{FD} Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession applies to evidence of child abuse.

{FD} Australian bank faces more charges from financial watchdog

Australia's financial crime intelligence agency has widened its allegations against the country's largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, of failing to comply with measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing.

{FD} Australian lawmaker quits over Chinese political links

An influential Australian opposition lawmaker under fire over his close links to wealthy Chinese political donors has announced he is quitting the Senate for the good of his party as the government moves against foreign interference in politics.

{FD} Australian city of Melbourne to test terrorism alarm system

Melbourne will test a terrorism alarm system this month after police thwarted two alleged plots targeting Christmas-New Year crowds and a lone driver killed six pedestrians in the last year in Australia's second-largest city.

{FD} Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Gay marriage in Australia became a law Friday as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

{FD} US flies B-1B over South in show of force against N. Korea

The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday in part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North Korea last week tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet.

{FD} Australia to ban foreign interference in politics

Australia will ban foreign interference in its politics, motivated largely by Russia's alleged involvement in last year's U.S. election and China's growing influence on world politics.

{FD} North Korea’s latest ICBM has potential to reach Washington, Seoul says

North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile fired this week could have the ability of reaching targets as far as 8,100 miles away putting Washington within reach, South Korean officials said Friday.

{FD} Norwegian train kills reindeer _ again

A Norwegian rail operator says between 10 and 15 reindeer have been killed by a train in the country's Arctic region, days after saying that lack of communication with freight train drivers this month has led to the death of more than 100 of the animals.

{FD} Australian leader seeks help for tourists stranded in Bali

Australia's prime minister says he is discussing with his government how to help thousands of Australian holidaymakers stranded by volcanic smoke on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.