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Prince Harry, Meghan land in Australia for Oceania tour

Prince Harry, Meghan land in Australia for Oceania tour

Canberra: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney on Monday to begin an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. It is the couple’s first official royal tour since getting married in May, the BBC reported. The 16-day trip coincides with the fourth Invictus Games, beginning in

Aussie woman suffers internal injuries from kangaroo attack

Sydney: A woman in Australia’s Queensland state suffered internal injuries including a collapsed lung and broken ribs after being attacked by a wild kangaroo that her husband was feeding on Saturday night, according to local media. Wildlife carer Linda Smith, 64, and her husband Jim were feeding the marsupials at their home southwest of state capital

Australian law allows religious schools to reject gays: PM

Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended leaked proposals to let religious schools discriminate against gay students, saying that the proposals were already “existing law” in some states. Schools in some Australian states can already reject staff if they are gay. The new proposals would apply nationwide, the BBC reported. Morrison was commenting on the

Australian prisoners busted for smuggling using footballs

Sydney: Australian prisoners have been caught trying to smuggle tobacco, mobile phones and other contraband items into their prison hidden inside footballs, authorities said on Sunday. Guards at the correctional facility at Windsor near Sydney intercepted the balls being thrown over the fence onto the premises, reports Xinhua news agency. “These officers are well-trained to detect

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New South Wales eyes tougher penalties for cyber bullying

Sydney: New South Wales state is planning to beef up laws to better protect residents from cyber bullying and other kinds of digital threats, including higher penalties of up to five years in prison, authorities said on Sunday. The move will make it “absolutely clear that online stalking and intimidation are no-goes” in the state, its

Australia to exempt sanitary products from sales tax

Canberra: Australia’s Treasurers on Wednesday agreed to exempt women’s sanitary products from General Sales Tax (GST) following years of campaigning by female groups. Treasurers from Australia’s states and territories unanimously agreed to support the government’s proposal to remove the current 10 per cent tax on the products, ending an 18-year campaign to get the exemption. The

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Australian doctors to evaluate Bhutanese conjoined twins before operation

Melbourne: A pair of Bhutanese twins who were born 14 months ago conjoined at the chest will be evaluated on Thursday at a hospital in Australia before undergoing separation surgery. “We need to just double check everything is alright generally,” anesthesiologist Ian McKenzie, a member of the specialist medical team at the Royal Children’s Hospital here

Hoax calls force evacuation of hospital in Melbourne

Melbourne: Two bomb threat calls on Tuesday forced an evacuation at a hospital in Melbourne, and 60 patients were moved to a nearby park, police said. An exclusion zone was established shortly after 8 a.m., and patients and staff were evacuated from the Epworth Hawthorn hospital, a spokesperson for Victoria Police said. The officers have conducted

PM proposes national holiday to celebrate indigenous history

Canberra: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday proposed establishing a national day to celebrate the country’s indigenous history. Morrison raised the proposal amid renewed calls for the date of Australia Day to be changed out of respect for indigenous cultures, Xinhua news agency reported. Currently celebrated annually on January 26, indigenous Australians refer to Australia Day