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Adam Lambert working on new music, to tour Australia with Queen

Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert has shared his latest news with his fans about his endeavors for the New Year "2018."

Olympic medalist Tommaso D'Orsogna talks swimming career, future Special

Australian swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist Tommaso D'Orsogna chatted with Digital Journal about his Olympic journey, proudest moments, and his latest endeavors, which include medical school.

Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue

Sydney - A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.

Serbia arrests 3 Australians for cocaine smuggling

Belgrade - Serbian police said Wednesday they have arrested three Australians and a Lebanese national in an operation to dismantle an international cocaine trafficking ring.

Qantas changes website to recognise Chinese territories

Sydney - Australia's Qantas has changed its website classification of Taiwan and Hong Kong from separate countries to Chinese territories after Chinese regulators scolded several foreign firms over similar listings.

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday it had granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him with diplomatic immunity and usher him out of its London embassy without the threat of arrest by Britain.

Ecuador grants citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Assange: foreign minister

Quito - Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been sheltering at its London embassy for five years to avoid arrest, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced Thursday.

UK denies Assange diplomatic status after Ecuador request

London - Britain said Thursday it has denied a request by Ecuador to issue diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country's London embassy since 2012.

Elvis fans all shook up on Australia party train to annual fest

Sydney - Elvis fans shook up Sydney's Central station Thursday with hundreds rocking to his famous tunes ahead of a special train trip to outback Australia to celebrate the late entertainer's birthday.

Firm to receive up to $70 mn if MH370 found in new hunt

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia signed a deal with an American firm on Wednesday to resume the search for MH370 almost four years after the plane disappeared, with the company to receive up to $70 million if successful.

China lodges protest against Australian 'white elephant' remarks

Bejing - China lodged a formal diplomatic protest on Wednesday after a senior Australian minister called Chinese infrastructure projects in the Pacific "white elephants", the latest spat in increasingly contentious relations.

Australia swelters through one of hottest years on record

Sydney - Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2017 despite the lack of a warming El Nino weather phenomenon, official figures showed Wednesday.

US firm seals deal to resume MH370 hunt: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has agreed to allow a US exploration firm to resume the hunt for flight MH370, the transport minister said Friday, a year after the search was suspended.

High-tech ship en route to resume hunt for MH370

Kuala Lumpur - A US exploration firm said Wednesday it has sent a high-tech vessel in hopes of soon resuming the hunt for flight MH370, whose disappearance is one of aviation's greatest mysteries.

Prominent British CEO among those dead in Sydney seaplane crash

Sydney - A high-profile British CEO and his family were among six people killed in a New Year's Eve seaplane crash in Australia, police said on Monday.

Six dead after Sydney seaplane crash

Sydney - Six people were killed when a seaplane crashed into a river in Australia on Sunday, police said, with the cause of the accident still under investigation.

Man dies after Melbourne car attack

Melbourne - An elderly man has died after being mowed down during a car rampage in Melbourne last week, police said Saturday, with one of 18 attempted murder charges expected to be upgraded to murder.

Australian gran escapes death in Malaysia drugs case

Shah Alam - An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Wednesday cleared of trafficking, a crime punishable by death.

Melbourne car attack man on 18 attempted murder charges

Melbourne - An Afghan refugee accused of ploughing his car into pedestrians in Melbourne was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder Saturday, as police vowed a boosted presence over the Christmas period.

Australia seizes $760m of meth in its largest ever bust

Sydney - Australia has seized more than Aus$1.0 billion (US$760 million) of methamphetamine in its biggest ever bust of the highly-addictive drug, police said on Friday.Commonly known as "ice", the massive 1.

Nine foreigners among Melbourne car attack injured

Melbourne - A man who mowed down 18 pedestrians in Melbourne, half of them foreigners, said he carried out the attack to avenge "mistreatment of Muslims", Australia said Friday, while stressing it had still found no link to any terrorist group.

Australia ends air strike campaign in Iraq and Syria

Sydney - Australian warplanes will cease their air strike campaign in Iraq and Syria, it was announced Friday, with the country's six hornet jets heading home after a three-year mission.

19 hurt as car ploughs into crowd in Melbourne

Melbourne - A car ploughed into a crowd in Australia's second-largest city on Thursday injuring 19 people in what police said was a "deliberate act" but one they did not believe was terror related.

19 hurt as car ploughs into crowd in Melbourne: police

Melbourne - A car ploughed into a crowd in Australia's second-largest city on Thursday injuring 19 people in what police said was a "deliberate act" but one they did not believe was terror related.

WWI mystery solved as wreck of Australian sub found

Sydney - Australia's most enduring military mystery has been solved after the wreckage of the country's first submarine was found more than a century after it vanished off Papua New Guinea, officials said Thursday.

Probe plea from family of Australian shot by US police

Sydney - The family of an unarmed Australian woman killed in a US police shooting pleaded Thursday for a thorough investigation into her death after an American prosecutor criticised the ongoing probe.

Scientists confirm 3.5 billion-yr-old fossil life in rock

Miami - It took more than 10 years of painstaking work, grinding an Australian rock containing fossils smaller than the eye could see, to confirm the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth, scientists said Monday.The 3.

BHP to exit global coal body over climate change policy

Sydney - The world's biggest miner BHP said Tuesday it would leave the World Coal Association and review its membership of the US Chamber of Commerce to show support for action against climate change.

N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia

Sydney - A Sydney-based "loyal agent of North Korea" has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said Sunday.

First gay marriages take place in Australia

Sydney - Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month.
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Kevin Rudd supports gay marriage.
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When viewed closely an Australian jellyfish is a bit unnerving.
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A stack of Australian $50 notes
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Floods in Queensland have soaked the region for days
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Marriage equality rally.
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