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Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

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CILACAP, Indonesia - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination to use the death penalty despite international criticism. | Video

Australian court backs finding radio royal prank call broke law

SYDNEY - Australia's High Court on Wednesday backed the broadcasting watchdog's finding that an Australian radio station broke the law with a prank call to a British hospital taking care of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, paving the way for penalties.

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Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution: media

SYDNEY/DENPASAR, Indonesia - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were removed from a prison in Bali on Wednesday to be taken to an Indonesian island where they will be shot by firing squad, Australian media reported.

World, Tony Abbott, Indonesia 03 Mar 2015

Pope approves legal framework for financial reform

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

Australia's RBA holds rates, leaves door open for cut

SYDNEY - Australia's central bank held its cash rate steady on Tuesday to confound calls for a cut and sending the local dollar sharply higher, though it did leave the door wide open for an easing at future policy meetings. | Video

03 Mar 2015

Trial to push for better flight tracking a year after MH370

SYDNEY - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia are launching a trial to allow air traffic controllers to more closely track aircraft traversing remote oceans such as the one believed to be the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Australia bars travel to Mosul ahead of planned offensive

SYDNEY - Australia on Monday barred its citizens from traveling to Mosul in northern Iraq, in a push to combat what the government calls growing radicalization among young Australian Muslims, some of whom have fought overseas with militant groups.

Australia says hunt for missing MH370 jet may be called off soon

CANBERRA - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks.

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Australian PM strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

SYDNEY/JAKARTA - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers.

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Australian PM strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers.

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Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal

MONTREUX, Switzerland - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. | Video