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Australian Court To Rule On Deputy Prime Minister Citizenship Crisis

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  SYDNEY – Australia’s High Court is due to rule on Friday whether the deputy prime minister can remain in parliament as he held dual citizenship when elected. If he is found ineligible, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would lose his one seat majority. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is one of seven politicians whose eligibility…

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Nile Keeps Test Dream Alive While Clear Of Injuries

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MELBOURNE – A dreadful run of injuries prompted Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile to consider packing in first class cricket to become a Twenty20 gun-for-hire but after a welcome return to fitness the 29-year-old is now eyeing a test berth. The Western Australian made an encouraging return in Australia’s series-opening one-day international defeat by India…

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Australia Taps Into Malaysian Expertise

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia will help Australia boost its capacity to respond to mass disasters by hosting forensic science students from Western Australia for a two week intensive course. Murdoch University forensic science lecturer Dr Paola Magni worked with head of UKM Forensics Dr Raja Zuha to organise the important strategic initiative that will assist budding…

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Australia Ramps Up Airport Security After Alleged Plane Bomb Plot

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SYDNEY  – Stricter screening of passengers and luggage at Australian airports, introduced after police foiled an alleged “Islamic-inspired” plot for a bomb attack on a plane, will remain in place indefinitely, Australia’s immigration minister said on Monday. The ramped up security procedures were put in place after four men were arrested at the weekend in…

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Malaysia And Australia Committed To Address Cross-Border Crime

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SYDNEY – Malaysia and Australia will be more committed in addressing cross-border crimes, including on issues pertaining to illegal immigrants involving both countries, through border patrol training, exchange of intelligence information and closer cooperation. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said during his three-day working visit to Australia since Sunday, he had…

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Australia Floods Still Rising With Two Dead, Four Missing

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BEENLEIGH, Australia – Flooded rivers were still rising Saturday in two Australian states with two women dead and four people missing after torrential rains in the wake of a powerful tropical cyclone. Queensland police warned that the Logan River, which runs through Beenleigh south of Brisbane, would only hit peak flood levels during the afternoon…

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Malaysian Couple Fined For Exploiting Staff At Their Brisbane Restaurants

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PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian couple and their companies have been fined more than A$200,000 (over RM670,000) for exploiting Malaysian and Taiwanese workers at their three Japanese restaurants in Brisbane, Australia, said a report on SBS.com. The report said Lee Wee Song and Siew Lay Yeoh, who were fined A$40,500 (RM137,300) and A$32,400 (RM109,800) respectively, were…

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Malaysian Wins Miss Transsexual Australia 2017

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PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian has won a transsexual beauty pageant in Australia. The winner, Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena, was crowned Miss Transsexual Australia 2017, Malaysian transgender activist Nisha Ayub said on Sunday. Raveena, who is a pastry chef with a diploma from the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, also won a gift voucher worth US$15,000…

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Suspended MH370 Search Could Be Restarted In The Future – Australian Minister

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian government said on Wednesday it was not ruling out a future underwater search for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as families of those on board criticised the decision to suspend the hunt after three fruitless years. The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world’s greatest aviation…

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Australia Arrests Seven People Suspected Of Plotting Christmas Day Bombing

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Australian police said on Friday they had foiled a plot to attack prominent sites in the city of Melbourne with a series of bombs on Christmas Day that authorities described as “an imminent terrorist event” inspired by Islamic State. Six men and a woman, all in their twenties, were arrested in dawn raids across Melbourne,…

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6.5-magnitude Earthquake Rattles Northern Australia

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A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Australia and parts of Indonesia Wednesday with residents in Darwin reporting widespread shaking, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The tremor struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. ”TV nearly rattled off the cabinet, two storey house was…

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Strong 6.6 Earthquake Rattles Northern Australia

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KUALA LUMPUR – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale occurred in the Banda Sea, Indonesia at 8.17am Wednesday. The Malaysian Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was 456km south west of Ambon, Indonesia and 1,718km south east of Semporna, Sabah. However, the quake did not pose any tsunami threat to Malaysia,…

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Australia Has No Plans To Extend MH370 Search

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SYDNEY: Australia does not currently plan to extend the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, despite the recommendation of investigators to do so, a spokeswoman for the national transport minister told Reuters. The investigators’ report, released Tuesday, does not amount to the credible, new evidence required to extend the search, Kerri Griffiths, a spokeswoman…

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Report: Aussie Banks Fined For Trying To RIg Malaysia’s Forex Markets

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PETALING JAYA: Australia’s Federal Court has fined ANZ Bank A$9mil (RM29.8mil) and Macquarie Group A$6mil (RM19.9mil) after their traders, operating out of their Singapore offices, were found to have tried to rig a key benchmark rate in Malaysia’s foreign exchange markets. According to The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), this comes after the two banks last…

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Malaysian Student Pleads Not Guilty Over A$4.6mil Bank Transfer In Australia

