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Google broke Australian law over location data collection: court

Sydney - Google violated Australian law by misleading users of Android mobile devices about the use of their location data, a court ruled Friday in a landmark decision against the global digital giant.

Anniversary highlights Aboriginal deaths in custody crisis

Brisbane - Thirty years after sweeping reforms were recommended to end the injustice of Indigenous deaths in Australian custody, a spate of recent fatalities and soaring rates of Aboriginal incarceration have highlighted failures to act.

Australia sending envoy to Europe amid scramble over vaccine roll-out

Sydney - Australia will dispatch its trade minister on a mission to Europe on Thursday, amid a dispute over more than three million doses of a EU-manufactured shot which Canberra has purchased but not received.

Former school principal in Australian court on sex abuse charges

Melbourne - A former principal of a Jewish ultra-orthodox school accused of child sexual abuse will remain in custody ahead of her pre-trial hearing in September after appearing in an Australian court Friday.

Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under 50s over clot concerns

Sydney - Australia on Thursday joined a growing number of countries halting the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for younger people over fears it can cause serious blood clots.

Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules

Sydney - Australian politicians will no longer be exempt from rules against sexual harassment at work, the conservative government announced Thursday as it tries to quell public anger over parliamentary sex abuse scandals.

Australia blames EU supply issues for slow vaccine rollout

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Wednesday blamed restricted vaccine supply from Europe for his country's halting coronavirus inoculation efforts, as he faced growing public frustration over the sluggish rollout.

New Zealand, Australia to open Covid-19 travel bubble

Wellington - New Zealanders and Australians rushed to book flights Tuesday as the beleaguered tourism industry welcomed the "lifeline" of a travel bubble between the largely coronavirus-free neighbours.

Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention

Sydney - Two Australians who were detained in Myanmar late last month have been released and have left Yangon, Canberra's foreign affairs department said Monday.

Australia's Brisbane lifts snap virus lockdown ahead of Easter

Brisbane - Stay-at-home orders for more than two million people in Australia's third-biggest city Brisbane were lifted Thursday, ending a snap coronavirus lockdown just ahead of the traditionally busy Easter holidays.

Australia misses vaccine target as concerns grow over slow rollout

Sydney - Australia will fall well short of its initial Covid-19 vaccination target, Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted Wednesday, claiming European export restrictions were partly to blame.

Two Australian cabinet ministers demoted after dual rape scandals

Sydney - Two Australian ministers were demoted from top cabinet posts Monday as the ruling conservative party tried to draw a line under dual rape scandals that have convulsed national politics.

Snap lockdown ordered in Australia's Brisbane after virus outbreak

Brisbane - More than two million people in Brisbane were ordered into a three-day lockdown Monday after a cluster of coronavirus cases was detected in Australia's third-biggest city.

Australia begins 'long haul' to recovery as floodwaters recede

Londonderry - Thousands of flood-stricken residents along Australia's east coast began a massive clean up effort Thursday, as waters receded revealing damaged homes, piles of debris and mud-caked roads.

Australia's 'Big Wet' eases, but thousands still isolated

Sydney - Rescue teams raced emergency supplies to flood-hit Australians Wednesday, as trapped residents waited for still-swollen rivers to ebb, so the long, hard clean-up can begin.

Australians warned of deadly spider 'plague' after floods

Sydney - A "plague" of the world's most venomous spiders could swarm Sydney after torrential rain and flooding, the Australian Reptile Park said Wednesday, warning that the deadly arachnids could seek refuge in homes as they escape the deluge.

Food ferried to isolated Australians as flood threat lingers

Sydney - Rescue teams delivered food and emergency supplies to Australians isolated by floodwaters on Wednesday as authorities warned that swollen rivers posed an ongoing threat despite blue skies over the east coast following days of torrential rain.

Fire, wind and water: The new normal in a land Down Under

New South Wales - Seventeen-year-old Rory Kirkland has lived in Australia for three years, but he has already experienced the full range of the country's extreme weather, from searing heat to unprecedented bushfires and now floodwaters lapping the door of his family hom...

