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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that he and his deputy will urge the ruling party to reject calls to hold a leadership ballot next week that could potentially oust them.

Fiji opposition parties on Thursday questioned the government's decision to change the Pacific nation's flag, accusing Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama of acting like a dictator on the issue.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was fighting for his job Wednesday after backbenchers publicly called for a Liberal Party leadership challenge following months of tensions stoked by fading poll numbers and policy backflips.
Abbott defiant as backbenchers call for his head


Australia's beleaguered prime minister on Tuesday ruled out throwing his job open to challengers with a leadership ballot to demonstrate his control over his government, warning colleagues that voters craved stability.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday he had not contemplated stepping down, as pressure mounted on his leadership following a controversial decision to make Britain's Prince Philip a knight.

Australians on death row in Bali will be among the next group of prisoners to be executed in Indonesia, an official said Monday, as Jakarta takes an increasingly hard line against drug traffickers.
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday his government had "lessons to learn" from a state election rout in Queensland, amid growing leadership questions after his unpopular move to knight Britain's Prince Philip.

Ricochets from police gunfire killed one of the two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a central Sydney cafe in December, an inquest into the deadly standoff heard Thursday.

Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.

Andy Murray drew massive applause not just for his tennis, but for an eloquent tribute to female coaches.

A pick-up in core consumer prices in Australia has reduced the likelihood of a near-term interest rate cut, even as official statistics showed Wednesday that plunging oil prices slowed inflation in the last three months of 2014.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott marked his country's national day Monday by honoring Britain's Prince Philip with a knighthood, sparking criticism from the opposition of being in a "time warp."

Australia said on Sunday it was simplifying the process of adopting children from overseas, setting up a single body to manage applications while working on new arrangements with the United States, Poland and Vietnam.

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the U.N. declaring the site in danger.
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