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Dingo drags sleeping toddler from bed on Australia's Fraser Island

19 Apr 2019

A dingo dragged a sleeping toddler from a camper van on a popular Australian holiday island late on Thursday, but his father awoke and pulled his 14-month-old son from the jaws of the dog-like dingo. | Video

Premium New Zealand honey producer admits adding chemicals: media

19 Apr 2019

MELBOURNE A New Zealand company pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of adding artificial chemicals to its premium manuka honey, media reported, in a flagship prosecution over a product that is high-value export for the country.

Australia plans tougher social media laws for failing to thwart violent content

30 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Social media executives could spend up to three years in prison and their firms be fined 10 percent of their turnover if they fail to quickly remove violent material from their platforms, according to a new law proposed by the Australian government. | Video

Measles outbreak in New Zealand's Canterbury widens to 20

10 Mar 2019

MELBOURNE Thousands of vaccines are being delivered to health centers in New Zealand's Canterbury district as a measles outbreak has widened to 20 confirmed cases with health officials warning the number is expected to rise over the coming days and weeks.

Bushfires destroy more than 30 houses in Australia's Victoria state

09 Mar 2019

Bushfires burning across the Australian state of Victoria for a week have destroyed more than 30 houses and burnt nearly 70 other buildings with most of the blazes still active, the emergency authorities said on Saturday.

Thousands protest Australia Day legacy

26 Jan 2019

MELBOURNE Tens of thousands of people rallied across Australia on Saturday calling for the abolition of the Jan. 26 national holiday in protests showing a deep division over a festivity intended to celebrate the birth of modern Australia.

Australian minister for women to quit politics at election

19 Jan 2019

MELBOURNE Australia's Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer said on Saturday she will quit politics for personal reasons at this year's election, adding to the list of female politicians to leave the ruling party, some citing disunity, bullying and intimidation.

Australia urges Thailand to release refugee Bahrain footballer

09 Dec 2018

MELBOURNE Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne has urged Thai authorities on Sunday to release a footballer who holds a refugee status in Australia and who has been detained in Bangkok since late November.

Australia's minister says translation glitches delay trade deal with Indonesia

18 Nov 2018

Australia's trade minister said translation issues were behind the delay of a billion-dollar free trade agreement with Indonesia, downplaying a friction between the countries over Australia's possible Jerusalem embassy.

Homeless man who helped thwart Australia attack charged with burglary, theft

17 Nov 2018

MELBOURNE A homeless man who used his shopping trolley to help thwart an attack by a knife-wielding Islamic State sympathiser in Australia this month has been charged with five offences, including burglary and theft.

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