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Australia to host world’s most important cultural heritage event
The Australian and New South Wales (NSW) governments joined the president of Australia’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Ian Travers to announce that Sydney will host 1,200 global heritage experts in 2020, at the next Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS.
Australia parliament passes same-sex marriage bill
There were loud cheers, hugs and sustained clapping in the lower House of Representatives when all but four MPs voted in support of marriage equality, after the upper house Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week.
Business investment boosts Australia's economy
Australia's economy grew 0.6 percent in the third-quarter, as business investment lifted despite weak household spending, reflecting the divergence between the two segments, official data showed on Wednesday.
Bali volcano emits wispy plume of steam, flights resume
Gushing ash from Bali’s Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam, and Australian airlines that canceled some flights to the Indonesian resort island on the weekend have returned to near-normal schedules.
Why Australia has greatest diversity of avian life
If you live in Australia, you may not realize how unique and special the birds around you are. The continent was perhaps the most important for the evolution of modern birds, with a majority of the world’s species tracing their ancestry here.
PNG police end long standoff with refugees at Australia detention camp
Papua New Guinea police wielding metal rods cleared the final 320 holdouts from a shuttered Australian refugee camp Friday, ending a 24-day standoff that put a global spotlight on Canberra's tough policy on asylum seekers.
Australia urges strong, sustained U.S. engagement in Asia, warns on China
Australia called on Thursday on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with “like-minded” partners while warning against China’s rising influence.
1000s protest possible presence of far right in Austria govt.
At least 3,000 people have formed a “chain of light” around the government district in the Austrian capital to protest the possible participation of the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) in any coalition government.
Aid groups rap Australia for joint exercise with Saudi Arabia
Human rights organizations and aid groups said they are concerned by news that the Royal Australian Navy recently conducted training with its Saudi counterpart on the Red Sea.
Australia business conditions jump to all
A measure of Australian business conditions surged to its highest on record in October as strength in sales and profits across a range of industries completely overwhelmed protracted weakness in the retail sector.
UN urges Australia to accept New Zealand's Manus refugees offer
The United Nations refugee agency urged the Australian government to accept Jacinda Ardern's offer to take in 150 refugees as the Manus crisis continues.
Hundreds of asylum seekers still refusing to leave closed Australia refugee camp
Dozens of refugees have left a shuttered Australian camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) but hundreds more are refusing to move, detainees said Sunday, as New Zealand’s leader repeated an offer to resettle some of them.
Australia rues missed chances in Honduras stalemate
Australia left Honduras with a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the World Cup playoff on Friday and the visitor will be the happier of the two sides despite missing chances that would have secured a big advantage for the return leg in Sydney.
UN wants end to 'human suffering' in Australian refugee camp
The UN refugee agency, also known as the UNHCR, has urged Australia and Papua New Guinea to put an end to the “unconscionable human suffering” of asylum seekers on Manus Island.
UN slams Australia for abandoning refugees at camp
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has censured the government of Australia for its treatment of refugees amid a "looming humanitarian crisis" at a refugee camp in Papua New Guinea.

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