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Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith.
3 flee from Sydney cafe at heart of hostage drama

 

Passengers on a flight from the United States to Australia endured an even longer journey than they were expecting when their plane was diverted and then spent eight hours waiting on the tarmac, reports said Saturday.
 

The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given “psychosexual” training.
 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared himself ready to “sweat blood” to ensure that Aborigines are recognized in the nation's constitution, hopefully by 2017.
 

A former Vietnamese refugee shot dead on a Sydney street corner had laundered up to AU$1 billion (US$830 million) at Australian casinos as he cleaned up cash for criminal syndicates, reports said.
 

The Australian government failed in its duty to protect asylum-seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where a February riot left one dead and 69 injured, said a damning parliamentary report released Thursday.
 

Australia's jobless rate hit a 12-year high in November, data showed Thursday, as more people looked for jobs in a softening economy hurt by falling commodity prices and weak Chinese demand.
 

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged AU$200 million (US$165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries.
 

Australia's government accused the Islamic State (IS) group of using foreign fighters as “cannon fodder,” as the number of Australians killed while fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq rose to 20.
 

Australia's best-known lifeguard Bruce 'Hoppo' Hopkins knows there's nothing better than the naked eye to spot the dangers of the surf — rip currents and sharks.
 

Australia is better at keeping Aboriginal people in prison than in school, the country's indigenous rights commissioner said Friday, describing the phenomenon as an “urgent issue.”
 

Australia's conservative government on Friday further tightened immigration laws by introducing controversial temporary visas for refugees that do not allow them to settle permanently in the country.
 

Australia's Parliament on Thursday appeared close to passing a bill creating a new class of temporary visas for refugees that will allow them to stay and work in the country for three to five years but prevent them from making Australia their permanent home.
 

Australia's government is taking steps to curb Australian travelers' soaring expectations of what help they can get from their embassies, such as a loan to pay a prostitute in Thailand or assistance to evict a polecat from above a ceiling in the United States.
 
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