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Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

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Australia's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate. [Source]

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Australia Gripped by Decades of Sexual Abuse of Children, Panel Finds

Calling it a “national tragedy” perpetrated by “our most trusted institutions,” a royal commission found that tens of thousands of children had been victimized.

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Hewitt comes out of retirement to play doubles at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement temporarily and play doubles with compatriot Sam Groth at next month's Australian Open, local media reported on Friday.

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BRIEF-Genworth Australia Finalizes Premium Earning Pattern

* GENWORTH AUSTRALIA FINALIZES PREMIUM EARNING PATTERN AND UPDATES FY2017 GUIDANCE

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Asia and Australia Edition: Disney, Korea, Theresa May: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Despite parliament defeat, Britain's May on course to deliver Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May said on Thursday she was on course to deliver Brexit and a new partnership with the European Union, shrugging off a parliamentary defeat that could weaken her hand as the decisive phase of talks begins.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.

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BRIEF-BP says Consulting With Lawyers After Australian Watchdog Blocks Woolworths Deal

* ACKNOWLEDGES ANNOUNCEMENT BY AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION THAT IT INTENDS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF WOOLWORTHS’ RETAIL FUEL BUSINESS

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China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China summoned Australia's ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberra's allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

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Australia's Crown Resorts signs several divestment deals to reduce debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it has signed several divestment deals as part of its ongoing debt reduction strategy, including the sale of its interest in a Las Vegas site for $300 million to a unit of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

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Australia's population growth outpaces world as migrants rush in

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's population is expanding at the fastest pace in the developed world as skilled migrants flock to the resource-rich nation, a fillip to economic growth overall but perhaps also a source of puzzling weakness in wages.

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Indonesia court rejects petition to bar consensual sex outside marriage

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's constitutional court on Thursday narrowly rejected a controversial petition to bar all consensual sex outside of marriage in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

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Indonesia's constitutional court rejects petition to bar consensual sex outside marriage

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's constitutional court on Thursday rejected a petition to bar all consensual sex outside of marriage.

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UPDATE 1-Australian jobs growth surges, unemployment near 5-year lows

* Aussie dlr pops up to a five-week high (Adds economist comment, more data metrics, milestones, updates A$ level)

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

Parliament Demands Greater Say Over ‘Brexit,’ Defying Theresa May

Rebel Conservative lawmakers joined opposition lawmakers in a 309 to 305 vote to insist on a formal vote on Britain’s plans to withdraw from the European Union.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Alabama, Google, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Britain's May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's government was defeated on Wednesday, when lawmakers forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain's departure from the European Union.

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Irish parliament committee backs referendum on abortion up to 12 weeks

DUBLIN (Reuters) - An Irish parliamentary committee on Wednesday recommended that an abortion referendum due next year should offer the choice of allowing terminations with no restrictions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, a more liberal position than some had anticipated.

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Boxing: Australian Horn beats Corcoran to retain world welterweight crown

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Jeff Horn retained his WBO welterweight world title by technical knockout when Briton Gary Corcoran's corner threw in the towel in the 11th round of their contest in Brisbane on Wednesday.

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Poland's new government wins vote of confidence in parliament

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new government led by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki won a vote of confidence in parliament just before midnight on Tuesday, voting records showed, opening the way for the Cabinet to start functioning.

Travel and Vacations nytimes.com

Pedophile Barred From Leaving Australia as Sex Tourism Law Takes Effect

A man convicted of child sex offenses was turned away from Sydney Airport on Wednesday as Australia’s “world first” sex tourism law came into effect.

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Australian PM says government at risk if it loses Sydney by-election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday his government's future was at risk if it lost a Sydney by-election this weekend and failed to regain its one-seat majority, forcing it to rely on independents to survive in power.

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Welcome to Australia's new capital of cool

It was the unlikely setting of a dark basement rock bar named Alfred's Pizzeria that confirmed our suspicions about Perth.

