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Toll from Fiji cyclone hits 18 as aid sent to islands
The death toll from a ferocious cyclone which tore through Fiji over the weekend has risen to 18 as authorities on Monday began to get a grasp on the scale of the disaster and deploy aid to hard-hit outer islands.
 
A 1-year-old baby of an asylum-seeking family from Nepal was discharged from an Australian hospital on Monday, ending a 10-day standoff between medical staff and the government over whether she should be sent back with her parents to the Pacific island nation of Nauru.
 
Entertainment company Village Roadshow asked an Australian court on Thursday to order Internet service providers to block access to a website that allows users to download films and TV shows for free.
 
Authorities were investigating on Thursday how two severed human legs came to be left at an Australian city rubbish dump.
 
Aussie cops seize US$900 mil. worth of methylamphetamine
Australian law enforcement agencies have seized methylamphetamine worth 1.26 billion Australian dollars (US$900 million) in the country's largest-ever haul of the illicit drug in its liquid form, officials said Monday.
 
Taiwan's representative offices in five popular working holiday destinations have recently set up special Facebook pages to offer the latest information on the countries to travelers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced.
 
US WWII vet reunites with wartime girlfriend in Oz
A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart.
 
Two female backpackers from Europe were savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier, police said on Wednesday.
 
Australia is resisting mounting international pressure not to deport child asylum seekers, with a minister warning Thursday that allowing them to stay could attract more refugees to come by boat.
 
Lawmakers can now breastfeed in the Australian Parliament after the government changed the rules on Tuesday to make politics more family-friendly. But none of the nursing mothers appeared keen to take up the opportunity.
 
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