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Widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

Queensland - While presenting a eulogy for her husband after a tragic auto accident, widow Kristy Kirchner announced to her family that she is expecting.

India, Australia vow closer security and trade ties

Sydney - India and Australia vowed closer defence and security ties while stressing the importance of economic cooperation a day after Canberra sealed a huge trade pact with fellow Asian superpower China.

China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

Sydney - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing's goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.

Putin to face icy reception at G20 summit

Brisbane - Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism".

Britain to seize jihadists' passports, stop them returning home

Canberra - Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday outlined plans to seize passports from British jihadists and stop them returning from fighting overseas, while proposing landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London's no-fly lists.

'Show of force' as Australia tracks Russian ships

Brisbane - Australia said on Thursday it is tracking four Russian navy ships off its north coast, a move Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was a sign of Moscow's military assertiveness with relations strained after the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Pope urges G20 leaders not to forget the poor

Brisbane - Pope Francis has called on G20 leaders not to forget the poor, saying to do so would be "regrettable" as the heads of the world's most powerful economies prepare to meet in Australia.

West confronts Putin at Asia-Pacific summit

Bejing - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday had a close-up brush with Western anger over the Ukraine crisis and the downing of Flight MH17, as the White House warned that his sanctions-hit government was staring at "isolation".

Third Australian killed fighting with IS jihadists: Report

Sydney - A third Australian has died in the past two weeks while fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a report said Sunday.

Murder plot charge against AC/DC drummer dropped, his lawyer says

Wellington - A charge alleging that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was involved in a murder plot was dropped Friday after New Zealand authorities found there was insufficient evidence, his lawyer said.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with murder plot in New Zealand

Wellington - The drummer with legendary rock band AC/DC, Phil Rudd, was accused Thursday of trying to hire a hitman to kill two men after police raided his luxury New Zealand home.

Australia, British police ink DNA sharing deal

Sydney - Australian and British police Thursday signed a deal allowing access to each other's DNA databases as part of an international push to tackle serious crimes such as terrorism, rapes and murders.

Thousands pay tribute to 'visionary' Australian ex-PM Whitlam

Sydney - Thousands of mourners turned out for the memorial service of former leader Gough Whitlam Wednesday, hailing him as a remarkable politician who helped shape modern Australia, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott who was booed.

Bizarre unidentified rainbow object spotted in Australian sky

Wonthaggi - A strange cloud formation was spotted in the sky above a seaside town in Victoria, Australia. The locals were so amazed, they posted images to Twitter to find out what was going on.

Australians told to prepare for more counter-terror raids

Sydney - Australians have been told to prepare for more large-scale counter-terrorism raids as Attorney-General George Brandis revealed 73 people have had their passports cancelled to prevent them joining the Islamic State group.

Scientists hope new vaccine will save koalas ravaged by chlamydia

Brisbane - On Wednesday, Australian scientists say they successfully tested a vaccine against chlamydia in wild koalas — and they believe this may be a breakthrough in combating the deadly disease ravaging these native marsupials.

Australia, N.Zealand mark 100 years since first troops left for WWI

Sydney - Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the "heavy day in history".

Interview with singer and comedienne Jenny Talia Special

The multi-talented Australian, a U.S. resident since 1999, speaks to Digital Journal about her last album, her new album and her upcoming Australasian tour.

Reef 2050 'will not save Australia's Great Barrier Reef'

The Australian government's plan to save the iconic Great Barrier Reef is less than adequate, failing to address the major reasons behind the reef's decline, say scientists from the Australian Academy of Science.

Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Sydney - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Fast & Furious food delivery from McDonald's in Melbourne (Video)

Melbourne - For the ultimate in fast food, McDonald's in Melbourne, Australia is now making deliveries. In fact, pretty flashy deliveries, as customers' burgers and fries arrive by either a red Ferrari F430 Spider or a white luxury Lamborghini.

Australian convicted in child sex sting using virtual girl

Sydney - An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the child rights group behind it said Wednesday.

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton on Bali

Denpasar - The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Sydney - Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of Australia's most admired figures who led the nation through a period of massive change, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

Sydney - A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

The Australians make some pretty weird travel insurance claims

A new report has shown how Australian insurance companies have been seeing an increase in the number of extraordinary claims made by travellers in recent years as Australians begin visiting new areas.

No sign yet of MH370 in first update of underwater search

Sydney - Australian authorities released their first update on the latest underwater probe for missing flight MH370 Wednesday, saying more than 670 square kilometres (260 square miles) had been searched without success.

Australia PM vows to 'shirtfront' Putin at G20 over MH17

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday vowed to "shirtfront", or confront, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 crash over Ukraine.

Interview with Kristina Olsen Special

The American folk icon, currently on tour in Australia, talks to Digital Journal about her most recent album and what she enjoys most about plying her trade in this part of the world.
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A wild rabbit scuppers a $30 million dollar upgrade at Elwick racecourse in Tasmania.
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