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Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges

May 1, 2018

An Australian magistrate says Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago

The Latest: Cardinal Pell has court appearance Wednesday

May 1, 2018

Cardinal George Pell has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges after a magistrate ordered the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis to stand trial

Fruit's pungent smell mistaken for gas leak, prompts panic

Apr 29, 2018

The pungent smell of the rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library has been mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building

Australia's Peter Norman honored for 1968 Olympic protest

Apr 28, 2018

Peter Norman given Australia's top Olympic honor for role in 1968 protest at Mexico City Games

New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

Apr 24, 2018

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns triumphant this week from a trip to Europe but still faces political pressures at home

Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal's sex case

Apr 17, 2018

A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis says Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics

Archbishop denies in Australian court knowledge of pedophile

Apr 11, 2018

A Roman Catholic archbishop has denied under oath in an Australian court that two former altar boys ever told him that they had been sexually abused by a priest

Australian leader regrets setting opinion poll benchmark

Apr 9, 2018

Australia's prime minister says he regrets using a lengthy streak of bad opinion polls to justify ousting his predecessor three years ago

Transgender weightlifter Hubbard injured in competition

Apr 9, 2018

The 40-year-old Hubbard withdrew from Monday's over 90-kilogram division after hurting her left elbow attempting a Commonwealth Games record lift of 132 kilograms in the snatch

Norfolk Islanders claim rare medal on Australian mainland

Apr 8, 2018

Norfolk Islanders Ryan Dixon, Haydn Evans and Phillip Jones claimed a Commonwealth Games lawn bowls bronze medal on Australian mainland soil on Sunday. It was only the second game medal ever for the islanders, and was a very big moment.

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