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UK's May faces parliamentary showdown with Brexit rebels

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's control of the Brexit process will undergo its stiffest parliamentary test yet on Wednesday, when she faces a showdown with rebels in her own party over the laws that will take Britain out of the European Union.

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Azarenka given wildcard for Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Twice champion Victoria Azarenka has been given a wildcard for next month's Australian Open, organizers said on Wednesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Roy Moore, New York City, Jerusalem: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Louis Dreyfus to sell Australian fertiliser unit to Agrium

PARIS/WINNIPEG, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Global commodity trader Louis Dreyfus Company has agreed to sell its fertiliser business to Canada's Agrium Inc. as it continues an overhaul in response to tough agricultural markets.

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BRIEF-Louis Dreyfus Company Sells Its Australian Fertilizers Business To Agrium

* SELLS ITS AUSTRALIAN FERTILIZERS AND INPUTS BUSINESS TO LANDMARK OPERATIONS LTD

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Exclusive: Australia sound out Scolari for World Cup job

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Australia have approached World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari about leading them to the 2018 tournament in Russia, the former Brazil and Portugal boss has told Reuters.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.

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France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 billion for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds Frank and Peter Lowy comments, analyst comments)

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UPDATE 3-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds analyst comment, retail background)

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France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 billion for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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RPT-Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Australian Lawmaker Quits Amid Questions Over China Ties

Sam Dastyari, a Labor Party member, faced accusations that he pushed policies favorable to China after accepting money from Chinese-born political donors.

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NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

(Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents.

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UPDATE 1-NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

Dec 12 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents.

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Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Prominent Australian opposition Senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia.

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Poland slaps $415,000 fine on TVN24 over coverage of protests in parliament

WARSAW, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Poland's media regulator has slapped a 1.5 million zloty ($415,000) fine on leading news broadcaster TVN24 over its coverage of protests in parliament last year, prompting accusations that it aims to muzzle free media.

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China's top paper says Australian media reports are racist

BEIJING (Reuters) - Australian media reports on Chinese interference in Australia are racist and paranoid, China's top newspaper said on Monday, stepping up a war of words over concerns in Australia about Chinese influence in the country.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Bitcoin, Nobel Peace Prize: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Polish parliament, defying EU, approves judiciary overhaul

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish lawmakers approved an overhaul of the judiciary on Friday, giving parliament de facto control over the selection of judges in defiance of the European Union.

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The Polish Parliament Reshapes Courts, Drawing Criticism

Critics say the new legislation threatens judicial independence, and is little different from similar measures that were rejected last summer.

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Polish lower house of parliament approves Supreme Court overhaul

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's lower house of parliament approved changes to the country's Supreme Court on Friday, a key part of a planned judiciary overhaul criticized by the European Union as contrary to democratic standards.

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Actor Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over 'inappropriate behavior' report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

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Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Russia's world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month's Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's IAG makes premium sharing arrangements to curb earnings volatility

* Company to share 12.5 pct of premiums and costs with reinsurers

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's IAG makes premium sharing arrangements to curb earnings volatility

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Insurance Australia Group Ltd said on Friday that it had entered agreements to share its premiums with reinsurers Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re.

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Los Angeles, Al Franken, Same-Sex Marriage: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Al Franken, Los Angeles: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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BRIEF-Pieris Pharma Received Clearance to Initiate Its First-In-Human Study In Australia For PRS-060/AZD1402

* PIERIS PHARMACEUTICALS - RECEIVED ETHICS AND REGULATORY CLEARANCE TO INITIATE ITS FIRST-IN-HUMAN STUDY IN AUSTRALIA FOR PRS-060/AZD1402

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ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the tax office showed on Thursday.

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Singing as Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

The Australian Parliament celebrated with singing and flags after it voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Australia celebrates 'day for love' as it allows same-sex marriage

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia became the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery in a country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just 20 years ago.

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Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

Australia's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Just three weeks after a national referendum showed strong support for gay marriage, Parliament followed the public’s lead.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

(Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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UPDATE 2-Australia's ASX selects blockchain to cut costs

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's ASX Ltd said on Thursday it would replace its registry, settlement and clearing system with blockchain technology to cut costs for customers.

