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Pope removes scandal-hit cardinals from inner circle

Vatican City - Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals and ahead of a Church-wide meeting on the "protection of minors" next year.

Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

Bangkok - A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention in Thailand as he awaits possible extradition, a Bangkok court said Tuesday, as campaigners say they fear he could be "tortured" if returned to the Gulf state....

Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral 'more resilient to heat'

Sydney - Corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef that survived bleaching from rising sea temperatures were more resistant to another bout of hot conditions the following year, scientists said Tuesday, a "silver lining" for the embattled ecosystem.

Gamer charged by Australia police after 'livestreaming assault'

Sydney - A Sydney gamer heard on a livestream allegedly hitting a woman was charged with assault by Australian police Monday, after the incident went viral on social media.

Australia passes cyber snooping laws with global implications

Sydney - Australia Thursday passed controversial laws allowing spies and police to snoop on the encrypted communications of suspected terrorists and criminals, as experts warned the "unprecedented powers" had far-reaching implications for global cybersecurity.

Arrest in Australian cold case made famous by podcast

Sydney - An Australian man whose life was laid bare in a popular crime mystery podcast about the disappearance of his wife nearly 40 years ago was arrested on Wednesday.

Test cricketer Khawaja's brother arrested over fake terror 'hit list'

Sydney - The brother of Australia Test cricketer Usman Khawaja was charged by police Tuesday with framing a love rival for a "hit list" that sparked a major counterterrorism investigation.

Australia set to pass sweeping cyber laws despite tech giant fears

Sydney - Australia's two main parties struck a deal Tuesday to pass sweeping cyber laws requiring tech giants to help government agencies get around encrypted communications used by suspected criminals and terrorists.

Australia conservatives move to stop revolving door of PMs

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Monday moved to end a series of rolling leadership coups that have battered his party's reputation and left it hobbled ahead of next year's election.

'Hundreds' of Aussie convictions in doubt after mob lawyer named as informant

Sydney - Hundreds of criminal convictions -- including those meted out to some of Australia's most notorious gangland figures -- hang in the balance, after their defence lawyer was revealed as a police informant Monday.

Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia

Jakarta - An Australian was among hundreds of pro-Papuan independence activists arrested across Indonesia at the weekend, police and rights groups said Monday.

UN, doctors hammer Australia over refugee camps

Sydney - Australia's under-pressure government received a double blow Monday from the United Nations and a leading doctors' group over harsh treatment of refugees on off-shore island camps.

Aussie kids skip school for mass climate protest

Sydney - Thousands of Australian students skipped school Friday to join nationwide protests demanding government action on climate change.

Future uncertain for Australia's unique platypus: researchers

Sydney - Australia's unique platypus population is shrinking under pressure from agriculture and pollution, putting the egg-laying mammals' future in doubt, researchers said in a report published Thursday.

Separated Bhutanese twins leave Australia hospital

Melbourne - "Cheeky" Bhutanese conjoined twins who were successfully separated after a marathon operation in Australia left hospital Monday, with doctors saying they had made an excellent recovery and were starting to act independently.

Released Bali Nine drug-smuggler returns home to more legal woes

Sydney - An Australian woman held in Indonesian prisons for 13 years for being part of the "Bali Nine" drug-smuggling gang returned home Thursday, facing more possible jail time for alleged crimes committed before her overseas ordeal.

Australia formalises ban on Hong Kong bid for gas pipeline

Sydney - Australia has officially rejected a bid of more than US$9 billion from Hong Kong giant CK Group for the country's biggest gas pipeline company, saying it would be against its "national interest".

Australia joins US in rejecting UN migration pact

Sydney - Australia's conservative government announced Wednesday it would reject a UN migration pact already denounced by the United States and several European countries.Adopting the pact "would risk encouraging illegal entry to Australia and reverse...

Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: report

Sydney - China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a "constant, significant effort" to steal intellectual property, according to a report published Tuesday that angered Beijing.

Three charged over alleged Melbourne terror plot

Melbourne - Three men who allegedly plotted "chilling" terror attacks in Melbourne were charged early Tuesday, less than two weeks after a stabbing rampage inspired by the Islamic State group left two dead in Australia's second city, police said.

Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: report

Sydney - China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a "constant, significant effort" to steal intellectual property, according to a report published Tuesday.

Three arrested over alleged Melbourne terror plot

Melbourne - Three men who allegedly plotted "chilling" terror attacks in Melbourne were arrested early Tuesday, less than two weeks after a stabbing rampage inspired by the Islamic State group left two dead in Australia's second city, police said.

Swimmer killed by stingray, two mauled by sharks in Australia

Sydney - A swimmer died after a rare suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach while another two people were mauled in separate shark encounters this weekend.

From Afghanistan to the Outback: refugees ditch Australia's overcrowded cities

Griffith - A Hazara refugee who now calls the Australian outback home, Ali named his new venture the "Afghan Friendship Restaurant", a tribute to the warm welcome he says he received after moving to the town of Griffith five years ago.

Australia, Japan to deepen defence ties after historic Darwin visit

Darwin - Australia hailed a "deeply symbolic" visit to Darwin by the Japanese Prime Minister on Friday, more than 75 years after the northern city was bombed in World War II, as the two countries vowed to deepen defence ties in the face of an emergent China.

Japan PM visits Australia's Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Darwin - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Darwin on Friday, some 75 years after Japan bombed the northern Australian city, as the two countries cement ties in the face of an emergent China.

Bum shuffles as ex-conjoined twins try out independence

Melbourne - It took six hours for doctors to separate conjoined Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa last week, but nurses said Thursday the recovering girls are still not ready to go their own ways.

Ex-farm supervisor charged over Australia strawberry sabotage

Sydney - Police investigating a major Australian strawberry needle contamination scare that sparked nationwide panic on Monday identified a former farm supervisor as their main suspect.

Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for APEC meet

Port Moresby - Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to protect world leaders attending a major summit in its crime-plagued capital this week.

Cash pours in for homeless 'trolley man' who battled terror attacker

Melbourne - Donations poured in Monday for a homeless man dubbed "trolleyman" for his attempt to use a shopping cart to halt last week's deadly lone wolf terror attack in Melbourne.
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