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Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack Thursday, March 8th, 2018

MIAMI, (AFP): Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest..

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Weaponising Rumour: Australia’s New Political Sensitivity Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The hide of Australia’s political classes has been worn. Some members, admittedly, never had one. With tiptoeing around language ravaging, and in some cases savaging discussion, pondering policy has become nigh impossible. What matters after the Barnaby Joyce affair is rumour and private..

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200 refugees rejected by Australia have now settled in US Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, (AP):  Australia's prime minister said Friday that his country will not consider options for resettling refugees languishing on Pacific islands until the United States fulfills its promise to take up to 1,250 of them. More than a year after President Donald Trump reluctantly..

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Bungling Crown Privilege: Australia’s Cabinet Security Breach Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Journalists would have seen it as a scoop, and insisted that no laws had been broken. Politicians might have considered it a calamity. Whatever one terms Australia (parliamentary democracy; constitutional monarchy) secrecy remains the state’s watchword. When it comes to bureaucratic provisions..

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Gangs, Race and Melbourne Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Two’s a company; three’s a crowd. More? This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates. So liveable, in fact, that it houses..

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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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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..