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Exclusive: EU parliament details UK concessions on rights

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain will guarantee rights for as yet unborn children who join EU parents after Brexit and accept EU judges' rulings on such rights, according to a draft European Parliament resolution seen by Reuters on Thursday.

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Australia competition watchdog to not oppose Fox Sports, Foxtel merger

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Australia's competition watchdog on Thursday dropped its opposition to a proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the deal would not "substantially lessen competition."

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Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license

(Reuters) - A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Vladimir Putin, Wildfires: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Gay man denied a marriage license by Kim Davis is running against her

A gay man who was twice denied a marriage license by Kim Davis has thrown his hat in the ring to run against her for county clerk.

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Couple aims to wed in every country with same-sex marriage

They've been married four times -- to each other.

Campaign Finance nytimes.com

China Scolds Australia Over Its Fears of Foreign Influence

The Chinese Embassy accused Australian officials of damaging “mutual trust,” a day after laws were proposed to curb interference by other countries in Australian politics.

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China accuses Australia of paranoia over foreign influence laws

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China accused Australia of hysteria and paranoia on Wednesday after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to ban foreign political donations in a move to curb external influence on its domestic politics.

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Australian citizenship threatens government with nine more MPs in doubt

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia faces a series of by-elections that could topple the government, which trails in opinion polls and has lost its slender majority, in a bizarre citizenship crisis that has engulfed both sides of parliament.

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Australian watchdog takes GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis units to court

(Reuters) - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said it is taking local units of GlaxoSmithKline and Swiss healthcare company Novartis to court over false or misleading representations in the marketing of pain relief products.

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Paraguay Congress legalizes planting of medical marijuana

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay's Congress passed a bill on Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses, a decision that followed other countries in Latin America.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jerusalem, Winter Olympics, Yemen: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cake case

The Supreme Court will take up one of the most momentous cases of the term on Tuesday as it considers arguments from a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake to celebrate a same-sex couple's marriage because he believes that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

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Austrian court rules same-sex couples can marry from 2019

Austria's top court has ruled that same-sex couples can get married from 2019, declaring a previous law discriminatory.

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Austria's supreme court paves way for same-sex marriage from 2019

VIENNA (Reuters) - Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in Austria from 2019, the country's supreme court ruled on Tuesday, saying a current law to the contrary violated the principle of...

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Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm took its first orders on Tuesday, ending the suspense over its opening date and sending retail stocks higher amid complaints of limited product range and uncompetitive prices on the U.S. e-commerce platform.

Amazon.com Inc nytimes.com

Amazon’s Australian Launch Brings Excitement, Dread and Defiance

The retail giant launched with a modest product offering, seeking to steal a piece of Australia’s retail sector.

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UPDATE 2-Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception

* Retail stocks rise after months of Amazon worries (Recasts throughout)

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Australia, citing concerns over China, cracks down on foreign political influence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

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Australian new vehicle sales notch a record November-industry

SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Australian new vehicle sales posted a second consecutive month of solid gains in November, with strong demand in the commercial sector pointing to a continued pick up in business spending.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: How Not to Advance Gay Marriage

It’s just a wedding cake, not a wedding. There was a better solution than going to court.

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UPDATE 1-Amazon Australia goes live in time to ruin rivals' Christmas

* 23 categories including sports, shoes, clothes, electronics

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Yemen, Michael Flynn: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Amazon Australia goes live in time to ruin rivals' Christmas

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm said it would start taking orders on Tuesday, ending speculation about the timing of its launch in the world's No. 12 economy and likely dashing hopes of a holiday boost for struggling brick-and-mortar rivals.

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Canada's Aurora Cannabis boosts stake in Australia-based Cann Group

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Canada's Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Monday it increased its stake in Australia-based Cann Group Ltd to 22.9 percent from 19.9 percent, its latest move to expand in the cannabis industry.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Gay Australian Politician Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The marriage proposal came as a bill legalizing same-sex unions made its way through the final stages of passage in Parliament.

