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File photo of Tony Abbott at flag raising and citizenship ceremony, January 2015. (Image: Nick-D.)Citizenship of Australian terrorists overseas under ...
Yesterday, Australia's Prime Minister proposed his government might strip individuals of their Australian citizenship if authorities consider them involved in terrorist activity. Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated, "As flagged by me in my national security statement in February, we will be legislating within a few weeks to strip dual citizens involved in terro...

File photo of Bill Shorten, 2015. (Image: Nick-D.)Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten moves towa...
Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten announced today, they will present a private bill to Parliament next Monday to legalise same-sex marriage, with the support of deputy leader Tanya Plibersek. This move towards same-sex marriage follows the Greens' initial announcement this morning, saying they planned senate debate of a marriage equality bill in June. Bil...

 ()Ireland legalises same-sex marriage
Ireland by public vote on Friday legalised same-sex marriage. This was the first time a country legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote. The historic referendum resulted in a landslide sixty percent "yes". Over sixty percent of the nation's electorate participated in the vote, with about two million counted on Saturday before the result was announced at D...

The Solomon Islands in the Pacific. (Image: Tzzzpfff.)6.9 Magnitude Earthquake strikes Solomon Islands
An earthquake hit close to the Solomon Islands, in the early hours of Thursday morning. It was about 184 kilometres from Lata and 487 kilometres from the capital Honiara. The US Geological Survey has stated that Tsunami warnings are yet to be released and that no major damage occurred. The quake was 6.9 in magnitude and hit a depth of 19 kilometres. It was th...

 ()Islamic State captures Syrian city of Palmyra
ss="published">Saturday, May 23, 2015  Syria Related articles 23 May 2015: Islamic State captures Syrian city of Palmyra 24 August 2014: Islamic State capture Syrian airbase 23 September 2013: Wikinews interviews specialists on China, Iran, Russia support for al-Assad 8 September 2013: Wikinews interviews Scott Lucas, Eyal Zisser, Majid Rafizadeh about ris...

 ()Germanwings crash victims identified
Investigators looking into the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in March announced on Wednesday that they had formally identified the 150 passengers who died on the Airbus 320 when it was flown into the French Alps. This will allow for the victims families to prepare for a proper burial ceremony in the coming weeks. It has reportedly taken more than six weeks to ...

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. (Image: Gerd Seidel and Rob Irgendwer.)Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thai prime minster begin...
Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail. The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates. It has been alleged by her p...

 ()Over 900 asylum seekers rescued off Indonesian coast
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 ()France rejects European Union's asylum seeker quota ...
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 ()Nine dead after biker gang feud in Texas
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Debris hangs on a fence skirting an athletic field in the central part of the town. (Image: Paul Budd.)Fatalities, multiple injuries in Texas tornado
A tornado tore through much of the town of Van, Texas late Sunday evening. Officials said over 40 people were transported to local hospitals for treatment and reportedly two people died during the storm. The National Weather Service estimated winds over 130 miles per hour (210 kilometres per hour) during the tornado. Late Monday afternoon, debris was still sc...


 ()Copilot practiced putting plane into controlled dece...
A report from French safety officials released on Wednesday said the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, practiced putting a plane into a controlled descent earlier in the day of the March 24 crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, which officials allege the co-pilot caused by a controlled descent. The report was based on data from the plane's flight recorders. According to ...


 ()Teen accused of Anzac Day terror plot applies for bail
An 18-year-old Victorian teen accused of plotting a terrorist attack on Anzac Day applied for bail at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. It is alleged that Harun Causevic and his associate, Sedvdet Besim, also 18, planned to run down and behead a police officer before stealing his gun to harm others at Anzac Day services in Melbourne. Federal prosecut...

Pence was a former US Representative and elected Indiana's Governor in 2012. He will face reelection next year. (Image: United States Congress.)Indiana Governor signs needle exchange program
Indiana Governor Mike Pence dropped his former opposition to needle exchange programs and on Tuesday signed legislation passed by lawmakers on April 29 — the last day of the state's legislative session — that would allow local health departments, municipalities, counties, or nonprofit organizations to implement needle exchange programs. The debate about the co...

 ()New Zealand begins process to consider changing nati...
The current New Zealand flag is partially based on the United Kingdom's flag; the new one would be unique to New Zealand. The government's Flag Consideration Project has planned a number of conferences and roadshows as part of this process, with the first meeting set to take place in Christchurch on May 16. According to the New Zealand Herald, Emeritus Profess...

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