Tears of joy as Australian Doll Hospital restores childhood memories

Making customers cry may not be most shopkeeper`s goal, but at Sydney`s 101-year-old Doll Hospital workers take tears as a sign of a job well done.

Protest against Fiji leader in Australia

Fiji coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama`s campaign rally in Sydney was met by a protest on Saturday, as the military strongman prepares for the Pacific state`s first election in eight years.

Australian sex offender caught after 20 years

An Australian man accused of sexually assaulting five young girls more than 20 years ago has been arrested in Sydney.

Daughter of Australian Labor great charged with murder

The daughter of long-serving former Australian state premier Neville Wran was on Thursday charged with murder over the stabbing death of a small-time drug dealer in Sydney.

Daughter of Australian Labor great charged with murder

The daughter of long-serving former Australian state premier Neville Wran was charged with murder over the stabbing death of a small-time drug dealer in Sydney.

Robin Gibb`s final song `Sydney` to be released in September

The final song written and recorded by Bee Gees star Robin Gibb before he died will be released in September.

Abe makes symbolic visit to Australia mining heartland

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today visited the resources-rich Pilbara region of Western Australia, in a recognition of the key role its minerals have played in his country`s economic growth.

Abe travelled with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Rio Tinto`s West Angelas mine, where he toured the site and observed the use of Japanese technology in state of the art equipment.

Japan PM says door always open for China talks

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday played down recent tensions with neighbour China, saying the countries were "inextricably linked" and his door was always open for dialogue.

Australia promises to give 72 hours notice before returning asylum seekers

Australia promised on Tuesday not to return a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without providing 72 hours notice, a move hailed by human rights lawyers as a minor victory in a case that has raise concerns about the country`s tough immigration policy.

Japan`s Abe declares peace goals in historic Australia visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared Tuesday his determination to pursue peace in Asia, as he signalled closer defence ties with Australia and prepared to rubber-stamp an ambitious free-trade agreement.

Abe used an historic address to a joint sitting of Australia`s parliament to say that Japan "is now determined to do more to enhance peace in the region and peace in the world".

First stop police station for Sri Lanka asylum seekers handed back by Australia

A boatload of asylum seekers intercepted by the Australian navy and returned to Sri Lanka are to be handed over to the police, a Sri Lankan naval spokesman said on Monday, a move bound to fuel concerns about Australia`s hard-line policy and rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Australia, dismissing "shrill" claims, says 41 asylum seekers handed back to Sri Lanka

Australia said on Monday 41 asylum seekers had been handed back to Sri Lankan authorities at sea, a move that has galvanised opposition to its hardline policy against illegal arrivals and revived fears of rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Australia tops global list of recreational drug users

Australia has the highest proportion of recreational drug users in the world, according to the UN`s 2014 World Drug Report, media reports said Monday.

Australian PM `gutted and dismayed` at Harris verdict

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was "gutted and dismayed" Tuesday after entertainer Rolf Harris was convicted on 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls, as his home town moved to purge his memory.

Australia to boost spy agencies` powers to fight terror

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and other spy agencies will be given more powers under a new proposal as fears grow over threats to national security from Australians fighting with terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Australia tightens conditions for overseas aid

Australia announced Wednesday it would place greater restrictions on foreign aid to recipient countries, with a larger role for the private sector and increased scrutiny of women`s rights.

Tsunami warning issued as quake hits southern Indian Ocean

A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southern Indian Ocean today, US seismologists said, prompting Australia to issue a tsunami warning which was later cancelled.

Underwater MH370 search resumes

A mini-sub searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 recommenced its operations on Thursday after technical problems, as it enters its final week of scouring the Indian Ocean seabed for signs of the aircraft.

Woman faces supporting terrorism charge in Australia

An Australian mother was today charged with supporting terrorism after she was arrested trying to board a flight from Sydney with her four young children.

Man held in Australia for rape, murder of child

Australian police have arrested a 23-year-old man for raping and murdering his two-year-old stepdaughter in a northeastern city of the country, local media reported Friday.