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Plane debris washing up thousands of kilometers away has precedent

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SYDNEY - For Australian boating enthusiast Stephen Knight, the news of plane debris washing up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week didn't come as a surprise.

Jehovah's Witnesses hid child sex abuse cases: Australian inquiry told

SYDNEY - The Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Australia failed to report to police more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse going back more than 60 years, a government investigation into abuse and its aftermath heard on Monday.

World, 27 Jul 2015

Australian nurse who aided ISIS heading home, could face arrest

SYDNEY - An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating tough new security laws when he lands in Sydney on Friday, police and officials said.

World, Tony Abbott, Syria 23 Jul 2015

Exclusive: Japan eyes British help to sink German bid for Australian submarine

TOKYO/SYDNEY - A Japanese government team is in talks with at least two top British firms to help a Japanese consortium land one of the world's most lucrative defense contracts, sources in Tokyo said, a $50 billion project to build submarines for Australia.

World, Japan, Tony Abbott 23 Jul 2015

Australian Muslim leader blasts government's deradicalization drive

SYDNEY - A prominent Australian Muslim leader criticized the government's $1 billion program to deradicalize Muslim youths on Wednesday, saying it put too much emphasis on law enforcement and not enough on factors that drive young people to fight overseas.

World, Tony Abbott 22 Jul 2015

Russia makes rival U.N. move on MH17 probe after dismissing tribunal bid

UNITED NATIONS - Russia is pushing for a greater U.N. role in an investigation into what caused the downing of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine after dismissing a proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine for a U.N.-backed tribunal.

World, United Nations, Russia 20 Jul 2015

Australia sights first asylum vessel in two years off west coast: media

SYDNEY - A small vessel believed to be carrying asylum seekers was seen off Australia's remote west coast on Monday, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) reported, the first sighting of a boat carrying would-be refugees close to shore in two years.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrested again: report

PERTH - - Phil Rudd, the drummer of Australian rock band AC/DC, has been arrested in New Zealand where he lives just 10 days after being sentenced to home detention, media reported on Sunday.

Entertainment, Music, People, 19 Jul 2015

Protesters clash with police at Australian anti-immigration rally

MELBOURNE - Several hundred Australian nationalists and anti-racism activists clashed with police in Melbourne on Saturday in a rare display of violence in a country where immigration is an increasingly emotive political issue.   

World, Tony Abbott 18 Jul 2015

Ukraine points finger at Russia as families mark downing of MH17

HRABOVE, Ukraine - Ukraine's president accused Russia's military on Friday of ordering the missile strike that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 one year ago, as relatives gathered from the Netherlands to Australia to remember the 298 passengers and crew. | Video

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Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties

CAIRO - The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.