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Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia

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SHANGHAI - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

Australia drops investigation into Indonesia 'Balibo Five' murders

SYDNEY - Australian police said on Tuesday they were dropping a long-running war crimes investigation into the deaths of five Australian journalists, killed during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975.

World, Indonesia, Tony Abbott 21 Oct 2014

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: reports

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.

World, China, 21 Oct 2014

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: paper

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday.

World, China, 19 Oct 2014

Australia's CSL, Ansell join global medical response to Ebola

SYDNEY - Australian biotech firm CSL Ltd, the world's second-biggest blood products maker, said on Friday it's working on a plasma product to treat Ebola following a request from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a growing commercial response to the deadly outbreak.

Australian naval base in lockdown, bomb squad called

SYDNEY - A naval base in the Australian state of Victoria went into lockdown and a police bomb squad was sent to the scene to investigate unspecified "hazardous material", security officials said on Thursday.

World, 16 Oct 2014

Australia says forces sent to Iraq standing idle in UAE over legal status

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that 200 special forces sent to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq had not entered the country because Baghdad had not offered them sufficient legal protections.

World, Tony Abbott, Iraq 14 Oct 2014

Australia to ease immigration rules for Chinese millionaires

SYDNEY - Australia on Tuesday took steps to boost a visa scheme aimed at luring investment from wealthy Chinese, including speeding up approvals and expanding investment avenues, after complaints that disclosure requirements were too strict.

World, Tony Abbott 14 Oct 2014

U.N. to give evidence in Australian asylum seeker test case

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court gave the United Nations permission on Tuesday to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country's power to intercept asylum seekers' boats outside its territorial waters.

Australia PM says will confront Putin at G20 over downed flight MH17 'murders'

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he would use an upcoming G20 leaders summit to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the "murder" of Australian citizens.

World, Russia, Tony Abbott 13 Oct 2014