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Kiwi-Aussie hybrid 'Kwaussie' wins Australia's word of the year

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is one, and so is Barnaby Joyce, Australia's deputy prime minister whose dual citizenship almost brought down the government.

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Bounce for Australian PM as voters tire of leadership roundabout

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull received an unexpected boost from an opinion poll on Monday that showed voters want their leaders to govern for their full terms rather than the revolving door that has marked Australian politics.

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UPDATE 1-Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption

* Competition probe could lead to tax reform - analyst (Adds comments from Google, media analyst)

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Australian lawmaker proposes to same-sex partner on floor of parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian conservative politician on Monday proposed to his long-term partner on the floor of parliament, ahead of the expected passage of a measure for same sex couples to marry.

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Shareholders sue Australia's Crown Resorts over China marketing

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd was slapped with a class action lawsuit on Monday for allegedly failing to inform shareholders of a marketing campaign in China that resulted in staff arrests and a slump in the share price.

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Australia's Crown Resorts faces class action

(Reuters) - Australian casino giant Crown Resorts Ltd on Monday said that Maurice Blackburn Lawyers had commenced a class action proceeding against Crown in the Federal Court of Australia.

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Australia to probe Facebook, Google over media disruption

SYDNEY, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Australia's competition regulator said on Monday it would investigate whether U.S. online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google had disrupted the news media to the detriment of publishers and consumers.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Michael Flynn, North Korea, Rohingya: Your Monday Briefing

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United States International Relations nytimes.com

As China Rises, Australia Asks Itself: Can It Rely on America?

The government and a prominent strategist clash on whether the United States will remain dominant in Asia, and whether Australia should go it alone.

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European parliament not moving from Strasbourg, France says

PARIS (Reuters) - France won't let the official base of the European Union's parliament be moved from Strasbourg to Brussels, the country's European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau said on Sunday.

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Embattled Australian PM says he will lead government to next election

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's embattled conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has shaken off speculation about the security of his leadership, declaring on Sunday he will lead his coalition government into the next election in 2019.

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Smith beats Zunic in Australian PGA sudden-death playoff

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cameron Smith clinched the Australian PGA Championship title after beating Jordan Zunic on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

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CORRECTED-Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia's grid

HORNSDALE, Australia, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.

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Australian former deputy prime minister returns to parliament

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will return to parliament after he won an essential by-election for his seat, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the conservative coalition government its majority.

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Police arrest woman in Tanzania over video of same-sex kiss

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Police in Tanzania have arrested a woman after a video clip showing her kissing and embracing another woman at a party was widely shared online, a senior official said.

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Zunic storms clear despite late lapse at Australian PGA

(Reuters) - Jordan Zunic fired 11 birdies in 16 holes on his way to matching the course record with an eight-under 64 before a late lapse left him three shots clear after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship on Saturday.

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Australia's former deputy PM expected to win election, reclaim seat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to win re-election for the seat he was earlier forced to vacate, and return to his position in parliament on Saturday, just over a month after he was kicked out over a dual citizenship crisis that cost the government its majority.

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Russian parliament to discuss ban on access for U.S. media: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers are to discuss a proposal to bar representatives of U.S. media organizations from accessing the lower house of parliament, RIA news agency quoted the chair of one of the chamber's committees as saying.

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Leishman, Bland take lead at Australian PGA as Scott bows out

(Reuters) - Marc Leishman and Adam Bland carved out a two-stroke lead at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Australian PGA Championship on Friday as former winner Adam Scott's campaign came to an end.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Revered Australian TV Figure Feels Ripples of Weinstein Scandal

Allegations against Don Burke, a longtime star, open a debate about the “bloke” culture of masculinity in Australia.

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Australia switches on world's biggest battery

The world's biggest lithium ion battery has started delivering power.

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Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia's grid

HORNSDALE, Australia, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia's shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.

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After drought, monster storm threatens Australia's wheat crop

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavy rains in eastern Australia forecast to intensify over the weekend are threatening to wipe out or damage up to 4 million tonnes of wheat due to be harvested shortly, forecasters said on Friday.

