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Australia police weighing probe of FFA payment to Warner

MELBOURNE - Australian police may investigate a payment of $500,000 by Football Federation Australia to Jack Warner after the former soccer powerbroker was arrested in a sweeping corruption probe launched by U.S. authorities this week.

Australia police weighing probe of FFA payment to Warner

MELBOURNE - Australian police may investigate a payment of $500,000 by Football Federation Australia to Jack Warner after the former soccer powerbroker was arrested in a sweeping corruption probe launched by U.S. authorities this week.

World, Sports, 28 May 2015

Australia to vote against Blatter for FIFA presidency

SYDNEY - The first cracks in Asia's support for embattled FIFA boss Sepp Blatter emerged on Thursday when Australia's federation announced it would be voting for a new president at Friday's election.

World, Sports 28 May 2015

All at sea: Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

SYDNEY - Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticized over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. | Video

Time for Blatter to go, says Australian former FIFA official

SYDNEY - Australian Les Murray, a former member of FIFA's Ethics Committee, says it is time for Sepp Blatter's long reign as president of soccer's governing body to come to an end, even if there is no evidence the Swiss is personally corrupt.

Sports 28 May 2015

Vatican's Australian-born budget chief cooperates with child abuse inquiry

SYDNEY - The Vatican's finance chief on Wednesday offered to testify at a child abuse inquiry in his home country of Australia, fending off accusations he had washed his hands of a problem that has plagued the Catholic clergy globally for decades.

World, 26 May 2015

No special treatment for Australian IS fighter's family: PM

SYDNEY - The wife and five children of an Australian believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers will face the "full severity of Australian law" if they attempt to return home, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday.

World, Tony Abbott, Syria 26 May 2015

Firm linked to Australian IS fighter transferred up to A$20 million: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - A money transfer firm linked to an Australian national believed to have been photographed while holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers is suspected of transferring up to A$20 million ($15.47 million) to finance Islamist militants, a U.N. report said.

World, United Nations, Syria 26 May 2015

Facing closure of refugee camp, Christmas Island grasps for economic future

SYDNEY - If the remote Australian outpost of Christmas Island had its way, it would have reopened a local casino that once raked in billions of dollars instead of renting hotel rooms at an ageing resort to refugee camp workers.

World, 26 May 2015

Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

SYDNEY - Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.

World, China, Japan, Tony Abbott 26 May 2015
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Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game

HONG KONG/MANILA - On tiny specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day. Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands.