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Australians mark Anzac Day on France's Somme, 100 years on

Villers-bretonneux - Thousands of Australians gathered in the pre-dawn chill on the Somme in northern France on Wednesday for a poignant ceremony in memory of the soldiers who fought and died on the Western Front, a century on from the end of World War I.

Philippines to deport Australian nun who angered Duterte

Manila - The Philippines on Wednesday ordered the deportation of an elderly Australian Catholic nun who angered President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing her of engaging in illegal political activities outside of her missionary work.

Women lead Australia Anzac Day marches amid high security

Sydney - Tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders turned out Wednesday for Anzac Day dawn services and marches to honour their war dead and pay tribute to serving soldiers, with women leading some parades for the first time.

Australia boy, 12, runs away to Bali using family credit card

Sydney - Australian police were Tuesday investigating how a 12-year-old boy managed to fly alone to the Indonesian island of Bali and spend four days at a resort using his parents' credit card.

Australians flock to French WWI battle site, a century on

Villers-bretonneux - Thousands of Australians including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in northern France on Tuesday to remember the soldiers who lost their lives in a key World War I battle a century ago.

Underwater survey reveals secrets of Australia WWI wreck off PNG

Sydney - Researchers Monday voiced renewed hope of discovering why Australia's first submarine sank, after a detailed underwater survey of the long-lost wreck off Papua New Guinea led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safe

Sydney - A deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old girl safe in Australian bushland overnight was awarded police honours Saturday after leading rescuers to the child.

Researchers find 'catastrophic' coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered a "catastrophic die-off" of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed Thursday.

Shark fears cancel elite surf competition in Australia

Sydney - An elite global surfing championship in west Australia was cancelled Wednesday after two shark attacks near the event, organisers said.

Large bushfire burns near homes on Sydney outskirts

Sydney - Hundreds of firefighters were Monday battling a large bushfire that was raging near Sydney suburbs, with authorities saying it was "miraculous" no houses had been damaged and no-one had been injured.

Australian firm seeks 'Anglo Saxon' job applicants

Sydney - One of Australia's largest telecommunication providers Optus apologised Friday after posting a job advertisement seeking candidates who were preferably "Anglo Saxon".

Two former Mongolian PMs held in Rio Tinto mine probe

Ulaanbaatar - Two former Mongolian prime ministers have been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of corruption and misuse of power in mining deals with Anglo-Australian resources giant Rio Tinto, authorities said Thursday.

Export ship blocked after 'shocking' Australia sheep footage

Sydney - An export ship due to carry more than 50,000 sheep to the Middle East has been blocked from leaving Australia after secret footage emerged of distressed animals dying and struggling to breathe in filthy conditions.

Russell Crowe nets millions from 'divorce auction'

Sydney - Hollywood actor Russell Crowe's unusual "divorce auction" of personal items and movie memorabilia, including "Gladiator" props and a leather jockstrap he wore in "Cinderella Man", exceeded expectations and raked in millions of dollars for the Australia...

S.Africa hails Australia 'retraction' on offer to white farmers

Johanesburg - The Pretoria government hailed Monday what it said was a decision by Australia to go back on plans to offer fast-track humanitarian visas to "persecuted" white farmers in South Africa.

Vatican finance chief awaits decision over sex offences trial

Melbourne - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell faces a nervous wait after a hearing to determine if he will stand trial on historical sexual offence charges adjourned Thursday.

Australian paraplegic 'humbled' by Everest base camp trek

Kathmandu - A wheelchair-bound Australian who reached Everest base camp under his own power said Tuesday he was "humbled" to be the first paraplegic to make the gruelling journey mostly unaided.

World cities go dark as global Earth Hour climate campaign kicks off

Sydney - The Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower and Moscow's Red Square were among the world landmarks to go dark Saturday, as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change.

First direct Australia-Europe passenger service takes off

Perth - The "Kangaroo Route" from Australia to Britain became a shorter hop Saturday when the first direct passenger service left Perth for London, with the 17-hour flight set to break aviation records.

Sydney goes dark as global Earth Hour climate campaign kicks off

Sydney - The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge went dark for an hour Saturday to kick off a global campaign raising awareness about the impacts of climate change.

More than 130 pilot whales die in mass Australia beaching

Perth - At least 135 short-finned pilot whales died Friday after a mass beaching in Australia as rescuers worked to herd those still alive back out to sea.

Mahathir raises 'remote takeover' theory in MH370 mystery

Sydney - Malaysia's veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad said Friday that missing flight MH370 might have been taken over remotely in a bid to foil a hijack, reviving one of the many conspiracy theories surrounding its disappearance.

Two Americans die in Great Barrier Reef chopper crash

Sydney - Two elderly American tourists have been killed in a helicopter crash at Australia's Great Barrier Reef, police said Thursday, despite onlookers' desperate attempts to revive the pair.

Prince Charles rejects chance to address Australian republicans

Sydney - Prince Charles has rejected a cheeky invitation from republicans Down Under to explain why he rather than an Australian should be their next head of state once the Queen dies or steps down, they said Wednesday.

Sea level fears as more of giant Antarctic glacier floating than thought

Sydney - More of a giant France-sized glacier in Antarctica is floating on the ocean than previously thought, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears it could melt faster as the climate warms and have a dramatic impact on rising sea-levels.

Residents get first look at town devastated by Australia bushfire

Sydney - Residents got their first look Tuesday at the devastation wrought by a bushfire that ravaged a town in Australia, but fears over asbestos and unstable structures mean even those with houses still standing cannot move back.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'unwell', scraps Australia public appearance

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday pulled out of a public speech and question-and-answer session in Sydney because she was "not feeling well", the event's organisers said.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and "force an outcome".

Crushed hopes greet Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia

Sydney - The long journey to find peace for Rohingya refugee Kobir Ahmed can be told through the different birth countries of his eight children -- Myanmar, Malaysia and Australia -- although they remain citizens of no nation.

Bid to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia rejected

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has immunity from prosecution, Australia's attorney general said Sunday after a legal bid was launched to hold her responsible for "crimes against humanity".
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