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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.

Seven dead, one still missing after New Zealand boating accident

Seven people are dead and an eighth person is missing, presumed dead, after a boating accident on New Zealand's North Island, police said Sunday.

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.

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...

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...

At least two killed after massive earthquake hits New Zealand

Sydney (dpa) - A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island, generating a tsunami, triggering evacuations from many low-lying areas on the eastern shore and killing at...

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...

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...