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Australian PM promises migration cut, refugee freeze if re-elected

28 Apr 2019

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, trailing in opinion polls ahead of a May 18 election, on Sunday campaigned on the hot-button issue of immigration, promising to cut annual migrant numbers and freeze the country's refugee intake.

One dead after shooting outside Australia nightclub, three injured

14 Apr 2019

SYDNEY A drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne inflicted "horrific injuries" that killed a security guard and wounded three men, police said on Sunday, but there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related. | Video

Record Australian heat brings fire to a scorched land

03 Mar 2019

SYDNEY Firefighters battled 25 blazes across the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday as a record-breaking heatwave delivered the hottest start to March on record for the southern third of the country. | Video

Australia sends more help for Solomon Islands oil spill

03 Mar 2019

SYDNEY Australia is sending more help to the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands to stop oil from a grounded cargo ship destroying a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary, Australia's foreign minister said on Sunday.

Two more Australian cabinet ministers quit as election looms

02 Mar 2019

SYDNEY Two more ministers in Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's cabinet said on Saturday they will not contest elections due in May, adding to a flurry of high-profile resignations as opinion polls suggest the centre-right government faces a heavy defeat.

Australia confirms Wikileaks' Assange has valid passport

23 Feb 2019

SYDNEY Australia has confirmed that Julian Assange has a valid passport, a key development for the Wikileaks founder, who fears that Ecuador seeks to end his asylum in its London embassy and extradite him to the United States.

New Zealand wildfires show no sign of easing, 3,000 flee

10 Feb 2019

SYDNEY Strong winds on Sunday are expected to fan forest fires that have been burning for a week through New Zealand's South Island, forcing thousands of people from their homes, with more residents expected to flee, officials said.

Australian government seeks to block bid to relax tough law on migrants

10 Feb 2019

SYDNEY Australia's prime minister and top colleagues campaigned over the weekend to block a bid to allow asylum seekers in offshore camps to come to Australia for medical treatment, saying tough rules on migrants should not be eased.

New Zealand flight turns back mid-air after discovering it lacks permission to land in China

10 Feb 2019

SYDNEY An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai turned back several hours into its journey on Sunday after discovering it did not have permission to land in China, the airline said.

Australians who helped rescue Thai cave boys appeal for Bahraini soccer refugee

09 Feb 2019

SYDNEY Two Australian divers who helped save 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave have written to the Thai prime minister to ask for the release of a Bahraini footballer with refugee status in Australia, media reported on Saturday.

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