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Australian aid worker believed kidnapped in Afghanistan

SYDNEY Australia is working closely with the Afghan government to secure the safe return of an Australian aid worker believed to have been kidnapped, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Friday.

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Australia at odds with Pacific neighbours over harsh immigration policy 29 Apr 2016

SYDNEY Lawyers for 850 asylum seekers held in a controversial detention centre in Papua New Guinea said on Friday they planned to seek potentially billions of dollars in compensation, as Australian officials prepared to travel to PNG for emergency talks.

Western Sydney chase another A-League fairytale 29 Apr 2016

MELBOURNE The Western Sydney Wanderers have penned more fairytales than the Brothers Grimm in their short history in Australia's top-flight and another storybook ending beckons them in Sunday's A-League title-decider against Adelaide United.

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Hackett says drink not drugs behind mile high meltdown 29 Apr 2016

SYDNEY Australian long distance swimming great Grant Hackett has admitted that binge drinking was behind his altercation with another passenger on a flight earlier this month and said he was seeking help to quit alcohol.

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Smith backs Cricket Australia campaign for day-night test 29 Apr 2016

SYDNEY Cricket Australia has bolstered its campaign to host a day-night test against South Africa later this year by publishing an interview with captain Steve Smith in which he backed the proposed fixture.

Show jumper Keach returns to Games 28 years later 29 Apr 2016

SYDNEY Australian show jumper Scott Keach will not be alone in competing in his second Olympics in Rio later this year but it is unlikely anyone else in the Athletes' Village will have waited so long for another taste of the Games.

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Australia data shows gun controls a huge success 20 years after mass shooting 28 Apr 2016

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting which led to strict gun controls that have in turn led to a huge decline in gun murders, undermining claims in the United States that such curbs are not the answer. | Video

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Qantas to keep Airbus A380s past 2020; talking to Boeing on 777X jets - exec 28 Apr 2016

SINGAPORE Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd plans to keep its Airbus Group long-haul A380 aircraft in service beyond 2020, when many will be around 10 years old, a senior executive said, even as it conducts talks with Airbus rival Boeing Co on the latter's next-generation B777X jets.

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Half Australia's Great Barrier Reef northern coral "dead or dying" - scientists 28 Apr 2016

(This April 20 story corrects headline and first paragraph show 50 percent of northern coral is dead or dying not entire reef)

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Donald keen on long-term role with Australia 28 Apr 2016

MELBOURNE Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald will join Australia as their bowling coach for their tour of Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.

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Police officers killed, dozens wounded in attacks near Turkey's southeast border

ISTANBUL Two police officers were killed and 23 people wounded in a car bomb attack on police headquarters in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, the provincial governor and police sources said, in one of two attacks on security forces on Sunday. | Video