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Australia's top female DJ Tigerlily talks proud moments, fans Special

Australia's top female DJ, Tigerlily, chatted with Digital Journal about electronic dance music, inspiring her fans, and her plans for 2016.

Terror charge against Australian teen dropped

Melbourne - Australian authorities Tuesday dropped a terror charge against a teenager over an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to attack Anzac Day commemorations honouring the war dead, citing insufficient evidence.

Australian police find $12.6 mn cocaine haul on yacht

Sydney - Australian police said Tuesday 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of cocaine worth US$12.6 million has been seized from a yacht, as they crack down on syndicates trafficking drugs through the South Pacific.

Washington's Okanogan wildfire is largest in state's history

Firefighters from as far away as Australia and New Zealand have arrived in the western U.S. as massive wildfires are racing through forests from Washington state to California and elsewhere.

Steenkamps adamant Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter

Sydney - Reeva Steenkamp's devastated parents remain adamant Oscar Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter, telling Australian television their life has been ruined and they are not ready to talk to the Paralympian.

Australian PM to spend week with remote Aboriginal communities

Thursday Island - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday kicked off a one-week stay with indigenous communities in the country's north as he sought to boost development and jobs in the sparsely populated region.

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

Los Angeles - President Barack Obama declared an emergency for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews struggling to contain deadly blazes across America's drought-stricken West.

Australia considers joining U.S.-led Syria air campaign against IS

Perth - Australia is considering a request from the United States to extend its air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq into Syria, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday.

Seven young 'jihadists' stopped from leaving Australia

Sydney - Seven young suspected jihadists have been stopped from leaving Australia amid fears they planned to fight for terrorist groups in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealed Thursday.

Online Thai sleuths try to crowdsource bomber's identity

Bangkok - Thais have taken to the Internet to crowdsource the identity of the prime suspect in Bangkok's shrine bombing, but police have appealed for online calm after an Australian model was falsely accused.

Australian uses bed sheets to escape maximum security jail

Sydney - Red-faced Australian authorities Wednesday vowed to review security after a prisoner used bed sheets and a pillow to scale a wall topped with razor wire and escape from a maximum security jail.

France calls off search for MH370 wreckage off Reunion

La Montagne - France on Monday said it was calling off the hunt for wreckage from missing flight MH370 after 10 days of air and sea searches off its Indian Ocean territory of Reunion yielded no results.

Same-sex marriage bill introduced to Australian parliament

Sydney - A bill to legalise same-sex marriage was introduced into the Australian parliament on Monday but it is doomed to fail with Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government opposed to any changes.

Australia to tag sharks but rules out cull

Sydney - Australia's most populous state said Friday it will boost the monitoring and tagging of sharks off its beaches but ruled out culling great whites after a spate of attacks left one surfer dead and two seriously hurt.

Will Sparks talks Marquee New York show and electronic music Special

New York - Australia's top DJ, Will Sparks, chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming show at Marquee New York, as well as his proudest moments in electronic music.

Australia's Bondi Beach closed after shark sighting

Sydney - Australia's Bondi Beach was closed on Thursday and swimmers were ordered out of the water after lifeguards confirmed a shark had been spotted at the popular Sydney location.

France to conduct MH370 searches off Reunion until Monday

La Montagne - France will conduct air and sea searches off its Indian Ocean territory of Reunion until the start of next week for debris from missing flight MH370, the island's top official said on Wednesday.

MH370 families reject Malaysia's conclusion on plane debris

Kuala Lumpur - An MH370 families organisation said Wednesday it would not accept the Malaysian government's declaration that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island came from the ill-fated flight until more analysis is completed, and called for an impartial investig...

Australian PM stymies gay marriage push, for now

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday his government would remain opposed to gay marriage during the current parliament, but suggested the issue could be put to a popular vote after the next election.

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Sydney - Australia plans to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Tuesday, a target critics say falls well short of its fair share globally.

Man, 91, charged for cocaine 'soap' haul in Australia

Sydney - Australian authorities have charged a 91-year-old Sydney man with importing cocaine disguised as soap, as they warned travellers Tuesday against becoming unwitting drug couriers.Federal police said the suspect was charged in July over 4.

Malaysia will send team to inspect Maldives debris for MH370 link

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia will send a team to the Maldives to determine whether debris reportedly found there is further wreckage from flight MH370, the transport minister said Monday.

Fed-up Aussie dad asks MPs to fund family holiday

Sydney - An Australian father outraged by taxpayer-funded travel perks for politicians and their families has turned the tables by asking members of parliament to help fund his own vacation with his children.

MH370 search resumes on Reunion island

La Montagne - The hunt for more wreckage from the missing MH370 resumed on France's Reunion island in the Indian Ocean on Sunday after being suspended since Friday, local officials said.

Australians rally in support of same-sex marriage

Sydney - Thousands of people rallied in Australian cities over the weekend in support of same-sex marriage, as politicians across multiple parties prepared to submit a bill to make the unions a legal right.

Australia probes hundreds of home purchases by foreigners

Sydney - Australia is cracking down on foreigners who unlawfully own residential properties, investigating hundreds of cases ahead of the introduction of tougher penalties, Treasurer Joe Hockey said Saturday.

The agony goes on for MH370 relatives

Kuala Lumpur - Emotional relatives of those aboard doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Thursday said they hoped the first proof that it crashed would help finally solve the agonising mystery, but many also expressed anger and disbelief.

France to step up air, sea search for MH370 wreckage

Paris - France will from Friday deploy new air and maritime resources off the remote Indian Ocean island of Reunion in the search for more wreckage from the ill-fated MH370 flight, government officials said.

Plane debris appears to be from Flight 370, tests show

Kuala Lumpur - Initial tests show plane debris found on an Indian Ocean island last week appears to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials said Wednesday.

MH370 proof raises hopes of solving flight mystery

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia said Thursday plane wreckage found on a remote Indian Ocean island was from ill-fated flight MH370, raising hopes that one of aviation's great mysteries could be solved.
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