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Australian police charge man over funding 'terrorist organization' after raids

SYDNEY - Australian police raided homes in Melbourne on Tuesday and charged one man with funding a terrorist organization in a crackdown on radical Islamists who authorities believe are supporting Middle East militants or planning attacks at home.

Activists outraged over Cambodia-Australia refugee deal

PHNOM PENH - Cambodia will resettle potentially hundreds of refugees intercepted trying to reach Australia in exchange for $35 million in aid, forging ahead on Friday with an opaque deal widely condemned as a threat to asylum seekers' safety.

Australia defense chief apologizes after race-based assault claim withdrawn

SYDNEY - The head of Australia's Defense Force apologized on Friday after an officer withdraw allegations he had been attacked by two men "of Middle Eastern appearance", allegations that had fueled tensions during a crackdown by counter-terrorism authorities.

World, 26 Sep 2014

Australia to reintroduce temporary visas for refugees

SYDNEY - Australia will reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister said on Thursday, despite criticism the stopgap process leaves refugees in limbo.

World, Tony Abbott 24 Sep 2014

For Australian Muslims, security crackdown is code for racial profiling

SYDNEY - Prominent Australian Muslims say their community is being unfairly targeted by law enforcement and threatened by right-wing groups, as the government's tough new policies aimed at combating radical Islamists threaten to create a backlash.

World, Tony Abbott 24 Sep 2014

For Australian Muslims, security crackdown is code for racial profiling

SYDNEY - Prominent Australian Muslims say their community is being unfairly targeted by law enforcement and threatened by right-wing groups, as the government's tough new policies aimed at combating radical Islamists threaten to create a backlash.

World, Tony Abbott 24 Sep 2014

Australia police kill 'terror suspect' after two officers stabbed

SYDNEY - Australian police shot dead a teenager after he stabbed two counter terrorism officers, days after sweeping raids involving hundreds of police thwarted what they said was an imminent plot to behead a member of the public. | Video

Tony Abbott, World, 24 Sep 2014

Australia counter-terror police kill man after two officers stabbed

SYDNEY - Australian police said they shot dead a man after he stabbed two counter-terrorism officers, just days after sweeping raids involving hundreds of police thwarted what they said was an imminent plot to behead a member of the public.

World, Tony Abbott 23 Sep 2014

Australia says jets to help with air strikes against Islamic State

BAGHDAD - Australia's defense minister David Johnston said on Monday during a visit to Baghdad that his country's fighter jets will play a part in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq.

World, Tony Abbott, Iraq 22 Sep 2014

Australia seeks broad new security powers after anti-terror raids

SYDNEY - Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the prime minister said on Monday, on the heels of sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week.

World, Tony Abbott 22 Sep 2014
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Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, fear fresh police advance

HONG KONG - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day. | Video