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Australia's ambassador has been summoned in Indonesia amid reports that Australian embassies have been used as part of a US-led spying network in Asia

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...s the interception of radio, telecommunications and internet traffic using equipment in US, British, Australian and Canadian diplomatic missions. Diplomatic posts involved included those in Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others, SMH reported on Thursday. Australia’s ambassador has been summoned in Indonesia amid reports that Australian embassies have been used as...

Malaysia has summoned the heads of the US and Australian diplomatic missions in Kuala Lumpur over a row about an alleged American-led spying network in Asia

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Malaysia has summoned the heads of the US and Australian diplomatic missions in Kuala Lumpur over a row about an alleged American-led spying network in Asia. According to the Malaysian foreign ministry, the reports of spying could “severely damage” relations. It said a protest note was handed over. Malaysia has summoned the heads of the US and Australian diplomatic missions in Kuala...

An Australian plane has spotted two objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet

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According to new reports, an Australian plane has spotted two objects in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, and a ship has arrived in the area to find them. The objects could be picked up in the southern Indian Ocean in a few hours, Malaysia’s transport minister said. One object was circular and grey or green, and the other rectangular and orange, Australian Prime Minister Tony...

Australian senator Nick Xenophon on a fact-finding mission to Malaysia says he has been refused entry because authorities consider him a security risk

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Australian senator Nick Xenophon on a fact-finding mission to Malaysia says he has been refused entry because authorities consider him a “security risk”. Nick Xenophon was detained at Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday morning and will be deported back to Australia, correspondents say. He was part of an Australian delegation scheduled to meet Malaysian officials to discuss forthcoming e...

Adam Goodes ran past racist girl and responded by turning around and pointing out her to security who escorted her from the Melbourne stadium

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Australian Rules footballer Adam Goodes has been praised for his uncompromising reaction after a 13-year-old girl shouted out a racist remark to him during a game on Friday night. Sydney Swans forward Adam Goodes – who is an Aboriginal Australian – was called an “ape” by the girl as he ran past her and responded by turning around and pointing out the girl to security who escorted her...

Australian lower house has approved laws allowing offshore processing camps for asylum seekers to be re-established in Papua New Guinea and Nauru

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Australian lower house has approved laws allowing offshore processing camps for asylum seekers to be re-established in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. The MPs passed a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday, following recommendations from an expert panel. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass in coming days because both the governing Labor Party and the opposition back it. La...

Facebook has removed an Australian page that depicted Aboriginal people as drunks and welfare cheats after a public outcry

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...’s creator is believed to be a 16-year-old boy in Perth, reports say. Facebook has removed an Australian page that depicted Aboriginal people as drunks and welfare cheats after a public outcry “We recognize the public concern that controversial meme pages that Australians have created on Facebook have caused,” Facebook said in a statement to local media. A meme is an idea that s...

Chinese and Australian ships have failed to identify objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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...rom the ocean but so far no objects confirmed to be related to MH370 have been recovered”, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said late on Saturday. Eight aircraft also took part in the operation. One Chinese plane reported spotting spotted three orange, white and red objects floating in the sea. Chinese and Australian ships have failed to identify objects from the missing Mala...

The Australian plane picked up the signal in the same area where a vessel detected audio pings earlier this week

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An Australian P-3 Orion aircraft searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has detected a possible new signal in the southern Indian Ocean, Australian officials say. The plane picked up the signal in the same area where an Australian vessel detected audio pings earlier this week, officials said. The signal would require further analysis, but could have been from a “man-made sourc...

John Short was detained in North Korea last month after it was reported that he distributed religious material

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Australian missionary John Short, who was detained in North Korea last month after it was reported that he distributed religious material, has been deported. John Short, 75, who has arrived in Beijing from Pyongyang, was detained after apparently leaving Christian pamphlets at a tourist site. State-run KCNA news agency said John Short had admitted breaking North Korean law and apologized. It said...

High temperatures have halted matches at the Australian Open tennis tournament

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...#8221; bushfire and residents were urged to evacuated. High temperatures have halted matches at the Australian Open tennis tournament Australian Open organizers said their extreme heat policy was in force, with matches on outside courts being suspended at the end of their sets. Matches at Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena would continue with a closed roof, they said in a statement, Play was sched...

Last month, Edward Snowden alleged that the NSA conducted industrial espionage

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According to new documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Australian secret services tapped a US law firm representing Indonesia in a trade dispute with the US. The 2013 document obtained by the New York Times does not identify the US law firm, but says the Australians offered the intercepts to their allies at the National Security Agency (NSA). Previous allegations of Austra...

Australian Clive Palmer has commissioned a Chinese state-owned company to build a 21st Century version of the Titanic

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Clive Palmer, an Australian mining billionaire, has commissioned a Chinese state-owned company to build a 21st Century version of the Titanic. Clive Palmer told Australian media that construction will start at the end of next year. It would be ready to set sail in 2016. The plan, Clive Palmer added, is for the vessel to be as similar as possible to the original Titanic in design and specification...

