Watch: The long anticipated moment Australia's gay-marriage vote result is revealed

As an official from the Australian Bureau of Statistics read that 7,817,247 people had voted "Yes" in the country's marriage equality survey, Australia knew it had achieved the popular vote to leagalise gay marriage.

Those 7,817,247 "yes" votes accounted for 61.6 per cent of the over 12.7 million people who had voted in the postal survey.

There were 4,873,987 "No" votes representing 38.4 per cent of the vote.

It was a clear majority to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia from the public.

A majority 'yes' vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates across the country, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced in Canberra today.

Every state and territory recorded a majority 'yes' result bar NSW, which returned less than 60 per cent approval.

The ACT had the highest 'yes' vote at 74 per cent.

More than 12.7 million people - nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters - took part in the survey.

Of those, 7.8 million voted 'yes' and 4.9 million said 'no'.

Parliamentary debate to legalise same-sex marriage could begin as early as tomorrow.

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'It angers me' - Duterte lashes at Trudeau over being questioned on drug killings

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he was angered and insulted overnight by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comments about the Philippine government's war on drugs, which has earned widespread condemnation for leaving thousands of suspects dead.

Trudeau said he raised concerns about human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings in Duterte's anti-drug campaign when he met yesterday with the president ahead of Canada's summit in the Philippines with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Trudeau was the first leader of the 20 attending this week's ASEAN summit and related meetings who has publicly said he brought up the touchy issue with the volatile Filipino leader.

"I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with," Trudeau said at a news conference.

The Prime Minister is due to meet with the Philippines' leader today. Source: 1 NEWS

"I impressed on him the need for respect for the rule of law, and as always offered Canada's support and help as a friend to move forward on what is a real challenge."

He said Duterte was receptive to his comments and their exchange was cordial and positive.

But Duterte later told reporters that he had refused to provide an explanation for the killings.

"I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult," Duterte said. "It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country. You don't even investigate."

Duterte is highly sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then US President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippine anti-drug campaign.

It’s the first such admission Rodrigo Duterte has made since becoming president in June. Source: 1 NEWS

President Donald Trump, who also attended this week's ASEAN summit, did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte "had a great relationship," and avoided questions about whether he raised human rights concerns in a meeting with the Philippine leader.

The White House later said they discussed ISIS, illegal drugs and trade during the 40-minute meeting.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs. She did not say if Trump was critical of Duterte's program.

Harry Roque, Duterte's spokesman, said there was no mention of human rights or extralegal killings during the meeting with Trump, but there was a lengthy discussion of the Philippines' war on drugs, with Duterte doing most of the explaining.

The two sides later issued a statement saying they "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Source: Associated Press


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Warning: This might make you cry! Shy dog doesn't recogise owner after two years on Argentina's streets ...until she sniffs

The heart warming moment a shy dog suddenly bursts with joy as she recognises her owner after being separated for two years has been caught on camera at an animal shelter in Argentina. 

A person dropped off the dog, named Pakita, to the Arca Animal refuge and claimed they found her wondering the streets in their neighbourhood.

Last month, volunteer Silvia Ferreyraand took to social media to try and find Pakita a loving home but taking a photo of her proved to be a difficult task as she would often cower and hide away.

After the post Ms Ferreyraand told The Dodo website the shelter received "a message from a woman saying that the dog was her son's and that he had been looking for her!" 

The next day, the woman's son arrived at the shelter to reunite with his long lost pet and Ms Ferreyraand decided to capture the emotional moment on camera. 

In the video, at first, Pakita hides behind a staff member but finally bravely approaches the man.

But she recognise doesn't him, until eventually smelling his scent. And, as the video shows, the rest is history.