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Exclusive: U.S. starts 'extreme vetting' at Australia's offshore detention centers


SYDNEY U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun "extreme vetting" interviews at Australia's offshore detention centers, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honors a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called "a dumb deal".

Propulsion problems put Australian warships out of action

SYDNEY Australia is investigating if problems in the propulsion systems of two $1.5 billion warships built by manufacturers from Spain, Germany and Britain are the result of design flaws.

World, Germany May 20 2017

Australian tax chief faces charges after son's cars, guns and money fraud romp

SYDNEY One of Australia's top anti-fraud tax officials faces charges after his son and eight friends were arrested in raids that netted cash, luxury cars, two small planes, guns and vintage wine in a A$165 million tax fraud, police said on Thursday.

World, May 18 2017

Nationalist politician enters race for Mongolian presidency

ULAANBAATAR A third Mongolian presidential candidate who has strongly opposed Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto's part ownership of the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper mine entered the race on Thursday for next month's election.

World, May 18 2017

Asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea fear they will be put at risk by relocation

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea's decision to relocate hundreds of men held in an Australian-run detention center to a nearby town soon exposes them to violence and inadequate medical care, asylum seekers and human rights groups said on Tuesday.

World, May 16 2017

Australia and New Zealand largely escape global cyber attack

SYDNEY Australia and New Zealand appeared to have escaped largely unscathed as they woke up for their first business day since a massive ransomware worm hit thousands of computer systems around the world, disrupting operations at hospitals, shops and schools.

World, Tech, Cybersecurity May 15 2017

Papua New Guinea to shut parts of Manus asylum-seeker camp: refugees

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea will close some parts of an Australian-run detention center within weeks, refugees said on Monday, stepping up pressure on asylum seekers hoping to start a new life.

World, United Nations, May 15 2017

Australia receptive to China's Silk Road, but national interest first

BEIJING Australia is receptive to exploring commercial opportunities China's new Silk Road presents to the country's businesses, but any decisions would remain incumbent on national interest, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said on Sunday.

World, China, May 14 2017

China conducting extensive espionage against Australia: defense official

SYDNEY China is conducting extensive espionage against Australia, Australia's most senior defense department official said on Friday, in a rare public accusation against its largest trading partner.

World, China, May 12 2017

Turkey to extradite top Australian IS recruiter 'within months': PM

SYDNEY Turkey has agreed to a request from the Australian government to extradite a citizen it believes to be a top recruiter for the Islamic State militant group, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday.

World, Turkey May 12 2017

British police name suicide bomber, threat level raised to critical

MANCHESTER, England British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or with help from others. | Video