Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

A group of 157 migrants, thought to be Sri Lankan asylum seekers, arrived at a detention camp in Australia, government officials said on Monday, after having been held at sea by authorities for almost a month.

Asylum-seekers kept at sea by Australia to seek compensation

A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday.

Australia, Netherlands plan fresh attempt to reach MH17 site

A team of Dutch and Australian police will today again attempt to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a senior Australian official said, although he warned the situation was volatile.

MH17 crash: Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine site

A joint Australian-Dutch probe team will renew efforts on Monday to gain access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, Australian Federal Police said, after fierce fighting kept them away the previous day.

Australia to provide additional AUD 5 million aid for Gaza

Australia on Monday announced an additional AUD 5 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza to provide emergency food and medical supplies for the victims of the war-torn territory.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrive in Australia after weeks held at sea

A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month, sparking a legal challenge against their detention, have arrived at a detention camp on mainland Australia, government officials said on Monday.

Australia gives $5 mn for Gaza relief

The Australian government is providing five million Australian dollars (4.7 million US dollars) in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Monday.

Australia to send `non-threatening` force to MH17 site

Australia said on Sunday "a number" of armed personnel will enter the MH17 crash site next week, but stressed they would be a "non-threatening force" not accompanied by military troops.

Australia, Netherlands to send unarmed force to MH17 site

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country`s police will today join the first contingent of an unarmed, Dutch-led international humanitarian mission entering the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to recover victims` remains.

First MH17 crash victim identified: official

Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed when flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine last week, the Dutch government today said.

Putin and Australia`s Abbott discuss MH17 probe

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday discussed how an international probe could be set up into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, in which 28 Australians were killed.

India ready to take back its citizens: Home Ministry

India on Saturday said it will take back all its citizens, detained onboard a boat seized by Australia, but a decision on other nationals will be taken as per international law and convention after ascertaining their identity.

Grieving relatives at MH17 site as Dutch, Australia ready troops

The first relatives of victims on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived on Saturday at the crash site, as Dutch and Australian forces prepared for possible deployment to secure the location in rebel-held east Ukraine.

Dutch, Australians ready MH17 forces amid Ukraine fighting

Dutch and Australian forces were being readied on Saturday for deployment to secure the rebel-held crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in east Ukraine where remains of victims still lie more than a week after the disaster.

Australia PM defends treatment of migrants held on boat

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday said his government`s treatment of a boatload of 157 asylum-seekers who have been kept at sea for weeks would underline its resolve to stop people-smuggling.

Human remains still at MH17 crash site: Australia PM

More that a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine human remains are still at the crash site, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.

Australia activist escapes jail over mine hoax

An Australian anti-coal activist escaped jail Friday over a fake press release that temporarily wiped more than Aus$300 million (US$282 million) from the share price of mining company.

Australia moves asylum seekers to mainland

A group of 157 asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs ship for more than a month is being transferred to the mainland, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

Australia to send troops to Ukraine to secure MH17 crash site: PM Abbott

Australia will send 100 additional police and some defence force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday.

Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland: Govt source

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, a government source told a news agency.