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Chinese students Down Under 'wedged' by politics back home

Sydney - Ask one of the hundreds-of-thousands of Chinese students in Australia what they think about Hong Kong and you are likely to be met with apprehension, or a polite silence.It has become what one Chinese student calls the "dreaded question".

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne - Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions Wednesday, prompting relief from victims who fought to bring one of the Catholic Church's most powerful men to justice.

Australia to join US in Gulf maritime security mission

Sydney - Australia will join the US-led mission to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday.

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne - Disgraced Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal against child sex abuse convictions Wednesday, prompting relief from those who fought to bring one of the Catholic Church's most powerful men to justice.

Canada manhunt suspects left final video message: report

Ottawa - Two teen murder suspects who led police on a manhunt through the Canadian wilds this summer recorded a video message before apparently taking their own lives, local media said Tuesday.Federal police would not confirm the video's existence.

Father hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits on appeal verdict

Sydney - The father of one of the victims of jailed Australian Cardinal George Pell said Monday he hoped "justice would prevail" as a court prepared to rule on an appeal against his conviction of child sex abuse crimes.

Talks under way to close Australia's Manus detention camp

Port Moresby - Authorities in Papua New Guinea are in talks to shutter migrant detention centres on Manus island that have become synonymous with Australia's much-condemned immigration policies.

Australia's Pacific role challenged in climate row

Wellington - Influential Pacific island leaders have called for Australia to be ousted from the region's main regional grouping, criticising Canberra's "neo-colonial" attitudes and refusal to take urgent action on climate change.

US power waning in Pacific, warns top Australian think tank

Sydney - The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned.

Hong Kong protest tensions heat up in Australia

Sydney - Hundreds of pro-China demonstrators marched through Sydney Saturday in response to a growing number of rallies in support of the Hong Kong democracy protests as tensions between the two groups increasingly flare in Australia.

Disgraced Cardinal Pell appeal verdict due next week

Sydney - Judges will rule next week on Australian Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction on multiple child sex abuse charges, court officials announced Thursday.

Australia’s pro-coal government seeks to water down climate goals

The pro-coal government of Australia is attempting to water down a declaration on the urgent need for climate action at a meeting of Pacific leaders on the low-lying island of Tuvalu.

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday backed Pacific leaders' calls for urgent action on climate change, ramping up pressure on Australia to overhaul its stance on global warming.

Brits arrested in record Australia drug bust

Sydney - Four British men were arrested in Australia and New Zealand in an international drugs sting that netted a record haul of potent MDMA, Australian police said Wednesday.

Citizen 'heroes' stop deadly Australian knife rampage

Sydney - A knife-wielding man killed one person and attempted to stab several others in a central Sydney rampage Tuesday before being chased and pinned down by members of the public, witnesses told AFP.

Australia offers climate funding to Pacific islands

Sydney - Australia announced a Aus$500 million ($340 million) climate change package for Pacific countries Tuesday but received a lukewarm response from low-lying island nations demanding urgent action from their powerful neighbour to curb its carbon emissions....

Australia offers $500 million to fight climate change in Pacific

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seeking to head off criticisms of Australia's climate change policies by offering $500 million to Pacific Islands for renewable energy projects and to help its neighbors prepare for the impact of climate change,

Australia eyes rare earth deposits amid fears over China supplies

Perth - Australia will step up production of rare earths and other militarily sensitive "tech metals", the country's defence minister said Monday, as doubts grow over the reliability of Chinese supplies.

Australian coal use an 'existential threat' to islands: Fiji PM

Suva - Fiji on Monday challenged Australia to do more on climate change ahead of a regional summit of Pacific nations this week, warning Canberra's reliance on coal posed an "existential threat" to low-lying islands.

Australian unis become battleground over Hong Kong protests

Sydney - Tensions in Hong Kong have rippled across Australian universities, as supporters of the pro-democracy protests have been targeted and harassed by "patriotic" mainland students -- with the tacit backing of Beijing.

Australia pledges to stop exporting its trash

Sydney - Australia pledged Friday to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.

Heatwaves kill coral reefs far faster than thought: study

Sydney - Marine heatwaves are killing coral reefs far more quickly than previously believed, according to a new study released on Friday.

New Zealand cocaine haul believed drifted 2,100 km from Australia

Wellington - A multi-million dollar haul of cocaine washed up on a New Zealand beach this week is believed to have drifted more than 2,100 kilometres (1,300 miles) across the Tasman Sea from Australia, police said Friday.

Aussie ex-spy offers surprise guilty plea for leaking East Timor plot

Sydney - A former Australian spy announced a surprise guilty plea Tuesday for exposing an alleged 2004 bugging operation against East Timor officials, after years of fighting the charges.

Beijing warns of 'countermeasures' over US missile plans

Bejing - China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Beijing warns of 'countermeasures' over US missile plans

Bejing - China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australia rules out hosting US missiles

Sydney - Australia on Monday ruled out hosting ground-based US missiles after talks with Washington's top defence and diplomatic officials.

Australia cancer sufferer first to use new assisted dying law

Sydney - A 61-year-old cancer patient has become the first person in over two decades to die under controversial assisted dying laws in Australia, a charity said.

Canada deploys divers in search for fugitive teen murder suspects

Montr - Canadian police said Sunday they sent a team of divers to a river in Manitoba, to join the weeks-long hunt for two teenage triple-murder suspects.

US struggles to build willing coalition amid Hormuz tensions

Sydney - The United States is struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran.
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