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Australia reinstates legislation to deter asylum seekers

Australia's prime minister, Julia Gillard has announced a sharp reversal in her government's policy on asylum seekers on Monday.

Australia hospitals apologise for forced adoptions

Roman Catholic hospitals in Australia apologised on Monday for forcing unmarried mothers to give up babies for adoption decades ago.

Iconic 1960s LSD producer dies in car crash

Owsley "Bear" Stanley, who worked with The Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer, died in a car crash in Australia, his family said on Monday.

LSD producer Owsley Stanley dies in car crash

Owsley Stanley, a 1960s counterculture icon who worked with The Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer, died in a car crash in Australia.

Businesses face uncertain future after NZ quake

Last week's earthquake, which caused an estimated $15-billion in damage to Christchurch, has become New Zealand's most expensive natural disaster.

Monsoon brings new threat to Pakistan quake survivors

When the October 8 earthquake split a Pakistani mountain, two villages and 560 people were buried under a 2,1km-long rock slide. Now the huge pile of earth and boulders is threatening Hattian Bala, a village of 1 500 homes, as the approaching monsoon season poses new dangers of flooding, officials said on Thursday.

Kerry Packer ‘knew he was on borrowed time’

The late Australian media mogul Kerry Packer knew he was dying late last week but refused further treatment, newspapers reported on Wednesday. Packer -- listed by Forbes magazine this year as the 94th richest man in the world with a -billion fortune -- died at his Sydney home on Monday evening at the age of 68.

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