Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam dies: Family

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of the nation`s most admired figures, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia`s Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

Rahul Mishra launches award winning line in Sydney
Rahul Mishra launches award winning line in Sydney

Fashion designer Rahul Mishra, who won the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) in Milan earlier this year, has launched his award winning collection in Sydney.

MH17 discussion with Putin `constructive`: Australian FM

Russian President Vladimir Putin was cooperative and constructive when asked for his help in allowing investigators access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Saturday.

Australian PM orders crackdown on visas for radical preachers

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that he was ordering a crackdown to prevent radical Islamist preachers entering the country, amidst rising tension with the Muslim community following a series of security-related raids.

Australia deploys special forces, joins air strikes in Iraq

Australia`s cabinet Friday authorised the deployment of special forces and military air strikes to tackle the Islamic State organisation in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Wallaby star Beale in bust-up with team official: Reports

Wallaby back Kurtley Beale is under investigation by the Australian Rugby Union over a bust-up with a team official on a flight to Argentina, reports said Thursday.

Australian Muslims face threats over terror attacks

Australia`s Islamic leadership called for restraint on Wednesday as it emerged that Muslims and mosques had been targeted in a backlash over fears about potential terror attacks.

Muslim organisation in Australia to start hotline

Following the attack on a mosque in Sydney last week, the Islamic Council of Western Australia (ICWA) is planning to set up a hotline for its members in Western Australia, media reports said.

Drunken hunter fights off Australian croc with an eye-poke

A tipsy goose hunter said Saturday he lived to tell the tale of being attacked by a two-metre-long crocodile in northern Australia after poking the beast in the eye.

Australia to bring in tougher anti-terror laws

Australia`s government will next week introduce tough new legislation in Parliament to tackle a growing threat of terrorism, reports said Saturday, in the aftermath of the biggest crackdown in the country`s history.

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.

Nirmala ​Sitharaman loses baggage, skips G20 reception

India's Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lost her luggage enroute to the city and had to miss the G20 official reception as her formal clothes were in the suitcase.

Australia says jihadists targeting PM and Parliament

Australia said Friday it is upgrading security at Parliament in the face of threats from extremists who are also targeting the prime minister and other leaders, after revelations Islamic State jihadists were plotting "demonstration executions" in the country.

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.

Australian royal prank call station donates to nurse`s family

An Australian radio station at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy where a nurse was found hanged in Britain has donated Aus$500,000 (US$450,000) to her family to "help them in the future".

Asian Cup must move beyond Australia's soccer silo: Michael Brown
Asian Cup must move beyond Australia's soccer silo: Michael Brown

Michael Brown knows the success or otherwise of January`s Asian Cup rests on one thing. Getting Australian backsides on stadium seats.

Police leave explosives in suitcase at Australia airport

The Australian Police apologised on Thursday after a suitcase with plastic explosives inside used for sniffer dog training was left at Sydney airport and only found four weeks later by a passenger.

Family calls for answers as asylum-seeker dies in Australia

A young asylum-seeker has died in Australia, reportedly after a cut to his foot became infected, with his family`s lawyer saying Saturday that such a thing "does not happen in a civilised society".