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Australia's failure to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people was described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday as “profoundly disappointing” with key targets missed and employment levels actually worsening.

South Korea's jobless rate rose in January from a month earlier, with more graduates and early retirees seeking work, government data showed Wednesday.

Australia will tighten scrutiny on overseas investment in farmland, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, on concerns about valuable agricultural and mineral assets in foreign hands.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed Monday to change after surviving a confidence vote on his leadership, while urging an end to the disunity that has seen the government's popularity plummet.
“I'll change”: Abbott on failed bid to unseat him


A Japanese surfer was killed Monday after both his legs were apparently bitten off by a shark in eastern Australia, a day after another man suffered serious injuries in the same area.

Survivors of a 16-hour siege in a Sydney cafe on Sunday told of their terror during the deadly standoff, as a jihadist gunman threatened to kill people “one by one.”
Sydney siege survivors tell of fear at hands of gunman


Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday he would bring forward by 24 hours a party vote on whether to oust him, as Australia faced a possible leadership change for the fourth time in five years.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday that he expected a challenge against his leadership to fail and stressed his government would not repeat the “chaos and instability” of previous administrations.

Australia will continue to plead for the lives of two men on death row in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday, vowing not to give up hope that their executions could be stayed.

Australians are quick to criticize their polarizing, gaffe-prone and unpredictable prime minister, Tony Abbott. But his critics within the conservative government have largely held their tongues in the interests of presenting a united administration — until now.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that he and his deputy will urge the ruling party to reject calls to hold a leadership ballot next week that could potentially oust them.

Fiji opposition parties on Thursday questioned the government's decision to change the Pacific nation's flag, accusing Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama of acting like a dictator on the issue.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was fighting for his job Wednesday after backbenchers publicly called for a Liberal Party leadership challenge following months of tensions stoked by fading poll numbers and policy backflips.
Abbott defiant as backbenchers call for his head


Australia's beleaguered prime minister on Tuesday ruled out throwing his job open to challengers with a leadership ballot to demonstrate his control over his government, warning colleagues that voters craved stability.
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