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A Japanese-Australian community leader said Thursday that he had filed a racial discrimination complaint against a Sydney church that he alleged intimidated Japanese nationals by erecting a memorial to women forced to work as sex slaves by Japan's World War II army.
 
'Democracy sausage' is Aussie word of the year
If you've ever struggled to decipher Australian English, then 'democracy sausage' -- the 2016 word of the year Down Under -- may lead to blank faces with its obscure origins in election campaigning.
 
A staff member at an Australian nursing home was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison for murdering two elderly residents and attempting to murder a third with insulin injections.
 
A controversial India-backed AU$21.7 billion (US$16 billion) giant coal project near Australia's Great Barrier Reef is set to start construction by the middle of next year, the miner said Tuesday.
 
"Bad boy" pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli, who raised the cost of an HIV drug by 5,000 percent, has mocked a group of Sydney school students who recreated the life-saving medicine on the cheap.
 
Australia has enacted a law that will allow officials to keep convicted terrorists in prison after they have served their sentences, the prime minister said on Friday.
 
Australia's government struck a deal with a minor party on Thursday on a tax rate aimed at encouraging foreign travelers to pick fruit on the nation's farms.
 
Aussies protest over refugee treatment
Rowdy protesters demonstrating against Australia's treatment of asylum seekers disrupted Parliament on Wednesday, some gluing their hands to a railing before security officers finally wrested them out.
 
Marmoset heist
This undated photo shows Pygmy marmosets at the Symbio Wildlife Park in Sydney. Two men were charged Monday, Nov. 28 with stealing the rare pygmy marmosets from an Australian wildlife park as a baby was reunited with her mum and the hunt continued to find dad.
 
Six people have died and five remained on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city, officials said Sunday.
 
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