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'Tinnie terrorists' jailed in Australia for Philippines boat plot

Sydney - Four Australians with almost no seafaring experience were jailed on Friday for hatching a "foredoomed" plot to sail a boat to the southern Philippines and overthrow the local government.

Canada helping Australia determine 'full extent' of hack

Ottawa - Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency said Wednesday it is working with Canberra to try to determine the scale of computer hacking on Australia's parliament and political parties just months from an election.

Israel denies house arrest for Australia paedophile suspect

Jerusalem - A Jerusalem court refused Monday to release to house arrest an ultra-Orthodox Israeli woman sought by Australia over accusations of sexually abusing girls under her care there.

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Sydney - Australia on Monday said a "sophisticated state actor" had hacked the country's main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election.

Australia defends lucrative PNG refugee contracts with obscure firm

Sydney - Australian officials Monday defended awarding lucrative contracts to an obscure firm with a beach shack as its registered office, saying they were in a hurry to find a company to provide services at Pacific refugee camps.

Fears flood water runoff could 'smother' Barrier Reef

Sydney - Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish.

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Sydney - A controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island is to reopen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday, as he doubled down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat.

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Wednesday announced the reopening of a controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island, doubling down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat.

Banned Chinese billionaire calls Australia 'a giant baby'

Bejing - A Chinese billionaire barred from Australia on suspicions he is part of a Communist Party influence campaign has lashed out at Canberra, calling it a "giant baby" that hasn't found its place in international politics.

Aussie legend hails #HakeemHome as win in battle for football's soul

Sydney - Ex-Socceroos captain Craig Foster was capped 29 times for his country, but believes the fight to free Hakeem al-Araibi was the most important battle of his life and vital for saving football's soul.

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Sydney - The head of Australia's competition watchdog warned Monday that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism.

Australia signs massive sub deal with French firm

Canberra - Australia formally signed a $50 billion "strategic partnership" with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of Canberra's willingness to project power across the Pacific.

'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Townsville - Hundreds of thousands of cattle weakened from a severe drought are feared to have died in record-breaking floods in northeastern Australia, authorities said Friday, as they stepped up efforts to feed surviving livestock.

Australia using new decryption powers even before planned review

Canberra - Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications even before a promised review meant to address concerns from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

Australia wields vast decryption powers before planned review

Canberra - Australian security agencies have begun using sweeping new powers to access encrypted communications, even before a promised review to address concerns from the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

Billionaire's ban seen as pushback against Chinese foreign influence ops

Sydney - Australia's decision to ban a well-connected Chinese businessman for his political activity is being seen as a potential watershed moment, the start of pushback against Beijing's long-running operations to buy influence overseas.

'Worst over': Australia begins flood clean-up

Townsville - Weary residents in Australia's flood-hit northeast returned home Wednesday to begin a massive clean-up after almost two weeks of heavy rain, as the wild weather moved south to inundate more towns.

Australia cancels residency of politically connected Chinese billionaire

Sydney - A prominent Chinese billionaire political donor has been stripped of his Australian residency and barred from returning to the country after scrutiny of his Communist Party ties, media reported Wednesday.

Australia PM ramps up pressure on Thailand to free refugee footballer

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ramped up pressure on Bangkok to release a refugee footballer held on a Bahrain extradition request, as sporting authorities cancelled two events in Thailand over his detention.

Two dead in Australia floods as fresh warning issued

Townsville - Two bodies were discovered in Australia's flood-ravaged northeast on Tuesday as continuing heavy rain prompted authorities to warn of further flash flooding in the hours ahead.

'Don't send me to Bahrain': refugee footballer pleads in Bangkok

Bangkok - A refugee footballer fighting an extradition request appealed for his freedom Monday, pleading "please don't send me to Bahrain" as he arrived in shackles at a Bangkok court, which extended his detention by another two months.

'Don't send me to Bahrain': refugee footballer pleads in Bangkok

Bangkok - A refugee footballer fighting an extradition request pleaded for his freedom Monday, saying "please don't send me to Bahrain" as he arrived in shackles at a Bangkok court, which extended his detention by another two months.

Military steps in as Australia floods bring crocs to the streets

Cairns - Australia's military has been deployed to tackle devastating "once-in-a-century" floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country's northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets.

'Unprecedented' flooding to hit northeast Australia

Sydney - Thousands of people in northeast Australia should expect "unprecedented flooding", authorities have warned, after relentless downpours forced a dam to be fully opened on Sunday.

'Once-in-a-century' floods hit northeast Australia

Sydney - Once-in-a-century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of tornadoes and more rain over the next few days.

Last refugee children in Pacific camp to be moved: Australia

Sydney - The last remaining refugee children detained by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru are being moved to other countries, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday, following criticism of Canberra's harsh treatment of asylum-seekers.

Behrouz Boochani: the refugee documenting 'Australian history' offshore

Sydney - When Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani won Australia's most valuable literary prize this week, he could not attend the ceremony to accept it.

January was Australia's hottest month ever: govt

Sydney - Australia suffered its hottest month ever in January, when widespread heatwaves exacerbated an already devastating drought, fuelled bushfires and contributed to mass fish deaths, officials reported Friday.

Australia admits 'may have killed' civilians in Mosul raid

Sydney - Australia on Friday acknowledged it may have killed as many as 18 civilians in an air strike on Mosul two years ago, during a massive and ultimately successful campaign to dislodge jihadi fighters.

Refugee detained in PNG wins Australia's richest literary prize

Sydney - An Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won Australia's most valuable literary prize for a book he reportedly wrote using the online messaging service WhatsApp.
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