Australia drug runner crashes van into police car

A suspected drug carrier has been arrested after crashing a van packed with methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in Sydney, Australia. The 28-year-old driver hit the police car at speed, crushing its bonnet, on Monday before racing off. Police caught him an hour later in Eastwood, a suburb in the city’s north. A search of […]

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Message-in-a-bottle author found after 50 years

The author of a message in a bottle has been located some 50 years after he threw it into the Indian Ocean. Paul Gilmore, then 13, dropped the bottle into the ocean while sailing with his family on a liner from the UK to Melbourne. On Tuesday, his note was found in South Australia by 13-year-old Jyah Ellott who was […]

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Landmark sentence for Australian family-killer

An Australian man has been handed a landmark jail sentence of life without parole for murdering his wife, three children and their grandmother. Anthony Robert Harvey, 25, killed the five at their home in Perth last year. The bodies of Mara Lee Harvey, 41, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, three-year-old Charlotte, and Beverley Quinn, 73, were found a week later. […]

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Children drive stolen car 900km across Australia

Four children packed fishing rods and money into a 4×4 before illegally driving themselves more than 900km (560 miles) across Australia, police say. The three boys and a girl – all aged 10-14 – were discovered safe in the New South Wales town of Grafton on Sunday. They had left Gracemere, in Queensland, sometime earlier in the weekend. One boy […]

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Giant fish washes up on Australian beach

Pictures of a giant, odd-looking fish have gone viral after it washed up on a beach in South Australia. Identified as an ocean sunfish by experts, the 1.8m (6ft)-long specimen was first spotted by a group of fishermen driving along the sand. At first, they mistook it for a large piece of driftwood, said Linette Grzelak who posted pictures of […]

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Australia Will Hold Referendum on Indigenous Recognition

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia will hold a national referendum within the next three years on the question of formally recognizing Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, a government minister said on Wednesday, a significant step for a marginalized population that has long sought an official voice in government. Ken Wyatt, the minister for Indigenous Australians, said the conservative government of Prime […]

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Australia pledges vote on indigenous recognition

The Australian government has pledged to hold a referendum on recognising indigenous people in the nation’s constitution. Official recognition and rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is a major national debate. The government says it is committed to holding a national referendum within three years. Such a vote is required to change the constitution. Only eight of 44 […]

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How Australia is changing – in 11 charts

Australia will go to the polls on 18 May at a time when many Australians have big questions about their country and who leads it. Here’s a visual look at some key issues and themes which could shape the outcome. Who’s in charge? It’s only a mild overstatement to suggest that Australia has adopted a “hot desking” approach to running […]

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The Australian ‘democracy peddler’ detained in China

In January this year, Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun went missing in China. Six months on, his family still don’t know where exactly he is, nor when he might come home. China has confirmed he is being held on suspicion of “endangering national security”. But his supporters have raised concerns about where he is being held and what they say are […]

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The Australian ‘democracy peddler’ detained in China

In January this year, Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun went missing in China. Six months on, his family still don’t know where exactly he is, nor when he might come home. China has confirmed he is being held on suspicion of “endangering national security”. But his supporters have raised concerns about where he is being held and what they say are […]

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