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China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific
by Rod McGuirk - January 11, 2018 - 9:23am
China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white elephants" that threatened economic stability without delivering benefits....
Australian government restores grip on power in by-election
by Rod McGuirk - December 16, 2017 - 9:10pm
The Australian government on yesterday won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power that was threatened by a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament.
Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
by Rod McGuirk - December 15, 2017 - 2:12pm
An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the...
Australian prime minister rushes gay marriage into law
by Rod McGuirk - December 8, 2017 - 12:47am
Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can...
Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages
by Rod McGuirk - December 7, 2017 - 7:23am
The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly...
Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate
by Rod McGuirk - December 4, 2017 - 9:39am
An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament's debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country.
Police disrupt plot in Australia to 'bring down an airplane'
by Rod McGuirk - July 30, 2017 - 1:36am
Australian police disrupted a plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men in raids on homes in several Sydney suburbs, the prime minister said Sunday.
US admiral stands ready to obey a Trump nuclear strike order
by Rod McGuirk - July 27, 2017 - 6:51am
The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said on Thursday he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Donald Trump ordered it, and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its...
Australian PM, Trump offer mixed messages on refugee deal
by Rod McGuirk - February 2, 2017 - 1:15pm
 Australia's prime minister insisted Thursday that a deal struck with the Obama administration that would allow mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States was still on,...
Magnitude 8 quake hits Solomon Islands; no tsunami reported
by Rod McGuirk - January 22, 2017 - 2:34pm
A powerful magnitude 8 earthquake hit the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands on Sunday, but no tsunami was reported hours after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for nearby islands.
China fires 3 officials after typhoon in east killed 83
by Rod McGuirk - July 18, 2016 - 10:42am
China's official news agency says the government has fired three officials after a strong tropical storm killed 83 people and left 19 others missing as it battered the country's eastern coast.
Australian leadership in doubt as election too close to call
by Rod McGuirk - July 3, 2016 - 11:46am
 Australians awoke Sunday to a government plagued in uncertainty after a stunningly close national election failed to deliver a clear victor, raising the prospect of a hung parliament.
US says losing access to China-claimed waters would be huge
by Rod McGuirk - March 16, 2016 - 8:58am
A U.S. Navy commander warned Wednesday that if the United States lost access to international waters claimed by China in the South China Sea, it would have far-reaching implications beyond military.
US general: Air Force to keep flying over South China Sea
by Rod McGuirk - March 8, 2016 - 6:54am
The U.S. Air Force will continue to fly daily missions over the South China Sea despite a buildup of Chinese surface-to-air missiles and fighter jets in the contested region, with both nations' militaries in discussions...
Cardinal denies concealing knowledge of 2 Aussie pedophiles
by Rod McGuirk - March 2, 2016 - 4:00pm
The lawyer for an Australian inquiry into child sex abuse suggested on yesterday that one of Pope Francis' top advisers was lying when he denied knowledge of criminal allegations swirling around two notorious pedophile...
Child sex abuse victims to hear cardinal's testimony in Rome
by Rod McGuirk - February 22, 2016 - 12:43pm
Victims of clergy abuse won permission on yesterday to be present next week when Pope Francis's finance minister testifies from Rome to an Australian inquiry into child sex offenses within the Roman Catholic Ch...
Prime minister says Australian vote to decide gay marriage
by Rod McGuirk - January 28, 2016 - 7:24pm
Australia's prime minister gave a personal assurance on Friday that his government would legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote.
Outback pub toasts David Bowie, its most famous visitor
by Rod McGuirk - January 13, 2016 - 12:01am
The pub's current owner, Malcolm George, said the town of fewer than 200 people hadn't known that Bowie was coming. And they have never been allowed to forget the visit, which took their rustic watering hole to a...
Australia calls for restraint after Russian plane shot down
by Rod McGuirk - November 24, 2015 - 5:31pm
 Australia's prime minister on Wednesday called for Russia and Turkey to show restraint over the shooting down of as Russian jet fighter near the Syria-Turkey border, adding Australia is paying close attention...
Australia's prime minister faces leadership challenge
by Rod McGuirk - September 14, 2015 - 12:49am
Australia's beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott could face a second challenge to his position this year, after a senior minister on Monday called on Abbott to allow a vote on his party leadership.
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