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Aboriginal Australians meet at sacred Uluru to discuss first chance of recognition

24 May 2017

SYDNEY Aboriginal Australian leaders are meeting at the sacred landmark of Uluru to decide how the country's first inhabitants, who date back about 50,000 years before British colonisers arrived, should be recognised in the constitution for the first time.

Seventeen prisoners killed in Papua New Guinea jail break - media

15 May 2017

SYDNEY Prison officers in Papua New Guinea shot and killed 17 inmates involved in a mass prison break, local media reported on Monday, sparking calls for an investigation into overcrowded jails in the South Pacific nation where Australia detains asylum seekers.

Pie in the sky as Australia's Qantas boss gets just dessert

09 May 2017

SYDNEY Qantas Airways Ltd Chief Executive Alan Joyce proved he was no cream puff on Tuesday, keeping his cool after a man smeared a cream pie in his face during a business breakfast in Australia's west.

Australian insurer QBE to set up new European base due to Brexit

03 May 2017

SYDNEY QBE Insurance Group will move its European base from London to the continent because of uncertainty in accessing the European market after Brexit, the chairman of Australia's largest international insurer said on Wednesday.

Canada's resilient dairy sector girds for Trump fight

19 Apr 2017

WINNIPEG/SYDNEY For decades, Canada's protected dairy sector has riled rival exporters from Asia to Europe who resent having limited access to a wealthy consuming nation. But that could change now U.S. President Donald Trump has taken up the cause, trade experts said on Wednesday.

Teenage girl killed in Australia shark attack

18 Apr 2017

SYDNEY A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark as she surfed with her father off the Australian coast. | Video

Mountain size trouble for Australian coal lines

07 Apr 2017

SYDNEY Global coking coal supplies have been drastically interrupted by a small stretch of rail that wraps around a modest-sized Australian mountain range – and repair crews are unable to find a quick fix.

Tens of thousands told to evacuate as ex-cyclone brings flood fears to Australia's east

30 Mar 2017

SYDNEY Australian authorities told 40,000 people to evacuate to higher ground on Thursday as a storm system generated by a powerful cyclone that pummelled the northeast two days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain.

Army assesses damage after storm 'absolutely smashes' north Australia

29 Mar 2017

SYDNEY Cyclone Debbie wrought widespread but moderate damage in Australia's northeast, authorities said on Wednesday, as flooding rain and fallen trees slowed troops and emergency workers reaching the worst-hit areas.

Australia scientists uncover dinosaur footprint that may be world's largest

28 Mar 2017

SYDNEY Scientists have found what could be the world's largest dinosaur footprint - measuring nearly 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) - on a remote part of Australia's northwestern coastline.

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