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Australia's economy powers ahead on exports

Sydney - Australia's economy defied expectations with stronger-than-expected expansion in January-March, driven by net exports and household spending, to take annual growth to its highest level in recent years.Economic growth expanded by 1.

Australia war dead repatriated from Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Half a century after they died, the bodies of 32 Australian soldiers and their dependents, many of whom were killed in the Vietnam War, were returned home from Malaysia Tuesday.

Crocodile safaris urged after Australia attack

Sydney - An outspoken Australian politician Tuesday called for crocodile-shooting safaris to help control their numbers in the wild, after a woman was taken by one of the feared reptiles while swimming.

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

Sydney - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

Sydney - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study

Sydney - More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.

Third of coral 'dead or dying' in parts of Barrier Reef

Sydney - At least 35 percent of corals in parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from mass bleaching caused by global warming, scientists said Monday.

More debris found with possible MH370 link: Australia

Sydney - Three new pieces of debris have been found in Mauritius and in Mozambique that could be linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Thursday.

Depp and Australia minister renew war of words

Sydney - A war of words between Johnny Depp and an Australian minister reignited Wednesday with Barnaby Joyce claiming he was the Hollywood star's Hannibal Lecter after being told he looked as if he was "inbred with a tomato".

Facebook apologises for banning 'undesirable' plus-sized model

Sydney - Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable".

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Australian state apologises for old homophobic laws

Melbourne - An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologised for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.

Green hopes as Australia legalises medical cannabis

Nimbin - Jai Whitelaw was 10 when he first took medical cannabis, given to him by his mother in a bid to treat the debilitating epilepsy that saw him endure up to 500 seizures a day.

MH17 victim families sue Putin, Russia in European rights court

Sydney - Families of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, are suing President Vladimir Putin and Russia for Aus$10 million each in the European Court of Human Rights, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday.

Australian and Dutch climbers die after Everest summit

Kathmandu - An Australian and a Dutch mountaineer have died of altitude sickness after summitting Mount Everest, expedition organisers said, the latest deaths to hit the Himalayan climbing season.

Search for MH370 likely to end by August

Sydney - The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August, the man leading the hunt said Friday.

Search for MH370 likely to end by August

Sydney - The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August, the man leading the hunt said Friday.

Search for MH370 likely to end by August

Sydney - The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August, the man leading the hunt said Friday.

Man battles crocs in Australia with spanner, spark plugs

Sydney - A desperate fisherman threw spanners and spark plugs to fight off circling crocodiles after his friend drowned when one of the animals capsized their small boat, reports said Wednesday.

Man battles crocs in Australia with spanner, spark plugs

Sydney - A desperate fisherman threw spanners and spark plugs to fight off circling crocodiles after his friend drowned when one of the animals capsized their small boat, reports said Wednesday.

Man battles crocs in Australia with spanner, spark plugs

Sydney - A desperate fisherman threw spanners and spark plugs to fight off circling crocodiles after his friend drowned when one of the animals capsized their small boat, reports said Wednesday.

Australia delays 'backpacker tax' after backlash

Sydney - Working holidaymakers from overseas were given a reprieve Tuesday from being hit with a so-called "backpacker tax" in Australia after a campaign by farmers and the tourism industry.

Teen arrested over alleged Sydney terror plot

Sydney - An 18-year-old man was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged "imminent" terror plot, as police raided properties in Melbourne in a separate counter-terrorism operation, officials said.

Five face terror charges over Australia-Syria boat plan

Sydney - Five young men face life behind bars after they were charged with terrorism offences over a plan to sail to Indonesia to join jihadist groups in Syria, Australian police said.

African rhinos to be flown to Australia to escape poachers

Johanesburg - A retired South African sales executive who emigrated to Australia 30 years ago is hatching a daring plan to airlift 80 rhinos to his adopted country in a bid to save the species from poachers.

Australian asylum-seeker camp 'open' after PNG court ruling

Sydney - Asylum-seekers held at an Australian camp in Papua New Guinea can now freely come and go from the centre, their lawyer and media said Thursday, following a Supreme Court ruling that their detention was unconstitutional.

Australian asylum-seeker camp 'open' after PNG court ruling

Sydney - Asylum-seekers held at an Australian camp in Papua New Guinea can now freely come and go from the centre, their lawyer and media said Thursday, following a Supreme Court ruling that their detention was unconstitutional.

Australian asylum-seeker camp 'open' after PNG court ruling

Sydney - Asylum-seekers held at an Australian camp in Papua New Guinea can now freely come and go from the centre, their lawyer and media said Thursday, following a Supreme Court ruling that their detention was unconstitutional.

Australia unveils $11.4 million plan to infect carp with herpes

Canberra - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has told the Australian parliament that the only way to get rid of carp is to infect the fish with a form of the herpes virus.
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