Australia

Australia Offers Condolences Over Air Strike on Syrian Troops

By Harry Pearl SYDNEY, Sept 18 – The Australian Department of Defence has offered its condolences to the families of Syrian soldiers killed or wounded in a U.S.-led bombing campaign on Saturday, in which Australia participated and Russia said hit Syrian military personnel and vehicles. Australian aircraft were among the warplanes that struck what were

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Australia Foreshadows Expanding Role in Fight Against Daesh in Syria and Iraq

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Sept 1 – Australia will expand its military action against the Daesh militant group in Syria and Iraq after amending its domestic laws, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday. Australia joined the U.S-backed coalition against Daesh in September 2014, and has steadily increased its military participation against the group that

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No Evidence of Radicalisation in Australian Hostel Killing

SYDNEY, Aug 25  – There is no evidence that a Frenchman who shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is Greatest) as he stabbed a British woman to death at a backpackers’ hotel in Australia was radicalised or under the influence of a political ideology, police said on Thursday. The dead woman has been identified as Mia Ayliffe-Chung,

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Australian Man Charged With Planning Terror Attack Following Raids

MELBOURNE, Aug 7 – A 31-year-old man appeared in an Australian court on Sunday charged with planning a terror attack, following a series of counter-terrorism police raids. Phillip Galea was charged with acts done in preparation for a terrorist act and collecting or making documents likely to facilitate a terrorist act, after being arrested in

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Australian Convicted of Recruiting Foreign Fighters for Daesh

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, July 12 – An Australian court on Tuesday convicted Sydney man Hamdi Al Qudsi of recruiting six young men to travel overseas and fight alongside Daesh and Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria. Al Qudsi, 42, was found guilty in a unanimous decision by the New South Wales state Supreme Court of

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Australian Minister Warns Against ‘Illiterate, Innumerate’ Refugees

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, May 18 – Australia’s immigration minister brought border security and immigration to the center of the 2016 election campaign, warning that resettling “illiterate and innumerate” refugees would strain the social safety network and take Australian jobs. Border security and immigration are hot political issues in Australia that have swayed past elections and

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Australia’s Starpharma, Ansell to Supply Anti-Zika Condoms for Olympics

SYDNEY, May 16 – Australian pharmaceutical company Starpharma Holdings Ltd said it is teaming up with world No. 2 condom maker Ansell Ltd to supply Zika virus-proof condoms to the Australian Olympic team ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games. Starpharma said it is giving the Australian athletes Ansell “Dual Protect” condoms lubricated with

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Australian Mother and TV Crew Face Kidnapping Charges in Lebanon

BEIRUT, April 12 – An Australian mother and TV crew, who were in Beirut to film the woman’s efforts to take her children back to Australia after a custody dispute with the Lebanese father, were charged with involvement in kidnapping by a Lebanese prosecutor on Tuesday. The mother and a four-member Channel Nine crew have

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Actor Hugh Jackman Helps Swimmers to Safety from Dangerous Surf

SYDNEY, March 27 – Australian actor Hugh Jackman turned real-life action hero at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Saturday, when he helped his son and another man to safety from strong currents in the surf. Jackman is shown linking hands with a man and pulling him from a fast-flowing channel on to a sandbar, where the

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