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At least four people died in bushfires raging in parts of Western Australia, authorities said Wednesday, with a shocked local community lamenting the "day from hell."

Australia's most senior Muslim cleric came under fire from government ministers on Tuesday for linking the Paris attacks to racism and Islamophobia.

Australia on Friday announced six sites, including some in Outback areas, on a shortlist for the nation's first nuclear waste dump, risking fresh controversy after an earlier plan was scuttled by opposition from Aboriginal landowners.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed a "great future" for relations between his country and Indonesia during his first trip to the key ally since taking power, seeking to turn the page after a series of crises.

Australian police used tear gas to put down a two-day riot at a migrant detention center Tuesday, where detainees, reportedly armed with machetes, chainsaws and Molotov cocktails were running amok.

A Swedish man died and his friend was seriously injured Tuesday after they rode a shopping cart down a steep Sydney road, reportedly traveling at 80 kilometers (50 miles) an hour.

A standoff between protesting detainees and officials at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean ended on Tuesday after federal police arrived to stop more than a day of unrest that prompted guards to flee the facility and left parts of the compound badly damaged, officials said.
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Australian officials were working Monday to contain unrest at a remote detention center for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean, with protesters lighting a series of small fires and guards withdrawing from the compound.

Australia is experiencing an "alarming emergence" of religious intolerance, Attorney-General George Brandis said Thursday, calling for greater efforts to counter discrimination, particularly against Muslims and Christians.

Australia said Wednesday it was striving to shut down money flows to terrorist groups after its anti-money laundering agency tracked AU$53 million (US$38 million) in suspect transactions in a year.

Australia is dumping the titles "knights" and "dames" -- again.

Amnesty International on Thursday slammed Australia's secretive operation to deter boatpeople as a "lawless venture" in a damning report authorities called a "slur" on defense and border force personnel

A man was arrested in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in an Australian forest 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) from where her daughter's body was discovered dumped in a suitcase, police said Thursday.

Two of Australia's most wanted men, a father and son, were caught Wednesday after leading police on a near two-week chase that riveted the nation, with a decomposed body found at their isolated hideout.
Father, son fugitives caught in case that captivated Oz

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