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Australia defends intelligence chief after Duterte photo


SYDNEY Australia on Thursday defended its most senior intelligence chief after he was pictured posing with a clenched fist alongside Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, an image rights groups said undermines criticism of Duterte's war on drugs.

Australian government faces uncertain two months after court delays citizenship hearing

SYDNEY A citizenship crisis will loom over the Australian government for at least another two months after a court said on Thursday it would not begin hearings into the parliamentary eligibility of seven lawmakers until mid-October.

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Australia inquiry says defense force failed to stop abuse

SYDNEY Australia's defense force has repeatedly enabled sexual abuse of teen recruits since the 1960s, a powerful government inquiry said in a report published on Tuesday.

World, Aug 22 2017

Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects: minister

BEIRUT Lebanon monitored the brothers accused of plotting to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi for more than a year and coordinated with the Australian government on it for a long time, the Lebanese interior minister said on Monday.

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Australian citizenship crisis erodes support for government

SYDNEY Australia's government hit a six-month low in a widely-watched opinion poll on Monday, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's one-seat majority in jeopardy over a citizenship crisis which could see three cabinet ministers thrown out of parliament.

World, Aug 21 2017

British-Australian 7-year-old among dead in Barcelona attack

MADRID/LONDON A seven-year-old British-Australian boy was among the 13 people killed when a van driven by a suspected Islamist militant mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, emergency services in the northeastern Spanish region said on Sunday.

World, Aug 20 2017

Australian PM urges developers to design protection from vehicle attacks

Melbourne Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on Sunday for developers to incorporate safety features into their projects to prevent militant attacks with vehicles and other weapons as he announced new plans to protect the public.

World, Aug 20 2017

Australian men charged with terrorism over mosque fires

MELBOURNE Australian police have charged three men with committing terrorist acts on suspicion of starting fires at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Melbourne last year, inspired by Islamic State and intending to divide the Muslim community.

World, Aug 19 2017

Seventh Australian senator referred to High Court as citizenship crisis deepens

MELBOURNE A crisis engulfing Australia's parliament has widened after a key independent senator became the seventh parliamentarian referred to the High Court to determine if his dual citizenship makes him ineligible to sit in parliament.

World, Aug 19 2017

Friday Morning Briefing

The death toll from the motorist attacks in Spain could continue to rise, President Trump’s attacks on Republican senators could backfire if impeachment hearings ever come to pass and Turkey’s president urges German Turks not to re-elect Chancellor Angela Merkel.


In photos, North Korea signals a more powerful ICBM in the works

SEOUL With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) more powerful than any it has previously tested, weapons experts said on Thursday.