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3 Australian men charged with terrorism over mosque fires

Australian police

Melbourne, August 20 : Australian police have charged three men with committing terrorist acts on suspicion of starting fires at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Melbourne last year, inspired by Islamic State and intending to divide the Muslim community. Two of the men are already in custody and awaiting trial on suspicion of plotting bomb attacks in Australia’s second largest ...

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Dinosaurs beheaded at Australian museum

Dinosaurs beheaded

SYDNEY : Three model raptors at Australia’s national dinosaur museum have been beheaded by mystery vandals who scaled a fence and removed the parts using an angle grinder or hacksaw, police said Tuesday. Investigators are hunting for the attackers after the damage to the dinosaurs — which were in an outside display area — took place late Saturday at the ...

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Possible dual citizenship could disqualify Australian deputy PM from parliament

Possible dual citizenship

Sydney : Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Monday he may not be eligible for parliament after being told he may be a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, potentially posing a threat to the conservative government’s hold on power. Australian politicians are not eligible to be elected to parliament if they hold dual or plural citizenship, ...

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Sikh man asked to take off kirpan on New Zealand bus


Melbourne : A Sikh man in Australia was asked to take off his kirpan and “get out” of a bus when a passenger called police in panic after seeing the ceremonial knife, a media report said on Wednesday. Police boarded a busy commuter bus in Auckland on Tuesday after a passenger was seen carrying a ceremonial knife, traditionally worn by ...

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Australian man’s thumb surgically replaced by toe

Australian man’s thumb

SYDNEY : An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has had his toe surgically transplanted in its position. Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia. “A bull kicked my hand into the fence,” Mr Mitchell said of the incident. He underwent two unsuccessful operations to reattach his ...

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