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Several beaches on the east coast of Australia were closed Sunday after fresh shark sightings as authorities warned swimmers to be vigilant following an attack that left a surfer with serious arm and leg injuries.

Australia's race discrimination commissioner has condemned the persistent booing of one of the nation's most high-profile indigenous athletes, warning it has gone beyond sport and become a blight on the country.

Australian police Wednesday charged a man over a series of shootings and bombings three decades ago targeting family court judges that left four dead, shocking the nation.

Eight men have been charged with hundreds of child sex offences against a 13-year-old girl in Australia, including her father whom police alleged Wednesday organized the horrific abuse over two years.

Skeletal remains found in a suitcase near a highway are likely a young girl who may have been killed up to eight years ago, Australian police said Friday, as they struggle to solve the mystery murder.

Australian political leaders Thursday backed the establishment of the country's seventh state -- the Northern Territory -- by mid-2018, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceding the national flag could be changed.
Australia backs Northern Territory becoming 7th state


French actress Brigitte Bardot has condemned an Australian plan to cull two million feral cats, blamed for wreaking havoc on native animals, to stop them further harming vanishing populations.
Bardot slams Oz plan to kill 2 mil. feral cats


Australian officials urged vigilance on Monday following nationalistic and anti-Islam rallies, to ensure sentiment does not boil over into ugly race riots similar to those seen in 2005.
Fears about violence following nationalist  protests in Australia


Australia said Friday it was "sickened" after new footage emerged purportedly of Russian-backed rebels rummaging through the luggage of passengers killed after Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, as a ceremony marked the disaster's one-year anniversary.
Australia 'sickened' by purported new MH17 footage


Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to offshore camps has been a "disaster" in the two years it has been in place, rights groups say in a new report, claiming no one has been successfully resettled.

An Australian schoolboy who discovered a new species of jellyfish in a Queensland canal has had the tentacled creature named in his honor, scientists said.

The skeletal remains of a young child have been found dumped in bushland in southern Australia, with police Thursday looking for an elderly man seen carrying a suitcase in the area.

Shares in Australia's big miners rallied Friday as the price of iron ore spiked nearly 10 percent after mainland China announced new measures to staunch a rout on its stock market.
Australian miners rally as iron ore price spikes 10 percent


Less than two weeks following the deadly blasts that have so far killed three people and left scores more critically injured, an equally disturbing aftermath of the tragedy is rearing its ugly head concerning police interference in freedom of speech.
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