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Australia fears Islamist radicals joining forces with biker gangs

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SYDNEY - Australia is confronting what authorities say is a growing threat from homegrown Islamist radicals and fears a new danger is about to rumble over the horizon - would-be militants hooking up with biker gangs.

Australia's Pauline Hanson returns to lead her anti-immigration party

SYDNEY - Controversial Australian former lawmaker Pauline Hanson, who flashed into prominence in the 1990s with populist right-wing policies designed to combat multiculturalism, has returned to lead the "One Nation" party she founded.

World, Tony Abbott 19 Nov 2014

Australia tightens asylum seekers access, leaves refugees in Indonesia

SYDNEY/JAKARTA - Australia's conservative government on Wednesday defended its decision to stop asylum seekers passing through Indonesia from settling in Australia, a move that could leave Indonesia with thousands of refugees from the Middle East.

World, Indonesia, Tony Abbott 19 Nov 2014

Solomon Islands stages first election since end of peacekeeping intervention

SYDNEY - The Solomon Islands went to the polls on Wednesday in the first election since an Australian-led peacekeeping intervention ended in 2013, with officials hoping biometric voter registration will end endemic voter fraud in the South Pacific island nation.

World, 18 Nov 2014

Australian balance-of-power political party mired in internal dispute

SYDNEY - The political party headed by Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, which holds the balance of power in parliament, is in danger of imploding thanks to a public spat among its lawmakers.

World, Tony Abbott 18 Nov 2014

Australia wants new Japan propulsion system for its submarines: sources

TOKYO - Australia wants a new Japanese propulsion system for its next generation of submarines, government officials with direct knowledge of the matter said, bolstering Tokyo's position as the likely builder of the multibillion-dollar fleet.

World, Japan, Tony Abbott 18 Nov 2014

Australian, Indian leaders target free trade pact, economic boost

CANBERRA - Australia and India will push for a free trade pact, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday during a rare state visit to Canberra by an Indian leader.

World, Tony Abbott 17 Nov 2014

Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal

CANBERRA - China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world's second largest economy and one of Washington's closest allies in Asia.

China, Tony Abbott 17 Nov 2014

Factbox: Key elements of Australia-China free trade deal

CANBERRA - Australia sealed a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) with its top trade partner China on Monday, concluding a decade of negotiations.

Tony Abbott, China 17 Nov 2014

Climate battle signals changes for G20 focus as Turkey takes over

BRISBANE Australia - Australia's ill-fated attempts to stop G20 world leaders talking about climate change is not just something of an embarrassment for this year's host - it signals a shift in focus for the grouping as Turkey prepares to take control next month.

World, United Nations, 16 Nov 2014
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Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline

VIENNA - Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal. | Video