Australia

Plane crashes at airport in Melbourne

A five-passenger charter plane has crashed into a building next to Essendon Airport in Melbourne, with witnesses reporting explosions, fire and black smoke, police said Tuesday.

Mass drug overdose at Melbourne dance festival

More than 20 people were hospitalized, many in a critical condition, after overdosing on drugs at a Melbourne dance music festival on Saturday night, Australian media has reported.

Australia's Catholic Church paid 276 million to abuse victims

Australia's Catholic Church has paid 276 million Australian dollars (212 million US dollars) in compensation to thousands of people who were victims of sexual abuse by priests and other members of the church, an inquest was told on Thursday.

Australia rejects UN talks on treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Australia will not participate in a United Nations conference next month to discuss banning nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Missing German woman found dead after search in Australian outback

The search for a 73-year-old German woman who went missing five days ago ended Tuesday after her body was found in the remote Australian outback, a police spokeswoman said.

Bereaved British mother: daughter's death has no place on Trump list

A bereaved British mother on Tuesday accused US President Donald Trump of falsely claiming her daughter was killed by a terrorist, after Trump listed the murder as one of 78 "under-reported" terrorist attacks worldwide.

French man arrested for mailing drugs to Australian outback town

A French man was arrested and charged for allegedly posting illicit drugs from his home country to a remote Australian outback town, police said Monday.

Australian inquiry details extent of "shocking" Catholic child abuse

Allegations of child sexual abuse in Australian Catholic churches and institutions were Monday described as "shocking" and "indefensible" during a public inquiry in Sydney.

Turnbull plays down Trump phone call spat, says refugee deal stands

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday the refugee resettlement agreement between Australia and the US would be honoured, despite President Donald Trump calling it a "dumb deal" after a reportedly hostile phone conversation between the pair.

Trump disappointed in "dumb" Australian refugee agreement

President Donald Trump is "unbelievably disappointed" in a deal struck with Australia to take hundreds of refugees from Australian-run detention facilities, the White House said Thursday, after Trump slammed the agreement as "dumb."

Trump slams 'dumb deal' with Australia on refugee resettlement

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed what he called a "dumb deal" with Australia to take hundreds of refugees from Australian-run detention facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Leaders, activists slam 'secrecy' of US-Australia refugee deal

Australian opposition leaders and human rights activists have heavily criticized a US-Australia deal that will decide the fate of hundreds of refugees currently languishing on Nauru and Manus islands.

Reports: Australia's refugee deal with the US still stands

US President Donald Trump has assured Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that he will honour a one-off refugee resettlement deal between the two countries, local media have reported.

Two dead as plane in air show in Australia crashes as thousands watch

Rescue crews will work Friday to recover the wreckage of a light plane that crashed into a river during an air show in Perth in western Australia, killing two people, police said.

Australia 'confident' Trump will stick to refugee resettlement deal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday that he is confident that the refugee resettlement deal struck last year with the US will hold under President Donald Trump.

Australia Day celebrated amid jubilance and protest

Barbecue sausages, cockroach races, concerts and protests: that was how Australia Day was celebrated across the country on Thursday.

Australia will continue pursuing trade deal, minister says

Australia is not giving up on the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite US president Donald Trump withdrawing from the trade deal.

Some 180,000 Australian workers may call in sick on Friday

Some 180,000 Australian workers may call in sick on Friday to get a four-day weekend, costing the economy millions of dollars, a local business group has warned.

Four, including a child, killed as car hits pedestrians in Melbourne

A young child is among four people killed in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday when a man known to the police for domestic violence-related issues deliberately drove through a busy pedestrian mall, officials said.

Australian immigration spent billions without records, audit shows

Australia's immigration department cannot show a paper trail for payments worth 1.1 billion Australian dollars (820 million US dollars) for contracts related to the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, an audit report showed Tuesday.

