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Chinese war hero Australia's top Gallipoli sniper

Sydney - Billy Sing earned the nicknames "The Murderer" and "The Assassin" as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

Another Australian charged with terror-related offences

Sydney - Australian police on Tuesday charged a second man with terrorism-related offences, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged the public not to be deterred by fears of an alleged plot inspired by Islamic State.

UK police arrest boy, 14, over Australia IS attack 'plot'

Manchester - Police in Britain said Monday they have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an alleged Islamic State-inspired attack plan in Australia.

Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran

Sydney - Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution.

Australian PM to talk border security on Turkey trip

Wellington - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he will use a trip to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations to push Ankara for increased security on its border with Syria and Iraq.

Aussie PM downs beer in a few seconds, sparking debate

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media.

Terror arrests in Australia over planned Anzac Day attack

Sydney - Two men were arrested in Melbourne on Saturday for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at Anzac Day commemorations honouring soldiers who fought and died for Australia -- the country's most important national event.

Australia 'returning asylum-seekers to Vietnam'

Sydney - Australia is returning almost 50 Vietnamese asylum-seekers using a warship currently off the Asian nation's coast after intercepting them at sea, a report said Friday, as Canberra enforces a tough immigration policy.

French tourists fined for burning Australian marsupial

Sydney - An Australian court fined two French tourists Aus$4000 (US$3100) each on Friday for animal cruelty after they burnt a quokka, a small native marsupial, on an island off the west coast.

Former Australian PM Rudd not running for UN chief post: Spokeswoman

Sydney - Kevin Rudd is not a candidate to be the next United Nations' secretary-general, a spokeswoman said Friday, despite the former Australian prime minister leaving the door open for the high-profile job in an interview.

Australian FM to tackle Iran on nuclear and asylum seekers

Sydney - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visits Iran at the weekend looking for Tehran to take back failed asylum seekers, but the rare trip also has deeper significance as the West seeks to seal a deal to rein in the Islamic state's nuclear ambitions....

MH370 search zone to double if nothing found

Kuala Lumpur - The search area for flight MH370 will double in size to encompass a vast Indian Ocean corridor if wreckage remains elusive, Malaysia, Australia and China said Thursday, asserting their commitment to finding the plane.

Australia to deny welfare to parents who don't vaccinate kids

The Australian government has announced parents won't receive welfare or childcare payments if they don't vaccinate their children.

Review: Dame Edna's Toronto show is hilarious Special

Toronto - The divine Dame Edna (Everage) has returned to Toronto for her “Glorious Goodbye (Final) Farewell Tour. The ads are up across the city, online and on television, and the crowds are showing up in droves to catch this one-person extravaganza.

Australian man charged with 145 child sex offences

Sydney - An Australian man was charged on Monday with 145 sex offences against at least 28 children, including rape, after allegedly using social media to groom them.

Australia sets up task force to tackle 'dreadful' ice epidemic

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday launched a national task force to fight the scourge of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, which he said was causing "absolute devastation" in Australia.

Sea Shepherd in dramatic rescue of Antarctic 'poaching' ship crew

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said it rescued 40 crew members from a sinking "poaching" ship it was pursuing for months for allegedly illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean, but described the ship's sinking as suspicious.

'Miracle' autistic child found after four days in Australian bush

Sydney - An autistic boy who went missing four days ago at an Australian camping ground was found alive Tuesday, with police describing his survival in the dense forest as a "miracle".

Outback palms: Aboriginal myth proven with DNA studies

Aboriginal legend relates the story of "gods from the north" bringing the seeds of the Outback palm tree to central Australia. Incredibly, DNA studies have proven what was considered a myth to be true.

Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country's legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad.

Britain's Prince Harry in Australia for army stint

Sydney - Prince Harry reported for duty with the Australian Army on Monday to begin an "authentic" experience featuring bush patrols and indigenous engagement, as he prepares to retire from the British military.

Australian questioned after helping fight Islamic State: Report

Sydney - A former unionist and Australian political figure was Sunday questioned on his return from the Middle East where he is believed to have helped those fighting against the Islamic State group, reports said.

Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia

Sydney - Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country on Saturday in events organisers said were against Islamic extremism.

More than 50 dead greyhounds found dumped in Australia

Sydney - Fifty-five dead greyhounds have been found dumped in Australia and spent rifle cartridges seen nearby, police said, with the grisly discovery coming on the heels of a live baiting scandal rocking the dog racing industry.

Chinese woman accused of killing Australian child with garden shears

Melbourne - A spurned Chinese woman sobbed hysterically in court on Thursday after being accused of killing a four-year-old boy in Australia with garden shears before laying in wait for his grandmother and stabbing her to death.

Australian convicted for marrying off 12-year-old daughter

Sydney - An Australian man was convicted Wednesday of procuring his 12-year-old daughter for sex by letting her marry a man more than twice her age in an Islamic ceremony.

Indonesian court to rule Monday on death row Australians' appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court will rule Monday on the appeals of two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, a judge said, as their lawyers insisted they had done their best to save the men.

World leaders' details emailed in error to football body: Report

Sydney - The personal details of world leaders travelling to Australia for the G20 summit were mistakenly emailed to a member of the Asian Cup football local organising committee, a report said on Monday.

Europe's first non-beating heart transplant deemed a success

Surgeons have successfully performed Europe's first transplant using a non-beating heart. Donor hearts usually come from people who are brain-stem dead, but have hearts that are still beating.

Amazing deep-sea creatures found in an enormous underwater canyon

Fremantle - A mysterious underwater canyon off of Australia's west coast has revealed its amazing biodiversity to scientists, and this canyon is so huge that it's larger than the Grand Canyon. The scientists even recovered equipment that had been lost two years ago.
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