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Australians to protest as bushfire haze sparks health concerns

Sydney - Thousands were expected to rally in Sydney on Wednesday to demand urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bushfire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike.

Toxic bushfire haze blankets eastern Australia

Sydney - Toxic haze blanketed Sydney Tuesday triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city and forcing school children inside, as "severe" weather conditions fuelled deadly bush blazes along Australia's east coast.

Daughter claims Australian ex-PM urged silence on alleged rape

Sydney - The daughter of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke said he ordered her to keep quiet about her alleged rape by one of his political allies for fear it would damage his career, Australian media has reported.

Smoke haze settles over Australian capital as bushfires burn

Sydney - Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week.

Australia braces for heatwave as more than 100 fires burn

Sydney - Out of control bushfires forced residents in eastern Australia to flee their homes on Saturday, as other parts of the country braced for a heatwave due next week.

'Mega fire' forms north of Sydney

Sydney - Several Australian bushfires have combined to form a "mega fire" that is burning out of control across a swathe of land north of Sydney, authorities said Friday, warning they cannot contain the blaze.

Tourists found alive after two weeks lost in Australian outback

Sydney - A man and woman have been rescued after surviving two weeks in Australia's arid outback on little more than vodka, groundwater and biscuits, but a third person is still missing, police said Tuesday.

Australia launches anti-espionage task force amid China spy concerns

Sydney - Australia on Monday launched a high-level intelligence task force to combat what officials say is rampant foreign interference in the country and after claims of bold Chinese spying operations Down Under.

Australia slams China's 'unacceptable' treatment of jailed writer

Sydney - Australia's foreign minister on Monday said the treatment of a writer detained in China was "unacceptable", after reports emerged of torture and daily interrogation.

Video shows Chinese 'spy' who defected to Australia in court

Bejing - A Chinese newspaper on Wednesday published a video aiming to discredit the self-styled Chinese spy who recently defected to Australia with an apparent mountain of sensitive intelligence.

Australian broadcaster and writer Clive James dies aged 80

London - Clive James, the Australian broadcaster, writer, critic and poet who charmed generations of Britons with his humour and wit, has died at the age of 80, his agents said Wednesday.

China overtakes US in number of diplomatic missions

Sydney - For the first time, China has more diplomatic missions around the world than the United States, according to a study published Wednesday that offered fresh evidence of Beijing's global ambitions.

Australian gran wins Malaysia drugs death sentence appeal

Putrajaya - An Australian grandmother won her final appeal against a death sentence for trafficking in Malaysia on Tuesday and walked free, after claiming she fell for an online love scam and was tricked into transporting drugs.

Australian kangaroo killer avoids jail

Sydney - An Australian man who deliberately mowed down at least 20 kangaroos with a truck avoided jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty to animal cruelty, local media reported.

Australian gran wins Malaysia death sentence appeal

Putrajaya - An Australian grandmother who claimed she was tricked into carrying drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam Tuesday won her final appeal against the death penalty and will be freed.

Australian police open probe into 'Chinese spy' claims

Sydney - Australian police have opened an investigation into explosive claims by a self-styled Chinese spy who defected Down Under with an apparent trove of sensitive intelligence.

Body found in Australia search for British backpacker

Sydney - Australian police on Tuesday found a body they believed to be that of a British backpacker who ran from a campsite on the weekend, prompting an intensive search."Officers are yet to formally identify the body" police said in a statement.

Australia investigates 'Chinese plot' to create spy MP

Sydney - Australia's prime minister insisted he was "not naive" to the threat of foreign interference Monday, as authorities investigated an alleged plot by China to recruit a businessman and get him elected.

China says defector to Australia is 'unemployed' fugitive

Bejing - China sought late Saturday to discredit a man identified as a Chinese spy who defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on Beijing's political interference operations in Hong Kong and overseas, accusing him of being an unemployed fraudster and...

Defector claims rare glimpse into life as a Chinese spy

Fpo - Black ops, abductions and betrayal -- a man identified as a Chinese operative who defected to Australia has provided an unverified but chilling glimpse into the life of an apparent spy who came in from the cold.

Chinese spy defects to Australia with trove of intel: report

Sydney - A Chinese spy has defected to Australia with a trove of intelligence on China's political interference operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere, according to a media report Saturday.

Australian, Dutch police break up massive ecstasy smuggling operation

Sydney - International police have broken up a huge drug smuggling operation preventing millions of ecstasy pills flooding into Australia, officials said Friday, as a minister claimed the drugs were timed to target holidaying teens.

China wants to 'take over' Australian politics: ex-spy chief

Sydney - China wants to "take over" Australia's political system with an "insidious" and systematic campaign of espionage and influence-peddling, Canberra's ex-spymaster warned in an interview published Friday.

Australian PM denies climate link as smoke chokes Sydney

Sydney - Australia's Prime Minister on Thursday denied his climate policies had caused unprecedented bushfires ravaging the country and insisted his government was doing enough to tackle global warming.

Bushfire threat spreads in Australia as smoke chokes Sydney

Sydney - The fire danger was elevated across wider swathes of southern Australia on Thursday, with residents warned to avoid at-risk areas as smoke from bushfires choked Sydney and other major cities.

Gay Saudi journalists detained in Australia after asylum bid

Sydney - Two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia after being threatened at home over their relationship have been held for weeks at an immigration detention centre, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Australia's Westpac faces huge fine for money-laundering breaches

Sydney - Australian banking giant Westpac faces a massive fine after being accused by regulators Wednesday of "serious and systemic" breaches of money-laundering laws involving more than US$7 billion.

Taliban release two Western hostages in Afghanistan

Kandahar - The Taliban handed two Western hostages over to US forces in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, three years after they were abducted, in a swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners that could boost peace talks.

Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises

Sydney - Sydney was shrouded in dangerous haze Tuesday as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia's eastern seaboard sent pollution levels soaring in the country's biggest city.

Qantas backs legal action against will.i.am over racism claim

Sydney - Australia's Qantas on Monday rejected accusations of in-flight racism from US performer will.i.am, with the airline saying it would back legal action against the Black Eyed Peas frontman.
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