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Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk

South Australia had a blackout problem, and the Tesla founder had a solution: a battery the size of a football field.

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UPDATE 2-Australian delivery software startup inks Amazon, Yum deals; shares leap

* Expects over 250 mln deliveries a year through Yum deal (Recasts; adds investor comment, company background)

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UPDATE 1-Australia's GetSwift shares up 84 pct at record high after deals with Amazon, Yum

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australian logistics company GetSwift Ltd said on Friday it had entered into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc and a multi-year partnership with Yum Brands Inc, sending its shares up 84 percent to a record high.

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Australia's GetSwift shares surge after deals with Amazon.com, Yum Brands

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australian logistics company GetSwift Ltd said on Friday it had entered into an agreement with Amazon.com Inc and a multi-year partnership with Yum Brands Inc, sending its share up sharply.

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Marriage linked to lower dementia risk

(Reuters Health) - Being married, or ever having been married, comes with a much lower risk of developing dementia compared to being a lifelong bachelor or bachelorette, a new analysis of previous studies suggests.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Rex Tillerson, Pope Francis, North Korea: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Garcia starts well as locals dominate Australian PGA

(Reuters) - U.S. Masters Champion Sergio Garcia carded a bogey-free, five-under-par 67 at the Australian PGA Championships in Queensland on Thursday to trail local pair Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland by a single stroke after the opening round.

Hate Crimes nytimes.com

30 Years Later, Gay Man’s Fall From Australian Cliff Is Ruled a Hate Crime

The 1988 death of Scott Johnson, an American mathematician, was initially ruled a suicide. But it later emerged that gangs had been pushing gay men to their deaths.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's new gold rush lures prospectors Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Canada-based Kirkland Lake Gold listed its shares on the Australia bourse on Thursday after investing millions of dollars and joining dozens of other prospectors in a modern-day gold rush.

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REFILE-Back to black? Australian industry prepares for possible summer power cuts

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Some of Australia's biggest power users, including mining giant BHP, are taking steps to curb the impact of any repeat of crippling blackouts that hit last summer, worried about a grid that increasingly relies on wind power and old coal-fired plants.

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Back to black? Australian industry prepares for possible summer power cuts

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Some of Australia's biggest power users, including mining giant BHP, are taking steps to curb the impact of any repeat of crippling blackouts that hit last summer, worried about a grid that increasingly relies on wind power and old coal-fired plants.

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Australia bows to years of pressure, announces inquiry into finance sector

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government said on Thursday it will hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the finance sector, reversing its long-held opposition amid mounting political pressure and wiping billions of dollars off bank stocks.

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Australia's new gold rush lures prospectors Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Canada-based Kirkland Lake Gold will list its shares on the Australia bourse on Thursday after investing millions of dollars and joining dozens of other prospectors in a modern-day gold rush.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Aristocrat Leisure nets gaming company Big Fish for $990 mln

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Gaming machine maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd said on Thursday it will acquire Seattle-based gaming company Big Fish Games, a unit of Churchill Downs , for $990 million in cash to increase its social gaming footprint.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Pope Francis, The Hague: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery.

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Same-sex marriage bill clears Australia's Senate

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's upper house Senate on Wednesday passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples.

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How marriage might be linked to lower dementia risk

Your relationship status might be associated with your dementia risk, and a new research review paper reveals how.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Rohingya, Prince Harry: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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News Analysis: Prince Harry Casts Aside Ghosts of Royal Marriages Past

Harry, fifth in line to the throne, may never be king. But his mere choice of bride may give Britain a strong shove into the future.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Origin Energy targets APLNG cost cuts; reaffirms forecast

Nov 28 (Reuters) - Australia's Origin Energy Ltd said on Tuesday it is targeting cost reductions at its Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) liquefied natural gas project as it looks to lower its debt.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Prince Harry, Bali, Myanmar: Your Tuesday Briefing

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EU Parliament chief asks Poland to ensure MEPs' safety after far-right protest

WARSAW (Reuters) - The president of the European Parliament said on Monday he would ask Poland's prime minister to ensure the security of Polish members of the assembly after a far-right protest staged a symbolic hanging of the politicians.

