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China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos

Jenjarom - From grubby packaging engulfing small Southeast Asian communities to waste piling up in plants from the US to Australia, China's ban on accepting the world's used plastic has plunged global recycling into turmoil.

Father and son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot

Melbourne - A father and son lifesaving team drowned while trying to save a tourist swept out to sea near one of Australia's most famous sights off the south coast, officials said Monday.

Second man dies after shooting outside Australian nightclub

Melbourne - A second victim of a drive-by shooting outside a popular nightclub in Melbourne has died, as police look at the possible involvement of motorbike or crime groups in the attack, media report.

Australian father rescues toddler from dingo's jaws

Sydney - A father rescued his son from a dingo's jaws after the infant was dragged from a campervan at an Australian tourist island, authorities said Friday, in the third such attack this year.

Madrid skyscraper housing embassies evacuated over false bomb threat

Madrid - A skyscraper in Madrid that houses the British, Dutch, Australian and Canadian embassies was evacuated on Tuesday over a bomb warning that turned out to be false.

Australia grandmother in emotional reunion with IS fighter's orphans

Sydney - An Australian grandmother to children of a notorious Islamic State group fighter has tracked down the orphans in a Syrian refugee camp in an emotional reunion she hopes will lead to their return home.

Assange's father calls on Australia to bring him home

Sydney - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's father on Sunday called on Australia to bring his son home, saying he was shocked to see his son's condition after his arrest in London last week.

One dead after Australia shooting outside nightclub

Melbourne - A security guard is dead and another man is fighting for his life after a drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub, police said Sunday, amid a spate of gun violence in Australia's second-largest city.

Julian Assange: Conspiracy theorist proved right?

London - Julian Assange has been widely denounced as a conspiracy theorist fleeing from justice, but the revelation Thursday of a US extradition warrant against the transparency campaigner supports a key reason he gave for going into hiding.

Tens of thousands march in Australia for higher wages

Melbourne - Tens of thousands marched for better work conditions and higher wages in Australia Wednesday, bringing the city of Melbourne to a standstill, ahead of national elections in May.

Germany begins 'largest' return of Aborigine remains

Munich - A German museum handed over the remains of an Aboriginal ancestral king to Australia on Tuesday in the first of three such ceremonies across Germany this month, which Canberra called a record return.

Germany begins 'largest' return of Aborigine remains

Munich - A German museum handed over the remains of an Aboriginal ancestral king to Australia Tuesday in the first of three such ceremonies across Germany this month in what Canberra called a record return.

Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia

Canberra - A Google-linked firm will start delivering takeaways and other small items to Canberra residents after the company received approval from aviation watchdogs in Australia on Tuesday.

Australia casino giant Crown mulling $7.1 bn takeover by Wynn

Sydney - Australian gambling giant Crown Resorts on Tuesday confirmed a takeover offer from US gaming group Wynn Resorts, estimated to be worth more than US$7 billion, sending the firm's shares surging by a quarter.

Adam Lambert and Queen set to tour Australia in 2020

Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert and the classic rock group Queen will be touring Australia in 2020, as part of the "Rhapsody" tour.

French spy turned engineer behind Sydney Opera House magic dies

Sydney - A former French spy hailed as a genius for an engineering feat that made building the Sydney Opera House possible has died aged 97, officials said Monday.

Beijing targeted writers over Australia secret inquiry: report

Sydney - Beijing agents pressured two Chinese-Australian authors to provide information about a secret Canberra inquiry into Chinese meddling in domestic politics, local media reported Monday.

Australia ramps up measles warnings as cases jump

Sydney - Australia on Monday launched a major education campaign to encourage its residents, particularly those travelling overseas, to get vaccinated against measles as a sudden spike in cases amid a global resurgence causes alarm.

Wiebe Wakker completes three-year world tour in his electric car

Sydney - Dutchman Wiebe Wakker has a major reason to celebrate. He just finished his world tour in his electric car. This journey took three years to complete and it ended in Sydney, Australia.

Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in Australia

Sydney - A Dutchman completed an epic 95,000 kilometre (59,000 mile) journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change.

Australia open to return of IS fighter's orphaned children

Canberra - Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday he was open to allowing the return of orphaned children of an Australian jihadist in a Syrian refugee camp following their desperate plea for help.

Social media bosses face jail under 'world first' Australian laws

Sydney - Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia Thursday -- a "world first" in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

Julian Assange: Transparency icon or enemy of the state?

London - A heroic campaigner for openness, or an enemy of the US state trying to avoid justice: after a decade in the limelight, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains an evasive and polarising figure.

Far-right Australian senator censured over 'ugly' Christchurch comments

Sydney - A far-right Australian senator who said the Christchurch mosque massacre was the result of Muslim immigration into New Zealand was censured for his "ugly and divisive" comments by his parliamentary peers on Wednesday.

Australia's government cuts taxes ahead of election

Canberra - Australia's conservative government unveiled a big-spending federal budget Tuesday with tax cuts and new infrastructure investment to win voters ahead of the imminent general election.

Australia sees record temperatures for fourth month in a row

Sydney - Australia continued a string of "hottest ever" months in March, the government said Monday, as global warming emerges as the hot button issue in national elections just weeks away.

Rare Sumatran tiger cubs make public debut at Sydney zoo

Sydney - Three rare Sumatran tiger cubs ventured into public view for the first time Friday in what Sydney zookeepers called a "wonderful success" for the future of the critically endangered species.

Hanson suggests Australia's worst gun massacre was a conspiracy

Sydney - Australia's hard-right One Nation Party faced outrage and risked voters' ire Thursday after its leader Pauline Hanson was captured on camera suggesting the county's worst gun massacre was a conspiracy.

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Sydney - Australia and the Netherlands on Wednesday said they were in talks with Russia over the ongoing investigation into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Sydney - Australia warned social media giants Tuesday that executives could be jailed if they fail to quickly remove extremist material from their platforms.
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