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Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Sydney - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Fast & Furious food delivery from McDonald's in Melbourne (Video)

Melbourne - For the ultimate in fast food, McDonald's in Melbourne, Australia is now making deliveries. In fact, pretty flashy deliveries, as customers' burgers and fries arrive by either a red Ferrari F430 Spider or a white luxury Lamborghini.

Australian convicted in child sex sting using virtual girl

Sydney - An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the child rights group behind it said Wednesday.

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton on Bali

Denpasar - The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of Australia's most admired figures who led the nation through a period of massive change, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

Sydney - A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

The Australians make some pretty weird travel insurance claims

A new report has shown how Australian insurance companies have been seeing an increase in the number of extraordinary claims made by travellers in recent years as Australians begin visiting new areas.

No sign yet of MH370 in first update of underwater search

Sydney - Australian authorities released their first update on the latest underwater probe for missing flight MH370 Wednesday, saying more than 670 square kilometres (260 square miles) had been searched without success.

Australia PM vows to 'shirtfront' Putin at G20 over MH17

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday vowed to "shirtfront", or confront, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 crash over Ukraine.

Interview with Kristina Olsen Special

The American folk icon, currently on tour in Australia, talks to Digital Journal about her most recent album and what she enjoys most about plying her trade in this part of the world.

Hong Kong students refuse to retreat, plan protest expansion

Hong Kong - Protesters calling for full democracy in Hong Kong vowed Thursday to ratchet up their occupation of key parts of the city if they fail to win concessions from the government ahead of crunch talks tomorrow.

Australian woman survives for 17 days lost in rainforest

Sydney - A woman missing for more than two weeks in a rugged Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving a chase by a crocodile and eating small fish, officials and reports said Thursday.

Australian who worked with Ebola victims tested for virus

Sydney - An Australian woman was being assessed Thursday for Ebola after developing a fever following her return from a month working with patients of the virus in Sierra Leone, officials said.

HK leader under pressure to explain Australian windfall

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader faced growing calls Thursday to explain why he kept large payments from an Australian company secret as democracy activists behind days of mass rallies vowed a "new wave" of civil disobedience.

Interview with Martine Cotton Special

The Australian music industry veteran has unveiled 'Music Industry Inside Out', an online database and professional development resource designed to help aspiring artists and young professionals get started in the business. She spoke to Digital Journal.

Australia moves to block 'race hate' preachers

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday said moves were underway to ban "race hate" preachers from entering the country to prevent them peddling "alien and extremist" ideologies.

Interview with Mau Power Special

The Indigenous Australian, a rising star in the world of hip hop, released a new album earlier this year (in July) and a brilliant new single earlier this month. Digital Journal was on hand to find out more.

Interview with Dave Gleeson Special

The much in-demand vocalist, now a member of two of Australia's biggest rock bands, The Screaming Jets and The Angels, reflects on his work with both and looks back at 25 years of the former.

Next phase of underwater MH370 search begins

Perth - The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered a new phase on Monday with the resumption of the underwater search for the aircraft, officials said.

Australia deploys special forces, joins air strikes in Iraq

Sydney - Australia's cabinet Friday authorised the deployment of special forces and military air strikes to tackle the Islamic State organisation in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Interview with Tim Earle of Dogwood Crossing Special

The lead singer with the electrifying Aussie pub rockers speaks to Digital Journal about the band's new music and the sheer exuberance of playing live.

Australian police shoot dead 'known terror suspect'

Melbourne - Police in Melbourne have shot dead a "known terror suspect" who stabbed two officers, a day after the Islamic State group called for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians, officials said Wednesday.

PM promises jail for returning Australian jihadists

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday warned Australians fighting with extremists in the Middle East they face lengthy jail terms if they return home as the government tightens counter-terrorism laws.

Australian ex-PM Howard 'embarrassed' by 2003 Iraq war dossier

Sydney - Former Australian leader John Howard has said he was embarrassed that the US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction he used to send troops to Iraq in 2003 proved to be unfounded.

Australia to toughen up anti-terror laws after IS threat

Sydney - The government will next week introduce legislation in parliament to tackle a growing terror threat, the attorney general said Saturday, in the aftermath of Australia's biggest crackdown in history.

G20 finance chiefs aim to 'change destiny of global economy'

Cairns - Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.

Australia terror crackdown sees armed police in parliament

Sydney - Australia deployed armed police inside parliament on Friday in the face of extremist threats, ramping up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists to carry out gruesome "demonstration executions" in the country.

Interview with Amber Lawrence Special

Digital Journal speaks to the talented Australian country star about her new and very personal album, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.

Op-Ed: Australia busts up ISIS beheading plot

Sydney - Australian police say they broke up a plot by ISIS terrorists to randomly execute a victim. More than 800 police raided houses and vehicles in Sydney and Brisbane.
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'Mrs Fair Day' contestant with Charisma Belle (right). Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012. Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Fireworks display in Adelaide, Australia.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Canberra: Bus Depot Markets.
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Al Nakba 'Free Palestine' rally, Sydney.
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Marriage equality rally.
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Justin Holdforth, Head of Sports & Events – ABC TV.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Photo of a Brolga taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, AU
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The Screaming Jets with Dave Gleeson (centre).
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Surfer in Australia in ocean foam.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Mardi Gras Fair Day 2012 - Victoria Park, Sydney, Australia.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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A dragon. Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Migaloo, the all-white humpback whale seen off the coast of Sydney, Australia.
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