Smoking ban triggers prison riot in Australia

 Around 300 prisoners in Australia`s Victoria state staged a protest on Tuesday, a day before a state-wide ban on smoking in prisons comes into effect.

Smoking ban sparks riot at Australian prison
Smoking ban sparks riot at Australian prison

Hundreds of inmates at a maximum security prison in Melbourne rioted on Tuesday and prison staff were evacuated after, according to media reports, a protest against a smoking ban at the facility spun out of control.

India ranks 143rd on global peace index topped by Iceland

India ranks a lowly 143rd on a global peace index, lagging way behind the likes of Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with Iceland emerging as the most peaceful nation in the world.

Australian intelligence denies terror maps a security breach
Australian intelligence denies terror maps a security breach

Australia's domestic spy agency today played down concerns that maps shown in a media briefing revealing the source of homegrown fighters travelling to the Middle East were classified, after fears their publication was a security breach.

Australian police raid Melbourne properties in foreign bribery probe

Australian police raided a home and a business in central Melbourne on Thursday as part of a foreign bribery investigation reportedly involving Malaysian government officials and a multi-million dollar property deal.

Malaysia Airlines makes emergency landing in Melbourne
Malaysia Airlines makes emergency landing in Melbourne

A Malaysia Airlines flight returned safely to Melbourne on Friday, having turned back within minutes of take-off after an engine fire alert went off, Airservices Australia said. 

Indian-origin Uber cab driver denies operating taxi illegally in Australia

An Indian-origin driver for app- based global cab firm Uber on Monday pleaded not guilty to three charges of operating a taxi illegally in Western Australia.

12 Melbourne women try to flee Australia to join Islamic State: Police
12 Melbourne women try to flee Australia to join Islamic State: Police

 At least five young women from Australia have successfully joined the Islamic State and are among over a dozen similar cases from Melbourne most of whom have a "romanticised" view of the dreaded militants and want to become 'jihadi brides', police said today.

Australia to help India meet skill development challenges

Australia on Thursday assured its support to India in meeting the country's goal to upskill 500 million people by 2022, saying Australian training providers can help meet the skill development challenges.

Rare albino sparrow spotted in Australia

A rare pure white sparrow has been spotted in Australia, leaving ornithologists all aflutter on Monday.

Sikh man rewarded for cradling injured boy's head with turban

A Sikh man from India, who made international headlines after he broke religious protocol by removing his turban to help a profusely bleeding child in New Zealand, has been presented with a truckload of new furniture for his sparsely decorated flat by a TV station.

Teen `well advanced` in alleged bomb plot: Australia police

 Australian police said Sunday a teenager charged with a terrorist bomb plot was "well advanced" in plans to target a public event, adding they were investigating whether he was radicalised or recruited online.

Australian Police thwart imminent bomb attack, teen charged

The Australian Police said on Saturday they had thwarted an imminent terror attack after discovering explosives at a Melbourne home and arresting a 17-year-old boy, in the latest example of the threat posed by radicalised teenagers in the country.

Albury rape: Mayor Kevin Mack apologises for ''victim blaming'' comment

Shortly after Mayor Kevin Mack encouraged women to not walk alone and to have someone with them "at all times" as that in itself, was an "invitation" for someone to take advantage of them, he has now apologised for making the comment.

Australian charged with importing weapons linked to terror-accused teens

An Australian teenager arrested in recent counter-terrorism raids faced fresh charges on Thursday for alleging importing weapons to supply two others accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired attack on Anzac Day commemorations.

Police out in force for Anzac ceremonies in Australia

Police Friday vowed a heavy security presence as Australia prepares to honour its war dead at Anzac Day commemorations a week after an alleged terror plot was foiled.

Islamic centre tied to Australian terror accused shuts down

An Islamic centre in Australia linked with several men accused of terrorism-related offences shut down Thursday, citing harassment and "insidious campaigns" against it.

Another Australian charged with terror-related offences

 A second man was charged Tuesday with terrorism-related offences following police raids sparked by an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot in Australia.

Melbourne police foils alleged Anzac Day terror plot

An alleged terrorist plot to attack law enforcement officers with knives and swords in Melbourne on Anzac Day has been busted in pre-dawn raids.

UK reviews security of Anzac Day events after Australian arrests

Security arrangements for next weekend`s Anzac Day commemorations in Britain are being reviewed following terrorism arrests in Melbourne, although there is no specific threat, police said Saturday.