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Indonesia's stance 'clear' on Australians' executions: Widodo

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said his country's stance is "clear" on the pending executions of two Australian drug smugglers, despite the suggestion by Australia's prime minister that he is "carefully considering" his position.

Australia may join New Zealand's Iraq training mission

Auckland - Australia is considering joining New Zealand in a training mission in Iraq to help counter the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.

Australia warns women IS no 'romantic adventure'

Sydney - A worrying number of Australian women are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group "jihadi brides", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday, warning against notions of a "romantic adventure".

Australia 'very disappointed' at Indonesia death row ruling

Sydney - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday she was "very disappointed" at the failure of the latest bid to spare two Australians on death row in Indonesia, as Jakarta signalled that execution preparations were almost complete.

Jakarta court dismisses death row Australians' legal challenge

Jakarta - An Indonesian court on Tuesday dismissed a bid by two Australian drug traffickers on death row to avoid execution by challenging the president's rejection of their pleas for clemency.

New Zealand military trainers to join anti-IS effort

Wellington - New Zealand will send troops to Iraq on a 'behind-the-wire" non-combat mission to boost the local military's ability to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday.

Australia ramps up anti-terror measures

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned Monday of a long era of heightened threats from "home-grown" extremists and announced new security measures including revoking citizenship for dual-nationals linked to terrorism.

1,500 homes damaged by Cyclone Marcia in Australia

Mackay - Australian officials said Sunday all efforts were being made to help those hit by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity.

System let us down with Sydney siege 'monster': PM

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted Sunday "the system" had let the public down by failing to protect it from the "monster" who carried out a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe.

Australian FM calls Indonesia to ease tensions: Reports

Sydney - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Indonesia to give two Australians on death row an "indefinite stay of execution" as she clarified her Prime Minister's comments linking their fate to aid, media reports said Saturday.

Australia clears up after 'devastating' twin cyclones

Rockhampton - Australia was clearing up Saturday after two severe cyclones left a trail of destruction, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to tens of thousands, even as authorities warned of more flooding and gusty winds to come.

Brazil's Rousseff refuses Indonesian envoy credentials

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners after scandals

Bangkok - Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated industry.

Indonesia delays execution of two Australians

Jakarta - Indonesia has delayed the execution of two Australian drug smugglers by up to a month, backtracking on an earlier pledge to put the pair before the firing squad by the end of February.

France, Germany, Japan in running for Australian submarine deal

Sydney - Australia on Friday said France, Germany and Japan were potential partners to design and build its next generation of submarines, in what will be its biggest ever defence procurement programme.

Powerful Cyclone Marcia makes landfall in Australia

Sydney - Powerful Cyclone Marcia roared ashore Friday in a heavily-populated area of northeastern Australia as officials warned of a "calamity".

Two 'destructive' cyclones intensify as they hit Australia

Sydney - A "destructive" cyclone roaring towards a heavily-populated Australian province has intensified to a category five, the most severe ranking, meteorologists said early Friday as a second powerful storm made landfall further north.

Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia

Jakarta - Indonesia's foreign ministry told Australia Wednesday that nobody responds well to threats as tensions mount over the looming execution of two Australian drug smugglers.

Interview with Australian comedy legend, Kevin Bloody Wilson Special

The Lovable Larrikin talks to Digital Journal about his upcoming national tour, the amusingly-titled 'First of the Final Farewell Tours – Perhaps.'

Live bait claims rock Australian greyhound racing

Sydney - Australia's greyhound racing industry was in damage control Tuesday after graphic footage showed live piglets, rabbits and possums used as bait to train some of the country's most successful dogs.

Australians' transfer to Indonesia execution site delayed

Jakarta - The transfer of two Australians to an Indonesian island prison for execution will not go ahead this week as planned, the attorney-general's office said Tuesday, as Canberra pressed for their lives to be spared.

Australians to be sent to Indonesia execution site this week

Jakarta - Two Australian drug traffickers will be transferred this week to an Indonesian high-security prison before their execution by firing squad, with several other foreigners to follow, the attorney-general's office said Monday.

Australia PM warns Indonesia of tough response to executions

Sydney - Millions of Australians are "sickened" by the imminent execution of two of its citizens by Indonesia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday, warning of a tough diplomatic response.

Australia signals border crackdown after terror scare

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday signalled a crackdown on border controls to combat terror threats, warning Australia will not let "bad people play us for mugs".

Australian PM under fresh fire after horror week

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under fire Friday over controversial comments on the arrest of two terror suspects and for referring to a "holocaust" of job losses, capping a horror week.

Egypt frees Jazeera journalists pending retrial

Cairo - An Egyptian court ordered the release of two jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday pending retrial, after they spent more than 400 days in prison in a case that sparked worldwide outrage.

Egypt frees Jazeera journalists pending retrial

Cairo - An Egyptian court ordered the release of two jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday pending retrial, after they spent more than 400 days in prison in a case that sparked worldwide outrage.

Jazeera journalists freed on first day of Egypt retrial

Cairo - An Egyptian court ordered the release of two jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday pending retrial, after they spent more than 400 days in prison in a case that sparked worldwide outrage.

Egypt frees Jazeera reporters pending retrial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Iraq says has not asked for U.S. ground forces

Sydney - Baghdad has not requested foreign ground forces to battle the Islamic State group, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari said Thursday after Barack Obama called for military operations that stop short of a full-scale invasion.
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