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Suspicious Packages Delivered to Diplomatic Missions in Australia

Australian police are investigating the delivery of suspicious packages sent to foreign embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra, police and embassy sources told AFP Wednesday.

The packages -- which are still being examined but are not believed to be harmful -- were delivered to facilities in the capital and several addresses across the southern Australian city, police confirmed.

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Australia to 'Consider' Saudi Woman's Asylum Plea

Australia said Tuesday it will "carefully consider" the asylum claim of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of the U.N. in Bangkok, after she fended off deportation in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal.

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IS Claims Attack after Australia Knifeman Kills 1, Hurts 2

Police said a Somali immigrant killed one person and wounded two others in a rush-hour stabbing spree in the heart of Australia's second city Friday, labelling it a terrorist attack.

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Scott Morrison Sworn in As New Australian PM after Bitter Coup

Scott Morrison was sworn in as Australia's seventh prime minister in 11 years Friday after a stunning party revolt against Malcolm Turnbull, which the new leader admitted had left the government "bruised and battered".

Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, was the driving force behind the move to oust Turnbull after a Liberal Party backlash against his more moderate policies.

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Three Dead, 20 Hurt as Car Rams Melbourne Shoppers

A car plowed into pedestrians on a popular shopping strip in the heart of Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing three people including a young child and injuring dozens more.

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Australia PM Takes 'Full Responsibility' for Poll Debacle but Won't Resign

Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull took full responsibility Tuesday for a disastrous election campaign which has left his government in doubt, but said he would not resign.

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Three Die, others Missing in Fierce Australia Storms

Wild weather which smashed into Australia's east coast and whipped up giant waves on Sydney beaches has left at least three people dead and others missing, police said Monday as the clean-up began.

Ferocious storms pounded the coast over the weekend, causing flooding in New South Wales state. Huge seas eroded the shoreline, in one instance sweeping the in-ground swimming pool of a beachside home onto the beach.

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Five Face Terror Charges over Australia-Syria Boat Plan

Five young men face life behind bars after they were charged with terrorism offenses over a plan to sail to Indonesia to join jihadist groups in Syria, Australian police said.

The men, aged in their twenties and early thirties and whose passports had been canceled, included notorious Australian Islamic preacher Musa Cerantonio, who was detained in the Philippines in 2014 and deported for reportedly urging people to join jihad in Iraq and Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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Australia Stop Five from 'Taking Boat to Indonesia to Join Jihad'

Five men with cancelled passports were Wednesday accused of planning to sail to Indonesia from Australia en route to join jihadist groups in Syria.

The men included notorious Australian Islamic preacher Musa Cerantonio, who was detained in the Philippines in 2014 and deported for reportedly urging people to join jihad in Iraq and Syria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.

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Australia Says Top IS Recruiter Killed in U.S. Air Strike

Australia's most wanted Islamic State terror suspect, linked to several attacks on home soil, has been killed in a U.S. air strike in Iraq, Canberra said on Thursday, warning others will be targeted.

The death of Neil Prakash is considered significant by Australian and U.S. authorities because of his highly prominent and influential role as a senior recruiter for the jihadist group.

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