#2019PresidentialElection/ Voting process under way in New Zealand, Australia, Tokyo

Five of the six polling stations in Australia for the election of the President of Romania opened on Friday at 12:00 hrs local time (3:00 hrs Romanian time) in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, followed by the Perth section.

Canberra Legalizes Marijuana for Personal Use

The Australian capital, Canberra, is legalizing marijuana for personal use, the Associated Press reported.

The Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory is voted to legalize the possession of up to 50 grams of dried marijuana and the cultivation of two plants per person or four plants per household as of January 31, BTA reported.

EU Wants to Ban Australia from Using "Bulgarian Rose Oil" Signature Name

The European Union (EU) wants Australian companies to stop using names such as "Bulgarian rose oil", "feta" and "gorgonzola" on their product labels. In case the goods manufactured in the country are indicated by some of the protected European names, the companies will have to change them.

Turkish, Australian top diplomats speak by phone

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne held a phone call on March 20 after the latter summoned Turkey's ambassador to Canberra amid condemnation over President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's comments on Anzac troops who fought in World War I in the wake of the New Zealand attack on March 15.

Suspicious Packages Investigated at Consulates, Embassies in Australia

Authorities said Wednesday that they were investigating suspicious packages that had been sent to several consulates and embassies in Melbourne and Canberra, the capital, reported NBC News. 

Australian Federal Police gave few details, saying only that emergency units were responding to suspicious packages delivered to diplomatic addresses in the two cities.

Australia police examining suspicious packages sent to diplomatic missions

Australian police were investigating the delivery of suspicious packages sent to foreign embassies and consulates in Melbourne and Canberra, including the Turkish consulate, police and diplomatic sources said on Jan. 9.

Police, fire crews and ambulances were seen at a number of diplomatic offices in Melbourne, including those of India, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea.