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US ex-cop who shot dead Australian woman to claim self-defence

US ex-cop who shot dead Australian woman to claim self-defence

A former Minnesota police officer who shot dead an unarmed Australian woman will plead not guilty and claim self-defence, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Mohamed Noor shot Justine Damond last July in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis after she called police to report a possible rape. She was shot as she approached the police […]

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Two-thirds of Australians want deputy PM to resign over sex scandal

Two-thirds of Australians want deputy PM to resign over sex scandal

Sydney – Two-thirds of Australian voters want Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to resign following his extramarital affair with his former press secretary, a poll showed this morning, adding pressure on a government already fractured by the scandal. Joyce, a Catholic who campaigned on “family values” and who has been married for 24 years, refused […]

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Australian Deputy PM denies breaking parliamentary rules over affair

Australian Deputy PM denies breaking parliamentary rules over affair

Sydney – Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Tuesday that he did not break any parliamentary rules while conducting an extramarital affair with a former staffer as he faced down calls for his resignation. Joyce, a practicing Catholic who has campaigned on “family values” and has been married for 24 years, is expecting […]

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Australian senator quits over China links

Australian senator quits over China links

An Australian senator quit parliament this morning over his links with China in a scandal that coincided with Canberra proposing new foreign interference laws that have sparked fierce criticism from Beijing. Labor opposition politician Sam Dastyari, a one ‘time high’ profile powerbroker, has been under heavy scrutiny over his relationship with a wealthy political donor […]

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Australian gets jail, caning for molesting two women in Singapore

Australian gets jail, caning for molesting two women in Singapore

Singapore – In just over an hour, the managing director of a horse-racing company molested two women at different bars along Boat Quay. Wade James Burridge was yesterday sentenced to 11 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane, but will be appealing. He was convicted of two counts of outrage of modesty on October […]

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Campaign hits TV screens as Australian same-sex marriage vote looms

Campaign hits TV screens as Australian same-sex marriage vote looms

The first public campaigns ahead of Australia’s vote on legalizing same-sex marriage have hit television screens, sparking a truth-in-advertising debate on an issue that threatens to destabilize the ruling center-right coalition. Australians can take part in a non-binding postal ballot in September on whether to change the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry. […]

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Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’

Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’

Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with “unprecedented precision and certainty” that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search. The agency’s assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, […]

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Australian bodybuilder with rare disorder dies eating high-protein diet

Australian bodybuilder with rare disorder dies eating high-protein diet

Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old bodybuilder, was found unconscious on June 19 in her Mandurah, Western Australia, apartment, according to CNN affiliate Australia News 7. Days later, Hefford was pronounced dead. Only after her death did her family learn that Hefford, the mother of a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son, had a rare genetic disorder […]

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Australian regulator investigating Takata airbag recall after death

Australian regulator investigating Takata airbag recall after death

Sydney – Australia’s consumer watchdog said on Monday it was investigating the recall of Takata Corp vehicle airbags, a day after police said a man’s death in a Sydney car crash could be linked to the faulty safety equipment. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was seeking information from both the government […]

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Family of Australian killed by US police demands answers

Family of Australian killed by US police demands answers

Chicago – The family of an Australian woman killed by US police after making an emergency call is complaining that authorities have left them in the dark about how the shooting happened. Scrutiny intensified on Tuesday (Jul 18) into the death of Justine Damond, who was killed late Saturday by a police officer responding to […]

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