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Iraqi charged in Australia over deadly trafficking ring

Sydney - An Iraqi man has been charged in Australia with people trafficking in connection with the drowning deaths of more than 350 asylum seekers in 2001, police said Saturday.

Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney

Sydney - A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend.

'SOS' picked up on CCTV saves Aussie woman lost in bush

Sydney - An Australian woman lost for three days in dense bushland was found Wednesday after a man remotely monitoring security footage saw an 'SOS' sign scrawled in the earth on his property.

Olivia Newton-John on medical cannabis, to auction Grease jacket

Veteran actress and singer Olivia Newton-John feels that medical cannabis should be readily available to people for medicinal purposes. She will be auctioning off her "Grease" jacket.

Tourists surge at Uluru before Australia bans climb

Sydney - Large numbers of tourists are rushing to scale Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- ahead of a looming ban on climbing a site sacred to indigenous Australians.

UN rights chief urges Australia to overhaul detention policies

Sydney - The UN's top rights official urged Australia to reform its criminal and refugee detention systems on Tuesday, just days after the country's prime minister took a veiled swipe at the international body.

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Sydney - Extinction Rebellion activists began gathering in cities across Australia and New Zealand on Monday to kick off a fortnight of global civil disobedience demanding governments take urgent action on climate change.

Australian bloggers held in Iran return home in possible swap

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran on spying charges have been freed and returned home, authorities said Saturday, in a possible swap for an Iranian student wanted in the US.

Australian couple charged with spying in Iran released

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple who were detained in Iran on spying charges have been released and returned home, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday.

Will Andromeda start consuming the Milky Way?

Scientists have now charted the cannibalistic past of the neighboring galaxy to our own - Andromeda. The large galaxy now appears to have sights set on the Milky Way as its next main target.

Op-Ed: Poison Fire Coral — Deadly fungus is also a major wakeup call

Cairns - The arrival of the truly dangerous Asian fungus in Australia is in many ways just another problem for Australia’s endless biohazards war. The problem is that this is a fungus, and fungi can spread fast.

Australian territory becomes the first to legalize marijuana

The Australian Capital Territory became the first territory in Australia to legalize “recreational possession and cultivation of marijuana.” The law comes into effect early into 2020.

Australia rejects UN call to release Tamil family

Sydney - Australia has rejected a United Nations call to release a Tamil asylum-seeking family from offshore detention after the UN weighed in on a case that has galvanised huge public support.

Australian leader says Trump wanted 'point of contact' for Russia probe

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Wednesday played down the significance of a call from Donald Trump as "brief and uneventful", despite mounting controversy over a politically fraught offer to help the US president.

NZ sports store apologises over porn played on big screens

Sydney - The New Zealand arm of Japanese sports brand Asics has apologised after pornography was broadcast on large television screens above its central Auckland store for several hours, startling Sunday morning shoppers.

Sydney and Taiwan kick off global protests for Hong Kong

Sydney - Thousands rallied in Sydney and Taipei to support Hong Kong democracy protesters Sunday, kicking off a day of planned "anti-totalitarianism" demonstrations globally.

Facebook hides 'likes' in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Sydney - Facebook has begun hiding the number of "likes" for posts in Australia, it said Friday, a trial designed to ease social pressure that could be rolled out worldwide.

Last Australian state decriminalises abortion

Sydney - Abortion was decriminalised in Australia's state of New South Wales on Thursday after weeks of contentious debate, bringing its laws into line with the rest of the country.

Cannabis made legal in Australian Capital Territory

Sydney - Australians living in the home of the country's parliament will be allowed to grow and possess small amounts of cannabis from next year under a new law passed Wednesday.

Folau 'conceded' homophobic post breached rules: Rugby Australia

Sydney - Sacked former Wallaby star Israel Folau conceded his anti-gay social media posts breached Rugby Australia's code of conduct and offered to apologise, the governing body claimed in a court filing made public Wednesday.
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