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Pence says United States will honour refugee deal with Australia

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SYDNEY U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honour a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal President Donald Trump had described as "dumb". | Video

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Pence to talk trade, security and koalas during Australian visit 21 Apr 2017

SYDNEY U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to discuss trade and regional security when he meets Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday, Australian and U.S. officials said.

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Ocean drift analysis shows MH370 most likely in new search area: Australian scientists 21 Apr 2017

SYDNEY A new ocean debris drift analysis shows missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 is most likely within a proposed expanded search area rejected by Australia and Malaysia in January, the Australian government's scientific agency said on Friday.

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Japan steelmakers scramble for coking coal to make up Debbie losses 21 Apr 2017

TOKYO Japanese steelmakers have bought coking coal from the United States, Canada and China to replace supply lost after a cyclone closed rail links in Australia, their biggest supplier, industry and trader sources said.

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Snubbed Khawaja not pinning hopes on Ashes recall 21 Apr 2017

MELBOURNE Having been pulled out of Australia's one-day team to prepare for India, then ignored by selectors for every match in the subcontinent, batsman Usman Khawaja is guarded about his chances of winning a test recall for the Ashes.

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Klopp calls up Gerrard, McManaman for Aussie friendly 20 Apr 2017

MANCHESTER, England Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will feature in Juergen Klopp's team in an end-of-season friendly in Australia, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

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New 'Australian values' test planned for citizenship 20 Apr 2017

SYDNEY Australia plans to raise the bar for handing out citizenships by lengthening the waiting period, adding a new "Australian values" test and raising the standard for English language as part of a shake up of its immigration programme.

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Amazon's arrival sounds wake-up bell for Australia's sleepy retailers 20 Apr 2017

SYDNEY Global e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will open its online shopfront service in Australia, ending rumours about its plans and increasing the pressure on the domestic retail sector to catch up with the digital economy.

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Injured Starc, Lynn in Australia's Champions Trophy squad 20 Apr 2017

MELBOURNE Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and batsman Chris Lynn have been named as part of a formidable squad for next month's Champions Trophy in England and Wales despite nursing injuries.

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Australia's economy to capture global growth crown this year - Reuters poll 20 Apr 2017

SYDNEY Australia's economy is forecast to slowly gather speed this year and next, according to a Reuters poll of analysts, an outcome that would see the resource-rich nation pip the Dutch for the longest expansion in modern history.

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French presidential poll a bellwether for Europe

PARIS France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that is crucial to the future of Europe and a closely-watched test of voters' anger with the political establishment. | Video