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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused again Sunday to deny allegations an official paid thousands of Australian dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers.

Australia's prime minister on Friday sidestepped charges that officials from his country paid the crew of a boat carrying 65 migrants to return to Indonesian waters, but said Australia had to be creative to stop the flow of boats carrying asylum seekers to its shores.

The Islamic State group has "global ambitions" and more must be done to tackle its use of social media for recruitment, representatives of governments and technology giants heard in Australia Thursday.
Australian talks tackle jihadists' use of social media


The captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers say Australian authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters, police said Wednesday.

Nineteen people were hurt after a pickup truck smashed into a cafe in northern Australia on Tuesday, sparking a fire that engulfed the building, police said.

A man was charged with attempted murder in Australia Monday after allegedly stealing a bulldozer, crushing four cars and then driving the machine through a house.

Monetary donations received for the election were the reason for the substantial difference between Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) cash saving and what Ko claimed to own last year, according to a Facebook post made by Ko's wife Dr. Chen Pei-chi (陳佩琪) yesterday.

Cambodia received its first batch of asylum-seekers from Australian custody on Thursday, with rights groups labeling them "human guinea pigs" for an uncaring policy by Canberra to offload refugees onto other countries.

Australia's economy was stronger-than-expected in the first quarter of the year as exports and consumer spending boosted growth, data showed Wednesday, reinforcing a decision to keep interest rates on hold after two cuts this year.

The detention of indigenous children has become a national crisis in Australia, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, and demanded the government do more to stem what it termed a spiraling epidemic.

Australia's political opposition hopes to harness momentum from the Irish gay marriage referendum after it proposed a law Monday that would recognize same-sex marriages, which the country's conservative prime minister opposes.

Australia's Queensland state will list the koala as a "vulnerable species" throughout the northeastern region, saying urban expansion, car accidents and dog attacks were threatening the much-loved furry animal.
Koala to be classified as 'vulnerable,' after announcement by Queensland


Australia welcomed a draft decision by the United Nations to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list Saturday, but environmentalists warned of ongoing risks to the natural wonder.

U.S. authorities investigating the mistaken shipment of live anthrax by a military lab have discovered another batch of the lethal bacteria dating back to 2008, some of which was sent to Australia, officials said Friday.
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