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Australia seeks Thai help for Aussie couples, surrogate babies

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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.

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

World, 28 Aug 2014

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.

World, Tony Abbott 25 Aug 2014

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.

World, China, Tony Abbott 25 Aug 2014

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.

World, Tony Abbott 22 Aug 2014

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.

World, China, Tony Abbott 20 Aug 2014

Chinese paper calls for retaliation over Australia tycoon attack

BEIJING/SYDNEY - An influential Chinese newspaper called for retaliation against Australia on Wednesday after Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people.

World, China, 20 Aug 2014

Australia rebukes mining tycoon over abusive attack on China

SYDNEY - Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer was rebuked by the government on Tuesday for a tirade against China, in which he described its government as "bastards" who shoot their own people and want to take over the country's resources.

World, China, People, Tony Abbott 19 Aug 2014
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Separatists say will allow 'trapped' Ukrainian forces to withdraw

MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine - Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. | Video