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Australia election: The long wait for a winner

BBC News

Australia will not know the result of its federal election for days as counting in tight seats continues. Most of the votes have been counted in Australia's general election but the result is still too close to call, meaning that Australians will not know who will lead the country for a number of days. So how can an election result take so long to be declared?


Amazon Australia starts taking orders

Engadget

While Amazon Australia didn't open by Black Friday as rumors predicted, the marketplace is live in time for the Christmas shopping season. It started taking orders on Tuesday (local time) and offers free shipping across Australia for orders over $50 AUD (or about $37 US).


Four children among 7 found dead with gunshot wounds in west Australia

Los Angeles Times

Farmers are allowed to own guns under Australian law because they have a legitimate need to use them to kill feral pests and predators or sick or injured livestock. But automatic and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns are banned from public ownership.


For better or worse, McDonald's Australia makes nuggets available for breakfast

Mashable

In a move that'll surely please early lunch eaters (and people who've woken from their hangovers too soon), McDonald's in Australia is making nuggets available for breakfast. The fast food chain is trialling an "All Day Favourites" menu from Wednesday, meaning that its Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Cheeseburger, Chicken McNuggets and French Fries will be available before 10:30 a.m., for better or worse. SEE ALSO: IKEA's menu of the future includes bug meatballs It'll be trialled initially in stores located in the states of Victoria and Tasmania, and if it's successful there it'll be rolled out to the rest of the country. "We're always focused on giving our customers more of what they want, and making some of our customer's favourites available 24-7 is something they've been asking us to do for quite some time," according to a McDonald's spokesperson. It comes after the chain expanded its parts of its breakfast menu to become available all day in the past few years around the world.


US: Trump 'unbelievably disappointed' in Australia deal

U.S. News

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013, photo, a group of asylum seekers hold up their identity after landing in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. For decades, Australia and the U.S. have enjoyed the coziest of relationships, collaborating on everything from military and intelligence to diplomacy and trade. Yet an irritable tweet President Donald Trump fired off about Australia and a dramatic report of an angry phone call between the nations' leaders proves that the new commander in chief has changed the playing field for even America's staunchest allies.