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Australian minister says rights commissioner politicizing role

SYDNEY An Australian government minister criticized the human rights commissioner on Sunday for comments on the treatment of refugees and reproof of politicians, saying she had politicized her position and made "substantial errors of judgment".

Australians rally for refugees in stand against far-right sentiment

SYDNEY Thousands of Australians took part on Saturday in rallies to welcome refugees and make a stand against rising far-right sentiment against foreigners. | Video

World, Oct 22 2016

Australian shotgun row threatens to ignite political turbulence

SYDNEY A debate over Australia's notoriously tight gun laws has opened up a dangerous rift in the ruling Liberal Party, pitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull against the man he overthrew ahead of a key party gathering this weekend.

World, Tony Abbott Oct 21 2016

NZ casino operator says Crown arrests in China to impact business

WELLINGTON New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd said on Friday it was likely to be adversely affected in the short term by the detention of employees of Australian peer Crown Resorts Ltd in China.

World, Oct 21 2016

Australia's Crown says no charges laid against staff held in China

PERTH/SYDNEY Australia's top casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday no charges had been laid against 18 of its staff held in China for alleged gambling crimes, adding to a sense of confusion that has surrounded the company's biggest crisis.

Deals, World, China, Oct 20 2016

Australia-bound refugees driven to suicide on Nauru: rights group Amnesty

SYDNEY Australia on Tuesday rejected a claim by rights group Amnesty International that conditions on a tiny South Pacific island where about 400 Australian-bound asylum seekers are held "amount to torture".

World, United Nations, Oct 18 2016

Australia's Crown Resorts 'deeply concerned' about employees detained in China

SYDNEY Billionaire James Packer, the majority owner of Australian Crown Resorts Ltd, said on Tuesday he was very concerned for 18 company employees detained in China for suspected "gambling crimes."

World, China, Oct 17 2016

China detains staff from Australia's Crown for 'gambling crimes'

SYDNEY/HONG KONG Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd said on Monday China had detained 18 of its employees including three Australians, sending gaming stocks tumbling on concerns about their strategy for luring Chinese gamblers.

World, China Oct 17 2016

Mourning Thailand asks to move World Cup qualifier

BANGKOK The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) is seeking to move the home World Cup qualifier against Australia on Nov. 15 out of the country amid mourning for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

World, Thailand Oct 15 2016

Djokovic hoping Kyrgios can stop squandering his gifts

SHANGHAI World number one Novak Djokovic hopes Nick Kyrgios can learn some "life lessons" after the Australian was fined by the ATP Tour for breaching its code of conduct during a contentious defeat at the Shanghai Masters.


Battle for Aleppo intensifies after ceasefire ends

BEIRUT The battle for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Sunday with air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, the morning after a resurgence in fighting ended a Russian ceasefire, a monitor and rebel groups said.