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Around the World in 40 Books

Headed to Rio, Paris, or Cape Town this summer? We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.

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Timor-Leste: Australia Is Behaving Like China in Disputed Waters

The Timorese prime minister is looking for U.S. support as his country presses Australia to finally negotiate a boundary in the oil-rich Timor Sea

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In Australia, Using Facebook to Threaten Feminists With Rape Could Get You Jail Time

An Australian man has agreed to plead guilty after he used Facebook to make sexual threats.

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Australian Lawmaker: I Shot and Ate an Elephant — and I Liked It

Australian lawmakers sparred over elephant meat, and one of them said he liked eating it.

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Four questions from an Aussie military blog

How resilient is your force when technology fails?

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Anti-Zika Condoms Unlikely To Stop the Olympian Spread of Zika

A condom company announced that it will provide anti-Zika condoms to Australian Olympic athletes.

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Australia to Aid Group: Sorry-Not-Sorry For Blaming You For Dead Refugees

Two days after blaming refugee advocates for encouraging self-harm among detainees at Nauru Island, the Australian government compensated a charity for similar accusations made in 2014.

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The Intolerable Cruelty of Australia’s Refugee Deterrence Strategy

Canberra’s decision to offshore asylum seekers in inhumane facilities in Papua New Guinea and Nauru isn’t an accident. It’s exactly the intention.

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Australia’s Science Minister Is Psyched for Carp-aggedon

Australia has a plan to rid the Murray River of an invasive carp species by introducing a strain of herpes into the river.

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Australia’s Former Defense Minister: Manus Island Better Than Death at Sea

On Wednesday, Papua New Guinea ordered the controversial Manus Island detention facility closed.

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