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Depp and Australia minister renew war of words

Sydney - A war of words between Johnny Depp and an Australian minister reignited Wednesday with Barnaby Joyce claiming he was the Hollywood star's Hannibal Lecter after being told he looked as if he was "inbred with a tomato".

Op-Ed: China sets world record for most choreographed dancers

Okay so it's not the kind of record most of us would aspire to holding, or be a part of holding, and it doesn't have the sex appeal of, oh, say, most goals at the World Cup of Soccer. But it is a world record and it took a lot of effort to achieve it.

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

Sydney - Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable".

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Successful hypersonic rocket test will change air travel forever

Woomera - Hypersonic technology has become a game-changer, expected to revolutionize air and space travel in the very near future. Australian and U.S. scientists teamed up and sent the latest experimental hypersonic rocket up over the Australian desert last week.

Justin Bieber calls Billboard Music Awards 'fake' and 'hollow'

While Justin Bieber won two awards at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) he apparently did not have such a good time there. The Biebs posted a mini-diatribe against the show on social media today.

Study finds low-sodium diets increase heart disease risk

A new study on sodium out of Canada has found a diet of low-salt may not be beneficial. The study found that reducing sodium by too great an amount could lead to an increase in the likelihood of heart disease and death.

Op-Ed: Obama should not apologize for atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Many in Japan, and the world, believe U.S. President Barack Obama should apologize for the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW2. The U.S., however, has said that when Obama visits Hiroshima next week there will be no apology.

Green hopes as Australia legalises medical cannabis

Nimbin - Jai Whitelaw was 10 when he first took medical cannabis, given to him by his mother in a bid to treat the debilitating epilepsy that saw him endure up to 500 seizures a day.

Texas woman in Chewbacca mask laughs madly, sets Facebook record

Much like the movie Star Wars set box office records a woman from Texas has set a Facebook record - for views. How? Simply by donning a Chewbacca mask, laughing hysterically, and we really mean hysterically, and then posting it on to Facebook.

MH17 victim families sue Putin, Russia in European rights court

Sydney - Families of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, are suing President Vladimir Putin and Russia for Aus$10 million each in the European Court of Human Rights, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday.

Robotic shepherds operating on farms

In Australia, autonomous robots have been used to examine crops, count yields and remove weeds. The latest development is with robotic shepherds, to guide and protect sheep.

Search for MH370 likely to end by August

Sydney - The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August, the man leading the hunt said Friday.

Man battles crocs in Australia with spanner, spark plugs

Sydney - A desperate fisherman threw spanners and spark plugs to fight off circling crocodiles after his friend drowned when one of the animals capsized their small boat, reports said Wednesday.

Popular Vancouver actor Michael Roberds dies suddenly, age 52

Vancouver - The Vancouver acting and TV and film community is in a state of mourning after the death of one of its favorite sons, Michael Roberds. An actor, writer, producer, and by his own account, "wise-ass," the affable Roberds died suddenly on Sunday night.

Free super-strong condoms for Australian Olympic athletes

Australian athletes competing in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be given super-strength condoms as protection against the Zika virus.

Australia delays 'backpacker tax' after backlash

Sydney - Working holidaymakers from overseas were given a reprieve Tuesday from being hit with a so-called "backpacker tax" in Australia after a campaign by farmers and the tourism industry.

Teen arrested over alleged Sydney terror plot

Sydney - An 18-year-old man was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged "imminent" terror plot, as police raided properties in Melbourne in a separate counter-terrorism operation, officials said.

Five face terror charges over Australia-Syria boat plan

Sydney - Five young men face life behind bars after they were charged with terrorism offences over a plan to sail to Indonesia to join jihadist groups in Syria, Australian police said.

2016 AFL Power Rankings: Cats clawing their way to number one

Melbourne - Seven weeks of great action have AFL fans and experts looking forward to the rest of the regular season and despite a slow start from Collingwood and Richmond, teams like Carlton and Melbourne are going better than expected early in the year.
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