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Papua New Guinea leader survives no-confidence vote

Papua New Guinea`s Prime Minister Peter O`Neill survived a no-confidence vote in parliament Friday over corruption allegations following weeks of protests and civil disobedience urging him to resign.

`Better angels` will prevail in US election: Joe Biden `Better angels` will prevail in US election: Joe Biden

The "better angels in America will prevail" in the upcoming presidential elections, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday as he warned about xenophobia during a visit to Australia.

Indian mother, son die in Australia after balcony fall

 A 31-year-old Indian woman and her four-month-old son have died after she allegedly jumped from the balcony of their high-rise apartment here along with the baby.

Australia's former PM Rudd throws hat in ring for top UN job

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has officially requested the support of his country`s new government to back a bid for the top job at the United Nations, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday.

Tiny Pacific island of Nauru goes to the polls

Voting to elect a new government on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru, international observers invited to monitor the polls.

Australian PM almost certain victor in election but no celebration Australian PM almost certain victor in election but no celebration

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to retain power after a bruising national election.

Lawmaker claims victory in close Australian election

The government needs at least 76 seats to form a majority in the 150-seat chamber.

Conservatives close in on Australian government rule Conservatives close in on Australian government rule

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been meeting with independent lower house politicians to shore up backing for his Liberal/National coalition amid uncertainty that it will be able to win the 76 seats required in the House of Representatives to form a majority government.

Iraq war decision justified: Australia's John Howard Iraq war decision justified: Australia's John Howard

Former Australian leader John Howard Thursday defended his decision to go to war with Iraq alongside the United States and Britain, saying it was justified at the time and there was "no lie".

Australian PM inches ahead in poll count Australian PM inches ahead in poll count

"Turnbull's ruling Liberal/National coalition will hold at least 73 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives"

Australian PM Turnbull defies critics, cliffhanger vote count resumes Australian PM Turnbull defies critics, cliffhanger vote count resumes

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended his performance after widespread calls for his resignation and said on Tuesday that he was confident of retaining office after vote counting resumed in a cliffhanger election. 

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull defies critics, cliffhanger vote count resumes

Malcolm Turnbull`s Liberal-National coalition has so far secured 68 lower house seats, the centre-left Labor opposition 67, with 10 seats in doubt.

Australian PM brushes off calls to quit

Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull Tuesday rejected calls for him to resign after the weekend`s disastrous election, as senior government figures pleaded against infighting.

Fiji murder case twist as tourist finds human head

A New Zealand holidaymaker told Tuesday how he stumbled across a human head on a Fiji tourist beach -- the latest apparent twist in the gory case of a Russian couple murdered and dismembered in the tropical paradise.

Australia parties start negotiations as hung parliament looms

With the prospect of a hung parliament looming in Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his rival Bill Shorten on Sunday reached out to crossbenchers, who have emerged as kingmakers after a closely-contested election.

Early polls show tight race in Australian election

Early counting in Australia`s national election on Saturday showed a swing to the opposition Labor Party, adding to fears a close vote will deny current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the outright majority he needs to enact major economic reforms.

Polls close in most states in Australian election

Polls closed in Australia's most populous states where Saturday's national elections  are expected to be won or loss.

Australian democracy smells like barbecued sausage

The Australian election may be too close to call but voters on Saturday.

Australians vote in cliffhanger election Australians vote in cliffhanger election

A poll showed conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull​'s Liberal/National coalition 50.5 to 49.5 percent in front on a two-party basis.

Too close to call as polls open in Australian elections Too close to call as polls open in Australian elections

Australians began voting in national elections Saturday with conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull the slight favourite ahead of Labor`s Bill Shorten, although opinion polls point to it being a close race.

Australian mosque targeted with fire bomb

According to the Imam of the mosque, hundreds of worshippers were praying inside at the time of the suspected petrol bomb attack, however no-one was injured

Debris in Tanzania to be examined for link to missing MH370: Report

The new piece of debris found in Tanzania will be examined for a possible link to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.