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Cardinal Pell facing Australian court on sex abuse charges

Mar 5, 2018

Wearing his clerical collar, the most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex-abuse crisis appeared in an Australian court for a hearing to determine whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to put him on trial.

Australian prosecutor drops a sex charge against cardinal

Mar 2, 2018

An Australian prosecutor has withdrawn a single charge against Cardinal George Pell, whose preliminary hearing begins Monday to determine if the case will go to trial

New Aussie deputy prime minister elected after resignation

Feb 26, 2018

A new Australian deputy prime minister has been appointed after his predecessor quit over a sexual harassment allegation

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Feb 23, 2018

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has resigned from Cabinet over an allegation that he sexually harassed a woman

Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

Feb 21, 2018

A government minister says Australia continues to work effectively with Cambodia since news that a murdered Cambodian political activist's family had been accepted as refugees

Reduced Super Rugby competition to show if less is more

Feb 15, 2018

Super Rugby looks for gain after pain in 2018

Australian cardinal blames inquiry for sex allegations

Feb 14, 2018

Lawyers for the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges have told an Australian court that the allegations stemmed from publicity surrounding a national inquiry into child abuse three years ago

Former Aussie leader blames funding for indigenous setbacks

Feb 12, 2018

An Australian prime minister who a decade ago set an ambitious timetable for ending indigenous disadvantage has blamed a lack of government funding for slow progress

Australian lawmakers debate banning sex with staff members

Feb 9, 2018

The prime minister has talked down the need in Australia for a U.S.-style ban on legislators having sex with staff, but declined to say whether he had intervened in his deputy's relationship with a press secretary

Australian premier to apologize to child sex abuse victims

Feb 8, 2018

Australia's prime minister says he will apologize to victims of child sex abuse in churches and other institutions

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