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Twin Cyclones Batter Australia

A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday, while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west.

Cyclone Trevor, pushing a big storm tide and packing winds of up to 250 kilometres per hour (150 mph), made landfall on the sparsely populated Northern Territory coast near the Gulf of Carpentaria town of Port McArthur, the Bureau of Meteorology reported.

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Australia Boosts Security for Mosques, Places of Worship

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced more funding to defend religious establishments against potential attack in the wake of the mosque massacres in neighbouring New Zealand.

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Cylone Oma Strengthens, Australian Coast Warning Triggered

Cyclone Oma intensified to a damaging category three storm, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said Wednesday, warning that it could bring severe weather to the continent after hitting the Pacific Islands.

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Australia Signs Massive Sub Deal with French Firm

Australia formally signed a Aus$50 billion "strategic partnership" with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of Canberra's willingness to project power across the Pacific.

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Aussie PM Kicks Off Re-election Bid with Security Vow

Prime Minister Scott Morrison fired the starter's gun on his re-election drive Monday, promising to keep Australians safe in a dangerous and sometimes "evil" world.

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Massive drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Australian and US authorities on Friday announced they had seized around a billion dollars worth of methylamphetamine -- or "ice" -- in a bust that revealed new ties between Mexican cartels and Aussie biker gangs.

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Fresh Flood Warning Issued in Australia as PM Visits

Heavy rain continued to pelt Australia's flood-ravaged northeast Tuesday, prompting the authorities to warn of further flash flooding in the hours ahead.

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Power Outages as Australia Swelters through Extreme Temperatures

Tens of thousands of people sweltering through a brutal heatwave in southern Australia were left without power Friday, as the grid struggled with surging demand.

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Australia Asks for Answers on Dissident Missing in China

Australia is investigating reports a Chinese-Australian dissident is missing and may have been detained in his native country, officials said Wednesday.

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Shock Resignation Rocks Australia's Embattled Government

Australia's minister for women is set to retire from politics, a major blow for the embattled minority government amid accusations it has a problem with female representation ahead of crucial national elections.

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