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Australia urges South Pacific nations to shun Chinese attempts to extend its security deals
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Australia urges South Pacific nations to shun Chinese attempts to extend its security deals

Foreign Minister Penny Wong was in Fiji on her first solo visit, seeking to woo island states after the Solomon Islands took Canberra by surprise last month by signing a wide-ranging security pact with China

Controversial China deal would not end Solomon Islands defence cooperation with Australia
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Controversial China deal would not end Solomon Islands defence cooperation with Australia

A leaked draft of the Solomon Islands-China deal prompted fears last month in Canberra that it would open the door to a greater Chinese military presence in the Pacific

India, Australia ink economic cooperation and trade pact to boost ties; PM Modi calls it a 'watershed moment'
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India, Australia ink economic cooperation and trade pact to boost ties; PM Modi calls it a 'watershed moment'

Under the pact, Canberra would provide duty free access in its market for over 95 per cent of Indian goods such as textiles, leather, jewellery and sports products.

China-Taiwan ties are in dire straits after Beijing's repeated air intrusions but India's studied silence is surprising
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China-Taiwan ties are in dire straits after Beijing's repeated air intrusions but India's studied silence is surprising

It’s surprising that New Delhi and Taipei have not come together and worked to address ‘common challenges’.

French foreign minister says “crisis of trust” with the US as row over submarine deal deepens
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French foreign minister says “crisis of trust” with the US as row over submarine deal deepens

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has come out in support of France saying “one of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable”

UNESCO defers downgrade of Australia's Great Barrier Reef after Canberra garners international support
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UNESCO defers downgrade of Australia's Great Barrier Reef after Canberra garners international support

Many in Australia's conservative government saw the move as an attempt to pressure it into committing to reducing the nation's greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050

India vs Australia: Yuzvendra Chahal replaces Ravindra Jadeja as concussion substitute in 1st T20I
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India vs Australia: Yuzvendra Chahal replaces Ravindra Jadeja as concussion substitute in 1st T20I

Before Jadeja was hit by a Mitchell Starc bouncer in the final over of the Indian innings, he was seen limping while running between the wickets.

China denies restricting Indian ship from leaving its port; officials say vessel stuck since June
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China denies restricting Indian ship from leaving its port; officials say vessel stuck since June

The government of China's Hebei province, where the ship carrying Australian coal is docked, said that the ship is in the queue for berthing and crew change cannot be allowed due to COVID

Last two Australian journalists leave China after local police demands interviews
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Last two Australian journalists leave China after local police demands interviews

ABC's Bill Birtles and The Australian Financial Review's Michael Smith had sheltered in Australian diplomatic compounds in the past few days

First climate change lawsuit filed against Australian govt; claims non-disclosure of financial risks to investors
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First climate change lawsuit filed against Australian govt; claims non-disclosure of financial risks to investors

The litigation comes amid a global call for a 'green' recovery and as investment managers pledge their commitment for net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Australia hit by 'sophisticated' cyber attacks, Indian firms may be on list: A look at why China could be the prime suspect
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Australia hit by 'sophisticated' cyber attacks, Indian firms may be on list: A look at why China could be the prime suspect

China has, in recent weeks, banned beef exports from Australia's largest abattoirs, ended trade in Australian barley with a tariff wall and warned its citizens against visiting Australia. These measures are widely interpreted as punishment for Australia's advocacy of an independent probe into the origins and spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia increasingly under cyber attack from 'sophisticated State-based actor', claims Prime Minister Scott Morrison
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Australia increasingly under cyber attack from 'sophisticated State-based actor', claims Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia is under increasing cyber attack from a “sophisticated State-based cyber actor,” the Australian prime minister said Friday.

Prehistoric Wollemi pine trees, once considered extinct and rediscovered in 1994, saved by firefighters as bushfires ravage Australia’s east coast
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Prehistoric Wollemi pine trees, once considered extinct and rediscovered in 1994, saved by firefighters as bushfires ravage Australia’s east coast

Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday

Big Bash League: Match called off due to 'dangerous and unreasonable playing conditions' caused by bushfire smoke in Canberra
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Big Bash League: Match called off due to 'dangerous and unreasonable playing conditions' caused by bushfire smoke in Canberra

Chasing 162 for victory against Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder were 40-1 in the fifth over when the contest was halted because of lack of visibility and poor air quality caused by smoke.

Iran releases Australian travel-blogging couple detained on spying charges after 'very sensitive negotiations'
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Iran releases Australian travel-blogging couple detained on spying charges after 'very sensitive negotiations'

An Australian travel-blogging couple detained in Iran on spying charges have been released and returned home, Canberra said on Saturday.

Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier: Bangladesh to play Papua New Guinea, Ireland take on Namibia on opening day
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Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier: Bangladesh to play Papua New Guinea, Ireland take on Namibia on opening day

Defending champions Bangladesh will play Papua New Guinea while last time's runners up Ireland will take on Namibia on the opening day of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in Scotland from 31 August to 7 September.

Scott Morrison sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia; new cabinet, which includes a record seven women, also takes oath of office
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Scott Morrison sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia; new cabinet, which includes a record seven women, also takes oath of office

While Morrison only became prime minister through an internal party vote in August 2018 in which he replaced Malcolm Turnbull as chief of the ruling Liberal Party, he was returned to the post by voters with an increased majority at the 18 May election.

Australia plays down reports of Chinese coal ban amid fears of worsening diplomatic relations between both nations
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Australia plays down reports of Chinese coal ban amid fears of worsening diplomatic relations between both nations

Industry experts have noted recently that China appeared to be delaying customs clearances for Australian coking coal used in steel-making, but a report late on Thursday that Dalian Ports had specifically banned Australian coal shipments sent the Aussie dollar plunging

Don't blame China for Australia missing Malabar games; Canberra's relationship with New Delhi doesn't justify an invite
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Don't blame China for Australia missing Malabar games; Canberra's relationship with New Delhi doesn't justify an invite

The point is not to justify the exclusion of Australia, but to emphasise that India’s Malabar exercises not only predate the Quad by decades, but are part of a naval segment, not a diplomatic one

Quest for strategic leverage over China: Why India doesn't want to include Australia in Malabar exercises just yet
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Quest for strategic leverage over China: Why India doesn't want to include Australia in Malabar exercises just yet

India's expanding bilateral ties with Australia is offset by its peculiar reluctance to let Canberra join the Malabar naval exercises despite repeated requests. New Delhi seems to view the trilateral naval exercise as some sort of a political tool.