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UK vows to pursue those behind ex-Russian spy attack

London - Interior minister Amber Rudd said Thursday that Britain would do "all we can" to pursue those behind a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy, acting "without hesitation" once the facts become clear.

Ex-Australia PM Rudd wants top UN job

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd Monday revealed he wants to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next UN secretary general, asking Canberra to endorse his nomination.

AC/DC drummer avoids jail over drugs, kill threat

Tauranga - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on Thursday avoided prison after threatening to kill an employee, but a New Zealand judge warned him jail beckoned if his "rock star lifestyle" continued.

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.

Australian Labor split hits the fan as new challenge starts

Sydney - The Rudd vs. Gillard third round is now underway, with Labor Caucus members circulating a position to allow Kevin Rudd to challenge for leadership of the Australian Labor Party. If Mr. Rudd wins, there are also legal hurdles to jump to become PM again.

Two grandmothers wed in New York's first legal gay marriage

Two women who are grandmothers became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of New York, when they took part in a ceremony just after midnight on Saturday.

Julia Gillard becomes Australia's first female Prime Minister

Canberra - Australia has its first female PM. In an unusually realistic display of political pragmatism, the woman who “didn’t have the numbers” according to pundits on the weekend has sailed through the leadership vote.

Australia: Rudd leadership challenge at 9AM

Canberra - In less than one hour, Australia will know if it has a new Prime Minister. The Labor Party has done its numbers, and the papers all say it’s all over bar the post mortems. If they’re right, Julia Gillard will become Australia’s first female PM.

Op-Ed: Australia: Revolt against Rudd will be ugly

Canberra - The image of Australia as a nice place for relaxed politicians is going to be on hold for a while. PM Rudd is in big trouble, and the sound of knives is being heard throughout the land.

Op-Ed: Call it Utegate or Tailgate, Australian politics hits a new low

This story comes from the soggy end of politics, called "Utegate". An allegation was made of preferential treatment to a car dealer friend by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, picked it up. Then things got ugly.

Op-Ed: One story, many takes: Australian election reporting, polls, and backwash

It always interests Aussies when people try to report Australian events, and the 2007 election was no exception. The common reaction was “Bush ally defeated”, with varying levels of depth. Actually, the tone of some of the reporting was very positive.

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