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Netanyahu blasts U.N. 'hypocrisy', Australian PM opposes 'one-sided resolutions'

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SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defense of Israel on Wednesday, criticizing the United Nations and vowing never to support "one-sided resolutions" calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land.

Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

SYDNEY A pilot and four American passengers were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said. | Video

Australia to vet infrastructure investment for geopolitical risks

SYDNEY Australia will weigh long-term geopolitical considerations when it vets proposals by foreigners to buy critical infrastructure assets such as power grids and ports, the government said on Tuesday.

World, Feb 20 2017

Australia and UAE to explore deeper defense ties, A$1 billion in sales

Abu Dhabi Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will explore closer defense ties after a meeting on Sunday between a senior Australian government minister and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

World, Feb 19 2017

Australian PM says Trump wasting his time criticizing media

SYDNEY U.S. President Donald Trump was wasting his time deriding the media over their coverage of his administration, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday, citing the example of British wartime leader Winston Churchill.

World, Feb 17 2017

U.N. wants to negotiate with U.S., Canada to resettle Rohingya refugees

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh The United Nations' refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.

World, United Nations, Feb 16 2017

Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs

SYDNEY Australia's Catholic Church has paid A$276 million ($213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday -- the first time the total compensation paid by the church's schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.

World, Feb 16 2017

Exclusive: Australia increases pressure, cash offers for PNG asylum seekers to return home

SYDNEY Officials at an Australian immigration center in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through.

World, Feb 14 2017

Australia struggles to improve lives of indigenous population

SYDNEY Australia is failing to meet almost every target for improving the lives of its indigenous population, including reducing the infant mortality rate, getting children in school and adults in jobs, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

World, Feb 14 2017

Australian bushfires threaten properties, close roads

SYDNEY Australian authorities ordered the evacuation of some sparsely populated rural areas of New South Wales on Sunday as bushfires, fanned by extreme heat and strong winds, raged across the state, threatening homes and closing roads. | Video

World, Environment, Feb 13 2017
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Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in murder case

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader. | Video