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Australian police cut chains from immigration protesters at PM's residence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Monday used metal cutters to remove five protesters who had chained themselves to the gate of the prime minister's official residence over the treatment of asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea.

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Queensland result leaves Australian PM closer to edge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The loss of a state election in Queensland has stepped up pressure on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who risks losing control of parliament at a by-election next month.

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Speaker's arrest puts Indonesia parliament in graft spotlight, again

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Implicated in five corruption scandals since the 1990s but never convicted, the speaker of Indonesia's parliament Setya Novanto is a political survivor.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Pope Francis, Sinai Attack, Pakistan: Your Monday Briefing

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Golf: Stunned Davis wins Australian Open after Day blows up

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cameron Davis stunned even himself by shooting a seven-under-par 64 to win the 102nd Australian Open by a stroke on Sunday after overnight leader Jason Day's title charge ended in a mid-round collapse.

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Golf: Unheralded Davis wins Australian Open after Day blow-up

SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number 1,494 Cameron Davis shot a stunning seven-under-par 64 to win the Australian Open by a stroke on Sunday after compatriot and overnight leader Jason Day's title charge ended in a mid-round collapse.

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Golf: Day to take one-shot lead into final day of Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former world number one Jason Day will take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the Australian Open after firing up on the back nine and shooting a third-round two-under 69 in tricky conditions on Saturday.

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Herbert leads Day by one shot at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A charging Jason Day drilled a birdie putt just wide of the 18th hole and had to settle for second place behind young compatriot Lucas Herbert at the halfway stage of the Australian Open on Friday.

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Nepal to elect new parliament after years of instability

KATHMANDU, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Nepalis vote on Sunday to choose a new parliament and seven state assemblies hoping to end years of fickle coalitions and complete a tumultuous transition, more than a decade after the end of a civil war.

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An American Spy Base Hidden in Australia’s Outback

The trials of six Christian antiwar protesters have put a spotlight on a facility that the United States would rather keep in the shadows.

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Tomic offered spot in Australian Open wild card playoff

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic has been offered the chance to win a wild card for January's Australian Open in a 16-man playoff in Melbourne next month but has not said whether he will take up the place, organizers said on Friday.

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Papua New Guinean police return to evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinean police returned to a shuttered Australian-run detention complex early on Friday, marking the second day of a major operation to clear out more than 300 asylum-seekers refusing to leave, two of the men told Reuters.

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PNG police return to evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinean police returned to a shuttered Australian-run detention complex early on Friday, marking the second day of a major operation to clear out more than 300 asylum-seekers refusing to leave, two of the men told Reuters.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Manus Island, Rohingya, Argentina: Your Friday Briefing

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Backlash among German MPs against parliamentary Twitter ban

BERLIN, Nov 23 (Reuters) - German lawmakers have protested after Wolfgang Schaeuble, the new president of the Bundestag, announced a ban on sending tweets from inside the parliament chamber.

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Davis soars, Day lurks, Spieth falters in Australian wind

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Young local Cameron Davis upstaged Jordan Spieth and Jason Day by shooting an eight-under-par 63 in benign morning conditions for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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Amazon starts Australian trial after months of hype

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm began an order-taking trial on Thursday, giving life to the hype which has preceded its arrival in the world's No. 12 economy and weighed on the shares of the brick-and-mortar retail sector.

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Cambodian opposition's parliament seats reallocated to smaller parties after ban

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Parliamentary seats held by Cambodia's recently banned opposition party were reallocated on Thursday to smaller parties that had failed to win any seats in the last election, the National Election Committee said.

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Australia urges strong, sustained U.S. engagement in Asia, warns on China

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia called on Thursday on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with "like-minded" partners while warning against China's rising influence.

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Tesla cranks up big battery in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tesla Inc has completed construction of the world's largest lithium ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said on Thursday.

