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Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY Prominent Australian opposition Senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia.

China's top paper says Australian media reports are racist

BEIJING Australian media reports on Chinese interference in Australia are racist and paranoid, China's top newspaper said on Monday, stepping up a war of words over concerns in Australia about Chinese influence in the country.

World, China, Dec 10 2017

China complains to Australia over Turnbull comments on interference

BEIJING China said on Friday it had lodged a complaint with Australia after its prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said he took reports very seriously that China's Communist Party had sought to interfere in his country.

World, China, Dec 08 2017

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016

MELBOURNE Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the tax office showed on Thursday.

Dec 07 2017

Australia celebrates 'day for love' as it allows same-sex marriage

SYDNEY Australia became the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage on Thursday, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery in a country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just 20 years ago. | Video

Gay Marriage, Subjects, World, Dec 07 2017

Australia's High Court to rule in new citizenship test case

SYDNEY Australia faces a series of by-elections that could topple the government, which trails in opinion polls and has lost its slender majority, in a bizarre citizenship crisis that has engulfed both sides of parliament.

World, Dec 06 2017

China accuses Australia of paranoia over foreign influence laws

MELBOURNE China accused Australia of hysteria and paranoia on Wednesday after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to ban foreign political donations in a move to curb external influence on its domestic politics.

World, China, Dec 06 2017

Australia MPs rush to disclose parentage amid citizenship crisis

SYDNEY Several lawmakers filed family history documents in Australia's parliament to meet a government deadline on Tuesday to try to prove their citizenship and stem a crisis that has so far claimed nine MPs and cost the government its majority.

World, Dec 05 2017

Australia, citing concerns over China, cracks down on foreign political influence

SYDNEY Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. | Video

World, Dec 05 2017

Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption

SYDNEY Australia's competition regulator said on Monday it would investigate whether U.S. online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google have disrupted the news media market to the detriment of publishers and consumers.

Tech, Facebook, Dec 04 2017
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EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. | Video