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Australian police charge man for attacking former PM Abbott

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SYDNEY Australian police charged a 38-year-old man on Friday for allegedly assaulting former prime minister and same-sex marriage opponent Tony Abbott in the Tasmanian city of Hobart.

Australian PM says first refugees to be resettled in U.S. under swap deal

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday the first group of about 50 men and woman held in two controversial detention centers for asylum-seekers on remote Pacific islands will be resettled in the United States within weeks.

World, United Nations, Sep 20 2017

Western powers urge Myanmar's Suu Kyi to push for end to violence

NEW YORK Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims, while her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the process had to be discussed.

Monday Morning Briefing

North Korea’s nuclear threat looms large this week over the U.N. General Assembly, scores have been arrested at protests in St Louis and Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards.

Australian moguls lose court challenge to CBS' planned buyout of Ten Network

SYDNEY Two Australian media moguls have lost a court challenge to CBS Corp's planned buyout of bankrupt television broadcaster Ten Network Holdings Ltd , giving the U.S. media giant a strong upper hand ahead of a creditor vote on Tuesday.

Deals, Sep 18 2017

Australia's Turnbull defends 'religious freedom' amid gay marriage poll

SYDNEY Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a strong supporter of gay marriage, defended the right of a church to refuse to marry a young couple who had posted support for same-sex unions on social media.

World, Sep 16 2017

Friday Morning Briefing

North Korea fired another missile, police declared a blast in a London underground train to be a terrorist incident and Nestle bought a majority stake in Blue Bottle.

Australia to move 200 asylum seekers to new PNG detention center

SYDNEY Approximately two hundred men held in a remote Australian-run detention center will be moved to a new facility within weeks, the country's immigration minister said.

World, Sep 15 2017

Hostile same-sex marriage vote spurs Australia to amend anti-hate law

(In this Sept. 13 story, corrects definition of intersex in paragraph 5.)

World, Gay Marriage, Subjects Sep 14 2017

With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defense

GANDHINAGAR, India The leaders of India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defense ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia.

World, Japan Sep 14 2017
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North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'

SEOUL/NEW YORK North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. | Video