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PNG police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp: refugees

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea (PNG) police have entered an abandoned Australian-run detention camp seeking to get some 380 asylum-seekers who have barricaded themselves in there to leave, two of men told Reuters on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Aldershot acquires Gold Tenement near Mt. Magnet, Western Australia

* Aldershot acquires Gold Tenement near Mt. Magnet, Western Australia Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Zimbabwe, Ratko Mladic: Your Thursday Briefing

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Polish civic groups urge parliament to stop work on judiciary overhaul

WARSAW (Reuters) - Proposals to overhaul Poland's judiciary which will be debated by parliament on Wednesday would end the country's status as a democratic state of law, more than two dozen civic society organizations said, urging lawmakers to stop work on the bills.

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Day, Spieth ready to resume rivalry at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Jason Day is desperate to add the Australian Open title to his career honor roll and would love nothing better than to do it after going swing-for-swing with Jordan Spieth in the final round this week.

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Australia's Victoria state closer to legalizing assisted death

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's second-largest state on Wednesday took another step towards adopting a law allowing voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill patients.

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Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday: sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to be ready to take orders on Nov. 23, according to a retailer, the first time the global retail juggernaut has given a start date for doing business in the world No. 12 economy.

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UPDATE 2-Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday -sources

* Australian retailers told to begin taking orders from Thursday

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Ninth Australian lawmaker quits as citizenship crisis widens

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its majority.

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Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to be ready to take orders on Nov. 23, according to a retailer, the first time the global retail juggernaut has given a start date for sales in a country.

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UPDATE 1-Amazon tells Australian retailers to prepare for orders from Thursday

* Australian retailers told to begin taking orders from Thursday

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Amazon tells Australian retailers to get ready to take orders from Thursday

SYDNEY, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Global retail juggernaut Amazon.com Inc has told its Australian sellers to prepare to begin shipping product on Nov. 23, a retailer told Reuters on Wednesday, the first time it has given a start date for the country.

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Australia defends alternative accommodation for asylum seekers against U.N. criticism

SYDNEY/GENEVA (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) can relocate to alternative accommodation, challenging United Nations claims that the substitute site is unfinished and inadequate.

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Creative sector scores win in EU Parliament copyright vote

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Commercial TV broadcasters, football leagues and film producers scored a win on Tuesday when European Union lawmakers watered down a copyright reform aimed at making more TV shows and films available online across borders.

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Romania Gay Marriage Case Could Have Outsize Impact in Europe

The case addresses whether the American husband of a Romanian man should be afforded residency rights in Romania. But its impact could be felt further afield.

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Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alert

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an alert on Tuesday for a La Nina weather event next month, saying the chance it would take place was triple the normal likelihood.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, North Korea, Mount Agung: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Australian Open to feature 25-second shot-clocks

LONDON (Reuters) - Players will have an additional five seconds between points at next year's Australian Open but time-wasters will have nowhere to hide thanks to the introduction of shot-clocks.

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Zimbabwe's parliament starts impeachment process against Mugabe

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's parliament began an impeachment process against President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday that looks set to bring his domination of a country he has ruled since independence nearly four decades ago to an ignominious end.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Downer to sell freight rail arm to Caterpillar unit

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Australia's Downer EDI said on Tuesday it plans to sell its freight rail business to Caterpillar Inc's Progress Rail unit for A$109 million ($82.18 million) as the engineering contractor reduces its dependence on the mining sector.

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UPDATE 1-Australia's FAR expects 1.1 bln barrels of oil from Gambian blocks

Nov 21 (Reuters) - Australian oil and gas explorer FAR Ltd said on Tuesday that an independent study of two of its offshore blocks in West Africa's Gambia found potential for a total of 1.1 billion barrels of oil.

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It's too soon to celebrate Australia's vote for LGBT freedom

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Angela Merkel, Robert Mugabe: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Mark 70 Years of Marriage

Britain’s longest-serving monarch and her husband celebrated with the release of new photographic portraits of the royal couple.

