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Australia: Country in Oceania
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

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Millions of young people, led by Sweden's Thunberg, to strike for climate action

With world leaders about to gather in New York for a UN Climate Action Summit next week, millions of young people from Australia to Iceland will take off from school or work on Friday to demand urgent..
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Students begin global climate strike with message for governments: Do your job

Thousands of students took to the streets of Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a UN Climate Action Summit adopt..
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Videos for Australia

Like oceans rising: green protests sweep the globe [Video]Like oceans rising: green protests sweep the globe

Thousands have taken to the streets in cities across the globe to demand that leaders take action -- inspired by student Greta Thunberg. Lucy Fielder reports.

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Vehicle stopped in its tracks by crocodiles lying in the road [Video]Vehicle stopped in its tracks by crocodiles lying in the road

A car was stopped in its tracks in Australia's north on Sunday (September 15) by a group of saltwater crocodiles.

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Michael Cheika announces Australia's 23-men to play against Fiji [Video]Michael Cheika announces Australia's 23-men to play against Fiji

Cheika picks Pocock and Hooper for Fiji clash

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Drone delivers shark warning to surfer [Video]Drone delivers shark warning to surfer

Amateur drone pilot Christopher Joye captured the moment a shark approached a surfer at Illawarra beach in Australia on Sunday, September 15, using a search and rescue drone equipped with infra-red..

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AB InBev tries again with Asia IPO [Video]AB InBev tries again with Asia IPO

AB InBev is having another go at spinning off its Asian arm, with the launch on Wednesday of an IPO worth up to $6.6 billion that could be the world's second largest this year. David Pollard reports.

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Warren Gatland: Wales is ready to get down to business for Rugby World Cup [Video]Warren Gatland: Wales is ready to get down to business for Rugby World Cup

Warren Gatland says Wales' focus is on "competition rugby" as they continue counting down to their World Cup opener against Georgia. Gatland's team are set to go into that September 23 encounter..

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Aussie Iffland completes perfect Cliff Diving World Series season with win in Spain, Hunt takes men's title [Video]Aussie Iffland completes perfect Cliff Diving World Series season with win in Spain, Hunt takes men's title

Australia's Rhiannan Iffland completes perfect Red Bull Bull Cliff Diving World Series season with win in Spain, Brit Gary Hunt captures eighth title with men's victory

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Gasol and Rubio fire Spain into World Cup final [Video]Gasol and Rubio fire Spain into World Cup final

Gasol and Rubio lead Spain into the Basketball World Cup Final

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Clijsters sets sights on 2020 comeback after seven-year absence [Video]Clijsters sets sights on 2020 comeback after seven-year absence

Seven years after announcing her second retirement, Kim Clijsters prepares to return to tennis.

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AB InBev set to revive Budweiser Asia IPO - sources [Video]AB InBev set to revive Budweiser Asia IPO - sources

The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is planning to raise about $5 billion from a revived float in Asia, people with knowledge of the matter said. David Pollard reports.

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Langer denies Australia mocked England's Leach in post match celebrations [Video]Langer denies Australia mocked England's Leach in post match celebrations

Australian coach says Steve Smith was not targetting England's Jack Leach as Australia celebrated retaining the Ashes.

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Trevor Bayliss laughs at scented candle gift after final England press conference [Video]Trevor Bayliss laughs at scented candle gift after final England press conference

England coach Trevor Bayliss conducts his final press conference at the Oval ahead of his side's final Ashes Test of the series against Australia. The press had a whip around to see off the laid-back..

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12-year-old questioned over Australia bushfires [Video]12-year-old questioned over Australia bushfires

A 12-year-old boy started a bushfire and two teenage girls were questioned over another blaze in Australia's Queensland state, police said on Tuesday as forest fires forced hundreds of people to flee..

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Trump and FIFA President Gianni Infantino meet on 2026 World Cup and women players equity [Video]Trump and FIFA President Gianni Infantino meet on 2026 World Cup and women players equity

Infantino and Trump meet and discuss soccer women's pay inequality

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Afghanistan peace talks are 'dead': Trump [Video]Afghanistan peace talks are 'dead': Trump

President Trump told reporters at the White House Monday that talks with Taliban leaders of Afghanistan are 'dead' but that he was still thinking about a troop drawdown in the country. Rough cut (no..

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Trump presents Dayton police officers with medal of valor [Video]Trump presents Dayton police officers with medal of valor

President Trump on Monday, presented six police officers, who stopped the gunman in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio last month, with the Medal of Valor and Heroic Commendations. Rough cut (no reporter..

