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Australia urges strong, sustained US engagement in Asia


Sydney, November 23 : 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. A more insular United States would be detrimental to the liberal nature of the world’s “rules-based order”, the government said in a 115-page foreign policy white paper. “Australia believes ...

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Australian police seize huge cocaine haul being smuggled in yacht


Sydney : A huge cocaine haul hidden in the hull of a yacht has been seized off the east coast of Australia, police said on Thursday. Some 700 kilos (1,543 pounds) of the drug with an estimated street value of USD 186 million were intercepted on Wednesday about 100 kilometres north of Sydney, they said. Three men, alleged to have ties ...

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Same-sex marriage may be law in Australia by early December


Melbourne : Australian lawmakers on Thursday vowed to push through laws legalising same-sex marriage by early December, after a national survey found the majority of Australians favoured the move. Both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition government and the main opposition Labor Party said they were aiming to pass the law through parliament by December 7. That timeline was even ...

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Indian-origin young woman killed at house in New Zealand


Melbourne, November 12 : A 24-year-old Indian-origin woman was on Sunday found killed with injuries on her body at her house in New Zealand’s Auckland city, media reports said. Arishma Archana Singh, who lived with her three-year-old daughter and parents at the Maich road house, was found lying “in a pool of blood” on the floor of her bedroom in ...

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Australian MP Alexander resigns over dual nationality in new blow for govt


Sydney, November 11 : Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would not call a General Election after a citizenship crisis claimed another Member of Parliament on Saturday, leaving his government clinging to power with the support of two Independents. Australia’s Constitution bars dual nationals from Parliament, and Turnbull’s centre-right coalition government was thrown into disarray last month by a ...

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