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Bail bid fails: Jail for Dotcom as pirate hunters nail Megaupload

File-sharing site Megaupload's founder Kim Dotcom has been denied bail in New Zealand, where he is charged with internet piracy and money laundering.

Flash floods hit Brisbane

Residents in Australia's third largest city, Brisbane, sandbagged their homes against rising waters on Monday as torrential rain worsened floods.

Asylum seeker deaths pressure Australia govt

The death of 28 asylum seekers has renewed pressure on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to soften Australia's asylum policy.

Qantas says A380 engine failure may be ‘design issue’

A faulty part or a design issue may have caused the explosion in an engine on a Qantas Airways Airbus A380, Qantas chief Alan Joyce said on Friday.

Australian prime minister calls election

Julia Gillard called an election on Saturday for August 21, with the poll to be decided over policies on economic management, climate and border

Massive clean-up after Bangkok riots

Thai authorities launched a clean-up operation in Bangkok's charred commercial district on Sunday as the city prepared for the resumption of business.

Samoa tsunami toll may exceed 100, hundreds injured

A series of tsunamis smashed into the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa, killing possibly more than 100 people.

Dust storm blankets Sydney as drought bites

A huge outback dust storm swept eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport and forcing people indoors.

Pope apologises for church sexual abuse in Australia

Pope Benedict apologised on Saturday for sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia, saying those responsible should be brought to justice.

Aborigines call for compensation for injustices

Aboriginal leaders used national ''Sorry Day'' on Monday, the day Australia acknowledges past injustices to Aborigines, to renew calls for compensation for their past mistreatment. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a formal apology to Aborigines in February, but his government, which came to power in November 2007, has stopped short of offering compensation.

High lead levels in children near Xstrata mine

Forty-five children living in the Australian mining town of Mount Isa, where Xstrata produces 4% of the world's lead, have unsafe blood lead levels above World Health Organisation standards. Xstrata and local and state governments are facing legal action from the parents of a six-year-old Mount Isa girl who has suffered injuries to her brain and nervous system.

1 000th rare whale shark identified in Mozambique

The 1 000th whale shark, a rare and threatened species, has been discovered by researchers using a global programme in which eco-tourists and scientists identify new sharks and lodge photographs on an online library. ''It's a major milestone, for science and for conservation,'' said Ecocean project leader Brad Norman in Australia.

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