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SYDNEY--The Australian mother-in-law of a notorious Islamic State group fighter said Monday she was "devastated" that police had refused to help bring her five grandchildren home from Syria.

Australia said Wednesday it will join the new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, contributing AU$930 million (US$719 million) in paid-in capital over five years.

Australia's top official on indigenous issues on Tuesday said crocodile safaris should be used to help fund impoverished Aboriginal communities, but the prospect of big game hunters was downplayed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australian supermarket giant Woolworths said Wednesday its chief executive will quit and 1,200 jobs faced the axe after months of disappointing sales.

Australia on Monday told Indonesia to better secure its borders in a stinging rebuke after Jakarta demanded answers to allegations Canberra paid to turn back a boat of asylum seekers.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused again Sunday to deny allegations an official paid thousands of Australian dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers.

Australia's prime minister on Friday sidestepped charges that officials from his country paid the crew of a boat carrying 65 migrants to return to Indonesian waters, but said Australia had to be creative to stop the flow of boats carrying asylum seekers to its shores.

The Islamic State group has "global ambitions" and more must be done to tackle its use of social media for recruitment, representatives of governments and technology giants heard in Australia Thursday.
Australian talks tackle jihadists' use of social media


The captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers say Australian authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters, police said Wednesday.

Nineteen people were hurt after a pickup truck smashed into a cafe in northern Australia on Tuesday, sparking a fire that engulfed the building, police said.

A man was charged with attempted murder in Australia Monday after allegedly stealing a bulldozer, crushing four cars and then driving the machine through a house.

Monetary donations received for the election were the reason for the substantial difference between Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) cash saving and what Ko claimed to own last year, according to a Facebook post made by Ko's wife Dr. Chen Pei-chi (陳佩琪) yesterday.

Cambodia received its first batch of asylum-seekers from Australian custody on Thursday, with rights groups labeling them "human guinea pigs" for an uncaring policy by Canberra to offload refugees onto other countries.

Australia's economy was stronger-than-expected in the first quarter of the year as exports and consumer spending boosted growth, data showed Wednesday, reinforcing a decision to keep interest rates on hold after two cuts this year.
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