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Tape emerges of Clinton discussing bin Laden day before 9/11 attack

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NEW YORK - Former President Bill Clinton said he "could have killed" Osama bin Laden in remarks to an audience in Australia the day before al Qaeda's 2001 attacks on the United States, according to an audio tape that emerged this week.

Doctor says Australia covering up mental illness in asylum-seeker children

SYDNEY - A former healthcare worker at Australia's immigration detention centers said on Thursday the government asked him to cover up evidence that children held in the camps were suffering from widespread mental illness caused by their confinement.

Australian asylum seeker policy is 'child abuse': religious leaders

SYDNEY - An Australian senator on Wednesday accused the government of trying to whitewash its hard-line asylum seeker policies by blocking access to a detention center holding 157 Sri Lankan migrants recently held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

World, Tony Abbott, 30 Jul 2014

Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

World, Syria 29 Jul 2014

Australia issues arrest warrants over Syria severed head photos

SYDNEY - Australia has issued arrest warrants for a pair of Australian citizens believed to be fighting in Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

World, Syria, 29 Jul 2014

Australian PM Abbott's tough stance on MH17 paying off: poll

SYDNEY - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's forthright handling of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 appears to have paid off, a poll released on Tuesday showed, although his government has not enjoyed a similar spike in popularity.

World, Tony Abbott 28 Jul 2014

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

SYDNEY - A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine crash site

SYDNEY - A joint Australian-Dutch probe team will renew efforts on Monday to gain access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, Australian Federal Police said, after fierce fighting kept them away the previous day.

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.

World, United Nations 25 Jul 2014

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

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

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Israel says truce over after soldier apparently captured in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came in effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. | Video