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Australian lawmaker's online gun picture post sparks police review

MELBOURNE Australian federal police were on Monday investigating a social media post by a government lawmaker that showed him aiming a gun and taunting left-wing green supporters.

Australia, U.S., India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative - report 3:01am GMT

SYDNEY Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's spreading influence, the Australian Financial Review reported on Monday, citing a senior U.S. official.

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Two-thirds of Australians want deputy PM to resign over sex scandal - poll 2:07am GMT

SYDNEY Two-thirds of Australian voters want Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to resign following his extramarital affair with his former press secretary, a poll showed on Monday, adding pressure on a government already fractured by the scandal.

New Zealand advance to final despite two-run loss to England 18 Feb 2018

New Zealand advanced to the final of the trans-Tasman Twenty20 triangular series against Australia despite suffering a two-run loss to England at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

Golf - South Korea's Ko wins Women's Australian Open wire-to-wire 18 Feb 2018

Ko Jin-young ignored persistent screeching by a flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos on Sunday to record an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at the Handa Women's Australian Open in Adelaide.

Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects 18 Feb 2018

SYDNEY Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks.

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Sex scandal exposes faultlines in Australia coalition 16 Feb 2018

SYDNEY A major rift opened up in Australia's fragile ruling coalition on Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refused to quit over an affair with a staff member and derided Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's condemnation of his behaviour as "inept". | Video

Short powers Australia to record run chase against New Zealand 16 Feb 2018

AUCKLAND D'Arcy Short anchored a high-powered Australian batting order to produce the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 international cricket to beat New Zealand by five wickets in their tri-series clash at Eden Park on Friday.

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Australia banks tighten mortgage checks amid government inquiry, face revenue strain 16 Feb 2018

SYDNEY Australia’s largest banks have stepped up screenings of mortgage loan applications amid a powerful government-backed inquiry into the nation's lenders and their sales practices, potentially hurting revenues from their most lucrative products.

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Australia's Treasury Wines says sues 'copycat' for imitating brand in China 16 Feb 2018

SYDNEY Australia's Treasury Wine Estates, the world's largest standalone winemaker, on Friday said it launched legal action in the country's Federal Court against a "copycat" it accused of imitating its prestigious Penfolds brand in China.

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Iran continues search for missing plane, no wreckage found yet

LONDON Iranian rescue teams were still trying to locate the wreckage of a plane on Monday a day after it crashed with 65 people on board, as glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered their search. | Video