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Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist Greste, two others still held

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CAIRO - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. | Video

Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after 'catastrophic' poll

PERTH, Australia - Australia's conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under renewed leadership pressure on Sunday, a little over a year into office following a voter backlash in a state poll and a slump in his personal approval rating.

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Australia state election bodes ill for Abbott government

PERTH - Australia’s opposition Labor party pulled off a huge electoral turnaround in a key state on Saturday, positioning it to oust the ruling Liberal-National party in a voter backlash that threatens the future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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Factbox: Canada security bill's main provisions

- The Canadian government introduced legislation on Friday to counter terrorism in response to attacks in Canada, France and Australia by Islamist militants since last October.

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Australia wants clear U.N. rules on extended searches after MH370

TORONTO - Australia, which has led a nearly year-long hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner, wants the United Nations' aviation agency to issue clear guidelines on who should be responsible for such searches once rescue efforts are called off.

World, United Nations, 30 Jan 2015

Hostage in Sydney siege 'killed by police bullet ricochet'

SYDNEY - One of the hostages held during a siege at an Australian cafe last month was killed by a ricochet of at least one police bullet that also injured three other hostages, an inquest into the deaths was told on Thursday. | Video

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Australian court rules detention of Sri Lanka asylum seekers at sea lawful

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court ruled on Wednesday that the detention of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka on the high seas for almost a month was lawful, a win for the government's tough immigration policy.

Embattled Australia PM Abbott vows to consult more after Prince Philip furore

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he would take criticism of his decision to grant Britain's Prince Philip a knighthood "on the chin", promising greater consultation as speculation about his future as leader mounted.

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Australia knights Prince Philip, sparking national outrage

PERTH - Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has awarded Australia's highest honor to Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, sparking a barrage of criticism across the country on its national day of celebration.

World, Tony Abbott, 25 Jan 2015

Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict

PERTH, January 25 - Australian police said on Sunday they were investigating a former trade union official and member of the Australian Labor Party following reports that he has traveled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

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Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed. | Video