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Op-Ed: Abbott's knighthood move stirs Conservative supporters

Canberra - While conservatives are scratching their heads over the lack of media awareness of the Coalition's upper echelons, insiders say Australian Prime Minister Abbott is baffled by the commotion over his seemingly outlandish gesture to knight Prince Philip.

Malaysia declares all on board MH370 dead, angering relatives

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Thursday formally declared the passengers and crew of missing flight MH370 to be presumed dead, a step that it said opens the door for compensation payments but which was angrily rejected by distraught relatives.

Police gunfire killed Sydney siege victim: inquest

Sydney - Ricochets from police gunfire killed one of the two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a central Sydney cafe in December, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard on Thursday.

Australian PM takes royal knighthood storm 'on the chin'

Melbourne - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday he stood by his controversial decision to award Britain's Prince Philip a knighthood and was taking the firestorm of criticism "on the chin".

Black Market Tune: An intriguing musical prospect Special

Digital Journal talks to Paul Dangl, violinist and vocalist with the Austro-Scottish folk quartet who are currently in the middle of their first Australian tour.

Australian PM faces backlash over royal 'knightmare'

Sydney - Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain's Prince Philip which has prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters.

Australia PM in 'time warp' as British royal knighted

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott marked his country's national day Monday by honouring Britain's Prince Philip with a knighthood, sparking criticism from the opposition of being in a "time warp".

'Training device' sparked bomb scare, Sydney harbour closure

Sydney - An unattended package left on a Sydney ferry that sparked a lockdown of Australia's iconic harbourfront was on Friday revealed to be training equipment used by the transport company.

'Sea monster' pulled from waters off Australia — frilled shark

The creature looks like the stuff of nightmares, a living fossil rising out of the sea, its mouth a chewing machine of 300 teeth set in 25 rows. It is the rarely seen frilled shark.

Australian beaches reopen as sharks move on

Sydney - Australian beaches that had closed due to sightings of large sharks for a record nine days, reopened on Monday, officials said, but rough surf kept most swimmers away.

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on death row

Sydney - Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders.

Bali Nine executed, two Aussies praying for clemency

Two of the convicted Bali Nine narcotics smugglers facing possible execution shortly are now praying for a ­miracle, after Indonesia has just executed six inmates, jailed for the same offence.

Australia, PNG deny violence at asylum-seeker camp

Port Moresby - Australia and Papua New Guinea on Saturday denied reports that protests at an asylum-seeker camp in the Pacific nation had turned violent, officials and reports said, as hundreds of detainees continued a hunger strike.

Biggest ever great white shark sighting closes Newcastle beaches

Newcastle - Beaches around Newcastle in New South Wales were closed again with swimmers urged not to enter the water after yet another sighting of a large great white shark.

Australia to erect permanent memorial for Sydney siege victims

Sydney - Australia will build a permanent memorial to remember the victims of the Sydney cafe siege, officials said on Sunday as they vowed never to forget the two hostages who died in the stand-off.

Two arrested after Australia anti-terror raids

Sydney - Two men have been arrested after counter-terrorism raids in Sydney, Australian officials said, following long-running investigations into those backing fighters involved in conflicts such as in Syria and Iraq.

Sea Shepherd in epic chase of Antarctic 'poaching' ship

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Friday it has been chasing a "poaching" ship for three weeks amid heavy ice flows in an attempt to stop the crew from illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Australian on death row in Indonesia loses final appeal

Denpasar - An Australian drug smuggler on death row in Indonesia has lost a bid for presidential clemency, his final chance to avoid execution, a court official said Thursday.

Deadly Brown snake takes to surf at Forster beach

Forster - Visitors to a beach near Forster on New South Wales’ mid-north coast expected a shark sighting when the lifeguard whistled, yet the call concerned a venomous brown snake.

Rain brings relief to Australian firefighters

Sydney - Australian authorities said Wednesday they had almost fully contained a destructive bushfire in the country's south, as rain in fire-hit areas brought welcome relief for firefighters.

Bushfires follow Australia's third-hottest year

Sydney - Australia experienced its third-hottest year on record in 2014, paving the way for an early start to the bushfire season, scientists said Tuesday as hundreds of firefighters battled blazes in three states.

Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet: report

Toukyo - Japan is proposing jointly building Australia's new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, a report said Monday, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry.

Australia races to control major blaze before weather worsens

Adelaide - Firefighters raced Monday to contain a major blaze before the forecast return of strong winds and a heatwave, following the loss of 26 homes in the worst bushfire conditions in South Australia for three decades.

Australia will help Iraq smash ISIL: Abbott

Australia will step up its efforts to fight extremism in the Middle East, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott committing to “do everything we reasonably can” to help “knock off ISIL” during a surprise diplomatic mission to Baghdad.

Australia PM visits Iraq for IS group talks: State TV

Baghdad - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Baghdad on Sunday for talks on aiding Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, state television reported.

Australian Treasurer Hockey welcomes Cabinet reshuffle

Canberra - Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey has welcomed two new appointments to the treasury team, following Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent statement on his cabinet reshuffle.

More homes destroyed as Australia battles major bushfire

Adelaide - More than 30 homes are feared destroyed as firefighters battle the worst bushfire in South Australia for three decades, with officials warning Sunday of a threat to lives even as weather conditions improve.

Australia: Bushfire near Moyston, Victoria

Moyston - Inhabitants of a country town in the Australian state of Victoria have been urged to evacuate to a football pitch in the vicinity in a bid to escape the threat of a raging bushfire.

Shark sighting closes Australia's Bondi Beach

Sydney - Hundreds of swimmers were ordered out of the water and Sydney's Bondi Beach was briefly closed Friday after a shark was spotted, with lifeguards patrolling the sea until the animal swam away.

Foley set for New South Wales Labor top job

Sydney - Luke Foley has indicated he would focus on driving growth in Sydney’s western suburbs, support private enterprise and opt for more upbeat agenda for Labor if he gets the nod to be New South Wales’ next opposition leader.
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