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Deadly Whooping Cough Bacteria hits Australia again, vaccines useless

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The bacterium that causes whooping cough has mutated in Australia, most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease, with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows. A team of researchers analyzed strains of the virus from across Australia and found that many strains no longer produce a key surface protein... 

Cyclone Ita hits Australia 16000 homes without power

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Thousands of homes in Australia’s Barrier Reef coastal region remain without power and face clean water shortages as Cyclone Ita continues to batter the northern coastline. Emergency authorities announce on Saturday that nearly 16,000 homes were without electricity and a number of roadways were shut down due to flooding while residents of worst-hit Cooktown... 

Australian top court recognizes ‘non-specific’ gender

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Australia’s highest court has officially admitted the existence of a third “non-specific” gender, putting an end to years of legal battle for sexual equality by the activist, Norrie. From now on, not everyone on the koala continent will be forced to identify themselves as a man or woman when dealing with officials, and could describe themselves as gender... 

CIA knows what happened to Malaysia plane

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The CIA base in Australia knows what happened to the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, says a prominent analyst. “The CIA base in Alice Springs, Australia, knows precisely what happened to that plane,” said Kevin Barrett in a Press TV interview on Monday, pointing to the base’s access to military radar and satellite coverage in the area. He also stated... 

Australian aircraft spots objects in MH370 search zone – PM Abbott

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the longest civil aircraft disappearance in modern history, has unearthed more questions than answers, as the mystery surrounding the fate of the missing jetliner continues to intensify with each passing day. An Australian aircraft spotted objects, including a wooden pallet, during the search for missing Malaysia... 

Aussie state gives police power to disperse protests pre-emptively

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Image from NO McDonalds in The Dandenong Ranges Facebook page. The Australian state of Victoria’s parliament passed a bill giving police power to suppress protests, including ordering a rally to move on based on a suspicion that it may turn violent. Opponents call the powers excessive and undemocratic. The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill passed... 

New Zealand to vote on dropping Union Jack from flag

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the island country is set to hold a vote within the next three years on changing the design of the national flag. In a speech at Victoria University in the capital Wellington on Tuesday, Key announced plans to hold the referendum by 2017 on replacing the current flag with a new design. The... 

Australia to buy fleet of giant US drones

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Australia has announced plans to buy a fleet of giant US drones to help patrol the nation’s borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally. On Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicles would be based in the southern city of Adelaide, AFP reported. “These aircraft... 

Australians learning about truth of Syria war

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A group of eleven politicians and academics who traveled in December 2013 to Syria as part of an Australian delegation team are back on home turf to raise awareness about the real events that are unfolding in Syria since the unrest began in 2011. However the Australian corporate media has seldom demonized the efforts of these individuals, in some cases by falsifying... 

Australia’s SkyMapper telescope discovered oldest known star

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Star discovered to be the oldest ever found, by Dr. Stefan Keller with the SkyMapper telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia. Australian astronomers are positive they’ve discovered the most ancient star to date. Being practically three times older than our Sun, the old-timer star could serve as a prototype... 

Australia confirms turning immigrant boats back

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Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison Australian authorities have confirmed for the first time that they are turning boats carrying asylum-seekers back to Indonesia as part of Canberra’s military-led Operation Sovereign Borders crackdown on people-smuggling. “What I have confirmed today is… that any vessel that seeks to illegally enter Australian... 

Australia threatens to deport Anti-Social illegal immigrants

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been lauded for defending his country, after drafting a code of behaviour for the hoards of asylum seekers that threatens to deport them for ‘irritating people, disturbing someone or spitting or swearing in public’. Australia’s tough stance over asylum seekers from Indonesia has soured relations between the two... 

Great Barrier Reef to get backyard mud dump after coal port expansion

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Vast quantities dredged sand and mud will be dumped right by Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef to create a multi-billion-dollar coal port – the world’s biggest. The authority watching over the UNESCO World Heritage site just gave the green light. What the dumping permit awarded by The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority does is allow two Indian... 

Wildfire kills one, razes dozens of homes in Australia

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Firefighters working to douse flames in Western Australia on Jan.13, 2013. At least one person has died and dozens of homes have been destroyed as an intense wildfire rages through Australia’s west coast. The fire has damaged and destroyed at least 40 houses in the city of Perth. Four people have also been reported missing in Parkerville, the village where... 

Warning issued in Western Australia over raging wildfires

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An emergency warning has been issued in Western Australia due to a bushfire that continues to rage toward the city of Perth. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on Monday that at least one person died in the flames that destroyed dozens of houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in the suburbs of Perth, the capital city of Western... 
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