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Australia to send 100 extra police, troops to Ukraine: PM Abbott

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SYDNEY - Australia will send 100 additional police and some defense force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. | Video

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland

SYDNEY - Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention center, the immigration minister said on Friday, in an apparent setback for the government's policies.

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Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt say they will appeal

SYDNEY - Three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt last month for up to ten years on charges of aiding a terrorist organization will appeal their convictions, the family of imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste said on Friday.

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Australia PM says unclear how many bodies recovered from Ukraine crash site

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that it was still unclear how many bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and how many may have been left behind at the crash site.

Angry Australia PM says Ukraine crash probe resembles 'garden clean-up'

SYDNEY - Australia's prime minister voiced deep concern on Monday that Russian-backed rebels remained in control of the crash site of a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine, saying the site looked more like a "garden clean-up" than a forensic investigation. | Video

Angry Australia PM says Ukraine crash probe resembles 'garden clean-up'

SYDNEY - Australia's prime minister voiced deep concern on Monday that Russian-backed rebels remained in control of the crash site of a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine, saying the site looked more like a "garden clean-up" than a forensic investigation.

Australian PM points finger at Russia over downed Malaysian plane

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on Friday over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jetliner over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board.

Australian, Korean airlines shifted Ukrainian flight routes months ago

SYDNEY - Some international airlines, including Australia's Qantas Airways and Korea's two major carriers, shifted the route taken by flights operating over Ukrainian air space months ago amid increasing tensions between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

Downing of Malaysian plane 'unspeakable crime' if proven: Australia's Abbott

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that if the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine was a deliberate act, then "it is an unspeakable crime" and the perpetrators must be swiftly brought to justice.

Climate change signals the end of Australian shiraz as we know it

HOBART Tasmania - Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley - the hot, dry region that is home to the country's world-famous big, brassy shiraz. | Video

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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. | Video