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A new weekly newspaper launched in Australia on Saturday, bucking the trend of closures and the focus on digital with the editor saying demand remained for quality journalism.

Australia on Friday said it will buy eight Poseidon aircraft for AU$4 billion (US$3.6 billion), which will form the core of its surveillance and maritime strike capacity for decades to come.

Police in Papua New Guinea opened fire after hundreds of men pushed down the perimeter fence and broke out of an Australian-run detention camp for asylum seekers during a violent protest in which one inmate was killed and scores were injured, an Australian official said.

The Australian navy violated Indonesian territorial waters six times between December and January as part of border security operations, an official report revealed Wednesday.

A violent protest culminated in a breakout from an immigrant detention camp Australia runs in Papua New Guinea where one asylum seeker was killed and scores were hurt, an Australian official said Tuesday.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday his government used intelligence material “for the benefit of our friends” and “to uphold our values” following fresh reports it spied on Indonesia.

Australia said Jakarta was free to bring up Canberra's hardline asylum-seeker policy with the United States after the Indonesian foreign minister was reported as saying he would raise the issue with the visiting U.S. Secretary of State.

The Australian navy said Saturday it seized and destroyed 353 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of more than AU$700 million (US$627 million) in a mission off the coast of Tanzania.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Saturday welcomed the decision by Indonesia to parole drug trafficker Schapelle Corby and called for her privacy to be respected.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was unmoved by new reports Friday of asylum-seeker abuse and claims a group was turned back to Indonesia in a lifeboat, saying his harsh policies were “working.”
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