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


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


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

Australia struggles to improve lives of indigenous population


Australia is failing to meet almost every target for improving the lives of its indigenous population, including reducing the infant mortality rate, getting children in school and adults in jobs, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

IS militants target Australian religious leaders


Global terrorist organization the Islamic State (IS) called for its followers to kill three prominent Australian muslim clerics on Tuesday.

Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state


Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads.

US halts vetting Nauru refugees for now, Australia says


US officials have stopped screening refugees on Nauru for potential resettlement, Australia has confirmed.

New Zealand to quash historical gay sex convictions


New Zealand has said it will move to quash historical convictions for consensual sex between men.

Rise in Aust'n private healthcare costs will "absolutely" hurt: PM


A price hike for private health insurance is "absolutely" going to hurt everyday Australians, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday, after the nation's health minister approved an increase to health cover premiums of almost 5 percent from April 1.

Australia Post boss paid 10 times more than PM


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the country's state postal operator to reconsider the pay awarded to its chief executive.

Australian financial giant posts hundreds of millions in losses


One of the heavyweights in the Australian financial industry, AMP has reported a full year 344 million (Australian dollar) net loss on Thursday, with an underlying profit of 486 million (Australian dollars).