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‘New Zealander slain in Libya mother-of-two’

A New Zealand woman found murdered with a British companion in Libya was a mother of two visiting her boyfriend, according to media reports Sunday. The New Zealand foreign ministry confirmed the woman's name as Lynn Howie and said her family had requested…
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Sub dives deeper in hunt for missing MH370 flight

The mini-sub searching for missing flight MH370 has reached record depths well beyond its normal operating limits, officials said Friday as it dived on its fifth seabed mission. With no results to show since the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people disappeared…
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Sparkling Sydney kicks off global 2014 party

Sydney kicked off New Year celebrations with a dazzling fireworks display, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai. Seven tonnes of explosives lit up Australia's biggest city, with fireworks…
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Pope’s Top Aide, Cardinal Pell denies Sexual Abuse Charge

A top advisor to Pope Francis, Cardinal George Pell, has denied all charges of historical sexual abuse at his first appearance today in an...
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Australian authorities plan to widen fruitless MH370 search

Australian authorities said Friday they would widen the underwater hunt for missing flight MH370, as the deep-sea search for wreckage at the suspected crash site neared completion with no results. Mini-submarine Bluefin-21 has scanned 95 percent of…
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Australia plans to purchase powerful Antarctic icebreaker

Australia said Monday it will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a new icebreaker ship to bolster its claim over large areas of Antarctica and replace an ageing vessel. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said two Europe-based firms had been shortlisted…

Australian top court recognises ‘gender neutral’ sex category

Australia's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a person can be legally recognised as gender neutral as opposed to male or female, ending a long legal battle by a sexual equality campaigner. "The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither…
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Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls

A Chinese icebreaker has failed to break through thick ice to free a ship carrying scientists and tourists stranded off Antarctica, forcing Australian authorities to look at other rescue options Saturday. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA…
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Australia PM warns of extended search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will likely continue for "a long time", Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned Saturday, a day after voicing confidence that signals from the black box had been detected. The Australian-led…
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Australian journalist held in Egypt defiant on press freedom

Australian journalist Peter Greste on Friday said his detention and that of his Al-Jazeera colleagues in an Egyptian jail had become a powerful symbol of press freedom worldwide. In a statement from his prison cell on the eve of World Press Freedom…