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PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian student in Australia pleaded not guilty for allegedly spending A$4.6mil (RM15.3mil) mistakenly given to her by a bank. Christine Jiaxin Lee, 21, pleaded not guilty to the charges against her at the Downing Centre Court in Sydney on Tuesday. Her lawyer Hugo Aston, told the Daily Mail Australia that her legal…

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Malaysia, Australia Discuss Irregular Migrants

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LIMA (Peru) – Cooperation relating to irregular migrants are among the topics covered in bilateral talks between Malaysia and Australia on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in the Peru capital on Saturday. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, said during the meeting Australia…

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Aussie Women Gives Birth Twice In Ten Days

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An Australian woman managed to conceive twice in 10 days, after having sex just once, Australia’s Seven Network news media reported. The woman, whose age is not known, has since given birth to a pair of twin girls. Brisbane couple Peter and Kate Hill had been struggling with infertility after Mrs Hill was diagnosed in…

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Australia Set For More Heatwaves Amid Climate Change

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia is set to experience more heatwaves, with record-breaking hot weather becoming “normal” across the continent as climate change pushes up land and sea temperatures, a government report warned Thursday. The biannual State of the Climate report from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and national science body CSIRO said Australia was already…

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Barrier Reef Report Card Paints Bleak Picture

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SYDNEY: Australia Thursday admitted more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution after a government-backed report painted a bleak picture of the natural wonder. The giant ecosystem is under pressure from farming run-off, development, the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish and the impacts of climate change, which saw mass a bleaching event…

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Australian Man Caught After Assaulting Little Girl In Fairytale Costume

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SYDNEY: An Australian who indecently assaulted a young girl dressed in a fairytale costume has finally been caught after being on the run for almost a month, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. New South Wales police said in a statement on Friday that the girl who was dressed in a yellow and blue fairytale costume was assaulted on…

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Australia Forces Sale Of 16 Foreign, Including Malaysian-Owned, Properties

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SYDNEY: Australia has forced the sale of 16 properties bought without government permission by foreigners, Treasurer Scott Morrison said on Monday, after ramping up enforcement of overseas investment rules that have until recently been rarely applied. Foreign ownership of land has become a sensitive issue in Australia and a flashpoint between Australia and China as…

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United Nations Matters – Former Australian PM

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NEW YORK – Amid the growing criticism of the United Nations, the sloth-stained world body, has undergone a transformation. It has transformed from being a dynamic force that extinguishes fires around the world into a bloated and ineffective bureaucracy, there are also many who argue that it is better to have an imperfect UN than…

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Australia Must Choose Between United States And China – US Army Official

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A senior U.S. soldier said on Thursday Australia must choose between a stronger U.S. alliance or closer ties with China, and urged Canberra to take a tougher stance against Chinese claims in the South China Sea. “I think the Australians need to make a choice … it’s very difficult to walk this…

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Australia To Study Drift Of MH370 Debris

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SYDNEY: Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane’s crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday. Canberra is leading the search for the aircraft which vanished in March 2014 with 239 people onboard and is…

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Having Baby At 62 Selfish: Aussie Medical Chief

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Sydney (AFP) – A woman who gave birth aged 62 after IVF treatment sparked an ethical debate Thursday in Australia with a medical chief lashing out at the “selfish and wrong” decision. The unidentified woman, whose partner is 78, gave birth to a girl by caesarean section at a private Melbourne hospital on Monday, reports…

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Rights Groups Slam Australia For Nauru Asylum Camp

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia is pursuing a deliberate policy of abuse in its treatment of asylum-seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru to deter others from arriving by boat, two global human rights groups said Wednesday. The report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is a scathing criticism of Canberra’s immigration policy under which…

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Popular Australia Pokemon Go Site Removed After Chaos

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Sydney (AFP) – A small Sydney suburban park that attracted thousands of Pokemon Go players, causing the grassy spot to turn to mud, has disappeared from the popular mobile game after complaints of chaos. The backlash in the Sydney suburb of Rhodes is the latest battle between avid players of the augmented-reality game, which has…

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Australia’s Tectonic Speed Leaves Cartographers Behind

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia, which rides on the world’s fastest-moving continental tectonic plate, is heading north so quickly that map co-ordinates are now out by as much as 1.5 metres (4.9 feet), say geoscientists. “There are tweets coming out saying: ‘Hey does that mean my neighbours pool is in my property now?’ Clearly not!” said…

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Australia Probes ‘Shocking’ Youth Detention Abuse

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SYDNEY: The Australian government ordered an inquiry on Tuesday (July 26) after graphic evidence emerged of prison guards assaulting and tear-gassing teenage boys, with one shown hooded and shackled to a restraining chair. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was “appalled” by the images aired by the national broadcaster ABC from a youth detention centre…

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Australian PM Turnbull Under Fire, Cliffhanger Election Counting Continues

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Counting of 1.5 million postal and absentee votes critical in Australia’s cliffhanger election began on Tuesday as loyalists of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended their embattled leader against calls for his resignation. Turnbull’s conservative coalition has secured 68 seats, opposition Labor 67, with 10 seats in doubt, according to projections by the…

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