Bees, not snakes or spiders, cause most deaths in Australia

Bees and other insects are the biggest public health threat in Australia when it comes to deadly bites and stings, according to new research.

Search for missing MH370 plane ends after three years

After nearly three years of searching, the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has come to an end without a trace of the plane, officials announced Tuesday.

Abe strengthens military ties with Australia during Asia-Pacific tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Australia on Saturday to meet counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to strengthen military ties and regional security while discussing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Sydney issues air pollution alert as temperatures soar

An air pollution alert has been issued for Sydney as much of city and surrounding areas brace for sweltering summer heat, according to health officials. 

East Timor ends 2006 sea treaty with Australia over oil revenues

East Timor has told Australia that it wants to terminate a 2006 treaty that divides revenue from the lucrative oil and gas reserve in the Timor Sea.

Second woman in a week bitten by wild snake at Australian zoo

A second woman within a week has been bitten by a wild snake at a zoo in the Australian state of Queensland.

Extreme weather events dominated Australia in 2016

Australians weathered unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016 with fierce fires and damaging floods, a government agency said Thursday in its new annual climate report.

7.2 magnitude earthquake near Fiji

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck south of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday morning.

Federer marks triumphant tennis return as Swiss sweep Britain

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic combined for a Swiss 2-0 Hopman Cup sweep of Britain on Monday as the 17-time grand slam champion returned to tennis after a six-month injury absence.

Eighty injured in Australian music festival crowd crush

Up to 80 people were injured in a crowd stampede at a music festival on Victoria's south-west coast late Friday, organizers have said.

Man charged for threats against Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations

A 40-year-old man was arrested at an airport in Sydney after arriving on a flight from London over alleged online threats against Sydney’s New Year's Eve celebrations, police said Friday.

Australian police seize 1 ton of cocaine, arrest 15

Australian authorities seized more than a ton of cocaine worth hundreds of millions of dollars, police said Thursday describing it as one of the country's largest drug busts.

Australian police arrest 15 over huge cocaine import from Chile

Australian police have arrested 15 men including commercial fishing operators for allegedly importing more than a tonne of cocaine from Chile worth hundreds of millions of dollars, police announced Thursday.

Australian police urge caution after seven drown over Christmas

Police urged Australians Tuesday to take more care when swimming after a spate of drownings over the Christmas holidays on the east coast of the country left seven people dead in 48 hours.

Refugee dies in Australia after fall on Manus Island detention centre

A Sudanese refugee died Saturday in Brisbane from injuries suffered at one of Australia's offshore detention facilities, the government confirmed.

Three charged over foiled Christmas Day terror attack in Australia

Three Australian men have been charged with offences related to planning a major terrorist attack on Christmas Day targeting landmark locations in Melbourne, police said Friday.

Australian archbishop quits after admitting child abuse failures

The Anglican archbishop of the Western Australian city of Perth stepped down late Thursday, four months after admitting he had failed to inform police about alleged child abuse by a senior cleric.

Australian court orders block on internet piracy websites

The Australian Federal Court for the first time ordered internet companies to block access to piracy or copyright-infringing websites in Australia in a judgement Thursday.

Fourth tourist dies on Great Barrier Reef in weeks

A 75-year-old Japanese tourist died snorkeling on the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Wednesday, the fourth tourist to die on the reef in the past few weeks, it was reported.

Australia sticking with F-35 jets despite Trump's criticism

Australia plans to go ahead with its purchase of 72 F-35 fighter jets despite criticism of the controversial plane by US president-elect Donald Trump, local media reported Tuesday.

Oxfam names world's worst tax havens

Multinational corporations rob developing countries of 100 billion dollars every year by using tax avoidance schemes, global charity Oxfam said in a report released Monday.

