Australia

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...

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...

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...

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.