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New Zealand signs customs agreement with EU


New Zealand Customs Minister Tim Macindoe on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a customs cooperation agreement with the European Union (EU) in Brussels overnight.

World's largest vessel departs for new home off Western Australia


The world's biggest vessel, Shell’s Prelude floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) vessel departed from South Korea's Geoje shipyard on Friday, beginning its one-month journey to the Prelude gas field, 475 kilometers off the northern coast of Western Australia.

Japan, New Zealand pledge to carry forward TPP despite U.S. withdrawal


Japan and New Zealand pledged on Wednesday to carry forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact despite the withdrawal of the United States.

Dramatic wave photo from Sydney ferry wows thousands online


A Sydney ferry worker has captured the moment a giant wave hit his vessel, in a dramatic photograph.

Australia's summer broke 205 weather records, climate group says


More than 200 weather records were broken during Australia's most recent summer, a climate group has warned.

UK backpacker 'raped repeatedly' over two months in Australia


A British backpacker was allegedly raped, assaulted and choked during a two-month hostage ordeal in Australia.

Scores of detained asylum seekers take Australian cash and return to countries they fled


Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.

Australia cracks down on visas for fast food industry


Australia will largely end granting visas to foreign workers to fill jobs in the fast food industry, the nation's immigration minister has said.

Man charged with triple murder after lethal Melbourne factory fire


A 52-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder and arson after three homeless people perished in a Melbourne factory fire.

Facebook blocks nude painting by acclaimed artist


Facebook has blocked an Australian auction house from advertising an acclaimed artist's painting depicting nude figures.