Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser Dies at 84


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(CANBERRA) — Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the nation bitterly divided, died on Friday his office said. He was 84.

Fraser was active in public life until the end and his death shocked the nation. His life after politics was dominated by human rights issues.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning,” a statement from his office said.

Tributes poured in from members of the current conservative government, his contemporaries and from all walks of life.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia’s 22nd prime minister had “restored economically responsible government while recognizing social change.”

“Malcolm Fraser held true to the belief that his actions were in the best interests of Australia,” Abbott said in a statement.

“He…

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An ISIS-Inspired Terrorist Plot Has Been Foiled, Say Australian Police


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Australian counterterrorism officials say they have foiled an imminent terrorist attack after the arrest of two men at a house in western Sydney.

The suspects have been charged with terrorist offenses, Reuters reports.

Police say a homemade ISIS flag was found at the house, as well as a machete, a hunting knife and “a video which depicted a man talking about carrying out an attack.”

New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn accused the suspects of “preparing to do this act yesterday.”

Australia’s national threat level has been on “high” since last September, when news broke out that militants were planning to publicly behead a random member of the public.

The country is also concerned with homegrown militancy. Dozens of its citizens are said to be fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and last December a gunman with ISIS sympathies held up a central Sydney café, leading to…

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