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Australia introduces same-sex marriage law

SYDNEY: A Bill to legalise same-sex marriage has been introduced into the Australian parliament, but it is doomed to fail with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government opposed to any changes.


Australian nurse who aided ISIS heading home, could face arrest

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating tough new security laws when he lands in Sydney on Friday, police and officials said.


Australian treasurer wins defamation suit, but hit with hefty bill

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian treasurer's partial victory in a defamation suit against a newspaper publisher took a sour turn on Wednesday when a court ordered he pay 85 percent of his legal bill, a result widely expected to leave him out of pocket.


Not one shred of evidence in allegations against Najib, says PMO

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister’s Office has dismissed the article “Bribery scandal linked to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak” published in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald as “baseless smears and insinuations”.


PMO: Aussie article has 'baseless smears and insinuations'

PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister’s Office has rejected an article published by Australian dailies linking Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to a bribery scandal, saying it contained “baseless smears and insinuations.”


Media reports allege Australian politics infiltrated by Italian mafia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two Australian media organisations reported on Monday that Australian politics has been infiltrated at high levels by the Italian mafia, although there was no suggestion of direct links between lawmakers and the criminal syndicate.

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Indian diplomat quits NZ after accusations

WELLINGTON: Delhi’s top diplomat in New Zealand said he would return to India but denied that his relocation was linked to accusations that his wife had assaulted a staff member.


Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia on Monday urged Indonesia to ensure all legal processes have been cleared of corruption before executing two of its nationals as bribery allegations surfaced regarding their drug smuggling trial.


Myanmar jails New Zealander for 2.5 years over Buddha insult ad

YANGON (AFP) - A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were sentenced Tuesday to two and a half years in jail by a Yangon court for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.

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Australia had teen 'suicide bomber' under surveillance

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian teenager who militants claimed carried out a suicide attack in Iraq was under surveillance and his passport had been cancelled, officials said Thursday, as reports emerged that he left bomb-making material at his home before fleeing.