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First gay marriages take place in Australia

Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month.

Australia to creep north by 1.8 metres, no-one will notice

Australia is heading north riding the continental plate, which means the country’s mapping co-ordinates are being realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east, it was announced on Friday.

France line-up Colombia, Russia friendlies ahead of World Cup

France will play five friendly matches next year in the build-up to the World Cup in Russia, including a trip to the tournament hosts in March, the French Football Federation announced on Thursday.

Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner in parliament

A gay Australian lawmaker popped the question to his partner in parliament on Monday, with the first ever proposal in the chamber coming shortly after a bill paving the way for same-sex marriage was introduced.

New Zealand to ban foreigners from buying houses

New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Tuesday said her government would ban foreign investors from buying houses in the country by early 2018.

Heart disease most prominent cause of death in Australia

Heart disease was the leading cause of death among Australians in 2016, data released on Wednesday revealed.

Australians hand in 51,000 guns during three-month amnesty

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said Australians handed in 51,000 guns during a 3-month amnesty, though he rejected calls to extend it following the weekend’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

US rapper pledges song proceeds to Australia gay marriage campaign

US rapper Macklemore has pledged proceeds from his hit gay anthem to Australia’s pro-same sex marriage campaign after the song surged to number one in the country amid a national vote on the issue.

Why I headbutted former prime minister – DJ

A self-described anarchist who headbutted former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has denied he attacked the politician because of his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Flesh-eating bacteria puzzles Australian health authorities

A spike in Australians being attacked by flesh-eating bacteria has left health authorities puzzled and concerned.

Church cancels wedding after Facebook gay marriage post

Australia’s prime minister Friday defended a church’s right not to marry some couples following reports a woman’s wedding was cancelled after she posted support for same-sex marriage on Facebook ahead of a national vote.

Lack of sleep costs Australia $52.48bn – report

Sleep deprivation is costing Australia 52.48 billion dollars annually, a report released on Tuesday found.

Australia to hold postal vote to decide on same-sex marriage law

Australia will hold a non-compulsory postal vote on legalizing same-sex marriage if a second bid to win political support for a national ballot fails, a minister said on Monday.

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