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Australia's attorney-general says Canberra local law on cannabis has no legal force

20 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter said on Sunday that Canberra's new legislation legalising possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use do not provide legal protection and clash with federal laws.

Australia to invest $680 million in dams for drought-stricken region

13 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE Australia will invest A$1 billion ($678.70 million) to revamp water infrastructure in rural and regional communities in the drought-stricken New South Wales.

Australia, Fiji to send peacekeeping mission to Middle East

12 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE Australia and Fiji will send a joint United Nations peacekeeping mission to a disputed region in the Middle East as soon as next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.

Australia to fund research on medicinal cannabis as demand grows

06 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE Australia will provide A$3 million (1.65 million pounds) for research on the use of cannabis to help cancer patients, its health minister said on Sunday, as the demand for medicinal cannabis products grows rapidly.

Australia denies extradition of Iranian academic to U.S.

06 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE Australia will not extradite an Iranian academic to the United States, Australia's attorney-general said over the weekend, following a 13-month detention of the researcher for allegedly exporting American-made military equipment to Iran.

Iran frees Australian couple imprisoned for three months on spying charges

05 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE/GENEVA An Australian couple who spent more than three months in a prison in Tehran has been freed, Australia's foreign minister said on Saturday, and an Iranian news agency later reported that an Iranian student was released from detention in Australia.

Medical data breach puts details of a million New Zealanders at risk

05 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE Nearly a million New Zealanders face the risk that their medical data has been accessed illegally after a cyber attack on the website of Tū Ora Compass Health, the company said on Saturday.

Medical data breach puts details of a million New Zealanders at risk

05 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE, Oct 5 Nearly a million New Zealanders face the risk that their medical data has been accessed illegally after a cyber attack on the website of Tū Ora Compass Health, the company said on Saturday.

New Zealand bishop resigns after woman's complaint of unacceptable behaviour

05 Oct 2019

MELBOURNE A Catholic bishop in New Zealand has resigned after a church body investigated a young woman's complaint against him regarding "unacceptable behaviour of a sexual nature", a top church official has said.

Australia offers Trump only limited commitment on Iran: PM

22 Sep 2019

MELBOURNE Australia is not getting involved with the United States in its pursuit of aims in relation to Iran, beyond a commitment to freedom of navigation in the region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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