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Australia moving up in the world... literally

Sydney - Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.

Swimsuit mural of Hillary Clinton creates a stir in Australia

Melbourne - An Australian mural of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a revealing, stars and stripes swimsuit may be taken down, after it has reportedly been deemed offensive.

Australia needs to shift to allow GPS to work properly

Sydney - Australia's government has decided to shift longitude and latitude to address a difference between local coordinates and those for Global Positioning Systems. Currently there is a significant disparity between the two.

Chinese families of MH 370 victims protest proposed end of search

Beijing - Family members of passengers aboard ill-fated Maylasia Airlines Flight 370 demonstrated outside China's Foreign Ministry on Friday, demanding to meet officials who propose suspending the high-tech search for the jet if it is not found by year's end.

'Highly likely' Tanzania piece from MH370

Sydney - A piece of debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Friday, as he defended the Indian Ocean search efforts.

Australia police investigate Pope aide over child abuse claims

Sydney - Australian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but had not yet decided whether to press charges.

Top pope aide investigated over Australia child sex abuse: report

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated by Australian police over child sexual abuse allegations, a report by the national broadcaster said Wednesday, as the leading Catholic cleric denounced the claims as "totally untrue".

Hooded teen speaks as Australia juvenile abuse anger mounts

Sydney - A teenage boy shown hooded and shackled in images from a juvenile detention centre that shocked Australia has apologised for his crimes as anger mounted over the scandal Wednesday.

Australian man wins Pacific island resort in raffle

Sydney - A lucky Australian man has won his own remote Pacific island resort in a raffle, after shelling out just US$49 for the winning ticket to claim the paradise property.

Rare white whale 'Migaloo' sighted off Australia

Sydney - An extremely rare white humpback whale was Tuesday spotted off the Australian coast as he migrates towards warmer tropical waters to mate.

Laughing gas mix-up kills baby in Australia

Sydney - A newborn baby has died after being given "laughing gas" instead of oxygen in a tragic mix-up at an Australian hospital which left another infant severely disabled, authorities said Tuesday.

Australia probes 'shocking' youth detention abuse

Sydney - The Australian government ordered an inquiry Tuesday after graphic evidence emerged of prison guards assaulting teenage boys, with one shown hooded and shackled in scenes likened to Guantanamo Bay.

Body unnoticed in Australian fast-food outlet 'for three days'

Sydney - Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports.

Searchers see end to two-year hunt for Malaysia Airlines MH370

Putrajaya - Countries still looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with little success may be getting ready to call off the search.

Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record

Sydney - Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.

'No terror link' in Australia police station scare

Sydney - Terror links were Friday ruled out after a man set his car alight and rammed it into a police station in Australia, as officials vowed to review security after the scare.

United States, Australia a 'united front' in Pacific: Biden

Sydney - US and Australian troops plan to step up training so they are "fully prepared" to answer challenges in the Pacific, US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday amid rising tensions over Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.

Turnbull sworn in as Australia's PM

Canberra - Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in for another term as Australia's prime minister Tuesday after a narrow election victory with budget repair and a public vote on same sex marriage among his top priorities.

Large wing piece in Australia to be tested for MH370 link

Sydney - A large piece of aircraft debris, believed to be a wing flap, has arrived in Australia for testing as part of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, officials said Monday.

Biden condemns 'despicable' Baton Rouge killings

Melbourne - US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday described the shooting deaths of three police officers in the Louisiana capital Baton Rouge as a "despicable act" that was an attack on the American way of life.
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