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Ancient whales were predators not gentle giants

Ancient whales had extremely sharp predator teeth similar to lions, Australian scientists said Wednesday in a discovery they believe debunks theories the mammals used their teeth to filter feed like today's gentle giants.

Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

If you ask Australian youngsters who their favourite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.

Australian PM slams «Stalinist» critics of colonial statues

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday dismissed calls to change colonial-era monuments and the date of Australia Day as «Stalinist» exercises in re-writing history as debate intensified over the country's treatment of its Aboriginal population.

Back same-sex marriage, Qantas boss urges Australia firms

Corporate Australia should speak out in support of same-sex marriage, Qantas chief Alan Joyce said Friday as he pledged to donate a «significant amount» of money to boosting the «Yes» campaign in an upcoming national vote.

Australian carrier Qantas records strong profits

Australian carrier Qantas posted healthy annual net profits Friday backed by a strong domestic market, as it announced a share buyback and flagged plans to offer direct flights to London and New York.

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday called for respectful debate on an upcoming same-sex marriage vote, saying he «deplores» the homophobic slurs aired by anonymous opponents of the reform.

Aussie Mooy maintains Huddersfield's dream start

Australian international Aaron Mooy's stunning second-half goal gave Huddersfield a 1-0 victory over Newcastle and maintained their 100 percent record in their maiden season in the Premier League on Sunday.

Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Australia's top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government, after parliament's attempts to deal with it ended in sheep jokes and conspiracy theories.

All Blacks hit highs in 54-34 win over Wallabies

The world champion All Blacks rebounded spectacularly to down the Wallabies 54-34 and plunge Australian rugby further into despair in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Saturday.

Wallabies plan to stay the pace with All Blacks

Skipper Michael Hooper urged his Wallabies team Friday to stick with the All Blacks in the hope of pulling off a morale-restoring win in the Rugby Championship series opener this weekend.

Another Australian politician caught in citizenship crisis

Another Australian politician has became engulfed in the country's dual citizenship crisis after discovering she is a British citizen, putting further pressure on the conservative government as the matter is passed to the high court.

Muslim-baiter Hanson wears burka in Australia's Senate

Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson caused a furore Thursday when she entered the Senate wearing a full burqa, earning a blistering rebuke from the country's top lawyer for the «appalling» stunt.

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible.

Williams in, Kaino out of All Blacks for Wallabies clash

Sonny Bill Williams has been rushed back into the All Blacks after serving his four-match suspension while Jerome Kaino has been dropped for the opening match of the Rugby Championship against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Australia's bitter political battle over legalising gay marriage came to a head Wednesday, with the government pushing ahead with a postal vote after parliament rejected a referendum -- both options bitterly opposed by activists.

Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia

Hollywood star Russell Crowe will chair a jury to decide the best Asian production at Australia's annual film awards this year, which will recognise excellence in Asian movie-making for the first time.

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