'Catastrophic' Australia floods prompt helicopter rescues

Windsor - Military helicopters, jet skis and rubber boats were deployed to rescue people stranded by "catastrophic" floods along Australia's populous east coast Tuesday, with thousands of homes damaged.

'Disgraceful' sex acts in parliament rock Australia's government

Sydney - Leaked videos of staff from Australia's conservative government performing sex acts in parliament, including one man masturbating over a female MP's desk, left Scott Morrison's administration facing yet another major scandal Tuesday.

'Catastrophic' Australia floods prompt helicopter rescues

Windsor - Helicopters and boats were deployed to rescue residents stranded by "catastrophic" floods in eastern Australia Tuesday, as authorities warned more areas were now under threat.

Thousands evacuate as Sydney sees worst floods in decades

Sydney - Torrential downpours lashed Australia's east Monday, forcing thousands to flee the worst flooding in decades and pushing communities already battling drought, bushfires, and the coronavirus pandemic to "breaking point".

Evacuations ordered as Sydney's biggest dam overflows after record rainfall

Sydney - Sydney braced for its worst flooding in decades Sunday after record rainfall caused its largest dam to overflow and as deluges prompted mandatory mass evacuation orders along Australia's east coast.

Record rains, flooding prompt evacuations in Australia

Sydney - Record rains and widespread flooding prompted evacuations along Australia's east coast Saturday and threatened the most serious overflow of Sydney's main reservoir in 30 years, officials said.

Australia sees first population drop since World War I

Sydney - Australia's population has declined for the first time in more than a century as pandemic-induced border closures stemmed the flow of overseas migrants, according to figures released Thursday.

Australia rumbles 'nest of spies' targeting defence tech

Sydney - Australia's top spymaster has revealed that his agency disrupted a "nest of spies" sent by an unnamed foreign intelligence service to steal sensitive trade and defence secrets.

Covid-hit Papua New Guinea calls for 1m emergency AstraZeneca doses

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea's health minister on Wednesday told AFP the country's record wave of coronavirus infections will "spike" further in coming weeks, calling on drug-maker AstraZeneca to urgently deliver one million vaccine doses to staunch the looming cr...

News Corp strikes content deal with Facebook in Australia

Sydney - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on Tuesday announced a three-year content deal with Facebook in Australia, weeks after Canberra introduced laws forcing digital platforms to pay for news.

Women across Australia march against sexual violence and inequality

Canberra - Tens of thousands of women protested across Australia against sexual violence and gender inequality on Monday, as outrage grew over rape allegations that have convulsed the conservative government.

Women across Australia march against sexual violence and inequality

Canberra - Women protested across Australia on Monday against sexual violence and gender inequality, with tens of thousands hitting the streets as outrage grew over rape allegations that have convulsed the conservative government.
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Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.
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Bushfires in eastern Australia
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The project covers 7,000 square kilometres of land in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is on the traditional lands of the Nyangumarta people, who have been active participants in the project.
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Marriage equality rally.
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Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) officers at a siege in Sydney in 2007. TOU is under the command of the Special Protection Group, a specialized branch of the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force. TOU is responsible for combating armed terrorists as well as conventional but nonetheless violent criminals in Sydney - Australia's largest and most influential city.
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Marriage equality rally.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Australia: Floods have inundated thousands of homes and closed airports and schools, leaving cars and houses submerged
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Macquarie Grammar float at Sydney Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2012.
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Every summer, Australia's fittest men and women show off their fitness levels while competing in the Iron Man and Iron Woman series. This multi edition competition comprises of paddling, swimming, running, and body boarding, and is not for the faint hearted.
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Marriage equality rally.
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This is a park in Greenslopes, near Brisbane City, when the water had finally started to settle down only yesterday.
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Al Nakba 'Free Palestine' rally, Sydney.
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The US Navy's towed pinger locator and other ocean search and recovery equipment wait in a cargo plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on March 24 before being sent to the Indian Ocean to help search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton (near Melbourne), VIC, AU
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Marriage equality rally.
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