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Australian gamers Tuesday were among the world's first to get their hands on the latest installment of “Call of Duty,” as publisher Activision sought to boost the blockbuster franchise amid concerns about consumer fatigue.
Battle lines drawn as blockbuster 'Call of Duty' on sale in Australia


An Australian who climbed onto a dead whale as it floated offshore, attracting the attention of large sharks, apologized on Monday for his “idiot” act.

Australian banking giant Westpac on Monday posted a 12-percent jump in full-year net profit to AU$7.56 billion (US$6.60 billion), driven by growth in lending volumes and customer deposits.
Australia's Westpac Bank annual net profit up 12%


A firefighter has been killed and at least two homes have been destroyed by Australian spring wildfires, officials said Saturday.

Australia and New Zealand on Saturday marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I, with thousands attending events to commemorate the “heavy day in history.”
Australia, NZ mark 100 years since 1st troops left for WWI


Australia is set to approve measures giving polluters financial incentives to reduce emissions blamed for climate change, in a move critics described as ineffective environmental policy.

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Friday posted record annual net profit of AU$7.3 billion (US$6.5 billion) — up 15 percent — pursuing an Asia-focused growth strategy.

Australia on Thursday passed a law criminalizing travel to terror hotspots, a tough counter-terrorism measure aimed at stopping jihadists from going to Iraq and Syria to fight.

Australia said Monday it was suspending migration from Ebola-hit West African nations to try to prevent the virus from crossing its borders, as a teenager who arrived from Guinea tested negative for the disease.

Australia is poised to help China seize assets from corrupt officials and assist Beijing in extraditing economic fugitives, a report said Tuesday.

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to “not stop fighting,” reports said Tuesday.

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change and remains the country's only leader to be sacked, died Tuesday aged 98.
Former Australian PM Whitlam dead at 98


Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.

Australian banks' confidence in the investor property market is a sign that property loans are expected to hold up for a while more.
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