Social Affairs

Guam medical pot program at standstill without a testing lab

Apr 6, 2018

A Guam official says no one has applied for a license to set up an independent testing laboratory nearly two months after Gov. Eddie Calvo signed into law a bill implementing the rules for a medical marijuana program

Tributes for Madikizela-Mandela at Commonwealth Games

Apr 3, 2018

A simple but heartfelt condolence book will mark the death of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the athletes village of the Commonwealth Games

Doctor slams Nauru's rejection of Australian court appeals

Apr 3, 2018

A British doctor who was once based in Nauru says the tiny Pacific nation had proved itself unfit to house refugees by depriving its residents of an appeals court

A 50-50 prospect: Commonwealth Games offers medal equality

Apr 2, 2018

Commonwealth Games organizers are presenting a case for all things being equal. Gold Coast 2018 chairman Peter Beattie says the games will be the first to offer a 50-50 gender balance for the medals

16 injured in hot air balloon heavy landing in Australia

Mar 30, 2018

A hot air balloon has landed heavily after hitting a tree north of Sydney, injuring 16 people

Cardinal's Australian court hearing on sex charges ends

Mar 29, 2018

An Australian magistrate has closed a monthlong court hearing of evidence on whether the most senior Vatican cleric ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis will stand trial

Australian volunteers save 5 of over 150 stranded whales

Mar 24, 2018

Volunteers in western Australia have managed to rescue only five of 150 short-finned pilot whales that became stranded on a beach.

Tonga's proposed ban on women's rugby angers critics

Mar 21, 2018

An order from Tonga's education ministry banning girls from playing rugby at the Pacific nation's only public high school has been condemned by Tongan community leaders and a high-profile Olympic champion

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomed to Australia amid protests

Mar 19, 2018

Australia has feted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute

Southeast Asia leaders urge tough stance on North Korea

Mar 18, 2018

Southeast Asian leaders and Australia's prime minister call on North Korea to end its nuclear program and urge United Nations countries to fully implement sanctions

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