One third of big Australian companies pay no tax, tax office says

More than a third of the largest companies in Australia paid no tax in the previous financial year, according to data released Friday by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

BMW to repay record 72 million dollars to Australian car buyers

BMW will have to pay back 72 million Australian dollars (53.8 million US dollars) to car buyers in Australia who were misled into believing they could afford the luxury German vehicles, the country’s corporate watchdog announced Tuesday.

Australian government approves strict counter-terrorism measures

Strict new counter-terrorism laws approved by the Australian government Thursday will allow the attorney-general to request that convicted terrorists are kept in jail after their sentences have ended.

French tourist reported killed in Australian Outback

A man reported to be a French tourist has died after being stabbed in the neck in a remote part of the Australian Outback, police said Thursday.

Scientists confirm largest coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has had the worst coral die-off since measurements began as a result of ocean warming, scientists based at James Cook University in Queensland announced Tuesday.

Third stolen pygmy marmoset found on vet's doorstep in Australia

A third missing pygmy marmoset monkey stolen from a Sydney wildlife park was recovering with its family Tuesday after being found safe and well inside a box on the doorstep of a vet overnight.

IBM pays Australian government "substantial" amount for census bungle

Technology giant IBM paid the Australian government "many millions of dollars" in a confidential settlement for a bungled nationwide census in August, the country's prime minister said Friday.

Australian woman arrested for running fertility clinic in Cambodia

An Australian nurse was arrested on human trafficking charges in Cambodia for allegedly operating a fertility clinic, local media reported Monday. 

Melbourne bank fire suspect identified as asylum seeker from Myanmar

The 21-year-old man who set himself on fire inside a Melbourne bank injuring 26 people, was an asylum seeker who was waiting for his immigration claim to be processed, a local community leader said Saturday.

Melbourne bank explosion injures 27, six in critical condition

A 21-year-old man set himself on fire in a Melbourne bank Friday, causing an explosion that left himself and five others in a critical condition, police said.

Deep concerns voiced following report on Australian indigenous lives

Politicians and activists voiced serious concerns on Thursday regarding the lives of indigenous Australians who, according to a new damning report, are experiencing increasing levels of imprisonment, substance misuse and psychological distress.

Australia announces deal with US to resettle refugees

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Sunday that his government reached an agreement with Washington to move hundreds of refugees currently in limbo in offshore detention centres to the United States, where they are to be resettled.

Reports: Australian woman kidnapped in Afghan capital

An Australian woman was kidnapped at gunpoint in Afghanistan's capital Kabul late Saturday, local media reported. 

Thousands protest Australia's policy of detaining refugees offshore

Around 5,000 people gathered in Sydney on Saturday to protest Australia's policy of keeping refugees and asylum seekers in detention offshore.

Australian man jailed for financing his jihadist brother in Syria

An Australian Islamic bookshop owner was sentenced to 4.5 years in jail on Wednesday for sending money overseas to his brother who is fighting against the Syrian government. 

Latest MH370 report suggests plane dived rapidly before crash

A new analysis of data from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 suggests the plane was diving uncontrollably moments before it plunged into the ocean.

Offshore refugees to be banned from ever getting to Australia

Australia's government is seeking to ban for life all asylum seekers, even genuine refugees, currently held in offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, it announced Sunday.

Historic deal reached on the world's largest marine protected area

Twenty-four countries and the European Union have reached a historic deal to designate 1.55 million square kilometres of the Ross Sea in the Antarctic region a marine protected area for the next 35 years, it was announced on Friday.

Climate report: Australia will get hotter, drier, and see more fire

Australia will experience more extreme hot and dry days and a longer and fiercer fire season, while parts of the country will see worse droughts, as well as more flooding rains, a report by the country's top government scientists said.

Australian police fly to Vatican to interview senior cardinal

Australian police flew to the Vatican to interview a top cardinal over allegations of sexual assault that had been made against him.

Environmental groups say Russia key to Antarctic marine protection

The success of ongoing negotiations to create large marine sanctuaries in the waters surrounding Antarctica depends on Russian cooperation, environmentalists said Tuesday.

