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Aussie miner lawmaker Clive Palmer criticized for China tirade

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 2:13PM UTC Comments Off Clive Palmer. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker Clive Palmer has been widely accused of threatening Australia's relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China. ...

Australia, Indonesia hope to heal phone tapping rift with new pact

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:18AM UTC Comments Off Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, talks with her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa after a meeting in Jakarta last year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked last November by accusations that Australia had tapped the cell phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009....

Thai surrogate mom says she would be happy to get twin back

By Tue, Aug 05, 2014 4:34PM UTC Comments Off Pattaramon Chanbua, 21, poses her baby boy Gammy at a hospital in Chonburi province, southeastern Thailand, Sunday. Pic: AP.

SRI RACHA, Thailand (AP) — A Thai surrogate mother left with a Down syndrome baby who was abandoned by his Australian biological parents says she would be happy to have the baby's healthy twin returned, especially because of her concern over reports that the father is a convicted sex offender....

Australia sends 157 Tamil Sri Lankans to Pacific island detention camp

By Sat, Aug 02, 2014 12:40PM UTC Comments Off Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, center left, shakes hand with Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during the handing-over of two Australian patrol vessels to boost the South Asia country's surveillance against illegal migration, in Colombo last month. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says more than 150 Sri Lanka asylum seekers have been flown from an Australian immigration detention camp to the Pacific island nation of Nauru after they refused to consider returning to India. ...

Philippines deports Australian Islamic preacher

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:33PM UTC Comments Off Philippine police operatives escort Australian Islamic preacher Robert Cerantonio, alias Musa. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration authorities say they have deported an Australian Islamic preacher on suspicion of links to terrorists....

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