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Australia-Oceania News

Myanmar man accused of self-immolation in Australian bank

Asylum seekers are not legally allowed to work in Australia.

English tourist dies at Great Barrier Reef, third fatality this week

The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,000 km along Australia`s northeast coast and is the world`s largest living ecosystem.

Boatpeople policy tarnishes Australia rights record: UN

Australia`s "punitive approach" to boatpeople has tarnished its human rights record, the United Nations said on Friday as it voiced concern that xenophobia and hate speech was on the rise.

Evacuations underway in quake-hit New Zealand

New Zealand is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the so-called "Ring of Fire", and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.

Hindi to be part of foreign languages for Australia pre-schoolers

In a bid to promote languages other than English, Australia on Monday announced the national rollout of an online programme for pre-schoolers to learn foreign languages, including Hindi, from next year onwards.

Indian-origin bus driver burnt alive in Australia's Brisbane

There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.

Four killed in Australia theme park

At least four people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a theme park in Australia`s Gold Coast city, police said.

Four critical after Australia theme park incident

The Gold Coast Bulletin said the accident was believed to involve the Thunder River Rapids ride, which uses a conveyor belt and six-person circular rafts.

US warship to visit New Zealand and end 30-year stalemate

New Zealand PM John Key announced that he had given clearance for the destroyer USS Sampson to visit during celebrations marking the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary.

Two Sydney teens charged with planning Islamic State attack

Two 16-year-old Australian boys arrested in Sydney after each bought a knife were charged today with planning a terrorist attack on behalf of the extremist Islamic State group, police said.

Australia government cyber attack came from foreign intelligence service: Report

Local media said at the time that internal security sources blamed China, charges the Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed.

Australian Parliament rejects bill for same-sex marriage vote Australian Parliament rejects bill for same-sex marriage vote

Australia`s centre-right coalition government had introduced legislation to Parliament last month to hold a public vote in February 2017 on whether to legalise same-sex unions.

Australian in `burkini` made to leave French beach: Media

An Australian Muslim woman who wore a burkini to a French beach said she was asked to leave despite a ban on the controversial full-bodied swimsuit recently being overturned.

Islamic State announces death of Australian jihadist in Syria

The Islamic State group has announced the death in Syria of an Australian jihadist convicted over a 2005 plot to bomb the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in a new English-language magazine.

Australia to widen scope of targets in Islamic State air war

Australia is to start targeting jihadist support and logistics resources in Iraq and Syria, as it broadens the scope of its air war on the Islamic State group, officials said Thursday.

`No radicalisation` in Australia stabbing death: Police

A Frenchman who allegedly stabbed a young British woman backpacker to death while saying "Allahu Akbar" in fact has no sign of radicalisation, the Australian Police said Thursday.

Sikh candidate's billboard painted with 'ISIS' in NZ

A Sikh candidate, who is running for a place in the city council of Hamilton in New Zealand, has had one of his election billboards defaced with the word 'ISIS' plastered over it in black paint.

Australia returns Sri Lankans from `people-smuggling` boat

Australia has returned home six Sri Lankans which it said were onboard a "people smuggling boat" after intercepting it at sea, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Wednesday.

Major 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Vanuatu: USGS

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck about 535 km (330 miles) southeast of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, briefly triggering a local tsunami warning.

MH370 search agency retracts ''death dive'' theory

MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on March 8, 2014.

Racist graffiti, swastika symbols appear in Australia beach

The Australian Police found about 15 swastika symbols drawn on the footpath, bus stops, poles, benches and electrical boxes, the ABC reported.

Man arrested in Australian counter-terror raids

Australian police arrested a 31-year-old man on Saturday in counter-terror raids in southern Victoria state, saying they believed they had interrupted something "quite serious".

Hillary Clinton's bikini mural covered with niqab after public decency complaints; pics inside Hillary Clinton's bikini mural covered with niqab after public decency complaints; pics inside

The Melbourne-based street artist was threatened with a council fine after which he responded by covering the provocative painting of Hillary Clinton with a niqab.

Body unnoticed in Australian fast-food outlet for days

Police is investigating how a man`s body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports.

Australia to return stolen Buddha statue to India Australia to return stolen Buddha statue to India

 An 1,800-year-old Buddha statue which was displayed in the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is being prepared for its return to India, after it was found to have been purchased from an illegal antiquity trafficker, authorities said on Friday.