15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Abbott announces memorial for MH17 victims

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced to set up a memorial at the Parliament House for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

First Australian MH17 victims due home this week: PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday said the first remains of Australians killed in the MH17 crash will return home this week, as he announced a memorial for victims in Canberra.

Australian tycoon apologises to China for insulting Chinese people

An Australian mining-baron-turned-lawmaker today apologised to China for calling its people "bastards" and "mongrels", "having no system of justice" during a media interview on national television.

Australia steps up efforts against radicalisation

The funding follows a warning from spy chief David Irvine this month that the bloody conflicts in Iraq and Syria are creating a new generation of militants.

SC notice to Centre, EC on PIL to ensure maximum voting

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre and the Election Commission on a PIL seeking a direction to them to frame guidelines to ensure that more citizens cast their votes in the polls.

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.

Singapore, Australia to boost intelligence sharing on jihadis

Australia and Singapore vowed Friday to enhance intelligence sharing in the face of growing fears about the threat posed by jihadist citizens returning home after fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Australia defends detention of child asylum seekers

Australia`s immigration minister defended his country`s tough policies on asylum seekers on Friday, saying measures including the detention of children and denial of permanent visas were needed to stop dangerous people-smuggling ventures.

Top Vatican figure in row over child abuse comments

Australia`s leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire Friday after drawing an analogy between the church`s response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Australian opposition leader cleared of rape allegation

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten revealed Thursday he had been cleared by police of historical sex assault allegations, which he said were "abhorrent".

`Reasonable chance` of finding MH370 : Australia PM

A fresh underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, that is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean, has a "reasonable chance" of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

MH370 passengers may have died of oxygen starvation: Report

All 239 passengers aboard missing Malaysian flight MH370 may have died of oxygen starvation as the pilot deliberately turned off the supply before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a new report claimed today.

China paper denounces `rampant rascality` of Australia tycoon

A Chinese state-run newspaper on Wednesday called on Beijing to "teach Canberra a lesson" after Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer labelled the Communist government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade.

`Reasonable chance` of finding MH370 in new search: Australia PM

A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a "reasonable chance" of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, adding that searchers would not give up easily.

Australia rebukes mining tycoon over abusive attack on China

Treasurer Joe Hockey said the remarks aired on Australian television on Monday were "hugely damaging", noting that Palmer had benefited personally from doing business with China.

Australia, Indonesia agree to bury spy row

Australia and Indonesia have agreed a pact to put a damaging spy row behind them, paving the way for the resumption of full defence cooperation, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday.

Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children

A number of asylum-seeker children held in Australian mainland immigration detention centres are to be released, officials said Tuesday, although hundreds of others will remain locked up in offshore camps.

Australia tycoon blasts Chinese government `mongrels`

Outspoken Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has labelled the Chinese government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade that was criticised by Canberra Tuesday as "hugely damaging".