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PNG police start evicting refugees from Australia camp: detainees

Sydney - Police began forcibly removing refugees from a shuttered Australian camp in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, detainees said, as authorities tried to end a standoff that has drawn world attention to Canberra's tough policy on asylum-seekers.

PNG police move in on closed Australia refugee camp on Manus

Sydney - Papua New Guinea police moved into the shuttered Australian refugee camp on the country's Manus Island Thursday in the most aggressive push yet to force hundreds of men to leave, the Australian government and detainees said.

Op-Ed: Canada to look at economic and social effects of legal grass

Ottawa - Statistics Canada is to hold a study of the potentials of legal grass. The big questions are what’s an “economic effect”, other than sales, for example. What’s a “social effect”?

Australians mourn loss of AC/DC's Malcolm Young

Sydney - Australians paid tribute to AC/DC co-founder and fellow countryman Malcolm Young on Sunday, a day after the legendary guitarist passed away aged 64.

'Selling death': Australia cemeteries get new lease of life

Adelaide - From the graveside to the dinner plate, olive oil is being harvested from centuries-old trees at a Australian cemetery in a bid to shake up people's attitudes towards death and burial sites.

Aboriginal children suffer 'shocking' treatment: probe

Sydney - Aboriginal children are subjected to "shocking" treatment at youth detention centres in northern Australia, an investigation revealed Friday, after a video of violence against mostly indigenous boys sparked outrage.

Australian police seize huge cocaine haul being smuggled in yacht

Sydney - A huge cocaine haul hidden in the hull of a yacht has been seized off the east coast of Australia, police said Thursday.

'Pink dollar' boost to Australia economy after gay marriage vote

Sydney - Australia's historic move toward legalising same-sex marriage could bring businesses a massive windfall of "pink dollars" as tens of thousands of gay couples tie the knot, economists said Wednesday.

Celebrations spread after Australia backs same-sex marriage

Sydney - Celebrations swept across Australia Wednesday as voters emphatically endorsed same-sex marriage after more than a decade of divisive debate, and political leaders immediately began moves to enshrine the historic shift in law by Christmas.

Australians vote in favour of gay marriage

Sydney - Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry, official results showed Wednesday, sending the task of legalising marriage equality to a deeply divided parliament.Almost 62 percent of the 12.

Stalemate as refugees dig in at closed Australia camp in PNG

Sydney - Some 400 refugees rebuffed continued efforts by Papua New Guinea authorities to convince them to move from a shuttered Australian detention camp Tuesday as the tense standoff over their future drags into a third week.

Ferry McFerryface chosen as name of new Sydney ferry

Sydney - Sydney has christened a new boat "Ferry McFerryface" on Tuesday, following a public vote that took inspiration from the joke name "Boaty McBoatface" picked in Britain for a polar research ship last year.

Aussie millennial fans back sports' pro-gay marriage stance: survey

Sydney - Millennial fans strongly back the pro-gay marriage stance taken by major Australian sporting bodies, saying it will help keep sports relevant for younger people, according to a survey released Tuesday.

British doctor 'punches shark' to escape Australia mauling

Sydney - A young British doctor has described punching a shark that leapt from the water to attack him as he surfed off Australia's eastern coast, escaping with bite marks to his shoulder and arm.

Australian academic's book pulled over China backlash fears

Sydney - An Australian publisher has shelved plans to release a book detailing alleged Chinese interference in the country over fears of legal attacks by Beijing, the author said Monday.

PNG ups pressure on refugees to leave Australian camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea officials deployed police vehicles and buses around a shuttered Australian refugee camp Monday as a deadline passed for some 400 detainees to move from the controversial centre.

Dozens leave closed Australia refugee camp in PNG

Sydney - Dozens of refugees have left a shuttered Australian camp in Papua New Guinea but hundreds more are refusing to move, detainees said Sunday, as New Zealand's leader repeated an offer to resettle some of them.

Australia PM in minority after 2nd deputy quits in citizenship row

Sydney - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lost his grip on parliament when another of his coalition's MPs resigned Saturday, the latest victim of a constitutional crisis over politicians who hold dual citizenship.

PNG authorities destroy shelters, move refugees at Australia camp

Sydney - Papua New Guinea authorities destroyed makeshift shelters and removed water stores in a shuttered Australia refugee camp Friday, just hours ahead of a deadline for the inmates to leave or be forced out, detainees said.

Liam Ferrari talks 'Run to You' single, video and Justin Bieber Special

Australian singer and dancer Liam Ferrari chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Run to You" and its music video.
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