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A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Australia transferred 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away at the southern port of Galle

Australia must give 72 hours' notice before returning 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Tony Abbott's government has already faced international condemnation for sending back a group of 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Sri Lanka transfered 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away by Australia at the southern port of Galle

Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea

Australia been toughening its stance towards asylum seekers and migrants for several years

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Sri Lanka transfered 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away by Australia at the southern port of Galle

Australian high court blocks authorities from returning 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Decision came after government confirmed earlier that it handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea 

Pistorius' lawyer says the broadcasting of the leaked footage was 'illegal'

Australian network defends showing leaked Pistorius re-enactment that lawyer says was 'obtained illegally'

Athlete's legal team say the broadcasting of the footage breaches non-disclosure agreements and is an invasion of the family's privacy

Tamils are fleeing the Sri Lankan military

Australia criticised over handling of 200 Tamil refugees picked up at sea

Campaigners claim some were handed to the Sri Lankan navy in 'violation of international law'

Police investigate video of Australian woman 'carrying out racist tirade' on busy commuter train

Australian broadcaster Ninemsn have reportedly identified the woman as 55-year-old Sue Wilkins

The surfers were warned to keep their distance from the huge whale

Huge whale swims with surfers at Sydney beach

The southern right whale surfaced at Freshwater Beach on Sunday

The mystery 'sea monster' that “savagely devoured” a nine-foot-long Great White shark 11 years ago was a supersized shark, researchers have concluded.

'Super predator' that devoured Great White was probably a 'massive' deep sea shark

Dave Riggs believes he may have solved the mystery of the 'sea monster' that ate the nine-foot-long Great White shark 11 years ago

AP-3C Orion during a search mission for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean

MH370: Passengers were already dead from suffocation by the time plane hit the ocean, report finds

The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight continues

The Dorcopsulus Wallaby, an unknown species of wallaby

New species of mammal 'uncovered in Papua New Guinea' forest, scientists say

The small dog-sized dorcopsulus wallaby was discovered along with other unknown "bandicoots and rodents"

Police are pressing Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s family for information

MH370 latest: Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah's wife breaks silence to 'confirm he spoke final words from cockpit'

Claims by New Zealand journalists come as Malaysia Airline's British commercial chief said he believes 'something untoward happened to plane'

Tamar Iveri: Opera Australia sacks star soprano over homophobic Facebook post describing gay people as ‘sewage’

Singer has blamed husband for post and said she ‘abhor[s] prejudice in any form’

In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 file photo, from left, Mohammed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed appear in a defendant's cage along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges at a courtroom in Cairo

Al-Jazeera journalists' trial: Three reporters convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison by Egyptian court

The three - including Australian Peter Greste - faced charges of 'helping terrorists'

Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri blamed her husband for a Facebook post comparing gay people to 'sewage'

Opera star Tamar Iveri blames husband for Facebook post describing gay people as ‘sewage’

Georgian soprano said her ‘very religious’ husband wrote the comments which appeared to support homophobic violence

Migaloo the while whale, sighted at the Bernard Islands on Saturday 17 August, 2013

Extremely rare white whale ‘Migaloo’ sighted for first time this year off coast of Australia

Once thought to be the only all-white humpback whale in the world

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