Australian theme park closes after four die in accident

Australia's popular theme park Dreamworld has closed after four people were killed Tuesday in an accident on a ride, officials said.

Australia to push for end to all commercial and "scientific" whaling

Australia will push for a permanent end to all forms of whaling, including the "so-called scientific," environment minister Josh Frydenberg said ahead of the biennial meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Portoroz of Slovenia this week.

Amnesty accuses Australia of systemic cruelty over asylum seekers

The Australian government has adopted a "system of deliberate cruelty" that has turned the Nauru-based asylum seekers detention facilities into "an open-air prison," Amnesty International said in a scathing new report on Monday.

Massive drug haul in Sydney worth more than 100 million dollars

Australian authorities have seized 1.2 tons of the illicit drug ecstasy worth 145 million Australian dollars (114 million US dollars) in Sydney, officials announced on Saturday. 

Somali refugee in Manus Island detention centre attacked by locals

A Somali refugee held at the Australia-run detention centre in Manus Island was viciously attacked over the weekend, a human rights group said Monday, asking the government to bring those being held to Australia.

10,000 protest Sydney's early lockout rules

Around 10,000 people gathered in central Sydney on Sunday to protest against state government's lockout laws that prohibit customers from entering a pub or a bar after 1:30 am in the morning.

Running naked, showing bare buttocks is crime in an Australian state

Exposing bare buttocks in public and running naked in a public place to shock or amuse have been officially made a crime in the Australian state of Victoria, it was revealed on Monday.

Smoke-filled Jetstar plane forced to land in Australia

A Jetstar plane was forced to land in Brisbane after the cabin filled with smoke en route from Sydney to Cairns, the Australian airline said Friday.

Croatian president holds bilateral talks on margins of UN assembly

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held several bilateral meetings on the fringes of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, among else with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Iraqi President Mohammed Fuad Masum, the President's Office has reported.

New strain of bird flu prompts fears for Antarctic penguins

A new strain of bird flu discovered among Antarctic penguins is raising "serious concerns" about the spread of deadly avian viruses between continents, an Australian researcher told dpa Wednesday.

Survey: Almost half of Australians support ban on Muslim immigration

Almost half of Australians support a ban on immigration for Muslims, a poll released Wednesday showed, revealing frustrations with their country's migration policy in the wake of a conservative lawmaker's call to bar entry to followers of Islam.

Amnesty: "reject the model of abuse" from Australia on refugees

Amnesty International has criticized the Australian border control policy as "shameful," urging countries "to reject the model of abuse" that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is promoting, a statement said Tuesday.

US coalition partners express regret for airstrike on Syrian forces

US coalition partners Australia and Denmark expressed remorse on Monday for a weekend airstrike against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria that killed scores of Syrian soldiers and has pushed US-Russian relations to breaking point.  

Firebrand senator warns Australia could be "swamped by Muslims"

Australia is "in danger of being swamped by Muslims" and could be living under Islamic law if it does not act, Senator Pauline Hanson, a firebrand far-right politician, said Wednesday on her return to parliament.

Australia spent 7.2 billion dollars on asylum policy, report says

The Australian government has spent 9.6 billion Australian dollars (7.2 billion US dollars) on its asylum policy since 2013, Save the Children said Tuesday.

Planned popular vote on gay marriage ignites debate in Australia

The Australian government has proposed a date for a compulsory plebiscite on same-sex marriage, as concerns over expense and funding fuel opposition to the plan.

Sydney man charged over Islamic State-inspired act of terrorism

A Sydney man charged with committing a terrorist attack was inspired by the Islamic State extremist organization, local police said Sunday.

Teen claims Islamic State instructed him to target Sydney Opera House

An Australian court on Friday ordered an 18-year-old Sydney man to be hospitalized for psychiatric assessment after he allegedly threatened an attack at the Sydney Opera House and claimed he was instructed to do so by Islamic State.