An Australian man claimed hackers stole Bitcoin from his site worth more than one million dollars

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An Australian man who ran an online “wallet service” for storing Bitcoins has claimed hackers stole virtual currency from his site worth more than one million Australian dollars. The Australian man said 4,100 Bitcoins (US$1.04 million) were taken in two separate attacks. He said he would not report the theft to police as Bitcoin transactions are virtually impossible to trace. This has...

Serena Williams smashes racket after losing Australian Open 2013 quarterfinal to Sloane Stephens

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...rt. I totally locked up after that.” She reiterated after the match that her injuries had made this Australian Open difficult for her. “Absolutely, I’m almost relieved that it’s over because there’s only so much I felt I could do,” she said. “I’ve been thrown a lot of (curve) balls these two weeks.” Serena Williams smashes racket after losing Australian Open 2013 quarterf...

Australian missionary John Short has been detained in North Korea

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Australian missionary John Short has been detained in North Korea, his wife says. John Short, 75, was making his second trip to North Korea with a tour group when he was detained in Pyongyang. His wife told journalists that he had been open about his work and was carrying religious material translated into Korean. An Australian foreign affairs spokesperson said that the government was aware of Jo...

Mandawuy Yunupingu, lead singer of Yothu Yindi, died at his home in the Northern Territory after suffering from kidney disease

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...at his home in the Northern Territory after suffering from kidney disease It also helped win him the Australian of the Year award in 1992, for “building bridges of understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people”. “We have lost a uniquely talented musician, a passionate advocate for Aboriginal people and a truly great friend,” Australian Prime Minister Julia Gill...

Australia's intelligence agencies spied on phone calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and close confidantes

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...ediono and other senior ministers as targets for monitoring, the reports said. The presentation from Australian spy agency the Defense Signals Directorate (now known as the Australian Signals Directorate) showed that agencies attempted to listen to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s calls at least once, and tracked calls made to and from his mobile phone, in August 2009, the ABC and the Guardian add...

Lady Gaga stepped out in a tiger-print leotard to celebrate the Fourth of July in Melbourne during her Australian tour

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Lady Gaga stepped out in a tiger-print leotard to celebrate the Fourth of July in Melbourne during her Australian tour. Lady Gaga, 26, was reasonably modest by her standards in that she teamed her leotard with black opaque tights, and carried a large black fur coat. The singer was on her way to a private party with her entourage at Northcote Social Club in inner city Melbourne. As usual Lady Gaga...

McLaren's Jenson Button won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as his team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished third

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McLaren’s Jenson Button won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as his team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished third. Jenson Button, who qualified second to his team-mate, beat him into the first corner and pulled away to win. Lewis Hamilton lost second place to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel after an unlucky break with a safety car, and the German was able to hold him off. Red Bull’...

Australian Rules Football is a physical contact sport that is described as a cross between rugby and football

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Australian Rules Football (AFL) is a physical contact sport that is described as a cross between rugby which is from the UK and Gaelic football which originated in Ireland. AFL’s rules were codified in 1858 – predating soccer, football, rugby and Gaelic football. Australian Rules Football is a physical contact sport that is described as a cross between rugby and football Today it is...

Australian 2Day FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles and found themselves talking to pregnant Kate Middleton's private nurse

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A hoax call from Australian radio station 2Day FM presenters, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, has been made to King Edward VII hospital where Kate Middleton is being treated for morning sickness. King Edward VII hospital in London said a nurse had discussed the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition with an Australian radio station and deplored the “...

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will focus on the 2Day FM license holder and not directly on the presenters who made the prank call

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The Australian media watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into the hoax call to the London hospital, where Kate Middleton was being treated, after nurse Jacintha Saldanha’s death. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead on Friday, three days after taking the call from Australian radio station 2Day FM. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will focus on the 2Day FM license hold...

The man is believed to have been killed by a crocodile in the Northern Territory while swimming in Mary River during a birthday party

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An Australian man is believed to have been killed by a crocodile in the Northern Territory while swimming in Mary River during a birthday party. Police say he ignored signs to stay out of the water at a popular camping ground at Mary River, 65 miles from Darwin, the state’s capital. The river has one of the highest crocodile populations in the area. Onlookers watched in horror as the victim...

Some of Margaret Thatcher’s comments have been described as "unabashedly racist" by Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

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...ed. Some of Margaret Thatcher’s comments have been described as “unabashedly racist” by Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr Baroness Thatcher, 87, died on Monday after suffering a series of strokes. Bob Carr made his comments on the Australian broadcaster ABC’s Lateline programme. He said he had been “astonished” at the comments by Margaret Thatcher, which were made...