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  • Australian IS fighter 'still alive' after drone strike: report
    Australian IS fighter 'still alive' after drone strike: report Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Canberra was Sunday attempting to verify whether an Australian Islamic State group fighter, notorious for being photographed with severed heads, had survived a drone attack after a report said he was still alive. More »

  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries
    US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause. More »

  • Nauru president says opposition and foreign media tried to topple governmen …
    Nauru president says opposition and foreign media tried to topple governmen … Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The president of the South Pacific island nation of Nauru on Friday said opposition lawmakers and foreign media had attempted to overthrow his government and that three arrested MPs face criminal charges over a protest outside parliament. President Baron Waqa made the claim amid mounting international criticism for banning Facebook, limiting political speech and assembly and the suspension from parliament of several popular opposition lawmakers. Nauru has come under fire in recent years over allegations of corruption and human rights abuses and is key to Australia's controversial immigration policy, with Canberra funding a A$2 billion ($1.54 billion) detention centre on the island. More »

  • Does Australia's new anti-terrorism legislation go too far? Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Civil rights advocates and Muslim leaders in Australia have widely denounced new legislation that calls for dual nationals who are convicted of terrorism-related offenses to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. The legislation is designed to staunch the flow of Australians going to the Middle East to join groups such as the self-described Islamic State, and to help prevent domestic terror attacks like the hostage crisis in Sydney last December that left three people dead. The Australian Parliament has passed a raft of anti-terrorism laws in the past 12 months that grant law enforcement agencies new sweeping powers. More »

  • Japan, Philippines monitor China by air in the South China Sea Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The increase in activity in the region comes at a time when Southeast Asian leaders are jockeying for control over a swath of ocean that provides a tenth of the fish caught by global companies, The Christian Science Monitor reported. More »

  • Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — On a hillside overlooking an athletic field where high school students play volleyball, an inconspicuous entrance leads down a dusty, slippery slope — and seemingly back in time — to Japan's secret Imperial Navy headquarters in the final months of World War II. Here, leaders of Japan's combined fleet command made plans for the fiercest battles, including those of Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa from late 1944 to the war's end in August 1945. They knew when kamikaze pilots crashed to their deaths when signals from their planes stopped. They cried when they monitored cables from officers aboard the famed battleship Yamato as it came under heavy U.S. fire and sank off southern Japan. More »

  • Australia to be among largest shareholders in China-led bank Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Wednesday it will become a founding member of a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and its sixth largest shareholder. More »

  • Australia to become 6th largest shareholder in regional bank Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Australia says it will become a founding member of a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and its sixth largest shareholder. A government statement said on Wednesday that the Asian Infrastructure Investment ... More »

  • Australia introduces laws to strip citizenship from terrorists
    Australia introduces laws to strip citizenship from terrorists Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Dual nationals who help terrorists could automatically lose their Australian citizenship even if they have never stepped foot out of the country under new laws introduced to parliament on Wednesday. More »

  • Australian leader makes no promises on IS man's children Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday he felt for the five children of an Australian convicted terrorist in the Islamic State movement who became notorious last year for posing for photographs while clutching the severed heads of Syrian victims. More »

  • Mother begs Australia to help daughter, grandchildren flee IS
    Mother begs Australia to help daughter, grandchildren flee IS Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The mother-in-law of one of Australia's most notorious Islamic State fighters has pleaded for the government to help her "desperate" daughter and five grandchildren flee the Middle East, saying she made "the mistake of a lifetime". More »

  • In a while crocodile: safaris yet to be snapped up by Australia
    In a while crocodile: safaris yet to be snapped up by Australia Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Saltwater crocodiles kill an average of two people each year in Australia More »

  • Australia attempts to verify terrorist's death in Iraq Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Reports that an Australian terrorist, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia's foreign minister said on Tuesday. More »

  • Two notorious Australian IS fighters reported dead
    Two notorious Australian IS fighters reported dead Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Canberra was Tuesday working to verify reports that two of Australia's most wanted Islamic State group fighters, notorious for being pictured holding severed heads, have been killed. More »

  • Australian Nick Kyrgios splits with coach Todd Larkham Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has split with coach Todd Larkham less than a week before the start of Wimbledon, saying on his website Tuesday that the pair "mutually agreed" to part ways. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber struck the entrance to the Afghan parliament on Monday and gunmen tried to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gunbattle with police that left two people dead as lawmakers were meeting inside to vote on the appointment of a new defense minister. Afghan security forces managed to repel the attack, killing all seven gunmen and ensuring that no members of parliament were harmed. But the audacious assault came as the Taliban captured two districts in as many days in the country's north, displaying their ability to operate on multiple fronts. More »

