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World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

Perth - The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said Tuesday.

Australia vows to compete with China funding in Pacific

Sydney - Australia pledged Tuesday to provide Pacific nations with better funding to counter Chinese development money which it fears will leave some countries with massive debt burdens and undermine their sovereignty.

Artist buried for three days under busy Australian road

Sydney - An artist has emerged from three days entombed in a steel box under a busy Australian road in a performance billed as a tribute to victims of totalitarian violence.Mike Parr, 73, fasted during his time underground, with oxygen pumped into the 1.

Australian faces terror charges after Bangladesh trip plan

Sydney - A Sydney man has been charged with allegedly planning terrorism acts after he was stopped from travelling to Bangladesh following a luggage search, police said Sunday.

Australian gets life in Philippine child sex abuse case

Manila - An Australian man has been sentenced to life in a Philippine prison as part of a notorious child sexual abuse case in which prosecutors say he chained the victims like dogs.

Uproar over Australian army vehicle flying swastika flag

Sydney - An Australian army vehicle flew a Nazi swastika flag during an operation in Afghanistan, the prime minister confirmed Thursday in an act he called "completely and utterly unacceptable".

Australia court paves way for Google 'underworld' defamation case

Melbourne - A court cleared the way for a rare defamation action against Google on Wednesday after a man claimed the global internet giant published material linking him to Australia's criminal underworld.

Shark head found impaled on Australia fence

Sydney - A severed shark head, stuffed with cigarette butts and ocean debris, was found impaled on a fence at an Australian marine rescue organisation's office, with the gruesome discovery drawing criticism on social media.

Australia state to allow sex abuse victims to sue churches

Sydney - Victims of child sex abuse will be able to sue institutions such as churches under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state, authorities said Sunday.

Malaysia may commute killer's sentence in murder scandal

Kuala Lumpur - The death sentence of a former policeman convicted of killing a young woman in a scandal linked to the country's disgraced ex-premier may be commuted to allow his return from Australia, Malaysia's leader said Friday.

South Korean found six days after Australia mountain fall

Sydney - A South Korean tourist was found safe and "in good spirits" six days after falling into a deep ravine while taking photos from a mountaintop in northeastern Australia, officials said.

Qatar Airways boss says sorry for sexist remark

Doha - Qatar Airways' outspoken boss Akbar al-Baker on Wednesday issued "heartfelt apologies" for saying that a woman could not do his job because it was too challenging.

Airlines to step up fight against human trafficking

Sydney - Airlines are set to step up the fight against human trafficking, global industry body IATA said Monday as it released guidelines on how crews can act as "eyes and ears" to identify and report suspected cases.

Australia's Commonwealth Bank agrees to US$530 mln fine over money-laundering breaches

Sydney - The Commonwealth Bank Monday agreed to the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history to settle claims it breached anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

Australian Catholic Church agrees to help child sex victims

Sydney - The Catholic Church in Australia agreed Wednesday to join a national redress scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse, declaring that "survivors deserve justice".

US search firm says to end MH370 hunt in 'coming days'

Kuala Lumpur - A private search for Flight MH370 will end in the coming days, an exploration firm said Tuesday, some four years after the plane disappeared in one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

Uproar as ex-deputy Australia PM plans to sell love-child story

Sydney - A decision by Australia's former deputy prime minister to sell his story about having a love child with a former aide sparked derision Tuesday and calls for politicians to be banned from paid interviews.

Golden age for Kylie as Australia's pop princess turns 50

Sydney - From teenage soap sensation to pop royalty, over Kylie Minogue's three-decade career she has sold 80 million records, survived breast cancer and become a gay icon whose fanbase spans generations.

US backs Dutch, Australian findings against Russia in MH17 probe

Washington - The United States said Friday it stood with the Netherlands and Australia after they blamed Russia for the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine.

No 'facts' to support MH17 charges: Russia's Lavrov

Moscow - Russia said Friday the Netherlands had provided no evidence that Moscow was directly behind the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over war-torn east Ukraine, accusing the Dutch of promoting their own agenda.

Australian nun in last-minute appeal of Manila deportation

Manila - An elderly Australian nun facing deportation after angering Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte launched a last-minute appeal against the order on Friday, the deadline for her to leave the country.

Dutch, Australia name Russia as behind MH17 downing

Den Haag - The Netherlands and Australia on Friday took the first step towards dragging Russia to court over the shooting down of flight MH17, accusing Moscow of being responsible for the disaster over war-torn eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Dutch, Australia say Russia responsible for downing MH17

Den Haag - The Netherlands and Australia are holding Russia "accountable" for the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Dutch officials said Friday, in a move likely to lead to legal action.

Australia builds world's longest cat-proof fence to save wildlife

Sydney - A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world's longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.

'Unprecedented' foreign interference in Australia: spy chief

Sydney - Australia's spy chief has issued a new warning that foreign interference and espionage in the country had reached "unprecedented" levels that could cause "catastrophic harm" to Canberra's interests.

MH370 search to end next week: Malaysian minister

Kuala Lumpur - The search for flight MH370 will end next week, Malaysia's transport minister said Wednesday, more than four years after the plane disappeared and triggered one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

MH370 search under review, may be scrapped: Mahathir

Kuala Lumpur - The hunt for missing flight MH370 is being reviewed and may be scrapped, Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday, as the country's new government seeks cuts in public spending.

Chinese-Australian political donor 'linked to UN bribery scandal'

Sydney - A billionaire businessman previously accused of meddling in Australian politics on China's behalf was a co-conspirator in a plot to bribe a top United Nations official, a senior Australian politician has claimed.

Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child abuse steps down

Sydney - An Australian archbishop who became one of the world's highest-ranked church officials found guilty of covering up child sex abuse announced Wednesday he will stand down from his official duties.

EU green-lights talks on Australia, NZ trade deals

Apo - The EU officially launched free trade talks with Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday, part of Europe's desire to promote free trade deals against the increasingly protectionist stance of the United States.
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