Australian gran escapes death in Malaysia drugs case Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia, (AFP): An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into smuggling drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Wednesday cleared of trafficking, a crime punishable by death.  Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 at Kuala Lumpur..

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N. Korea ‘agent’ charged with WMD sale plot in Australia Monday, December 18th, 2017

SYDNEY, (AFP): A Sydney-based "loyal agent of North Korea" has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said Sunday.  The 59-year-old naturalised Australian citizen of..

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Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence Thursday, December 7th, 2017

To what limit protest? Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration. Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a narcissism that would otherwise vanquish him...

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Australia calls for US engagement in region amid China rise Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

SYDNEY, (AFP): Australia warned Thursday against American disengagement from Asia at a time of rising Chinese power as traditional US allies grow nervous about President Donald Trump's isolationist tilt. In a major Foreign Policy White Paper -- the first to be issued by the Australian government..

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6.8-magnitude quake off New Caledonia, no tsunami threat Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

SYDNEY, (AFP): A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of New Caledonia Tuesday in the tectonically active Pacific region, but there was no tsunami threat, seismologists said.  The tremor hit at a depth of 29 kilometres (18 miles) some 253 kilometres from the capital Noumea and 109..

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Asylum detainees awarded $56 mn in Australia class action Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

SYDNEY, (AFP): Asylum seekers and refugees held in a remote Pacific camp were Wednesday awarded Aus$70 million ($56 million) for being illegally detained and treated negligently, in Australia's largest human rights class action settlement.  Canberra sends asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia..

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Australia thwarts ‘Islamic-inspired’ plane attack plot Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Benjamin Cooper, SYDNEY, (REUTERS): Security has been tightened at Australian airports after police foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Sunday. The increased..

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DPM Shrestha calls on Victoria’s Governor Dessau Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha, who is on a visit to Australia, held a meeting with Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau in Victoria on Tuesday.  Both the leaders discussed the issues of existing education system of both Nepal and Australia while stressing..

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Australian PM calls for unity within gov’t Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

CANBERRA, (Xinhua): Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday penned an opinion piece calling for unity within government, declaring that both he and voters are "sick of" politics being placed before progress.  After a week of turmoil within the government, Turnbull said that voters..

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Australian prime minister looking forward to meeting Trump Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

CANBERRA, Australia, (AP): Australia's prime minister said Tuesday he is looking forward to meeting soon with U.S. President Donald Trump, three months after their heated telephone conversation over an Obama-era refugee deal. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was speaking to reporters at the..

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Australia, China vow to deepen ties on trade Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

SYDNEY, (AP): Australia and China have pledged to deepen their ties on everything from trade to tourism. The show of unity comes at a delicate time in Australia's relationship with China's chief rival for Pacific power, the United States. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Australia's..

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BRI will boost Nepal-China relations Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Mahendra Subedi, KATHMANDU: The news headlines about the entry of China’s internet bandwidth in Nepal early this week drew attention of all stakeholders. The news was..