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Workers Lured to Australia Find Low Pay and Tough Conditions

Many of the country’s more than 900,000 temporary foreign workers make less than minimum wage but feel they can’t complain, a new survey showed.

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Mugabe Ignores Resignation Deadline, Putting Pressure on Parliament

Zimbabwe’s president has shown the negotiating skills that have kept him in power for 37 years. His likely successor has not yet appeared in public.

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UK queen and husband Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage, quietly

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip mark their platinum wedding anniversary with a small family get-together on Monday, a far cry from the pomp and celebration which greeted their marriage 70 years ago.

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BRIEF-Pepper Group says Federal Court Of Australia​ has approved acquisition by Red Hot Australia Bidco

* ‍Scheme of arrangement approved by Federal Court of Australia

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Indonesia parliament speaker taken into custody by anti-graft agency

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's parliament speaker Setya Novanto has been taken into custody by the country's anti-corruption agency after being arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $170 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.

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Australia, NZ officials discuss screening for Manus refugees: NZ PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand and Australian officials have begun talks about screening processes for asylum seekers who have shut themselves inside a Papua New Guinea detention center, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

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Queen Elizabeth and husband Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage, quietly

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip mark their platinum wedding anniversary with a small family get-together on Monday, a far cry from the pomp and celebration which greeted their marriage 70 years ago.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Manus Island, Toshiba, Zimbabwe: Your Monday Briefing

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Australian medical group wants access to Manus Island asylum seekers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

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BRIEF-Medical Australia says court approved ICU Medical's offer to buy co

* Federal Court of Australia approves scheme of arrangement under which ICU Medical Inc to buy all shares on issue in MLA​

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Bones of contention: Australia returns ancient Aboriginal remains for outback burial

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 40,000-year-old remains of an Aboriginal man that prompted a drastic rewrite of Australian history were returned to his ancestral homeland on Friday after four decades of...

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NZ rules out resettlement of Manus refugees without Australia's support

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand will not resettle refugees occupying a shuttered Australian-run detention in Papua New Guinea without Australia's agreement, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, rejecting a suggestion to deal with PNG directly.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Robert Mugabe, Myanmar, Da Vinci: Your Friday Briefing

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Indonesian parliament speaker not hiding from graft probe: lawyer

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A lawyer for Indonesia's parliament speaker denied on Thursday that the politician had gone into hiding to avoid being questioned by an anti-corruption agency over a $170 million graft investigation and said his client had a busy schedule.

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EU parliament's Brexit negotiator: 'Not so pessimistic' about reaching deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union and Britain must quickly solve major issues in Brexit negotiations such as finances and citizens' rights but there is a good chance a deal can be reached, European Parliament negotiator Guy Verhofstadt was quoted as saying.

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UPDATE 5-Australia's Santos shares soar after spurns $7.2 bln takeover approach

* Private equity-backed Harbour lines up A$11 bln bid - report

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Same-sex marriage may be law in Australia by early December

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian lawmakers on Thursday vowed to push through laws legalizing same-sex marriage by early December, after a national survey found the majority of Australians favored the move.

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UPDATE 4-Australia's Santos spurns $7.2 bln takeover approach

* Private equity-backed Harbour lines up A$11 bln bid - report (Recasts with Santos rejecting bid)

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Australia’s Curious Path to Marriage Equality

A public opinion survey pointing to approval for same-sex marriage is being celebrated and criticized, even among gay couples demanding equality.

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Hanson's 'battler bus' takes the anti-immigrant road in Australia

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) - It was early morning last Thursday when Pauline Hanson's rented "battler" bus started hissing so loudly the election campaign was halted at a petrol station on a stretch of desolate highway near a remote edge of Australia.

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UPDATE 3-Australia's Santos target of proposed $8 bln takeover bid -report

* Bid tipped around A$11 bln, 21 pct premium to last trade-AFR

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Australian diplomat dies after falling from New York balcony

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five floors to his death on Wednesday from the deck of his New York City home during a social gathering with his wife and friends, police and local media said.