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Hostile reception awaits Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of landmark visit to Australia

2017-02-20

Business and religious leaders, lawyers, academics, entertainers and former politicians have joined forces to oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, saying his policies “provoke, intimidate and oppress” the Palestinian people and are pushing the Middle East further from peace.

Australia's Trade Minister to embark on tourism mission to China

2017-02-20

Australia's Trade Minister will this week lead a delegation of Australian tourism executives on a visit to Beijing and Shanghai to launch the China-Australia Year of Tourism.

"Time has come" for Australia to recognize Palestine: former PM

2017-02-20

The "time has come" for Australia to officially recognize Palestine, Australian former Prime Minister and respected diplomat Kevin Rudd said Monday.

Christchurch fires: Homes destroyed and residents evacuated

2017-02-16

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in the New Zealand city of Christchurch as a huge wildfire rages on its outskirts.

Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs

2017-02-16

Australia's Catholic Church has paid A$276 million ($213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday -- the first time the total compensation paid by the church's schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.

Hungarian FM to discuss EU trade in New Zealand visit

2017-02-16

A free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and New Zealand will be on the agenda when Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto visits New Zealand this week

Offensive campervan slogans banned in Queensland

2017-02-15

An Australian state has banned sexist and offensive slogans on campervans and other vehicles following a high-profile campaign.

Australia increases pressure, cash offers for PNG asylum seekers to return home

2017-02-15

Officials at an Australian immigration center in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through.

Australian PM talks border protection, economic development with Sri Lankan counterpart

2017-02-15

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Australia counts the cost after ‘catastrophic’ weekend fires

2017-02-14

Australia was counting the cost to property and livestock on Monday after firefighters battled weekend blazes in some of the hottest conditions on record.