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Pilot of crashed charter plane already under investigation


The pilot of a plane that crashed into a Melbourne shopping center on Tuesday was already under investigation over a "near collision", it has been revealed.

Five feared dead in Australian plane crash, "ball of flames" witnessed


Grave fears are held for five people on board a charter plane that crashed into an Australian shopping center shortly after takeoff on Tuesday.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.