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Australia seeks broad new security powers after anti-terror raids

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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.

Australian PM cites 'chatter' of attacks on government, parliament

SYDNEY - Intelligence "chatter" has revealed that militants plan to attack Australian politicians and government buildings, the prime minister said on Friday, a day after hundreds of police carried out a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.

World, Tony Abbott 18 Sep 2014

As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations

SYDNEY - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

18 Sep 2014

Australian PM says police raids follow IS linked beheading plot

SYDNEY - Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation. | Video

World, Tony Abbott 18 Sep 2014

As growth stalls, G20 seeks closure on regulations

SYDNEY - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

18 Sep 2014

Australia police launch massive 'counter-terrorism' raids

SYDNEY - Hundreds of heavily armed police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane before dawn on Thursday, launching a large-scale Australian "counter-terrorism operation" just days after the country raised its national terror threat level to high for the first time.

World, Tony Abbott 17 Sep 2014

U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

WASHINGTON/LONDON - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

World, 15 Sep 2014

Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State

PERTH Australia - Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat. | Video

Australia raises threat level to 'high' on Iraq, Syria

SYDNEY - Australia on Friday raised its terror threat level to 'high' for the first ever time, citing the likelihood of terrorist attacks by Australian citizens radicalised in Iraq or Syria, despite stressing there was no knowledge of a specific attack plan.

World, Tony Abbott, Syria, Iraq 12 Sep 2014

Nurse who took Australian royal prank call blamed herself, inquest hears

LONDON - A nurse found hanging after a prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy blamed herself for the embarrassing release of intimate details of the duchess's condition, an inquest heard on Thursday.

World, Royal Wedding 11 Sep 2014
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Ghani named Afghan president-elect after deal to end election dispute

KABUL - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. | Video