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15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Sydney - Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Australia follows EU, U.S. in allowing mobile devices in-flight

Sydney - Passengers on Qantas and Virgin Australia from Tuesday will be allowed to use mobile electronic devices in-flight with limited restrictions after a relaxation of the rules by the country's aviation authority.

'World's woolliest' sheep found 6 years after escaping

Farmers in Tasmania believe they have found the world's woolliest sheep and hope to prove it this week. The sheep apparently escaped from its owners six years ago.

Top Vatican figure in row over child abuse comments

Sydney - Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire Friday after drawing an analogy between the church's response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Two charged in Malaysia with stealing from MH370 victims

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian bank officer and her husband were charged Wednesday with forgery, theft and other offences after allegedly stealing more than $30,000 from the accounts of four people who were aboard missing flight MH370.

Interview with Kristy Cox Special

The Aussie purveyor of bluegrass, now residing in Nashville, discusses her most recent release, her current tour and her future plans with Digital Journal.

Assange will not leave until assured no US extradition: lawyer

Sydney - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not leave the Ecuador embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will avoid extradition to the United States, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Australia tycoon blasts Chinese government 'mongrels'

Sydney - Outspoken Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has labelled the Chinese government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade that was criticised by Canberra Tuesday as "hugely damaging".

Australia to take 4,400 refugees from Syria, Iraq

Sydney - Australia will offer to resettle some 4,400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.

New 'killer' jellyfish found in Australian Waters

A newly discovered species of Irukandji jellyfish has been found off the Australian coast. Analysis suggests that the jellyfish can cause stroke and heart failure if a human was to be stung.

Kerry urges China to be cooperative partner

Sydney - US Secretary of State John Kerry urged China Tuesday to be a cooperative partner, saying Washington was not interested in conflict or confrontation with it.

Australia defends US security deal as talks open

Sydney - Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop defended Tuesday a deal to deploy 2,500 US Marines in the country, denying it was aimed at curbing a rising China with tensions growing in the region.

Kerry calls severed head photo among 'most grotesque' ever

Sydney - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday described the picture of an Australian boy holding a severed head in Syria as "stomach-turning" and said concerns about foreign jihadist fighters would be taken to the United Nations.

Australia to sign 25-year US Marine agreement

Sydney - Australia and the United States will sign a 25-year deal allowing 2,500 US Marines and air force personnel to train Down Under, Defence Minister David Johnston said Monday, describing it as a "win-win situation".

Australia, US appalled at decapitated head photo

Sydney - A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria shows how barbaric the Islamic State "terrorist army" is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.

Australian couple in Thai baby scandal want boy back

Perth - An Australian couple at the centre of a Thai surrogate scandal Sunday denied they deliberately abandoned their baby son because he had Down's syndrome and said they would fight to get him back.

Australia authorities track down Thai surrogate 'paedophile'

Perth - Australian authorities said Thursday they had finally contacted a man exposed as a convicted paedophile at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal, as his son defended him as a changed man.

Australia holds national day of mourning for MH17 victims

Melbourne - Flags flew at half mast Thursday as Australia held a national day of mourning for those killed in the MH17 crash in Ukraine, a day after experts suspended the search for body parts.

Australia investigates 'paedophile' father in Thai baby scandal

Perth - Australian authorities were Wednesday investigating the father at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal who was exposed as a convicted paedophile, to determine whether his young daughter is at risk.

Old Chinese coin discovered on remote Australian island

A brass coin was discovered in the sand on Elcho Island by a metal detector off the north coast of Australia, near Arnhem Land. The coin originates from the Qing Dynasty and was minted between 1736 and 1795.

Australian in Thai surrogate case 'has child sex convictions'

Perth - An Australian father accused of abandoning his Down's syndrome baby has convictions for child sex offences, reports said Tuesday, as the surrogate mother said she was willing to take back the boy's twin sister if the allegations were true.

'I will never abandon' Down's baby says Thai surrogate

- The Thai surrogate mother of a baby born with Down Syndrome vowed Monday to "never abandon" him after the Australian parents reportedly refused to care for the child, sparking a moral debate and a cascade of donations for the boy's medical care.

AIDS conference delegates seek asylum in Australia: agency

Melbourne - Some 25 delegates to an international AIDS conference held in Melbourne last month fear returning home and will seek asylum in Australia, refugee and welfare agencies said Monday.

Australia queries 'moral responsibility' over abandoned Down's baby

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday a question of "moral responsibility" should determine the fate of a baby born with Down Syndrome, reportedly abandoned by an Australian couple with its surrogate mother in Thailand.

Fears of Australia surrogacy ban over abandoned Down Syndrome baby

Sydney - Reports that an Australian couple abandoned a baby with his surrogate mother in Thailand because he has Down Syndrome have raised fears Australia will ban international surrogacy, a support group said Saturday.

Australian couple 'leave disabled baby with Thai surrogate'

Bangkok - Well-wishers on Friday had raised nearly $100,000 for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down's Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister.

Scores of experts get to work at MH17 Ukraine crash site

The Hague - A team of 70 international experts got to work Friday recovering bodies at the crash site of flight MH17 in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the Dutch justice ministry said."Dutch and Australian experts arrived at the crash site on Friday morning....

Man has house raided for giving liquid cannabis to sick toddler

Chief ACT minister Katy Gallagher turned a long-time writer into law enforcement for providing a toddler with cannabis oil needed to control her seizures. Gallagher has "no regrets" despite a wave of public hatred for her and her children.

Dutch, Australian experts reach MH17 crash site

Kiev - Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors on Thursday reached the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area.

Backlash against Australia gagging order

Sydney - An Australian court's gagging order banning the reporting of allegations against several foreign political leaders in a major bribery scandal was Thursday slammed as unacceptable by activists and media groups.
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Al Nakba  Free Palestine  rally  Sydney.
Al Nakba 'Free Palestine' rally, Sydney.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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An echidna, brought to the event by Taronga Zoo. The echidna just provided entertainment and did not help with the tree planting.
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Female dingo on the Australian Nullarbor in South Australia
Female dingo on the Australian Nullarbor in South Australia
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.
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‘Eran’ by Indigenous Australian artist Thanakupi of Weipa, Queensland. Taken in Canberra, ACT, AU.
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Students in the class.
Independent Schools Victoria
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Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.
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Occupy Sydney.
Occupy Sydney.
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Street sign needing no extra information.
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Lake Hume at 4 percent capacity. Picture taken from Victoria side of the lake. Australia
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Yoga workshop, Surrey, BC, Canada.
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Mr Nigan Gotsang, President, NSW Tibetan Community Inc (far-left of picture), with demonstrators.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Marriage equality rally.
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