Australia

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.