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Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbours.


Crucial week for under-fire Australian PM after 'catastrophic' poll

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott came under renewed leadership pressure on Sunday, a little over a year into office following a voter backlash in a state poll and a slump in his personal approval rating.

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Australian PM under fire for women comments

SYDNEY, Dec 22, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused Monday of craving "a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing" after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax.

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Mother charged with murder of eight children in Australia

The mother of seven of eight children killed in the northern city of Cairns was charged with their murder on Sunday, Australian police said, as grieving family members paid emotional tributes.

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Opposition calls on HK leader to explain Aussie firm payments

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s embattled leader faces a “huge integrity problem”, opposition politicians said as they called on him to explain why he kept large payments from an Australian company secret.


Hong Kong party asks anti-graft agency to probe Leung over $6.4 million payment

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Democratic Party said on Thursday it has asked the anti-corruption agency to investigate the city's leader over a $6.4 million (3.95 million pounds) payment he got from an Australian engineering company while he was in office.

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New Zealand PM still upbeat as corruption claims swirl

WELLINGTON, Sept 01, 2014 (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key insisted his bid for re-election remained on track Monday, as the opposition demanded a corruption probe into a scandal that brought down a senior minister

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Australia, Indonesia agree to bury spy row

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia and Indonesia have agreed a pact to put a damaging spy row behind them, paving the way for the resumption of full defence cooperation, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday.

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Australia authorities track down Thai surrogate 'paedophile'

PERTH (Australia) (AFP) - Australian authorities said Thursday they had finally contacted a man exposed as a convicted paedophile at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal, as his son defended him as a changed man.

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Grim catch as New Zealand trawler nets plane and body

WELLINGTON, Aug 07, 2014 (AFP) - The crew of a New Zealand fishing trawler netted a gruesome catch Thursday when they hauled up a plane with a body inside, police said.