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Australia's government rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job, effectively crushing the former diplomat's hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.
 
Australian officials confirmed on Thursday that data recovered from a home flight simulator owned by the captain of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that someone had used the device to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed.
 
A teenage boy shown hooded and shackled in images from a juvenile detention center that shocked Australia has apologized for his crimes as anger mounted over the scandal Wednesday.
 
Looks like that ship has sailed
The tall ship Tenacious passes the Harbour Bridge as she sails into Sydney Harbour after an epic nine-month voyage from the United Kingdom in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, July 27. Tenacious, built in 2000 by 1,500 volunteers, many living with disabilities, is the largest operating wooden ship in the world at 65 meters and with a mast height of 39 meters.
 
The Australian government ordered an inquiry Tuesday after graphic evidence emerged of prison guards assaulting teenage boys, with one shown hooded and shackled in scenes likened to Guantanamo Bay.
 
Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new world record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said.
 
Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports.
 
Russia balloonist will try to circumnavigate globe, set new record
A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was on the brink of setting a record for flying solo in a balloon around the world nonstop and was expected to land in Australia on Saturday, his son said on Friday.
 
Flight 370 could be north of search area: scientist
The oceanographer whose calculations helped an American adventurer find potential debris from Flight 370 said Thursday that the Malaysia Airlines jetliner could have crashed slightly north of the current search area.
 
Australia's new conservative cabinet is sworn in after narrow election victory
Australia's new cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, but the conservative government will have the slimmest of majorities when Parliament opens next month.
 
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