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Australians turn in 57,000 guns in national amnesty

Australians turned in more than 57,000 firearms to authorities last year during a national gun amnesty. The three-month amnesty was the first since Australia’s landmark response to a mass shooting in 1996. It aimed to reduce the number of illicit weapons by allowing people to hand them over without fear of prosecution. The government said the amnesty deal had made the nation ...

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Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2017

Australia experienced its third-warmest year on record in 2017, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. The national mean temperature of 22.75C was almost 1C higher than a 1961-1990 baseline, its annual report revealed. Only 2005 and 2013 were warmer, based on records kept for about a century. In November, the World Meteorological Organization projected that 2017 was “very likely” to ...

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Meet the 22-year-old Ghanaian already pursuing a PhD

Samuel Fiifi Hammond is a remarkable student. Not just because of his in-depth understanding of technical issues but his unwavering determination to break the traditional educational status quo. He is only 22, yet he is pursuing a doctorate at the Newcastle University in Australia. Samuel, only in 2016 graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with ...

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Australian diplomat dies in New York building fall

An Australian diplomat has died after falling from a New York City balcony while socialising with friends. Julian Simpson, 30, accidentally slipped from a seventh-floor ledge of his Manhattan building and fell to a landing on the second floor, New York police said. US media report he was playing a “trust game” with a friend before he fell. Mr Simpson ...

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Australians vote massively for same-sex marriage

Australians have voted in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll. The vote showed 61.6% of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. More than 12.7 million people – about 79.5% of eligible voters – took part in the eight-week postal survey. PM Malcolm Turnbull said the “overwhelming” result meant his ...

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Australia held by Honduras in World Cup playoff first leg

Honduras and Australia played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup play-off. The Socceroos – who will probably be happier with their home leg to come – had the better chances in San Pedro Sula. They were initially awarded a penalty for a foul on Bailey Wright, but the referee then changed his mind ...

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Australia deputy PM disqualified from office

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled. The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others quit in July. Australia’s constitution prohibits dual citizens from being elected. Mr Joyce’s exit strips the government of its ...

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NPP Australia branch honours Peter Amewu for galamsey fight

Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, has been honoured by the Western Australia chapter of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), at a brief ceremony at Perth, Australia. Mr. Amewu was acknowledged for his significant role in the fight against illegal mining since he was appointed to serve in the Akufo-Addo government. Mr. Amewu, who received a plaque and ...

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Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites

Australia’s federal court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block dozens of popular pirate sites. The crackdown prevents users from accessing 59 illegal torrent and streaming sites including Demonoid, EZTV, YTS, RARBG, 1337x and Putlocker. A total of 160 domains have been blocked in two orders, including alternative routes to the Pirate Bay. The blockades were requested by film ...

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Sydney homes searched over ‘plane bomb plot’

Australian police are searching five properties in Sydney over a suspected terrorism plot to bring down a plane. Four men were arrested in raids across the city late on Saturday. Police said they had seized materials that could have been used to make an explosive device. Local media said the plot may have involved a meat mincer. The men can be held ...

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