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Global technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft on Wednesday defended their corporate tax structures at an Australian parliamentary hearing, rebuffing claims they were shifting their profits offshore to avoid paying taxes in the nation.
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A former trade unionist and Australian political figure was Sunday questioned on his return from the Middle East where he is believed to have helped those fighting against the Islamic State group, reports said.

Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as "Yes Australia. No Sharia" rallied around the country on Saturday in events organizers said were against Islamic extremism.
Hundreds protest Islamic law in Australia


A seriously ill Antarctic worker returned to Australia on an icebreaker on Friday, which battled freezing temperatures and a seven-meter swell to bring him home.

Art lovers have stripped off for nude tours of a new exhibit at the National Gallery of Australia, a concept designed to remove the material barrier between artist and audience.
Nude Canberra museum exhibit attracts art-loving starkers visitors


Australian airlines must ensure that two crew are on the flight deck at all times, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said Monday in response to the Germanwings disaster.

Australia said Sunday it will sign an agreement to become a prospective founding member of a China-backed infrastructure bank, but stressed that no one nation should control the institution.
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Michael Clarke raised his bat to acknowledge the massive crowd, and nodded to a fallen teammate he credited for inspiring Australia's run to a fifth World Cup title that culminated with an emphatic win over New Zealand.
Australia beat NZ to win their 5th Cricket World Cup title


Australia's upper house Thursday passed a controversial law requiring telecommunication firms to retain customers' digital data for two years as part of a range of counter-terrorism measures, despite fears by privacy advocates of abuse.

Michael Clarke's Australian lineup ended India's reign as World Cup champion with a 95-run victory that set up a showdown in the final with tournament co-host New Zealand.
Australia beat India, meet New Zealand in final


Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said Wednesday.

Australia's competition watchdog Wednesday called on the world's fourth largest iron ore exporter Fortescue to explain why its chief executive raised the prospect of capping production to halt plunging prices, saying it was anti-competitive.

Australia released its long-term blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying protecting the World Heritage site was a priority.

Australia's former conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who died Friday aged 84, was seen as a voice for human rights who oversaw an upsurge in immigration from Asia.
Former Australian PM Fraser passes away at 84

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