Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet: sources


TOKYO - Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.

Australia unveils fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

SYDNEY - Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighboring Ukraine, where the Kremlin is accused of backing pro-Russian insurgent groups battling the government in Kiev.

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Australia seeks Thai help for Aussie couples, surrogate babies

BANGKOK - Australia urged Thailand on Friday to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children following a crackdown on commercial surrogacy that has left many couples in limbo.

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Malaysia, Australia to share costs for latest phase of MH370 search

SYDNEY - Malaysia on Thursday said it would share with Australia the cost of the latest effort to uncover signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in the hope of unlocking modern aviation's greatest mystery. | Video

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Asylum seekers file lawsuit against Australian government

SYDNEY - Asylum seekers held on remote Christmas Island are suing the Australian government for failing to provide adequate health care, piling more pressure on Canberra over its controversial policy of detaining children.

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Australian billionaire politician apologizes for TV tirade over China

SYDNEY - Australian mining magnate and politician Clive Palmer has apologized to China's ambassador to Australia for a tirade in which he referred to the Chinese government as "bastards", setting off a firestorm in Canberra and Beijing.

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Australia unveils measures to tackle rise of foreign fighters

SYDNEY - Australia unveiled counter-terrorism measures on Tuesday to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant jihadist groups.

Australia defends detention of child asylum seekers

SYDNEY - Australia's immigration minister defended his country's tough policies on asylum seekers on Friday, saying measures including the detention of children and denial of permanent visas were needed to stop dangerous people-smuggling ventures.

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Australia's highest court to hear test case on asylum seekers

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court set a date on Thursday for a full hearing into how a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers were detained at sea, a case that will test the government's authority to pursue its secretive immigration policies.

China says Australian tycoon's attack 'irrational and absurd'

BEIJING/SYDNEY - China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational and absurd, after the businessman described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. | Video