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Australian man Phuc Dat Bich, who became an Internet sensation after complaining his Facebook page kept being shut down, says he is honored his name has made people laugh.
 
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday there was no global support for a U.S.-led ground force to destroy the Islamic State group, which he called fundamentally weak with "more Twitter accounts than fighters."
 
The Australian government remained committed to resettling 12,000 Syrian refugees, but security checks could take more than a year, officials said Monday.
 
Australian officials refused to confirm reports Friday that a boat carrying asylum seekers was being towed away from its Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island.
 
A Sydney court fined a Japanese firm AU$1 million (US$709,300) Wednesday for repeatedly killing Antarctic minke whales in an Australian Southern Ocean sanctuary.
 
At least four people died in bushfires raging in parts of Western Australia, authorities said Wednesday, with a shocked local community lamenting the "day from hell."
 
Australia's most senior Muslim cleric came under fire from government ministers on Tuesday for linking the Paris attacks to racism and Islamophobia.
 
Australia on Friday announced six sites, including some in Outback areas, on a shortlist for the nation's first nuclear waste dump, risking fresh controversy after an earlier plan was scuttled by opposition from Aboriginal landowners.
 
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed a "great future" for relations between his country and Indonesia during his first trip to the key ally since taking power, seeking to turn the page after a series of crises.
 
Australian police used tear gas to put down a two-day riot at a migrant detention center Tuesday, where detainees, reportedly armed with machetes, chainsaws and Molotov cocktails were running amok.
 
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