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"Very simple math"; Mnuchin explains tariffs

Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin insisted Monday that China is paying for the tariffs imposed by the U.S., explaining how the depreciation of China's currency makes the math work. Rough Cut (no..

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Australia overcome stubborn England to retain Ashes [Video]Australia overcome stubborn England to retain Ashes

Australia retains Ashes with win over England at Old Trafford, take 2-1 series lead with one test remaining

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Australia keep the Ashes but Root’s proud of his players [Video]Australia keep the Ashes but Root’s proud of his players

England captain Joe Root expressed his disappointment at losing the Ashes but hailed the character of his side in pushing Australia to the wire. Another rearguard action at Old Trafford fell short as..

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Hall crowned last-ever Air Race world champion [Video]Hall crowned last-ever Air Race world champion

Matt Hall become the last-ever Air Race world champion after beating Yoshihide Muroya in the title race by just one point

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Daredevil Matt Hall wins the last ever Red Bull Air Race World Championship [Video]Daredevil Matt Hall wins the last ever Red Bull Air Race World Championship

After finishing on the podium in four Red Bull Air Race World Championship events, including three in second place, Australia’s Matt Hall achieved the holy grail at the season finale in Chiba, Japan,..

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Serena poised for record-tying U.S. Open final [Video]Serena poised for record-tying U.S. Open final

20 years after an improbable run at the age of 17 to her maiden U.S. Open victory, Serena Williams is running out of records to break. Conway G. Gittens takes previews Saturday's U.S. Open women's..

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Australia's east coast battles more than 100 wildfires [Video]Australia's east coast battles more than 100 wildfires

Officials urged people in the danger zone to evacuate and warned residents of health risks from dust and smoke.

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Exclusive: US finds possible Deutsche Bank control issues [Video]Exclusive: US finds possible Deutsche Bank control issues

U.S. congressional investigators have identified possible failures in Deutsche Bank AG's money laundering controls in its dealings with Russian oligarchs, after the lender handed over a trove of..

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Lebanon court acquits one Australia bomb plot suspect: lawyer, NNA

Lebanon's military court has acquitted one of four brothers accused of planning to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi nearly two years ago, his lawyer said on Thursday.
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Iran confirms detention of three Australians: Fars

Iran's judiciary on Tuesday confirmed the detention of three Australian citizens that had been announced last week by the Australian government, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell makes final appeal to overturn sex offense convictions

Lawyers for former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia's High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys,..
Reuters - Published

Examining IIT's proposal of Australia-like student loans: HRD Ministry

Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is currently examining the matter, R Subramaniam, Secretary Higher Education in the HRD Ministry confirmed.
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Fiji PM calls for Australia to 'unite behind the science' of climate change

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama called on Monday on Australia to "unite behind the science" and be far more ambitious in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Australia concluded China was behind hack on parliament, political parties – sources   

Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, five people with direct..
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Trump to meet with India, Australia leaders in U.S. next week

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet next week with the leaders of India and Australia at events in Texas and Ohio to promote trade and investment.
Reuters - Published

Australian jailed in Iran identified as Melbourne University academic

A British-Australian woman jailed in Iran has been identified as Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne.
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Australian state to cart truckloads of water to drought-hit town

An Australian state will spend tens of thousands of dollars each month to truck water into a drought-hit town that is forecast to run out of drinking water by December, it said on Friday.
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Australia lobbies for release of three citizens held by Iran

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she met last week with her Iranian counterpart, seeking to secure release of three citizens held by Tehran.
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Three Australians detained in Iran

Three Australian citizens have been detained in Iran, the Australian government said on Wednesday, adding that it was helping the families of the three but gave no further details.
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Thai opposition calls on cabinet member to clear his name

Thailand's opposition called on Tuesday for a cabinet member and prominent ruling party figure to clear his name after Australian media reported that he had been jailed for four years on a drugs charge..
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Australians flee homes as police investigate suspicious fires

Hundreds of Australians have fled their homes in the eastern states as 140 fires ravaged parts of Queensland and New South Wales (NSW), officials said on Tuesday.
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Australia blocks access to eight websites showing video of New Zealand mosque attacks

Australia has ordered internet service providers to block access to eight websites still showing footage of deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand earlier this year.
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More than 100 Australian bushfires 'omen' of severe summer fire season

Australian firefighters battled more than 100 bushfires across two eastern states on Sunday as authorities warned that parts of the country could expected a severe bushfire season this summer.
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Australian government eyes cashless cards for welfare recipients

Australia's prime minister is eyeing plans for a cashless debit card for welfare recipients and defended a proposal to drug test some job seekers, setting the government on a collision course with..
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Australia's east coast battles more than 100 bushfires, 21 homes destroyed

