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Media reports allege Australian politics infiltrated by Italian mafia

SYDNEY - Two Australian media organisations reported on Monday that Australian politics has been infiltrated at high levels by the Italian mafia, although there was no suggestion of direct links between lawmakers and the criminal syndicate.

Australian police raid Melbourne properties in foreign bribery probe

SYDNEY - Australian police raided a home and a business in central Melbourne on Thursday as part of a foreign bribery investigation reportedly involving Malaysian government officials and a multi-million dollar property deal.

World, 25 Jun 2015

Malaysia to probe Melbourne property deal at center of corruption claims

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia said on Wednesday it would investigate corruption allegations against government officials in a multi-million dollar property deal in Australia, the latest in a series of scandals plaguing Prime Minister Najib Razak's government.

World, 24 Jun 2015

Australian government to strip extremists' children of citizenship

SYDNEY - The Australian government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of Australian citizenship under controversial legislation introduced into parliament on Wednesday.

World, Tony Abbott 24 Jun 2015

Australian 'severed head' militants reportedly killed in Iraq

SYDNEY - Australia is close to confirming the reported death in Iraq of two home-grown militants who shot to infamy last year after being photographed holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday.

Day resting after collapsing at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington - Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare through the U.S. Open on Friday when he collapsed on his final hole, before getting to his feet, completing the second round and collapsing again.

Sports, Tiger Woods 19 Jun 2015

Day being treated after collapsing at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington - Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare through the U.S. Open when he collapsed on his final hole of the second round, before getting to his feet, completing his round and collapsing again on Friday.

Sports, Tiger Woods 19 Jun 2015

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths seeks happy endings for trafficking victims

HONG KONG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, who rose to fame in the hit 1994 movie "Muriel's Wedding", loves Hollywood's happy endings and this drove her to get involved with helping victims of human trafficking in Asia.

World, 18 Jun 2015

Trade rebuff fuels doubts on Obama bid to counter rising China

WASHINGTON - In his State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama left little doubt that his pursuit of a landmark Asia-Pacific trade pact was aimed at countering Beijing’s rising influence in the region. “China wants to write the rules … Why would we let that happen?” he asked.

Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments

SYDNEY/JAKARTA - Calls grew on Monday for an inquiry into reports that Australian officials paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia, with Jakarta and the United Nations also expressing serious concern. | Video

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Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

BRUSSELS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a final chance to present credible reform proposals to an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday to persuade skeptical creditors to reopen aid talks before his country's banks run out of money. | Video