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Plastic waste washes up on Australia's distant shores, rings change at the checkout

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SYDNEY On the palm-fringed beaches of Christmas Island, a speck of land in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia, plastic waste is piling up on the white sand and killing marine life. | Video

Australia $106-billion income tax cuts seen boosting PM re-election bid

CANBERRA Australia passed a A$144 billion ($106 billion) package of income tax cuts on Thursday after right-wing leader Pauline Hanson backed the legislation, potentially boosting the re-election prospects of the center-right government.

World, Jun 21 2018

Inspired by #MeToo, Australia launches inquiry into workplace sexual harassment

SYDNEY Australia launched an independent inquiry on Wednesday into workplace sexual harassment, one of the first of its kind in the world, hoping to find solutions to problems brought to light by the global #MeToo movement.

World, Jun 20 2018

Australians' trust in U.S. sinks to lowest in over decade amid Trump presidency

SYDNEY Australians' trust in the United States as a global power is at its lowest in over a decade, and they have more confidence in the leaders of China and India than they do in President Donald Trump "to do the right thing regarding world affairs", according to survey released on Wednesday.

World, China, Jun 19 2018

Chinese envoy calls on Australia to shed 'Cold War mentality'

CANBERRA/SYDNEY The Chinese ambassador to Australia on Tuesday accused it of harboring a Cold War mentality and said "less bias and bigotry" was needed to repair strained relations between the two nations.

World, Jun 19 2018

Tuesday Morning Briefing

Good morning. The U.S.-China trade dispute heats up, Trump’s administration defends its hardline immigration stance and the Goliaths of international soccer stumble.

Myanmar, China, France, Portugal Jun 19 2018

China's Huawei rebuts Australian security concerns amid Sino-Canberra tensions

SYDNEY Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies refuted Australian claims it poses a security risk, calling the criticism "ill-informed" in an open letter on Monday that threatens to inflame already heightened Sino-Canberra tensions. | Video

Tech, Jun 18 2018

Philippines strikes down order expelling Australian nun who joined protest

MANILA The Philippine justice department on Monday struck down an order for the deportation of an Australian nun after she joined a political rally, sparking celebrations among her supporters.

World, Jun 18 2018

Australian PM steps into World Cup streaming row

SYDNEY Australia's prime minister intervened on behalf of angry soccer fans on Monday after a series of technical glitches marred viewing of the 2018 World Cup from Russia for a third day.

World, Russia, Jun 18 2018

Australia PM's popularity rises, but party still lags: poll

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal popularity is at its highest level in two years, an opinion poll showed on Monday, but his government still trails the opposition a month before crucial by-elections.

World, Jun 18 2018
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North and South Korea discuss reunion meetings for divided families

SEOUL Delegations from North and South Korea met on Friday for talks to arrange the first reunions in about three years for families separated by the Korean War, with the Red Cross paving the way.