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Australia to launch inquiry into embattled public broadcaster

SYDNEY Australia will hold an inquiry into the crisis-ridden public broadcaster ABC following allegations its chairman succumbed to political pressure by calling for the removal of a senior journalist.

NZ supermarket chain halts Australian strawberry sales as needles found

WELLINGTON A New Zealand supermarket chain pulled a brand of Australian strawberries off its shelves after needles were found in punnets purchased from a store in Auckland.

World, Sep 25 2018

Indian sailor rescued from yacht stranded off Australian coast

SYDNEY An Indian sailor injured in a solo round-the-world race has been rescued, the Indian Navy said on Monday, after Australian authorities said a French ship was nearing his storm-damaged yacht off Australia's west coast. | Video

World, Sep 24 2018

Australian filmmaker freed from Cambodia prison arrives in Sydney

MELBOURNE An Australian filmmaker arrived in Sydney on Sunday after a pardon by Cambodia's king released him from a six-year jail sentence for espionage that he received after flying a drone over an opposition rally. | Video

World, Sep 24 2018

Support for Australian government edges higher but voter anger remains

SYDNEY Support for Australia's center-right government edged higher over the past fortnight, a widely watched opinion poll showed on Monday, but voter anger over a leadership coup suggests the government still faces a heavy defeat at elections due by May.

World, Sep 23 2018

Australian mining's macho image worsens pain of labour shortage

MELBOURNE When the song "Eagle Rock" played at a bar in an outback Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie late one night, a dozen young men scattered around a pool table dropped their trousers and heartily sang along in their underwear.

World, Sep 23 2018

Cambodia's pardon of Australian filmmaker ends 'nightmare', says family

MELBOURNE The family of an Australian filmmaker pardoned by Cambodia after being jailed on espionage charges said on Saturday it was happy the "nightmare" came to an end, while the Australian foreign minister thanked the government in Phnom Penh for his release.

World, Sep 22 2018

Cambodia pardons Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage

PHNOM PENH Cambodia has granted a pardon to an Australian filmmaker jailed in August on espionage charges for six years, a court in Phnom Penh said on Friday.

World, Sep 21 2018

Shark attacks 12-year-old girl near Australia's Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark in waters off Australia's tropical northeast coast on Thursday, an ambulance official said, the second attack in the tourist region in as many days.

World, Sep 20 2018

Strawberries spook Australia into raising jail terms for food tampering

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday increased the jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country.

World, Sep 20 2018
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Exclusive: Turkey's Erdogan says court will decide fate of detained U.S. pastor

NEW YORK Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court, not politicians, will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges has hit relations between Ankara and Washington. | Video