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UK envoy tips trade deal with Australia months after Brexit

Sep 18, 2019

Britain's top trade envoy says she expects to strike a free trade deal with Australia within months of leaving the European Union

New Zealand gun buyback exposes emotions, possibly hustlers

Sep 3, 2019

Some New Zealand gun owners are upset they're being compelled to hand over their assault weapons for money

Australia cracks down on foreign interference at university

Aug 28, 2019

Australia has announced a task force to crack down on foreign governments' attempts to meddle in Australian universities as concerns grow over Chinese influence

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug 21, 2019

An Australian court has upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children

Pell's appeal pitted word of former choirboy against priest

Aug 20, 2019

Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of whom the jury should have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell's bodyguard

Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell

Aug 14, 2019

New Zealand officials have admitted they made a big mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell

Australia proposes new laws to keep extremists in prison

Aug 1, 2019

The Australian government has introduced legislation to Parliament that would give authorities more power to keep extremists behind bars after they have served prison sentences if they are still considered dangerous

Hundreds of refugees protest outside Australian Parliament

Jul 30, 2019

Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside Parliament House highlighting the uncertain futures of many refugees since Australia replaced permanent protection visas with temporary visas

3 Sunni Muslims imprisoned for firebombing Australian mosque

Jul 24, 2019

Three Sunni Muslim men have been sentenced to prison terms of 16 and 22 years on convictions including engaging in a terror act by burning down a Shiite mosque in the Australian city of Melbourne three years ago

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul 13, 2019

Dozens of Christchurch gun owners handed over their weapons in exchange for cash in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics

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