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A 91-year-old retired surgeon has been charged with importing cocaine hidden in soap into Australia, prompting police to warn travelers to beware they are not tricked into becoming drug mules.

Australia's indigenous affairs minister warned Sunday about the use of popular spread Vegemite to make homebrew liquor in remote communities where alcohol is banned, describing it as a "precursor to misery."

Thousands of people rallied in Australian cities over the weekend in support of same-sex marriage, as politicians across multiple parties prepared to submit a bill to make the unions a legal right.
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Australia Thursday said 20 asylum-seeker boats carrying 633 people have been turned back since 2013 as it marked a year since a successful arrival under its hard-line immigration policies.

Up to 70 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumped at a remote Australian town, police said Tuesday, with the culprits facing large fines and jail time if convicted of the killings.

Australians have rallied behind one of the country's most high-profile indigenous players after he was persistently booed at games, showing their support at football stadiums and on social media with #IStandWithAdam.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill Sunday pledged his nation's support in tackling human trafficking as he confirmed the seizure of a boat carrying alleged slaves from Cambodia and Myanmar.

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

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