Australia to bring in tougher anti-terror laws: Reports

The Australian government will introduce tough new legislation in parliament next week to tackle terrorism, reports said Saturday, in the aftermath of the biggest crackdown in the country`s history.

Australia cracks down on jihadi terror, 15 arrested

In a big crackdown against terror, Australian police on Thursday arrested at least 15 people who allegedly were planning a public beheading in the country. The arrested are said to be supporters of Islamic State.

Islamic State ordered 'demonstration killings' in Australia: PM

A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering "demonstration killings" in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday.

Australia mounts largest ever counter-terrorism raids

Australia`s largest ever counter-terrorism raids on Thursday detained 15 people and disrupted plans to "commit violent acts", including against random members of the public that reportedly involved a beheading on camera.

Australia probes care of asylum-seeker fighting for life

Australia said Friday it has ordered a review into the medical care of an asylum-seeker who is reportedly on life support after cutting his foot at an offshore camp, as activists said he was the victim of neglect.

Australian woman leads NASA`s search for life on Mars

Abigail Allwood, an Australian geologist becomes the first woman to lead an important venture: NASA’s search for life on Mars. Named one of the world’s top 10 scientific minds in 2006, she is considered to be ``extraordinary brilliant``.

Drunk passenger arrested over Virgin flight scare in Bali

A passenger has been arrested at the Bali airport after he attempted to hijack the Virgin Blue passenger plane which was on its way to Bali from Brisbane, Australia, according to latest reports. The plane was later forced to land at Indonesia`s Bali airport after the passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

Indian-origin man charged with murdering woman

An Indian-origin man was charged with the murder of a Singaporean student at a hotel in the Australian city of Brisbane.

5 feared dead in Australia plane crash

Five people are feared dead after a light plane crashed at an airfield in eastern Australia on Saturday, emergency service workers said.

Parents of Australian reporter held in Egypt petition for his release

The parents of an Australian journalist held on terrorism-related charges in Egypt have launched an online petition calling for his release days before his trial is due to start in Cairo.

Pakistani-origin gay denied partnership visa in Australia

A Pakistani-origin gay will be deported from Australia next week after his application for a partnership visa was rejected, a media report said.

Man tied up after trying to smoke on Brisbane-bound flight

A passenger on board a Brisbane- bound Emirates flight was tied up after he tried to smoke several times during the journey.

Etihad plane makes mayday call, lands safely

An Etihad Airways jet on Thursday made an emergency landing in Brisbane after issuing a mayday distress call, airport officials said.

Patel pleads not guilty to charge of causing harm to patient

Indian-origin surgeon Dr Jayant Patel has been pleaded not guilty to a charge of inflicting potentially life-threatening injuries on a patient during surgery.

50 million-year-old fossil trove discovered in Brisbane

Australian builders upgrading a level crossing have uncovered a trove of ancient plant and animal fossils believed to be around 50 million years old.

Australian court absolves Sikh man of traffic violation charges

A Sikh man, who was penalised by the Australian police for not wearing helmet while riding bike, has been absolved of the charges by a Queensland court.

Brisbane SC judge upholds ‘Dr Death’ Jayant Patel’s application

Patel is due to stand trial for the alleged manslaughter of Mervyn Morris, 75, who died three weeks after the former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon operated on him in June, 2003.

Indian taxi driver found guilty of raping inebriated passenger

A 28-year-old Indian taxi driver was on Tuesday found guilty by a court of raping his inebriated female passenger last year in Brisbane.

Indian man loses appeal in Oz rape conviction

An Indian-origin taxi driver, sentenced to eight years for sexually assaulting a drunk woman passenger, has lost his appeal against his conviction.

Oz man fined for mooning Queen Elizabeth

A Sydney man has been fined 750
Australian dollars (USD 800) for mooning Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, during a royal visit to Australia.