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Australian PM says he's confident Trump won't pull out of U.S. refugee deal

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SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday he was confident a refugee resettlement deal with the United States would go ahead, despite White House comments which seemed to cast doubt about its future under a Trump Administration.

Religious leaders urge Australia to ramp up fight against modern slavery

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of prominent religious leaders urged Australia on Thursday to introduce laws to ensure forced labor is not used to produce goods sold in the country, saying ending slavery needed to be a national priority.

World, Dec 01 2016

Australian Senate gives PM milestone victory, then defeat

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull secured the passage of some cornerstone legislation on Wednesday but quickly suffered an embarrassing defeat of a government plan for a lower "backpacker tax" on work done by young, foreign visitors.

World, Tony Abbott Nov 30 2016

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday. | Video

Support for Australian PM falls with another legislative compromise

SYDNEY Support for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has fallen to its lowest levels since he took office more than a year ago, an opinion poll showed on Monday, potentially loosening his already tenuous grip on power.

World, Nov 28 2016

Australia says Islamic State recruiter arrested in Turkey

SYDNEY An Australian citizen believed to be a top recruiter for Islamic State has been arrested by Turkish authorities and will be subject to a formal extradition request from Australia, the Australian government said on Saturday.

World, Nov 25 2016

IBM 'failed' on Australia's census: Australian PM

SYDNEY International Business Machines Corp failed in its handling of the A$10 million ($7.4 million) IT contract for Australia's first predominantly online census, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday.

World, Nov 24 2016

Struggling Australian PM wins much-needed victories in Parliament

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose leadership has been questioned after political setbacks, on Tuesday won a much-needed victory in parliament, with the passage of two controversial bills.

World, Nov 22 2016

Cambodia charges Australian nurse for running surrogacy clinic

PHNOM PENH A Cambodian court charged an Australian nurse on Monday for allegedly operating an illegal fertility clinic, police said, weeks after the country declared a ban on commercial surrogacy.

World, Nov 21 2016

Australia's Boral to buy Headwaters for $1.8 billion in bet on U.S. building market

SYDNEY Boral Ltd , Australia's biggest supplier of building materials, said it would buy Headwaters Inc for $1.8 billion in cash, doubling its U.S. presence at a time when President-elect Donald Trump plans a huge jump in infrastructure spending.

Deals, Nov 20 2016
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Netanyahu to discuss 'bad' Iran deal with Trump, Kerry stresses settlements

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would discuss with Donald Trump the West's "bad" nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president-elect enters the White House.