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EU trade commissioner says trade liberalization has momentum

Trade liberalization continues to have global momentum despite recent U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the European trade commissioner said Monday as she launched free trade negotiations between the …


Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia. The French team was given a penalty kick after the referee watched the replay of a …


Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and …


Australian climbs 7 peaks in 7 continents in record time

An Australian mountaineer scaled Mount Everest on Monday, completing his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents in record time, an expedition organizer said.


7 found dead with gunshot wounds on west Australia property

Seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the tourist town of Margaret River in Australia’s southwest on Friday in what could be the country’s worst …


Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Australian cardinal faces 2 trials on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on sex crime allegations spanning …


Australia, Ireland, NATO join in expelling Russian envoys

Australia, Ireland, NATO and Moldova on Tuesday joined the wave of nations and groups expelling Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Russia denounced …


Publicist: Damon not fleeing to Australia in Trump huff

A publicist for Matt Damon is batting down reports that the actor is moving to Australia with his family, and that such a move would have been inspired by anger …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Eleven nations sign Pacific trade pact as U.S. plans tariffs

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected …


Australia leader urges U.S. to maintain global leadership role

Australia’s prime minister on Saturday urged the United States to maintain its global leadership role and spoke out against a growing sentiment of isolation in America and elsewhere while highlighting …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to …


Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn’t a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor.


Sydney’s Ferry McFerryface renamed after children’s author

A Sydney Harbor ferry christened Ferry McFerryface three months ago has been renamed after a political squabble.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

Ex-hostage Boyle makes video court appearance

Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle made a brief appearance via video link for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday after being charged with 15 offenses, including sexual assault, following his release from …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Australian diplomat’s tip a factor in FBI’s Russia probe

An Australian diplomat’s tip appears to have helped persuade the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, the New York Times …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Mystery solved as Australian sub found after 103 years

One of Australia’s oldest naval mysteries has been solved after the discovery of the wreck of the country’s first submarine more than 103 years after its disappearance in World War …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 11:51 a.m.

Two couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

Two female couples tied the knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Canada to buy used Australian jets over new Boeing aircraft

Canada has ditched a plan to buy 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from U.S.-based Boeing and will instead buy 18 used F-18 fighters from Australia.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Australia’s Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.


Gay marriage advocates celebrate ahead of Australian vote

Gay rights advocates celebrated outside Australia’s Parliament House on Thursday in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours.


World’s biggest battery to be ready this week in Australia

Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk is on track to deliver on a promise by building the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery in the Australian Outback within 100 days, an official …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

Australians endorse gay marriage, ensuring Parliament bill

Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year.


WWI Australian battle re-enacted in Israel on centennial

A century to the day after Australian troops broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring First World War victory, nearly 200 horsemen – including descendants of the soldiers – paraded …


Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia

An Australian state took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world’s first mercy killing law.


Australian delegation travels to Rome amid sex abuse scandal

Leaders of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have traveled to Rome to discuss “the restoration of trust” amid a sex abuse scandal involving Australian cardinal George Pell, a top adviser …


Amy Goodman: We can have the gun debate

Let’s have the debate. Let’s open the airwaves and the halls of Congress, the classrooms and the town squares, to a vigorous debate about gun violence and how to stop …


Froma Harrop: Single-payer isn’t the only alternative

Health care is just as much a right for citizens using the multi-payer systems of France, Germany and the Netherlands as it is for Canadians under single-payer.


Australia to create its own space agency for economic boost

Australia announced on Monday it would create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.


Former Australian prime minister says he was head-butted by gay rights advocate

Australia’s prime minister on Friday urged restraint in the nation’s same-sex marriage debate after a former prime minister who gave the people a direct say in the divisive issue said …