Sydney hostage taker was prone to grandiose claims, court told

Man Horan Monis boasted he was well connected in Iran, but was "prone to grandiose claims", the inquest into last year`s Sydney siege incident heard on Monday.

5.7-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea in the early hours of Sunday, US geologists said, but there were no warnings it had triggered a tsunami.

Terror fears prompt Australia security funding boost

Australia will allocate an extra AUD 450 million (USD 355 million) to fight home-grown terrorism and bolster intelligence agencies in its national budget on Tuesday to counter "evolving threats and technological change".

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

 Australian police said on 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.

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.

Hundreds mourn Australian executed in Indonesia

 An Australian executed in Indonesia on drugs charges was Saturday remembered as an artist whose paintings were powerful images created in the face of the death penalty.

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.

`His Royal Hotness` Prince Harry goes walkabout in Sydney

Thousands of wellwishers Thursday made the most of their chance to see Prince Harry during a meet-and-greet near Sydney`s Opera House, with "His Royal Hotness" banners out in force and one woman asking him to marry her.

Europe-Australia talks over stopping asylum-seeker boats: Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said Australia and Europe were in talks on how to stop asylum-seeker boats after the success of his government`s controversial polices on the issue.

Australian police defend alerting Indonesia to `Bali Nine`

Australian police Monday defended alerting Indonesia to a Bali drug-smuggling ring despite knowing offenders could face the death penalty, but said they regretted that two of them were executed.

Death toll rises to six in Australian floods

The death toll from heavy rains that inundated Australia`s east coast has climbed to six, as flood warnings continued Sunday following a severe deluge that cut power to thousands of homes and isolated numerous communities.

Australia toughens property ownership laws for foreigners

Foreigners who break rules on buying Australian real estate will face up to three years in jail or fines of Aus$127,500 (US$100,050) for individuals and Aus$637,500 for companies under tougher rules unveiled Saturday.

Australia says executions of two nationals in Indonesia `imminent`

The Australian government on Saturday said it has been told by Indonesia that the execution of "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan was "imminent".

Indonesia issues execution orders for Australians, Filipino: Report

Two Australian drug traffickers and a Filipino woman were on Saturday given official notification by Indonesia that they will be executed, but with no given date, reports and a lawyer said.

Clear-up in Australia after destructive storms

Crews began the "immense task" of clearing up Thursday after three days of wild weather left four people dead and millions of dollars in damage across Sydney and surrounding areas.

Wild weather smashes Australian state for 3rd day

Heavy rain and high winds battered Sydney and other areas for a third day Wednesday causing widespread chaos, with emergency services dealing with nearly 10,000 calls for help and a "cruise from hell" finally docking.

Wild weather smashes Australian state for third day

 Heavy rain and high winds battered Sydney and other areas for a third day Wednesday causing widespread chaos, with emergency services dealing with 8,000 calls for help and a "cruise from hell" finally docking.

Phil Hughes' bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest
Phil Hughes' bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest

Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.

Prince Harry gets airborne and into Australia`s Outback

Prince Harry completes the first two weeks of a stint with the Australian Army on Sunday, training in bush survival skills, spending time on helicopter duties and playing wheelchair Aussie Rules football.

Australian woman praised for defending Muslim couple from abuse

A Muslim couple racially abused by a Sydney train passenger have thanked another commuter who defended them, with a video capturing the incident going viral on social media as police launched an investigation.