  • Australia, Malaysia and Netherlands to mark MH17 anniversary Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian, Malaysian and Dutch governments will hold services on July 17 to mark the first anniversary of the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives, Australia's prime minister said Monday. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor. Officials said the Republican-controlled House would vote Thursday on a stand-alone bill to give Obama the enhanced negotiating authority the administration seeks as part of an effort to complete a 12-nation trade deal with Pacific Rim countries. More »

  • Australia issues warrant for doctor recruiting in Syria Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police issued an arrest warrant Thursday for an Australian doctor who appeared in an Islamic State movement recruitment video urging Western medical professionals to join him in Syria. More »

  • Migrants say they witnessed Australian payment to boat crew Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two migrants said they witnessed an Australian official hand cash to the crew of a people-smuggling boat to take its passengers back to Indonesia. More »

  • Australia and China sign bumper free trade deal
    Australia and China sign bumper free trade deal Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Australian PM Tony Abbott (top C) looks on as Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng (2nd L) and Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb (2nd R) sign a free trade agreement in Canberra on June 17, 2015 More »

  • Australia says US has little time to save Asia-Pacific deal Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Congress has only a few weeks left to pass key trade legislation that would clear the way for clinching an Asia-Pacific trade accord, Australia's trade minister said on Wednesday. The U.S. House of Representatives ... More »

  • The going rate for a boatload of asylum seekers
    The going rate for a boatload of asylum seekers Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    In Australia, the commodification of human lives has become a policy issue in which political points are won and lost. More »

  • Abbott brushes off Indonesia people-smuggling bribery claims
    Abbott brushes off Indonesia people-smuggling bribery claims Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Australian authorities work within the law to stop asylum-seeker boats, Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted Tuesday, after reports officials have made cash payments to members of people-smuggling rings for years. More »

  • US ambassador praises Australian gay rights progress Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Australia told Australian marriage equality supporters on Monday that although their nation continues to ban same-sex marriage, it remains more progressive than his own in protecting the rights of gay employees and sportsmen. More »

  • Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders
    Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Australia on Monday told Indonesia to better secure its borders in a stinging rebuke after Jakarta demanded answers to allegations Canberra paid to turn back a boat of asylum-seekers. More »

  • Australia stoops to 'new low' if boat payment confirmed - Indonesia
    Australia stoops to 'new low' if boat payment confirmed - Indonesia Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    By Randy Fabi and Nicholas Owen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia would have stooped to a "new low" if reports that its navy paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn back their boat are true, an Indonesian government official said on Saturday. Australia has vowed to stop asylum-seekers reaching its shores, turning boats back to Indonesia when it can and sending asylum-seekers to camps in impoverished Papua New Guinea and Nauru for long-term detention. A boat captain and two crew members arrested this week on suspicion of human trafficking told Indonesian police Australian authorities had paid each of them A$5,000 ($3,860) to turn back their vessel with 65 migrants on board. More »

  • Christian Couple To Divorce As Protest Against Legalising Gay Marriage
    Christian Couple To Divorce As Protest Against Legalising Gay Marriage Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    ‘Our view is that marriage is part of God’s human history’ More »

  • Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Australia
    Malaysia Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Australia Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing at Melbourne airport on Friday after instruments indicated an engine fire, officials said. More »

  • Couple vow to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia
    Couple vow to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The husband wrote an opinion piece about their situation. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister told an Asia-Pacific regional conference on Thursday that terrorism was a modern form of treason and the region's greatest security challenge. Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an opening address to delegates from about 30 countries attending a conference in Sydney on countering terrorism propaganda and enhancing regional cooperation. More »

  • Australian envoy returns to Jakarta after execution protest Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian ambassador to Indonesia has returned in a sign that the anger and tense relations that followed Indonesia's execution of two Australian drug traffickers has eased. More »

  • Broncos in 1st, Storm close behind in National Rugby League Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Brisbane Broncos moved into first place in the National Rugby League and the Melbourne Storm remained just two points behind, after both had comfortable wins in the 13th round. More »

  • Australian entrepreneur, America's Cup winner Alan Bond dies
    Australian entrepreneur, America's Cup winner Alan Bond dies Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Alan Bond, the polarizing global entrepreneur who became an Australian hero by bankrolling a historic America's Cup yacht race victory before going to prison over the nation's biggest corporate fraud, ... More »

  • Fleeing violence at home, Iraqi migrant finds haven in Cambodia Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    By Astrid Zweynert PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In his small restaurant in downtown Phnom Penh, Hashim Fahram serves up fresh, golden falafel having found safety for his family far from his native Iraq. The former blacksmith has been making a living for the past year serving Middle Eastern dishes to residents of Cambodia's capital after fleeing his hometown Fallujah in 2014 with his family to escape fighting between the army and Islamic State militants. "It is much safer here for my family and me," Fahram told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More »