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May, 25, 2016

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Ship carrying nuclear waste arrives in Australia
A ship carrying 25 tonnes of radioactive waste arrived back in Australia on Saturday, met by activists who warned against the vast nation becoming a nuclear dumping ground.
 
Australia's parliament has passed laws to strip dual nationals of their citizenship if they are convicted of terrorism offenses or found to have fought with banned groups overseas, despite concerns about deporting known militants.
 
Australia's weather bureau has been hit by a major cyberattack blamed on mainland China by officials who estimated the possible repair bill at hundreds of millions in U.S. dollars, according to a report Wednesday.
 
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming "research" whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene.
 
Worldwide rallies demand action on climate change
Tens of thousands marched across Australia Sunday on a third day of worldwide rallies as pressure mounts on global leaders to strike a pact on cutting greenhouse gases at crucial talks in still-shaken Paris.
 
Australians were counting the cost of bushfires Friday, with officials saying a volunteer firefighter died from a suspected heart attack while battling an eastern blaze and a southern inferno razed at least 35 homes.
 
Piercing screaming and shouts of "I'm going to kill you" prompted Australian police to rush to a Sydney home at 2 a.m. only to find an embarrassed man and a large spider.
 
Firefighters contained a large wildfire Thursday that had caused at least two deaths, 13 injuries and destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said.
 
Troops to be deployed near disputed islands: Japan
Japan's deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island Thursday to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region including nearby disputed East China Sea islands.
 
A 71-year-old mainland China journalist imprisoned on a state secrets conviction was released for medical reasons after pleading guilty during a closed-door appeal hearing, her lawyers and state media said.
 
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