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BREAKING AUSTRALIAN NEWS STORIES
Women given wrong breast cancer results
SYDNEY, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Two Australian women have found they have breast cancer, after a computer error had wrongly cleared them of the disease, healthcare industry officials said.

Buffett doing well after tumble from stage
SYDNEY, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- "Margaritaville mayor" Jimmy Buffett was resting comfortably in a Sydney hospital after falling off the stage during a concert, the singer's Web site said.

Accused people smugglers hear charges
PERTH, Australia, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Three Indonesian men charged in the fatal Christmas Island shipwreck last month appeared Tuesday in a court in Perth, Australia.

Australian soldier receives Victoria Cross
PERTH, Australia, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An Australian soldier Sunday was awarded the Victoria Cross, the nation's highest military honor, for his heroics in Afghanistan.

Waves blamed for swimmer's death
WOLLONGONG, Australia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Police say freak waves caused the drowning drowning death of a man Friday at a beach near Wollongong, south of Sydney.

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NEWS STORIES FROM NEW ZEALAND
'Hobbit' director suffers perforated ulcer
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer at a New Zealand hospital, his representatives said.

McKellen, Serkis join 'Hobbit' cast
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are to reprise their "Lord of the Rings" roles in "The Hobbit," which is to start shooting in New Zealand next month.

Play to take audience on 'adventure'
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The director of a play set to open in New Zealand said audience members will be ferried to an old convalescence chamber on an island to see the show.

New Zealand: No treatment for some cancers
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- New Zealand says a shortage of oncologists means patients with certain kinds of cancers will not be referred to specialists or be eligible for chemotherapy.

New Zealand to defer on Japan whaling case
CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- New Zealand says it won't join legal action against Japan over its whaling in the Southern Ocean but will still try to persuade Japan to end it activities.

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