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Australian police seize huge cocaine haul being smuggled in yacht

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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

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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

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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

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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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Australia cockatoos chew billion-dollar broadband

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Sydney : Australia’s multimillion dollar broadband network is under attack – from cockatoos. The National Broadband Network (NBN) company said it has spent tens of thousands of dollars so far fixing cables chewed by the birds. Australian broadband is already criticised for being slow. According to a recent report it ranks 50th in the world for internet speed. NBN estimates the ...

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