Australia sues Volkswagen over diesel emissions claims

Australia's consumer watchdog said Thursday it was suing German carmaker Volkswagen and its local subsidiary for lying to customers about the levels of toxic gases emitted from their cars.

Danish MPs cancel visit to Nauru detention centre after visas denied

Danish lawmakers have been forced to cancel a planned visit to the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru after three of the group were denied visas to the Pacific Island nation, they said Wednesday.

Australian aid worker, captive since May, rescued by Afghan forces

An Australian aid worker who was abducted in Afghanistan in May has been rescued by the National Directorate of Security [NDS] in the country's eastern Nangarhar province, the agency said Monday. 

Three Canadians charged with record cocaine haul aboard cruise ship

Three Canadians appeared in a local court on Monday accused of smuggling 95 kilograms of cocaine aboard a cruise ship in Sydney.

Australian teen completes record around-the-world flight

An Australian teenager has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. 

WikiLeaks founder's lawyer: Australia has not moved to help Assange

A lawyer and advisor to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the Australian native's government has done nothing for Assange despite repeated calls for assistance to help the whistleblower out of years of legal and diplomatic troubles.

There is no Planet B, Australian scientists tell Turnbull

More than 150 scientists have demanded that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urgently tackle the root causes of climate change, saying there is "no Planet B."

Leaked submarine plans force probes in India and France

Leaked plans for a new submarine fleet destined for the Indian navy have provoked a flurry of investigations and speculation Wednesday about how the classified information came to light.

British tourist admits to bashing Bali policeman in murder case

A British man detained in connection with the death of a policeman on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted to hitting the officer with a beer bottle and binoculars, media reports said Tuesday. 

Sexual harassment, bullying rife in Australian police, report finds

Australian federal police has widespread sexual harassment and bullying problem, an internal investigation released on Monday found.

Spain edge Australia 89-88 for basketball bronze

Sergio Rodriguez converted two free throws with 5.4 seconds left as Spain salvaged an 89-88 victory over heartbroken Australia for Olympic basketball bronze on Sunday.

Burkini allows women to have freedom and fun, says Australian creator

Invented in 2004 by an Australian woman, the burkini has come under attack in Germany and France. Banning the full-body swimwear would rob many women of the freedom to have fun in public, says its creator.

Nine Australian athletes fined for Olympic accreditation tampering

Nine Australian athletes have been ordered to pay fines of 10,000 reais (3,121 dollars) each after using altered Olympic accreditations to attend a basketball semi-final match at the Rio Games, officials said Saturday.

Sydney police probe "listening device" found in NZ rugby team hotel

Australian police said Saturday they would investigate a listening device found hidden in a meeting room used by New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team at a Sydney hotel.

Ten Australian athletes 'detained in Rio for accreditation tampering'

Ten Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for tampering with Olympic accreditation in order to gain better seats at a basketball match, Australian media reported Saturday.

Rights group: Broad culture of abuse in Australian juvenile detention

Newly obtained documents reveal a culture of mistreatment and abuse in Australian juvenile detention centres that the government should urgently investigate, Amnesty International said Thursday.

China hits back at Australia over blocked power grid sale

The Australian government's decision to block the purchase of an energy grid by two Chinese firms will deter companies from investing in the country, China's Commerce Ministry warned on Wednesday.

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton posts 6-billion-dollar loss

The world's top iron ore producer BHP Billiton on Tuesday posted a 6.4-billion-dollar loss for 2015-16, the first full-year statutory loss in the history of the Anglo-Australian company.

Australian senator complains after being called "angry white male"

An Australian senator said Monday he is filing a racial discrimination complaint against a journalist who called him an "angry white male" because it could "offend or insult some white males."

Asylum seekers self-harming to come to Australia, minister says

Some asylum seekers are harming themselves and making false allegations in order to come to Australia, the country's immigration minister said Thursday.
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