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Australia to force local governments to induct citizens on national holiday

13 Jan 2019

SYDNEY Australia's federal government has ordered local governments to hold naturalization ceremonies for new citizens on Australia Day amid controversy over the holiday, which some claim is offensive to its indigenous people.

Australia's bid to strip Islamic State recruiter's citizenship hits snag

01 Jan 2019

SYDNEY Australia's attempt to strip citizenship from an alleged recruiter for Islamic State has been thrown into doubt after Fiji reportedly said he was not one of its citizens.

Cyclone threatens Australian mining port

01 Jan 2019

SYDNEY, Jan 1 A cyclone is expected to hit the northern Australian port of Weipa on Tuesday, disrupting shipping and lashing the coast with wind gusts of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour), the weather bureau said.

Heatwave bakes Australia for seventh straight day as northern cyclone brews

30 Dec 2018

SYDNEY Seven people have drowned as a heatwave grips Australia, sending big crowds to the beach to cool down, while a tropical depression in the far north threatens to turn into a cyclone by New Year's Day.

Pacific trade pact takes off with tariffs cut in six nations

30 Dec 2018

SYDNEY A landmark 11-country trade deal, a revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), came into force on Sunday with New Zealand's trade minister hailing the opportunities it presented for exporters.

Australia strips citizenship from alleged Islamic State recruiter

29 Dec 2018

SYDNEY The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State, Australia's home affairs minister said on Saturday.

Australia appoints military leader as next governor general

16 Dec 2018

SYDNEY Australia has named a distinguished military leader as its next governor general, who represents Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the country’s head of state, ahead of an election in May.

New Zealand's Rocket Lab shoots 13 tiny cube satellites into orbit

16 Dec 2018

SYDNEY Rocket Lab, a rocket propulsion company backed by investors in Silicon Valley, has launched a batch of 13 tiny probes from New Zealand to study space.

Former Australian judges call for national anti-corruption body

25 Nov 2018

SYDNEY Dozens of former Australian judges published an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday calling for a national anti-corruption body to restore public trust in the country's democratic process.

Landslide state election loss rattles Australia's minority government

24 Nov 2018

SYDNEY The Labor government in the Australian state of Victoria won an unexpectedly large majority in an election that analysts say is a warning to the country's ruling conservative government ahead of national polls due in six months.

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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.