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Former Australian leader wants nomination for UN top job
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is making a late bid for the top United Nations job, after months of cross-crossing the world in low-key lobbying for government support.
 
Kate Bush fans re-enact Wuthering Heights in Australia
Thousands of Kate Bush fans put on their best billowy red dresses and danced en masse in Melbourne Saturday to one of the singer's most iconic songs Wuthering Heights.
 
A man has pleaded guilty to cutting off someone's left testicle in an Australian motel room after responding to an online advert asking for help with a sensitive medical problem.
 
Australian mangrove die-off blamed on climate change
Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia's remote north have died, scientists said Monday, with climate change the likely cause.
 
Eight days after Australia's general election ended in uncertainty, the prime minister finally claimed victory Sunday for his conservative coalition, bringing an end to the country's political paralysis -- at least for the moment.
 
Australia's PM claims victory after national elections
Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Sunday declared victory for the ruling conservatives after the Labor opposition conceded defeat despite an ongoing vote count eight days after close-fought national elections.
 
Australia's PM Turnbull 'Mr Harbourside Mansion'
SYDNEY, AFP Multi-millionaire former banker and lawyer Malcolm Turnbull has clung to power in Australia, but the tech-savvy grandfather dubbed "Mr Harbourside Mansion" won only a begrudging victory with voters.
 
Australia's government appeared increasing likely to retain power after a knife-edge election, with a third independent lawmaker on Friday offering support to the ruling coalition if it falls short of a majority.
 
Lawmaker to back Australian government in hung parliament
Australia's conservative government tightened its slim grip on power on Thursday as it increased its narrow lead in election vote counting and as an independent lawmaker agreed to support the ruling party if it does now win a majority.
 
Australia's conservative government remained hopeful on Wednesday of clinging to power after weekend elections turned too close to call. But the opposition leader warned that even if the government musters a majority, it will emerge a divided administration without a mandate for its agenda.
 
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