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Australia clamps down on illegal housing trade

Canberra, Australia—Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for $30 million, a minister said on Wednesday. The billionaire, Hui Ka Yan, 56, is chairman of Hong Kong-listed real estate developer Evergrande Real Estate Group, which is based in Guangzhou, China. He is listed …

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Islamic State spreads global wings

Beirut—Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.

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Improved plane tracking on test after plane mystery

Sydney—Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday.

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US port crisis to take 3 months to resolve

Los Angeles—The leader of the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest, said Saturday it would take three months “to get back a sense of normalcy,” following a labor dispute between dockworkers and employers.

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US, UK: Libya needs unity govt before weapons delivery

UNITED NATIONS—Two of the most powerful members of the UN Security Council are rejecting Libya’s call to lift a UN arms embargo so it can defend itself against the Islamic State group, saying Thursday that the chaotic country needs a national unity government first.

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