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Austrian ‘whizz-kid’ brings right wing back into power


Vienna : Austria is set to become the only western European country with a far-right party in the government after the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) and Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives struck a coalition deal, capping a year of successes for Europe’s nationalist movements. As the parties met to rubber-stamp the accord struck on late Friday, Herbert Kickl, the FPOe’s secretary general ...

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Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for N Korea


Melbourne, December 17 : Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction. The man had been charged with two counts under an act preventing the ...

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Australia parliament passes same-sex marriage bill

Australia parliament

Sydney : Gay couples will be able to legally marry in Australia after a same-sex marriage bill sailed through parliament Thursday, ending decades of political wrangling.There were loud cheers, hugs and sustained clapping in the 150-seat lower House of Representatives when all but four MPs voted in support of marriage equality, after the upper house Senate passed the bill 43-12 last ...

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Victoria first Australia state to legalise euthanasia

Victoria first

MELBOURNE : An Australian state Wednesday became the first in the country tolegalise assisted dying, or euthanasia , with lawmakers voting to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives. The legislation, which takes effect from June 2019, was passed in Victoria after 100 hours of often fiery debate, making it the only place ...

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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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