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Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne - Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions Wednesday, prompting relief from victims who fought to bring one of the Catholic Church's most powerful men to justice.

Australia to join US in Gulf maritime security mission

Sydney - Australia will join the US-led mission to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday.

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne - Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions Wednesday, prompting relief from those who fought to bring one of the Catholic Church's most powerful men to justice.

Father hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits on appeal verdict

Sydney - The father of one of the victims of jailed Australian Cardinal George Pell said Monday he hoped "justice would prevail" as a court prepared to rule on an appeal against his conviction of child sex abuse crimes.

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

Sydney - The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned.

Hong Kong protest tensions heat up in Australia

Sydney - Hundreds of pro-China demonstrators marched through Sydney Saturday in response to a growing number of rallies in support of the Hong Kong democracy protests as tensions between the two groups increasingly flare in Australia.

Disgraced Cardinal Pell appeal verdict due next week

Sydney - Judges will rule next week on Australian Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction on multiple child sex abuse charges, court officials announced Thursday.

Brits arrested in record Australia drug bust

Sydney - Four British men were arrested in Australia and New Zealand in an international drugs sting that netted a record haul of potent MDMA, Australian police said Wednesday.

Citizen 'heroes' stop deadly Australian knife rampage

Sydney - A knife-wielding man killed one person and attempted to stab several others in a central Sydney rampage Tuesday before being chased and pinned down by members of the public, witnesses told AFP.

Australia offers climate funding to Pacific islands

Sydney - Australia announced a Aus$500 million ($340 million) climate change package for Pacific countries Tuesday but received a lukewarm response from low-lying island nations demanding urgent action from their powerful neighbour to curb its carbon emissions....

Australia eyes rare earth deposits amid fears over China supplies

Perth - Australia will step up production of rare earths and other militarily sensitive "tech metals", the country's defence minister said Monday, as doubts grow over the reliability of Chinese supplies.

Australian unis become battleground over Hong Kong protests

Sydney - Tensions in Hong Kong have rippled across Australian universities, as supporters of the pro-democracy protests have been targeted and harassed by "patriotic" mainland students -- with the tacit backing of Beijing.

Australia pledges to stop exporting its trash

Sydney - Australia pledged Friday to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought: study

Sydney - Marine heatwaves are killing coral reefs far more quickly than previously believed, according to a new study released on Friday.

PNG backtracks on China debt refinancing statement

Sydney - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has backtracked on an announcement saying he had asked China to refinance the country's $8 billion debt, insisting the statement was released without his knowledge.

Aussie ex-spy offers surprise guilty plea for leaking East Timor plot

Sydney - A former Australian spy announced a surprise guilty plea Tuesday for exposing an alleged 2004 bugging operation against East Timor officials, after years of fighting the charges.

Australia rules out hosting US missiles

Sydney - Australia on Monday ruled out hosting ground-based US missiles after talks with Washington's top defence and diplomatic officials.

Australia cancer sufferer first to use new assisted dying law

Sydney - A 61-year-old cancer patient has become the first person in over two decades to die under controversial assisted dying laws in Australia, a charity said.

Op-Ed: Siberian melt double global warming rate, worse to come

Sydney - After all these years of drivel, millions of square miles of Siberia are turning into a bog. Warming is at twice the 2C “meltdown” rate at an average of 4C. Winter snow is adding water to the region with spring melts.

US struggles to build willing coalition amid Hormuz tensions

Sydney - The United States is struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran.
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