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Last updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:00:05 PM

Australia sends first contingent of troops to fight IS
Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS/EFE) The first contingent of Australian troops who may fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq have left for its base in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:40:04 PM

Australian man jailed for stealing signed guitars
Canberra, Sep 16 (IANS) A court in Australia Tuesday sentenced a man to a two-year jail term for stealing a valuable collection of signed guitars from the house of a music enthusiast, media reported.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:24:03 PM

Doosra not illegal, says inventor Saqlain
Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS) Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, widely acknowledged as the inventor of the 'doosra', has come out in defence of the controversial delivery and said that he try best to help his compatriot Saeed Ajmal rectify his faulty action.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:42:24 PM

Fiji refuses to confirm ransom paid for its peacekeepers
Suva, Sep 16 (IANS) Fiji's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has not confirmed nor denied that the Qatar government paid $20 million for the release of 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers in Syria Sep 11.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:38:05 PM

Fans not allowed to sit Kanye West's concert
Sydney, Sep 16 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West, who wants the crowd to be on their feet when he performs, reportedly stopped his performance when two fans didn't stand up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:00:04 AM

Indian-origin girl killed in Australia road crash
Sydney, Sep 15 (IANS) An Indian-origin schoolgirl was killed in a tragic car accident in Australia Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2014 9:22:12 PM

Over 49,000 vote in Fiji pre-poll
Suva, Sep 15 (IANS) More than 49,505 electors have cast their votes in Fiji, home to a large Indian-origin population, during a two-week-long pre-poll which commenced Sep 3 ahead of the first general elections in the country in eight years, media reported.

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:54:05 PM

McDonald's to phase out 'caged eggs' in Australia
Canberra, Sep 15 (IANS) Fast-food giant McDonald's has decided to phase out caged eggs from its menu in Australia within three years, following sustained pressure from animal rights activists, media reported Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:54:05 PM

Fighting IS: Australian troops reaching Middle East this week
Sydney, Sep 15 (IANS) Australian Special Forces will travel to the Middle East this week to join a US-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:22:16 PM

Australian churches favour medical marijuana
Canberra, Sep 15 (IANS) The Uniting Church has urged the Western Australian government to consider legalising marijuana for medicinal use, media reported Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:10:14 PM

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