Australia And Oceania

CANBERRA, Australia - Among the newly elected legislators who congregated for the first time Thursday at Parliament House were Australia's first Muslim lawmaker, its youngest-ever at 20 years old and the first Aboriginal in the House of Representatives.

CANBERRA, Australia - Julia Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister by seizing control of her party from her former boss less than two months ago and called elections weeks later - hoping to save the left-leaning government from rising voter grumbling with fresh, straight-talking leadership.

PERTH, Australia - An Australian Muslim woman who sought permission to keep her face and head covered while she gives evidence at an upcoming trial was told by a judge Thursday she would have to remove her veil.

TORONTO - Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie says the death sentence imposed on him by Iran's late leader no longer affects his daily life, but the issue still hasn't gone away.
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