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An Australian man was Wednesday sentenced to life behind bars for the rape and murder of a young French woman in Brisbane, with a judge blasting his "cowardly" actions. Benjamin Milward pleaded guilty earlier this month to the charges, more than two years after the naked body of business student Sophie Collombet, 21, was found in a park near her apartment in the city's south in March 2014.
 
4 dead after Australia theme park disaster
Two women and two men were killed at a theme park on Australia's popular Gold Coast Tuesday, police said, with witnesses describing how "everyone was screaming" after a raft apparently flipped on a water ride.
 
Australian man jailed for sexual abuse in Indonesia
An elderly Australian man was jailed for 15 years Tuesday for sexually abusing Indonesian girls on the resort island of Bali after luring them to his house with promises of gifts.
 
A surfer sustained teeth wounds to his thigh on Monday in the third shark attack off New South Wales state north of Sydney in a month, police said.
 
Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty next year as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons. Justice Minister Michael Keenan says police and justice ministers agreed at a meeting Friday to start a nationwide gun amnesty from the middle of 2017.
 
Up to 18 employees of Australian billionaire James Packer's Crown Resorts are believed to have been detained in China, reports said Saturday.
 
A Philippine judge dismissed a narcotics trafficking charge against an Australian man after ruling police made up evidence, court documents show, as concerns mount about new President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
 
A New Zealand tourist was so afraid of an Australian man she met through the dating app Tinder that she fell 14 floors to her death while trying to escape from his apartment balcony, a prosecutor told a court on Monday.
 
The names of people being investigated for playing "an active role" in the downing of flight MH17 will be confirmed by early 2017, Australia's foreign minister said Sunday as she raised the prospect of a Lockerbie-style prosecution.
 
An entire Australian state has lost power as a strong storm lashes the region with heavy rain and fierce winds.
 
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