Tag Archives: Australia

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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Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences

The Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native Australia. He complained that he had been subjected to “relentless character assassination” during a two-year investigation into the “false” claims. He said the Pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges. The charges relate to alleged ...

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Vatican treasurer charged with sex offences

The Vatican treasurer and Australia’s most senior Catholic figure, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with sex offences in Australia. The charges relate to alleged “historical” incidents, police in the state of Victoria said. The allegations were made by more than one person, said Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton. Cardinal Pell, who is based in the Vatican, has vehemently denied ...

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US to honour ‘dumb’ Australia migrant deal

The United States has confirmed it will be going through with a migrant resettlement plan made with Australia. US President Donald Trump once called the deal, which was agreed under his predecessor, “dumb”. The agreement allows for up to 1,250 asylum seekers to Australia to resettle in the US. In return, Mr Turnbull’s administration has agreed to resettle people from ...

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