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Australia man arrested on charges of helping Islamic State develop missile technology

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SYDNEY Australian counterterrorism police arrested an unidentified man after a raid on a countryside property on Tuesday and accused him of seeking to help the Islamic State group by developing missile technology, the first arrest of its kind in Australia.

Australia must do more to protect indigenous women: U.N.

SYDNEY Australia is failing to protect its female indigenous people from violence, which is aggravated by high levels of inequity, the United Nations said on Monday.

World, United Nations, Feb 27 2017

Australia, Indonesia restore full military ties, see progress on trade

SYDNEY Australia and Indonesia said on Sunday that full military ties between the two countries had been restored, after Indonesia’s military suspended cooperation in January because of "insulting" teaching material found at an Australian base.

World, Indonesia Feb 25 2017

China's coal imports from North Korea ease after sanctions

BEIJING China's coal imports from North Korea eased last month after new U.N. Security Council sanctions curbing the isolated country's sales abroad came into effect, while Russia, Mongolia, Australia and Indonesia raised shipments, data showed on Friday.

Indonesia to raise prospect of joint patrols with Australia in South China Sea: report

SYDNEY Indonesia President Joko Widodo will discuss the prospect of joint patrols with Australia in the South China Sea when he meets his counterpart Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend.

Netanyahu blasts U.N. 'hypocrisy', Australian PM opposes 'one-sided resolutions'

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defense of Israel on Wednesday, criticizing the United Nations and vowing never to support "one-sided resolutions" calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land.

World, United Nations, Israel Feb 22 2017

Wednesday Morning Briefing: Iran ready to give U.S. ‘strong slap in the face’

The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.

China, Germany, Syria, Israel Feb 22 2017

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

SYDNEY A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said. | Video

Australia to vet infrastructure investment for geopolitical risks

SYDNEY Australia will weigh long-term geopolitical considerations when it vets proposals by foreigners to buy critical infrastructure assets such as power grids and ports, the government said on Tuesday.

World, Feb 20 2017

Australia and UAE to explore deeper defense ties, A$1 billion in sales

Abu Dhabi Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will explore closer defense ties after a meeting on Sunday between a senior Australian government minister and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

World, Feb 19 2017
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Samsung Group chief to be charged with bribery, embezzlement amid scandal

SEOUL South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it will charge Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee and four other executives with bribery and embezzlement amid a political scandal that has rocked the country.