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Afghan Taliban releases video of US, Australian hostages

Afghan Taliban releases video of US, Australian hostages

Kabul – The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an Australian and an American hostage pleading with the U.S. government to negotiate with their captors and saying that unless a prisoner exchange was agreed they would be killed. Timothy Weeks, an Australian teacher at the American University in Kabul and his American colleague […]

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Twenty people trapped on Australian roller coaster ride

Twenty people trapped on Australian roller coaster ride

Sydney – Twenty people were trapped for almost two hours at the top of a roller coaster ride at a theme park on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday, said emergency services, only a few months after an accident on a neighboring theme park ride killed four people. Those trapped on the Arkham Asylum Coaster ride […]

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Australian police say they are helping with 1MDB investigations

Australian police say they are helping with 1MDB investigations

Sydney – The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Tuesday (Jan 11) they are working with international law enforcement agencies to investigate companies associated with Malaysia’s scandal-hit sovereign wealth fund. 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), founded by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, is the subject of money laundering investigations in at least six other countries, including […]

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Burning van rams Australian Christian Lobby office

Burning van rams Australian Christian Lobby office

Canberra – A burning van has hit the headquarters of an Australian Christian lobby group, with its defiant head Thursday saying the organisation received death threats over its stance on same-sex marriage. The incident comes days after a truck drove into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people in an attack claimed by the […]

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Australian banks admit to ringgit ‘cartel’

Australian banks admit to ringgit ‘cartel’

Sydney – Two Australian banks have offered to pay fines for “cartel conduct” when trading foreign exchange contracts for the Malaysian ringgit, in the latest controversy engulfing banks and their manipulation of foreign exchange rates. Australia’s No.1 investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd and top corporate lender Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd today said […]

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Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccine

Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccine

Australian scientists have taken a step in the ‘right direction’ to creating a vaccine for the deadly HIV virus. Researchers from South Australia’s University of Adelaide and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have used a common cold virus to introduce their DNA-based vaccine into the immune system of laboratory mice, Xinhua news agency reported. Branka Grubor-Bauk […]

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Man survives 8 hours in shark-infested waters, swims 16km home

Man survives 8 hours in shark-infested waters, swims 16km home

Melbourne – An Australian scuba diver survived eight hours in shark-infested waters in the Indian Ocean after becoming separated from his boat and having to swim 16 kilometres in darkness to shore, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. The 46-year-old had been diving with another man at African Reef off the West Australian (WA) coast on […]

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Australian, Briton on trial over Bali policeman murder

Australian, Briton on trial over Bali policeman murder

Indonesia – An Australian woman and her British boyfriend went on trial Wednesday accused of beating a policeman to death on a popular beach on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. David Taylor and Sara Connor appeared separately in court accused of murdering Balinese policeman Wayan Sudarsa, whose battered body was found on Kuta beach in […]

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Australian ‘coward’ gets life for French student murder

Australian ‘coward’ gets life for French student murder

Sydney – An Australian man was today sentenced to life behind bars for the rape and murder of a young French woman in Brisbane, with a judge blasting his “cowardly” actions. Benjamin Milward pleaded guilty earlier this month to the charges, more than two years after the naked body of business student Sophie Collombet, 21, […]

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Elderly Australian man jailed for child sex abuse in Bali

Elderly Australian man jailed for child sex abuse in Bali

Denpasar – An elderly Australian man was jailed for 15 years today for sexually abusing Indonesian girls on the resort island of Bali after luring them to his house with promises of gifts. Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis was found guilty of abusing at least 11 girls since 2014 at his home on the island. The […]

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