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Great Australian WWII heroine dies at 98

Nancy Wake, Australia’s greatest World War II heroine and a prominent figure in the French Resistance known as the “The White Mouse” for her ability to evade the Germans, has died in London. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the woman who was once the Gestapo’s most wanted person, was…

Police hunt for Australian ‘neck bomb’ attacker

A manhunt was under way Thursday for an attacker who attached what turned out to be a fake bomb to a terrified Sydney teenager in a drama described as “like something out of a Hollywood movie script”. Madeleine Pulver, 18, a member of one of Sydney’s wealthiest families, endured a…

Former PM Blair says not a victim of phone hacking

Former prime minister Tony Blair Tuesday described phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. as “despicable”, but said he did not believe it had happened to him. Blair, who was in power during the years much of the hacking allegedly took place, would not comment on whether 80-year-old Murdoch should…

Aussie opposition chief in Afghan gaffe row

SYDNEY — Australia’s gaffe-prone opposition leader Tony Abbott was engulfed in a new row Wednesday over an unguarded comment about a soldier’s death in Afghanistan. Abbott hit out at media after TV station Channel Seven showed him rudely describing that things “happen” while discussing the death of Lance Corporal Jared…

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