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Australian PM feels `at height of powers`

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he felt at the "height of his powers" Tuesday as a new poll showed him gaining on the opposition, despite reports conservative colleagues may still move to dump him.

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott foreshadowed tighter immigration controls on Sunday when he released the first report into a siege last December in Sydney’s Lindt cafe, in which two hostages and the gunman were killed.

Australia clears up after twin cyclones, more floods expected

Australia was clearing up Saturday after two severe cyclones left a trail of destruction, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to tens of thousands, even as authorities warned of more flooding and gusty winds to come.

Northeastern Australia braces for cyclones

Northern and eastern parts of Australia were battening down the hatches Thursday in preparation for two separate cyclones forecast to hit coastal areas.

Australian police, prayer hall were attack `targets`: Police

Police and a prayer hall were among potential targets for attack uncovered by police investigating two alleged terrorists seized in Sydney with an Islamic State flag this week, Australian police said on Friday.

Men charged as Australia foils `imminent` terror attack

Two men were charged in Australia Wednesday after police thwarted an "imminent" terror attack, seizing an Islamic State flag, a machete and an Arabic-language video detailing the alleged plot during a raid in Sydney.

`Imminent` terror attack foiled in Australia

Australia has foiled an "imminent" terror attack, arresting two men and seizing an Islamic State flag, a machete and a video detailing the plot during a raid in Sydney, police said Wednesday.

Australian PM to fight party vote to oust him
Australian PM to fight party vote to oust him

Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid on Friday to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on.

Feed reporter Greste `immensely relieved`: Australian minister

Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste was "immensely relieved" and "desperate to come home" after being freed from more than 400 days in detention in Egypt, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday.

Call for mercy at concert for Australians on Indonesia death row

 More than two thousand Australians, led by local musicians, gathered in Sydney late Thursday in a plea for mercy for two drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia, as concern grew they could soon face a firing squad.

Asian Cup finalists gunning for breakthrough win
Asian Cup finalists gunning for breakthrough win

The first Asian Cup held in Australia has already exceeded expectations and now the stars have aligned to produce what promises to be a classic final.

Australia may face defence crisis ahead of Asian Cup final
Australia may face defence crisis ahead of Asian Cup final

The Australian football team may have a crisis in hand in their defence ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final with right-back Ivan Franjic battling a hip injury.

Australian cafe siege hostage killed by ricocheted police bullets

A coronial inquest into the deaths of two hostages and a gunman during a siege at a Sydney cafe was told on Thursday that one of the hostages was killed by police bullets that ricocheted from hard surfaces when they stormed the cafe.

ODI tri-series: India's match against Australia abandoned due to rain
ODI tri-series: India's match against Australia abandoned due to rain

Rain played spoilsport as the tri-series cricket match between India and Australia was abandoned with the two teams sharing the points, which left the visiting side in with a chance to make it to the final.

Fans blast decision to move ODI from Adelaide to Sydney
Fans blast decision to move ODI from Adelaide to Sydney

South Australia's cricket fans blasted the decision to move Monday’s One-day International (ODI) between Australia and India to Sydney after the game was stopped just 15 minutes because of rain.

Australian families plead for lives of convicts in Indonesia

The families of two Australian drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia pleaded for their lives in an emotional interview on Saturday, and said they would not give up on them.

Australian women joining IS foreign fighters: Minister

Increasing numbers of young women are altering the profile of Australians joining the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria, Attorney-General George Brandis said Saturday, enticed by the "false glamour" of the organisation.

`Training device` sparked bomb scare, Sydney harbour closure

An unattended package left on a Sydney ferry that sparked a lockdown of Australia`s iconic harbourfront was Friday revealed to be training equipment used by the transport company.

Australia raises terror threat level against police to 'high'

Australia raised the terrorism threat level against its police officers to "high" on Tuesday, federal police said, citing intelligence and discussions with its international partners.