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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday said his government's treatment of a boatload of 157 asylum-seekers who have been kept at sea for weeks would underline its resolve to stop people-smuggling.
 

A group of 157 asylum-seekers in custody on the high seas for weeks will be taken to Australia and held until consular officials confirm their nationalities, ending a long stand-off, authorities said Friday.
 

The World Bank on Wednesday offered India up to US$18 billion in financial support over the next three years while lavishly praising new right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “ambitious vision” for the country.
 

Nestled among the bars and strip clubs of Sydney's Kings Cross is a service which not only saves lives, but continues the pragmatic approach which prevented an HIV epidemic among drug-users in Australia.
 

Billionaire James Packer, one of Australia's richest men, on Tuesday announced he was setting up a philanthropic foundation to give away AU$200 million (US$188 million).
 

Australia on Thursday axed a divisive carbon tax after years of vexed political debate, in a move criticized as regressive and out of step with the rest of the world.
 

Survivors of one of Australia's deadliest wildfires are to be awarded nearly AU$500 million (US$470 million) in a class action settlement reached Tuesday, the largest such compensation in the nation's history.
Record settlement in Aussie wildfire suit

 

An inquiry into Australia's financial system highlighted in a report Tuesday the risks its booming housing sector has on economic stability and perceptions its major banks are “too big to fail.”
 

Australia's agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as “extremist” and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers.
 

Australia's central bank governor Glenn Stevens Saturday urged politicians to work together to address the growing gap between fiscal spending and revenue, as the government battles to push through massive budget cuts.
 
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