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Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

Sydney - Tech companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday.

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Sydney - A former Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s was confronted by enraged victims outside a courthouse Tuesday after a judge spared him jail and ordered he serve his sentence at home.

Australia strips five of citizenship over Islamic State links

Sydney - Five people have been stripped of their Australian citizenship for fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, with officials saying Thursday the country was a better place without them.

Theresa May, Prince William commemorate 'Entente Cordiale' in Amiens

Paris - Britain's Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May took part in commemorations Wednesday marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, which heralded the beginning of the end of World War I.

Theresa May, Prince William mark centenary of key WW1 battle

Paris - Britain's Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May will join 2,000 guests at a service Wednesday marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, which rang in the beginning of the end of World War I.

Australian state government invests in bitcoin startup

Australia's Queensland state government has announced a new partnership with TravelbyBit, a startup that helps travel businesses accept cryptocurrency payments.

'Lucky to be alive': Climber found just in time on deadly NZ mountain

Wellington - A climber trapped for seven days in freezing conditions on a New Zealand mountain has been found in the nick of time, with rescuers saying he was unlikely to have survived another night alone.

Australia supermarket bagged after plastic backflip

Sydney - A leading Australian supermarket was Thursday forced into a backflip after facing a barrage of criticism for reneging on plans to phase out free plastic bags.

Some hospital bacteria growing 'tolerant' to sanitizers: study

Tampa - Some hospital superbugs are growing increasingly tolerant to alcohol-based disinfectants found in hand washes and sanitizers, allowing increasing infections to take hold, an Australian study warned Wednesday.

Man jailed in Australia over terror plot

Brisbane - A man was jailed for 17 years Tuesday for plotting a terrorist attack in Australia after being prevented from travelling to Syria, with the judge saying he continued to hold extremist views.

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

Vatican City - An Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a paedophile priest in the 1970s said Monday he hoped his stepping down would be a "catalyst to heal pain and distress" after his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis.

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of abuse cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday.

Anger as MH370 report offers no new clues to aviation's greatest mystery

Putrajaya - Investigators said Monday they still do not know why Malaysia's Flight MH370 vanished four years ago in aviation's greatest mystery, sparking anger and disappointment among relatives of those on board.

Anger as MH370 families say official report offers no new information

Putrajaya - A long-awaited official report into the disappearance of Flight MH370 gave no new clues about why the plane vanished, relatives of those on board the aircraft said Monday, expressing anger and disappointment.

Ecuador, Britain in talks over Assange fate: Ecuadorian president

Madrid - Ecuador is in talks with Britain over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012 when he was granted political asylum, the country's president said in an interview published Sunday.

Fresh headache for embattled Australia PM after poll loss

Sydney - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's grip on power ahead of upcoming national polls was under renewed scrutiny Sunday after disappointing by-election results.

Map of 250 indigenous massacres reveals Australia's violent past

Sydney - An online map which has so far documented 250 massacres of indigenous peoples after Australia was colonised by the British is set to be expanded, researchers said Friday, as they seek to uncover the country's dark past.

US, Australia work to improve cyber capabilities

Washington - The United States and Australia have signed an agreement that will enable the two allies to conduct research and development to advance their combined cyber capabilities, officials said Tuesday.

Honours for Australians involved in Thai cave rescue

Sydney - Nine Australians who helped rescue young footballers trapped in a Thai cave were given state honours Tuesday, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring their bravery an inspiration to the world.

Experts blast My Health Record as Australians rush to opt out

The Australian government’s new health record system has come under fire after Australians were invited to either opt in or out of the system on Monday, many chose to opt out.

Cloud brightening, 'sun shields' to save Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia announced plans Friday to explore concepts such as firing salt into clouds and covering swathes of water with a thin layer of film in a bid to save the embattled Great Barrier Reef.

Turnbull calls on Pope to sack archbishop for concealing child abuse

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday called on Pope Francis to sack disgraced archbishop Philip Wilson after he was convicted of covering up child sex abuse but remains employed by the church.

Australia scientists develop 'world first' melanoma blood test

Sydney - Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough that could save many lives.

Olivia Newton-John Centre ranked as one of the best in the world

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Australia is ranked in the Top 30 "Most Technologically Advanced Cancer Centers in the World."

Thai cave rescue divers given diplomatic immunity: report

Sydney - Two Australian divers who helped extract the young football team trapped in a Thai cave obtained diplomatic immunity before the rescue in case it failed, national broadcaster ABC reported Monday.

Russia must 'account for role' in MH17 tragedy: G7

Ottawa - Russia must "account for its role" in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ministers of the world's industrial democracies said on Sunday.

Ruling from your home: Inside Australia's micronations boom

Sydney - Lounging on a sofa in his flowing robes, a gold crown resting on his snowy hair and a stuffed white toy tiger at his feet, Paul Delprat looks every bit a monarch.

Thai cave rescue hero emerges to family tragedy

Sydney - An Australian doctor who looked after a young Thai football team during their harrowing cave ordeal emerged from the flooded underground complex to the sad news that his own father had died.

Win for wildlife as krill fishing restricted in Antarctica

Sydney - Five major krill fishing firms Tuesday agreed to halt operations across huge swathes of the Antarctic to help protect wildlife in a move hailed as "bold and progressive" by conservationists.

Australian archbishop gets 12 months for concealing child abuse

Sydney - One of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse was Tuesday sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, but Philip Wilson could avoid jail after a court ordered he be assessed for home detention.
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