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Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges

2017-07-26 12:19

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal has made his first court appearance in Australia.

Climate change deepens threat to Pacific island wildlife

2017-07-14 22:30

Land mammals and reptiles in the Pacific islands facing extinction due to habitat loss, hunting and other threats, could be decimated by climate change, a study has shown.

Australia cautiously enters medical marijuana market

2017-07-12 16:28

At a secret location in Australia's southeast, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting, to be cloned for future generations of crops for the country's fledgling medicinal marijuana industry.

Cardinal Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

2017-07-10 11:58

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived back in Australia on Monday ahead of a court appearance later this month over historical sex abuse charges.

Unesco excludes Great Barrier Reef 'in danger' list

2017-07-06 21:00

Unesco says its World Heritage committee has decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

Australia accused of spying on China

2017-06-29 15:02

A Chinese state-run newspaper accused Australia of spying on China and stealing its technology, weeks after Beijing rejected allegations of interference in Australian politics.

Australia outrage over kangaroo shot dead, dressed in leopard-print

2017-06-28 11:54

A kangaroo dressed in leopard-print has been found shot dead on an Australian roadside tied to a chair and holding a bottle of booze, sparking outrage over the killing.

Australian leader's Trump parody goes public

2017-06-15 12:45

Australia's prime minister says he is disappointed that excerpts of an off-the-record speech he gave at Parliament House parodying President Donald Trump have been broadcast by a television network.

WATCH: Plane with 'huge hole' makes emergency landing in Australia

2017-06-12 06:29

A China Eastern passenger plane has suffered a serious fault that tore a huge hole in one of its engine casings and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Sydney, the carrier has said.

Man arrested over note in Australian airliner toilet

2017-06-06 16:04

Police say a passenger has been arrested after an Australian domestic airliner landed at a regional airport because of a note found near a toilet.

 

Australian malls turn to village life as retailers feel pinch

2017-07-16 15:00

As Australia's local merchants struggle with an influx of global names, leading malls are considering returning to their village centre roots.

Australia to force Facebook, WhatsApp to hand over encrypted messages

2017-07-14 15:19

Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws.

Using skills visa to emigrate to Australia

2017-07-10 16:38

Australia is one of the few countries that offer a visa and citizenship based on career and qualification, explains an emigration specialist.

Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia

2017-07-08 11:26

Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes.

Pope's economic man taints Vatican

2017-06-29 21:29

Australia's move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.

Top Australian Vatican cardinal charged with child sex abuse

2017-06-29 06:13

Australian police say they are charging a top Vatican cardinal with historical sexual assault offences.

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail'

2017-06-26 11:34

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth $42 billion and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study says.

Asylum-seekers in Australia win multimillion dollar payout

2017-06-14 14:15

Detainees at a controversial Australian asylum-seeker camp in Papua New Guinea have won Aus$70 million in compensation after alleging they suffered physical and psychological harm.

Clapper warns Australia on foreign interference

2017-06-07 09:27

Australia must be alert to foreign government interference in its democratic systems, former top US intelligence official James Clapper warns, after China was accused of meddling in the country's politics.

Hostage-taker in Australia had been acquitted of terror plot

2017-06-06 11:35

Police say a gunman who killed a man and took a woman hostage before dying in a police shootout had been acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base years earlier.

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