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Australian spy bosses brief govt on possible Asian fallout over Snowden - report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's main intelligence and spying agencies have briefed the government on the PRISM internet surveillance program amid fears former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden may release information damaging to Australia's relations with Asian neighbours, local media reported on Wednesday.

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Australian leadership speculation mounts

SYDNEY: A key Australian government figure Wednesday confirmed pre-election unrest within the Labor Party over Prime Minister Julia Gillard's leadership, but said there was no ballot likely against her yet.

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Body in car for five days on busy New Zealand road

WELLINGTON: The body of a driver lay undetected on the front seat of his car beside one of New Zealand's busiest roads for five days before anyone called police, reports said Wednesday.

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New Zealand man killed in shark attack

WELLINGTON: A New Zealand man was killed in a rare shark attack at a popular tourist beach on Wednesday, with police forced to shoot at the predator from a boat to retrieve the victim's body, officials said.

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Israeli lawyer sheds some light on Australian spy mystery

JERUSALEM/CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

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Spy suicide scandal focuses attention on Israel's foreign Jews

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant who may have betrayed Israel's Mossad has focused attention on the agency's recruitment of foreign-born Jews who could spy under cover of their native passports.

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Spy suicide scandal focuses attention on Israel's foreign Jews

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The jailhouse suicide of an Australian immigrant who may have betrayed Israel's Mossad has focused attention on the agency's recruitment of foreign-born Jews who could spy under cover of their native passports.

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Israeli lawyer sheds some light on Australian spy mystery

JERUSALEM/CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel's Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

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Passengers amazed as Australian snake clings to plane

SYDNEY - It was not quite a "Snakes on a Plane" scenario, but passengers on a Qantas jet watched in amazement as a three-metre (nine feet) python clung to the outside of their aircraft during a flight.

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Cut costs to survive, Australian tycoon Rinehart says

SYDNEY: Mining tycoon Gina Rinehart has warned Australia needs to rein in business costs to remain competitive and avoid heading for a European-style crisis.