vast decryption powers before planned review

Canberra - Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications, even before a promised review to address concerns from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

Billionaire's ban seen as pushback against Chinese foreign influence ops

Sydney - Australia's decision to ban a well-connected Chinese businessman for his political activity is being seen as a potential watershed moment, the start of pushback against Beijing's long-running operations to buy influence overseas.
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