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  • Australia lifts Ebola donation to $16 million

    ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia more than doubled its donation to the fight against Ebola in West Africa to 18 million Australian dollars ($16 million) on Thursday, but resisted demands to…

  • Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

    ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Iraq’s ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia’s request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets. Australia has…

  • Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws

    ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Parliament on Wednesday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom. The National Security…

  • Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father’s death

    SYDNEY (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. “We would just like to thank everyone for their…

  • Australia says man sent money to American in Syria

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. Hassan…

  • Australia won’t send Ebola doctors to West Africa

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly…

  • New Zealand party leader quits after election loss

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of New Zealand’s main liberal party has resigned after suffering a humiliating election defeat. Labour Party leader David Cunliffe announced Saturday he was quitting but still planned to…

  • Official: Refugees could soon settle in Cambodia

    ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Refugees rejected by Australia could be resettled in Cambodia this year under a bilateral agreement to be signed Friday that will cost the Australian government more than…

  • Australian terror suspect may not have acted alone

    KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counterterrorism police officers may not have been acting alone as originally thought, a lead investigator said Thursday. Numan…

  • Australia says refugees to resettle in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian government minister said on Thursday that only refugees who volunteer will be resettled in Cambodia as part of a new bilateral pact. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will sign…

  • Fonterra posts revenue jump; cuts forecast payout

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra posted record revenue Wednesday but signaled a tougher year ahead for farmers by cutting its projected payout to them. The cut reflects a drop since…

  • Australian police shoot suspected terrorist dead

    ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counterterrorism police officers had his passport canceled recently on national security grounds, top police officials said Wednesday.…

  • G-20 says close to goal of $2 trillion in growth

    SYDNEY (AP) — Finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies said on Sunday they are close to reaching their goal of boosting world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years, and…

  • New Zealand leader wants flag vote held next year

    NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fresh off a big election win, New Zealand Prime Minster John Key said Monday that he wants the nation to vote next year on changing its…

  • Australia to prohibit secret service torture

    ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had planned to indemnify Australian…