Australian man charged over terror plot

An Australian man was charged on Wednesday in a counter terrorism operation after being found with documents indicating a possible terrorist attack against government targets in Sydney, in the aftermath of a deadly cafe siege in the country's largest city.

Australia police arrest two after PM warns of "terror chatter" in wake of Sydney siege
Australia police arrest two after PM warns of "terror chatter" in wake of Sydney siege

Hours after PM Tony Abbott warned of heightened "terrorist chatter" that may imperil Australia, counter-terror police on Wednesday arrested two men, one of them possessing documents detailing the plot of a terror attack, reports said.

Australia's New South Wales opposition leader resigns

 The leader of the opposition in Australia`s New South Wales (NSW) state resigned Tuesday over revelations that he provided electoral help to the Sydney hostage crisis gunman Man Haron Monis, reported media.

Heightened `chatter` since Sydney siege, attack `likely`: Abbott
Heightened `chatter` since Sydney siege, attack `likely`: Abbott

 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday warned of a heightened level of "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the Sydney siege and said an attack was considered likely.

Sydney siege victims remembered as floral tributes removed

Mourners paid emotional tributes to victims of the Sydney cafe siege Tuesday as volunteers and workers removed a giant sea of flowers laid in their memory amid plans for a permanent memorial.

Sydney siege: 'Victim Tori Johnson's funeral to be celebration of his life'

Family members and partner of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson plan his funeral to be a "positive reflection" of his life. Johnson`s funeral will be held Tuesday.

Sydney siege gunman's body released

The body of Sydney hostage-taker gunman Man Haron Monis was released by the New South Wales coroner Monday following completion of his autopsy.

Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.

Australian house, where eight children were killed, to be demolished

The house where an Australian mother allegedly killed eight children, most of them her own, will likely be demolished in keeping with indigenous culture to make way for a memorial, a government official said on Monday.

Mass stabbing in Cairns, eight children found dead at Australian property
Mass stabbing in Cairns, eight children found dead at Australian property

Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing just days after a deadly siege in Sydney.

Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids across Sydney

Australian police late Thursday searched several properties across Sydney, reportedly as part of a ongoing counter-terrorism investigation but not related to the deadly cafe siege earlier this week, officials said.

Indian says getting better every day after Sydney siege

Viswakanth Ankireddy, an Indian IT worker who was held hostage during the Sydney cafe siege on December 15, said on Thursday that he is getting better day-by-day with his wife's support.

Pope Francis condemns attacks in Australia, Pakistan, Yemen

 Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned what he called "inhuman terrorist acts" in three different countries this week and prayed that violent militants be converted to peace.

Man arrested in Sydney for threatening calls to mosque

 Australian police arrested a man for allegedly making threatening phone calls to a mosque in Sydney, media reported.

Security stepped up as Australia vows transparent siege probe

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed a transparent probe into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege, to reassure those "with fear in their eyes".

Australian police concerned Sydney siege gunman was free on bail

The commissioner of police in Australia`s New South Wales state, Andrew Scipione, said on Wednesday he was concerned that the man who took hostages in a Sydney cafe siege had been granted bail on earlier charges, leaving him free in the community.

Australian PM Abbott says tough new national security laws failed Sydney hostages
Australian PM Abbott says tough new national security laws failed Sydney hostages

Tough new national security laws failed to prevent a deadly hostage crisis in the heart of Sydney this week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, raising questions about the usefulness of such measures.

Australia PM offers sympathy after Pakistan school raid

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday offered sympathy to Pakistan after a deadly Taliban raid on a school, as Australia deals with the fallout from a cafe siege by a deranged Islamic gunman.

Iranian media links Australia siege to IS, blames West

Iran's media reacted on Tuesday to the deadly hostage siege in Sydney by pointing the finger of blame at the West and linking the Iranian-born gunman to Islamic State group militants.

Australia vows to unearth why `sick` extremist was at loose

Australia`s government pledged on Tuesday to determine why an Iranian-born Islamist with a history of extremism and violence was able to play out a "sick fantasy" by seizing hostages in a day-long siege.