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Australia's "punitive approach" to boat people has tarnished its human rights record, the United Nations said Friday as it voiced concern that xenophobia and hate speech was on the rise.
 
Imprisonment and self-harm rates have soared among Aboriginal Australians, an official report said Thursday as it slammed a lack of research into whether government programs were effective at addressing the issues facing the community.
 
Two elderly French tourists died of heart attacks moments apart while snorkeling on Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Wednesday, officials said.
 
US to resettle Australia's refugees languishing on islands
The United States has agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing in Pacific island camps in a deal that is expected to inspire more asylum seekers to attempt to reach Australia by boat, officials said on Sunday.
 
Refugees in Australia's remote camps offered US resettlement
Refugees held on remote Pacific camps after trying to reach Australia by boat will be resettled in the US in a "one-off" deal, the premier says, a breakthrough that could see the controversial facilities closed.
 
One of 18 employees of Australia's largest casino operator detained in China a month ago for suspected gambling crimes has been released on bail, the company said on Saturday.
 
Australia says US under Donald Trump must maintain strong focus on Asia
Australia said Wednesday it was crucial for Washington to stay focused on Asia if Donald Trump wins the presidential election, with Canberra keen to see more U.S. involvement in the region, not less.
 
A brazen tourism logo, "CU in the NT," aimed at attracting people to Australia's Northern Territory has caused a social media stir, with some calling it clever and others disgusting.
 
An Australian theme park Wednesday said it will demolish a water ride that killed four people, and ordered an independent safety review of all its attractions.
 
Aus. Senate rejects same-sex marriage plebiscite
Gay rights advocates on Tuesday welcomed Australia's Senate voting down a government plan to hold a nonbinding public vote on recognizing gay marriage and called on Parliament to legislate for marriage equality soon.
 
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