Australian firefighters battled strong winds and fast-moving blazes on Saturday as they worked to contain out-of-control bushfires that have destroyed at least 21 homes across two states on the..
Reuters - Published

Australia says asylum seekers from Sri Lanka rising

The number of Sri Lankans trying to enter Australia illegally by sea is rising, an Australian general said on Tuesday, a day after Canberra said it had intercepted a 13th boat carrying asylum seekers..
Reuters - Published

Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers: government

Australia's military intercepted a Sri Lankan boat carrying 13 asylum-seekers last month, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said on Monday, as Canberra sought to defend the relocation of a Tamil..
Reuters - Published

Australia offers East Timor aid package on anniversary

Australia will refurbish a naval base and help bring high-speed internet to the tiny Pacific nation of East Timor, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, the latest effort by Canberra to win..
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Australia unveils religious freedom bill, after rugby star sacked for 'hell awaits homosexuals' post

Australia on Thursday proposed legislation to protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace, a few months after Rugby Union international Israel Folau was sacked for posting..
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Australia seeks release of writer as China warns not to interfere

Australia will advocate for the release of a Chinese-born Australian writer held by Beijing on suspicion of espionage, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, rejecting warnings by China not to..
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Australia PM says will stand up for writer arrested in China

Australia is concerned about the treatment of a Chinese-born Australian writer arrested in China on suspicion of espionage and will support his rights despite being told by Beijing not to interfere,..
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Australia's drought expected to persist in spring: weather bureau

Australia's spring is expected to be warmer and drier than average, following one of the driest winters on record, the country's Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday.
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Australia moves to protect universities from foreign interference

Australian universities will be required to work with security agencies to ensure they guard against undue foreign interference, Minister for Education Dan Tehan said on Wednesday.
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'Now or never': Hong Kong protesters say they have nothing to lose

Exasperated with the government's unflinching attitude to escalating civil unrest, Jason Tse quit his job in Australia and jumped on a plane to join what he believes is a do-or-die fight for Hong..
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Australian writer held for seven months in China faces espionage charge

A Chinese-born Australian writer held in China since January has been formally arrested on suspicion of espionage, the Australian and Chinese governments said on Tuesday, amid growing diplomatic..
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China says detained Australian writer being processed according to the law

China said on Tuesday a Chinese-born Australian writer is being processed in accordance with law after Australia said he had been arrested on suspicion of espionage and was being held in harsh..
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Factbox: Foreigners held in China on national security grounds

China has arrested a Chinese-born Australian writer on suspicion of espionage, the Australian government said on Tuesday, as tension grows between Canberra and its largest trading partner.
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Hong Kong protests fuel buyer interest in luxury Australia, New Zealand homes

Hong Kong buying enquiries for expensive Australian and New Zealand homes have ramped up due to anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city, according to property agents and real estate data, as..
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Australian writer arrested, held in 'harsh conditions' in China

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of espionage and is being held in "harsh conditions", the Australian government said on Tuesday.
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Australian writer arrested in China on suspicion of espionage

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of espionage, the Australian government said on Tuesday.
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Australian PM says UK's Johnson convinced him he can deliver Brexit

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his meeting with counterpart Boris Johnson had left him convinced that the British leader could deliver Brexit, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a..
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PNG prime minister says terms, not alliances will sway debt deal talks

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape said on Monday he will accept debt assistance from any country that offers the best terms, ratcheting up pressure on Australia to offer a sweetened..
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Worker buried alive at open-cut manganese mine in Australia

Emergency services are searching for a man buried alive when a wall collapsed in a manganese mine in Australia's Northern Territory, police said on Sunday.
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Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks

Australia will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services,..
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Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions

A Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam's coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China's..
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New allies Vietnam, Australia express concern over South China Sea tensions

New allies Vietnam and Australia expressed concern on Friday about China's activities in the South China Sea, where Vietnamese and Chinese vessels are locked in a tense standoff in..
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Australian state ends Chinese education program over foreign interference fears

Australia's most populous state said it will ax a Chinese-funded education program that teaches Mandarin in schools amid fears over potential foreign influence.
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Australia sees rush of Hong Kong millionaires amid unrest

Australia is seeing an increase in interest in its millionaires-only visa program from wealthy Hong Kong residents who are eyeing a safety net amid political turmoil in the Chinese-ruled territory,..
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Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer dies at 73

Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, whose rural voter base was critical for the introduction of tough gun control laws in the aftermath of the country's worst mass shooting in 1996,..
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Australia joins U.S.-led mission to protect Gulf shipping

Australia will join the United States in a security mission to protect merchant vessels traveling through key Middle East waterways after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel, Prime Minister Scott..
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