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Australian caught up in Barcelona, Paris, London attacks

London - An Australian woman who fled in fear from the Barcelona attack has told how she was caught up in two other recent terror incidents in Paris and London during her European travels.

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Sydney - An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing.

Another Australian politician caught in citizenship crisis

Sydney - Another Australian politician has became engulfed in the country's dual citizenship crisis after discovering she is a British citizen, putting further pressure on the conservative government as the matter is passed to the high court.

Melbourne retains world's most liveable city crown

Sydney - Melbourne has topped a list of the world's most liveable city for the seventh year running but terrorism and diplomatic tensions are eroding living conditions worldwide, an annual report from the Economist has found.

Muslim-baiter Hanson wears burka in Australia's Senate

Sydney - Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson caused a furore Thursday when she entered the Senate wearing a full burqa, earning a blistering rebuke from the country's top lawyer for the "appalling" stunt.

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Sydney - Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible.

Infamous Australian IS fighter 'likely' dead: minister

Sydney - Canberra said Thursday there was a "high probability" a notorious Islamic State fighter from Australia and two of his children had been killed in a US airstrike in Syria.

Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site - Australia

Sydney - Several "probably man-made" objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished, Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off.

Aussie opposition scoffs at 'Kiwis under the bed' plot

Sydney - Australia's opposition Labor Party on Wednesday rejected extraordinary claims from the country's top diplomat that it conspired with New Zealand leftists to try to topple the government.

Don't report sex abuses revealed in confessional: Australia bishops

Sydney - Priests should not be forced to report child sexual abuse revealed in the confessional, top Australian Catholics said Tuesday, adding they would rather risk jail than break the sacramental seal.

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Sydney - Australia's "accidental Kiwi" deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to topple Canberra's conservative government.

Australia deputy PM caught in dual citizenship crisis

Sydney - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's political future was in doubt Monday after it emerged he may be a dual citizen, placing the conservative government's slim parliamentary majority at risk.

Commonwealth Bank boss to retire amid laundering claims

Sydney - The chief executive of Australia's biggest bank, the Commonwealth, will retire, the company said Monday, amid pressure from regulators over alleged breaches of money laundering and terrorism financing laws.

Families demand Malaysia accept MH370 hunt offer

Kuala Lumpur - Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 Friday demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year.

Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash

Toukyo - Japan on Friday said it would allow Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts to continue to operate in the country, accepting US assurances that the flights are safe following a fatal crash off Australia.

Sydney homeless 'tent city' packs up after new law

Sydney - A homeless tent city in the heart of Sydney was being dismantled Friday, after political wrangling over the plight of those sleeping rough in winter sparked criticism and new laws.

Australia to back US in any North Korea conflict: PM

Sydney - Australia "will come to the aid of the United States" if North Korea attacks, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday, after nuclear-armed Pyongyang outlined plans to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.

Court action against Australia gay marriage postal vote

Sydney - Same-sex marriage advocates on Thursday launched legal action in Australia's highest court against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue, as debate raged over whether the ballot should be boycotted.

Australia vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects

Sydney - Taking a common vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects worldwide, Australian scientists said Thursday, in what they described as a major breakthrough in pregnancy research.

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Sydney - Australia's bitter political battle over legalising gay marriage came to a head Wednesday, with the government pushing ahead with a postal vote after parliament rejected a referendum -- both options bitterly opposed by activists.

Australia plans postal vote on gay marriage

Sydney - Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalise gay marriage if parliament rejects plans for a plebiscite on the contentious issue, the prime minister said Tuesday.

'Escalating crisis' as Pacific refugee camp closure looms: UN

Sydney - The UN warned of a deepening crisis Tuesday after another asylum-seeker was found dead at a Pacific island detention camp, urging Australia to ensure protection for vulnerable refugees as closure of the facility nears.

Dinosaurs beheaded at Australian museum

Sydney - Three model raptors at Australia's national dinosaur museum have been beheaded by mystery vandals who scaled a fence and removed the parts using an angle grinder or hacksaw, police said Tuesday.

Thousands of guns handed over in Australia amnesty

Sydney - More than 6,000 guns have been surrendered in Australia's most populous state in just one month, police said Tuesday, after fears of terrorism and an influx of illegal firearms sparked a national amnesty.

Brazil judge suspends homicide cases in Samarco mine disaster

Rio De Janeiro - A judge has suspended homicide cases against 22 people in the Samarco mine disaster that killed 19 and devastated a river valley in southeastern Brazil in 2015.

US Marines may ground aircraft after latest deadly crash

Washington - The US Marine Corps may ground its entire air fleet for a safety review following the crash of an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Australia that killed three Marines, a defense official said Monday.

Night swim leaves Australian teen bloody and bewildered

Sydney - An Australian teenager emerged from a night-time dip in the ocean with blood streaming from his feet and ankles in a gruesome mystery that doctors have struggled to explain.

Probe calls after refugee dies at Australia camp in PNG

Sydney - Rights groups called Monday for an independent inquiry after another refugee was found dead at a detention camp in Papua New Guinea in a tragedy they said was preventable.

Passenger knocked out as whale slams into Australia boat

Sydney - A man was knocked unconscious and three others suffered facial fractures and broken ribs after a whale slammed into a charter fishing boat off Australia's north coast, the skipper said Monday.

US calls off rescue for three marines missing off Australia

Sydney - The US Marine Corps Sunday ended efforts to rescue three missing service members after an American military aircraft crashed during an exercise off Australia.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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