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Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Sydney - The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills.

Australia solidarity rallies ahead of Greek bailout vote

Melbourne - Hundreds of people rallied in Australia on Saturday in solidarity with Greece, mainly in Melbourne which has a large Greek community, ahead of the make-or-break weekend referendum on austerity measures.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

Fears 11,000 Australian dental patients exposed to HIV

Sydney - Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney.

Police quell riot at Australian prison over smoking ban

Melbourne - Heavily-armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured.

Australian killed fighting for Kurds against IS in Syria: Family

Sydney - An Australian man has died after stepping on a landmine in Syria while fighting for Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, his family said Wednesday.

Record Australian payout for abused British child migrants

Sydney - Former British migrants who were physically and sexually assaulted at a notorious school in Australia on Monday won the largest compensation payment for survivors of mass child abuse in the country's legal history.

Australian IS fighter 'still alive' after drone strike: Report

Sydney - Canberra was Sunday attempting to verify whether an Australian Islamic State group fighter, notorious for being photographed with severed heads, had survived a drone attack after a report said he was still alive.

Australia: Town invaded by 25,000-tarantula 'mega cluster'

Maningrida - A small town in Australia has, for reasons known only to tarantulas, become a hotspot for the hairy spiders — to the tune of more than 25,000 of the creatures. Experts have no idea why this is happening.

Fishing boat donates huge, rare basking shark to Melbourne Museum

Portland - When commercial angler James Owen and his crew accidentally reeled in an enormous, 2.6-tonne basking shark, they knew the huge fish would have fetched big money on the Chinese market for shark fin soup.

Australia introduces laws to strip citizenship from terrorists

Sydney - Dual nationals who help terrorists could automatically lose their Australian citizenship even if they have never stepped foot out of the country under new laws introduced to parliament on Wednesday.

National broadcaster 'not on Australia's side': PM

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott led stinging attacks on the national broadcaster Wednesday, after reportedly accusing a current affairs show of being a "leftie lynch mob".

Skinny jeans cut blood supply to woman's legs, hospitalizes her

Adelaide - A woman collapsed and was forced to crawl from an Adelaide park after her skinny jeans cut off the circulation in her legs.

Mother begs Australia to help daughter, grandchildren flee IS

Sydney - The mother-in-law of one of Australia's most notorious Islamic State fighters has pleaded for the government to help her "desperate" daughter and five grandchildren flee the Middle East, saying she made "the mistake of a lifetime".

In a while crocodile: Safaris yet to be snapped up by Australia

Sydney - Australia's top official on indigenous issues on Tuesday said crocodile safaris should be used to help fund impoverished Aboriginal communities, but the prospect of big game hunters was downplayed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Two notorious Australian IS fighters reported dead

Sydney - Canberra was Tuesday working to verify reports that two of Australia's most wanted Islamic State group fighters, notorious for being pictured holding severed heads, have been killed.

Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt denied appeal for rape verdict

Pretoria - Disgraced former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt will not be allowed to appeal a ruling that found him guilty of raping and assaulting young girls he coached in the 1980s and 1990s.

Indonesian captain describes alleged Australian boat payment

Indonesia - The captain of a migrant boat has described how Australian authorities allegedly paid US$31,000 to turn the asylum-seekers back to Indonesia, claiming the crew and migrants were sent on their way in "unseaworthy" vessels.

Abbott brushes off Indonesia people-smuggling bribery claims

Sydney - Australian authorities work within the law to stop asylum-seeker boats, Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted Tuesday, after reports officials have made cash payments to members of people-smuggling rings for years.

Australia child abuse inquiry to focus on entertainment industry

Sydney - A wide-ranging Australian inquiry into child sex abuse on Monday said it plans to put the spotlight on the entertainment industry, urging anyone who has suffered to come forward.

Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders

Sydney - Australia on Monday told Indonesia to better secure its borders in a stinging rebuke after Jakarta demanded answers to allegations Canberra paid to turn back a boat of asylum-seekers.

Hackathons take on Islamic State in cyberspace battle

Sydney - In a small room close by the Sydney Opera House, 60 people representing a vast range of communities and industries are working feverishly to come up with ways to combat the Islamic State group's online propaganda machine.

Australian talks tackle jihadists' use of social media

Sydney - The Islamic State group has "global ambitions" and more must be done to tackle its use of social media for recruitment, representatives of governments and technology giants heard in Australia Thursday.

Australia 'paid crew of asylum-seeker boat to turn back'

Kupang - The captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers say Australian authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters, police said Wednesday.

Australian deserves award after girlfriend cruise ship tragedy: Inquest

Sydney - A man who jumped off a cruise ship to try and save his girlfriend after she plunged overboard in the dark should receive Australia's highest bravery award, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

Islamic State working to develop chemical weapons: Australia

Sydney - The Islamic State group has shown it is prepared to use chemical weapons and is likely to have among its recruits the technical expertise to develop them, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

Pentagon admits wider problem with anthrax shipments

Washington - The US military admitted Wednesday a problem involving mistaken shipments of live anthrax is much worse than previously reported, with samples of the lethal bacteria sent to more than 50 laboratories.

MH370 search will not be expanded further: Australia

Sydney - The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will not be expanded beyond its current area without specific new leads, Australian officials said Wednesday, dousing relatives' hopes the search could last beyond early next year.

Rocks hurled at Sydney siege cafe

Sydney - A former professional basketball player was Wednesday charged with malicious damage after rocks were thrown through five windows of the Sydney cafe at the centre of a deadly siege.

Vatican finance chief summoned to Australia child abuse inquiry

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell was Monday called to give evidence at an inquiry into sex abuse as one of Pope Francis' commissioners for the protection of children accused him of being "almost sociopathic".
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