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Colin Packham

Australia PM promises stiffer laws against religious discrimination

8:24am GMT

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday promised stiffer legislation against religious discrimination, and a new commissioner to act as a watchdog on freedom of religion issues.

Australian government discusses moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem

11 Dec 2018

SYDNEY Australia's government met on Tuesday to discuss whether to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, two sources familiar with the matter said, a decision that would break with decades of policy and risk angering Asian neighbours.

RPT-Australia cuts wool output forecast to at least 21-year low as dry weather bites

10 Dec 2018

* Farmers forced to cull sheep after pastures wilted in drought

Australia cuts wool output forecast to at least 21-year low as dry weather bites

10 Dec 2018

* Farmers forced to cull sheep after pastures wilted in drought

Australian voters shun conservative government in widely watched poll

09 Dec 2018

SYDNEY Australia's conservative government is on course for a landslide election defeat, a widely watched survey showed on Monday, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison struggles to win favour with voters less than six months out from a national poll.

Australian cricketer's brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

04 Dec 2018

SYDNEY The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja was charged on Tuesday with creating what police described as fake plans for attacks against prominent people that led to the imprisonment of another man he saw as a rival for the affections of a woman.

Australia cuts wheat harvest forecast to 10-yr low on drought

03 Dec 2018

SYDNEY, Dec 4 Australia on Tuesday lowered its wheat production forecast by 11 percent to the smallest in a decade amid a crippling drought across the country's east coast that may cut exports from the world's fourth biggest supplier.

Little-known asset manager makes $1.8 billion bid for Australia's GrainCorp

03 Dec 2018

SYDNEY Australia's largest listed bulk grain handler GrainCorp Ltd said on Monday it received an unsolicited A$2.38 billion ($1.8 billion) takeover approach from a little-known asset manager, catapulting its shares nearly a third higher.

Australian spies may get broader licence to kill - government

29 Nov 2018

SYDNEY Australia's government proposed on Thursday allowing its foreign spies to use lethal force against anyone who could jeopardise an intelligence operation, giving the spy agency more autonomy on overseas missions.

Australia poised for sweltering summer, threatening cattle industry

29 Nov 2018

SYDNEY Australia is set for a hotter-than-average summer, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday, threatening one the world's largest cattle industries and stoking the risk of bushfires.

World News

Trump intervention comment may be gift to Huawei CFO

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, released on bail on Tuesday to await a ruling on U.S. extradition at one of her luxury Vancouver homes, may have received welcome ammunition in court from an unlikely source - President Donald Trump.