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Alleged Australia child killer 'coping as best she can'

Sydney - An Australian mother charged with killing eight children will have her case heard in January, a court said Monday, as she struggles to come to terms with what happened.

Australian PM under fire for women comments

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused on Monday of craving "a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing" after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax.

Mother charged with murder of eight children in Australia

Cairns - The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder Sunday, police said, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief.

Australia terror attack prompts worldwide travel warning

Washington, D. C. - Tuesday's counterattack on a Sydney cafe that freed 15 hostages has prompted the United States to issue a worldwide travel alert advising its citizens traveling abroad to extra careful.

Mother arrested for murder of eight children in Australia

Cairns - Australian police said Saturday they had arrested the mother of all but one of eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mourn the tragedy.

Eight children found dead at Australian property

Cairns - Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing just days after a deadly siege in Sydney.

Death threats to Sydney siege gunman's lawyers, magistrate

Sydney - Lawyers who defended the Sydney siege gunman on a string of charges and the magistrate who bailed him have received death threats, officials said Friday, amid growing anger that he was on the streets.

Australian PM says cafe siege 'horrific wake-up call'

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was "a horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead.

Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman

Tehran - Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege.

Solidarity for Australian Muslims after Sydney siege

Sydney - One of the bouquets left on Tuesday in a sea of flowers at the site of the Sydney siege read "I will ride with you." It was as much a wholehearted message to Australia's Muslim community as to the incident's victims.

Australia vows to unearth why 'sick' extremist was at large

Sydney - Australia's government pledged Tuesday to determine why an Iranian-born Islamist with a history of extremism and violence was able to play out a "sick fantasy" by seizing hostages in a day-long siege.

Extremist gunman, two hostages dead in Sydney siege cafe

Sydney - Two hostages and an extremist Iranian-born gunman were killed in a siege that ended when armed police stormed a central Sydney cafe Tuesday, as a shocked Australia struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.

#illridewithyou supports Muslims amid Sydney siege

Sydney - Australians came out Monday in solidarity with the Muslim community following a siege at a Sydney cafe, as tens of thousands tweeted the hashtag #illridewithyou to counter concern about an anti-Islam backlash.

Australian Muslim groups condemn Sydney cafe siege

Sydney - More than 40 Australian Muslim groups on Monday jointly condemned a siege at a Sydney cafe in which hostages were taken by an armed man and an Islamic flag displayed.

Nightmare before Christmas in Sydney

Sydney - It is one of the most popular cafes on a thoroughfare that is thronged at this time of year with festive shoppers, in addition to everyday office crowds and tourists.

Two killed as Australian police storm siege cafe

Sydney - At least two people were killed as heavily armed Australian police early Tuesday dramatically stormed a central Sydney cafe to end a day-long siege sparked when an Iranian-born Islamist took several people hostage.

UPDATED: Hostages held inside Sydney cafe, Islamic flag held up

Sydney - Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney Monday with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an "incident" at the nearby Opera House.

Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to child abuse

Sydney - The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given "psychosexual" training.

Interview with Robby X Special

The talented Australian singer and wife of country icon Lee Kernaghan talks to Digital Journal about her first solo outing.

20 Australian jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq: govt

Sydney - Australia on Tuesday accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as "cannon fodder" and "propaganda tools" as it revealed 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Six sperm whales die in rare mass beaching in Australia

Sydney - A pod of six sperm whales washed up dead Monday in a rare mass stranding on the South Australia coast, with animal welfare officials struggling over the logistics of handling the huge carcasses.

Australia toughens up immigration but lets in more refugees

Sydney - Australia's conservative government on Friday further tightened immigration laws, introducing controversial temporary visas for refugees which do not grant permanent settlement in the country.

Americans eye Australia’s job relocation assistance program

While the American economy and job market continues its healthy improvement, things still aren’t where they were a decade ago.

Australian sailors' trauma pulling dead asylum-seekers from sea

Sydney - Serving and former Australian navy personnel have described the trauma of stopping asylum-seeker boats and pulling dead bodies from the water as the government ramps up its deterrence policy on migrants arriving by sea.

China, Australia agree to boost defence ties: Xinhua

Bejing - Beijing and Canberra have agreed to enhance military ties, Chinese state media reported, lauding defence relations between them even as Australia strengthens cooperation with the United States and Japan.

Australia probes report of nine-year-old bride

Sydney - The Australian government is investigating claims a nine-year-old girl from Sydney has been taken out of the country to be married in the Middle East, officials said Tuesday.

Review: Billy Roberts' vocals struggle on 'Last of the Originals'

On "The Last of the Originals," Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders make their own brand of country music. But while the songs are catchy -- and the musicians are clearly talented -- the vocals fail to to deliver on an unfortunately consistent basis.

Children playing on Australian beach find baby's body

Sydney - Children playing at a Sydney beach Sunday stumbled across the body of a baby buried under the sand, Australian investigators said, just a week after a newborn was found crying at the bottom of a roadside drain.

Six charged over $1.28 billion drug bust in Australia

Sydney - Six men have been charged over what Australian police said on Saturday was one of the largest drug busts in the country's history, worth up to Aus$1.5 billion (US$1.28 billion).
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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The Leafy Sea Dragon is a "cousin" of the Weedy Sea Dragon. This fish is also an "expert" at camouflage.
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Protestors march towards Oxford Street.
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Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.
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Let's Get Doctor Who Down Under campaign
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Sign posted at Mount Silam last month reads "Pray for MH370" at "Tower of Heaven"on Mount Silam.
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Al Nakba 'Free Palestine' rally, Sydney.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event in Martin Place, Sydney.
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Migaloo swims past a boat
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Some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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Sydney Chinese new year twilight parade 2012.
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A theatrical reenactment of the first Methodists in Sydney, Australia in 1812.
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Marriage equality rally.
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Macquarie Grammar float at Sydney Chinese New Year Twilight Parade 2012.
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The Sydney town crier at Martin Place announcing the procedings.
Marriage equality rally.
Marriage equality rally.