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Australia to make it easier to deploy military for 'terrorist incidents'

The government said in a statement that state and territory police forces remained the best first response, but the military could offer additional support to enhance their capabilities.

Sex abuse scandal haunts Pope Francis' aide and Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell

Sex abuse scandal haunts Pope Francis' aide and Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell

George Pell strongly denies the allegations and says he had no knowledge of widespread paedophilia in the church in Australia, even suggesting a conspiracy to bring him down.

Australian police use pepper spray to stop clashes at anti-immigration rally

Far-right activists from the True Blue Crew, which says it is opposed to refugees and the "Islamisation" of Australia, faced off with members of a left-wing coalition promoting tolerance in the city.

Sydney to erect barricades to prevent vehicle attacks: Police

Sydney to erect barricades to prevent vehicle attacks: Police

Australia's largest city was also considering more permanent measures such as bollards, garden beds or other landscaping features in Martin Place, which houses a war memorial, the headquarters of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the US Consulate General, a hotel and many luxury retail outlets.

China Eastern flight lands safely in Sydney with hole torn in engine

A China Eastern flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back to Sydney because of a mid-air emergency, an airline spokeswoman said on Monday, with pictures showing a gaping hole in the casing of one of its engines.

Australia to build first prison aimed at isolating militants

Australia to build first prison aimed at isolating militants

The unit will be within a maximum-security prison and have capacity for 54 inmates, who will be isolated and intensely monitored, said the state`s Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
 

Australian Muslims demand safe spaces to be 'inflammatory'

An Australian Islamic council has called for taxpayer-funded "safe spaces" so young Muslims can express "inflammatory" views without fear in a move slammed Thursday as troubling and wrong.

 Rex Tillerson urges Gulf states to address differences,stay united

Rex Tillerson urges Gulf states to address differences,stay united

US President Donald Trump visited the region to cement ties with powerhouse Saudi Arabia -- the first foreign stop of his young presidency.

Australia to strip convicted paedophiles of passports

"The new laws will prohibit registered child sex offenders from leaving Australia or holding Australian passports," Foreign Minister.
 

5.7-magnitude quake hits off Vanuatu

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit northwest of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu today, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

New Zealand and Australia still pounded by ex-Cyclone Debbie

New Zealand and Australia still pounded by ex-Cyclone Debbie

Wellington/Sydney: Thousands of people at the top of New Zealand's North Island were told to evacuate on Thursday while an Australian town is forecast to be underwater later in the day as the tail end of Cyclone Debbie continues to cause major flooding.

Australia to begin evacuating cyclone-hit island resorts

Australia to begin evacuating cyclone-hit island resorts

Emergency services plan to evacuate thousands of people stranded on resort islands with water supplies running low in Australia's tropical northeast on Thursday, two days after Cyclone Debbie tore through the region. 

Thousands flee as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia

Thousands of Australians abandoned their homes as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland on Monday, while others ignored authorities' advice to evacuate with winds forecast to reach up to 300 km per hour (185 mph).

Plane lands safely in Australia after propeller falls off

A passenger plane has landed safely after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached Sydney's main airport.

Aussie beer boycott over Christian gay marriage video

The Bible Society said the video -- part of a campaign to mark its 200th anniversary -- was not specifically sponsored by Coopers but that it is a supporter of the charity.
 

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries` leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta.

Male Muslim students excused from shaking hands with women at Australian school

Male Muslim students at a public school in Australia can refuse to shake hands with women to adhere to their faith.

PSL match-fixing row: My son did nothing wrong, says Sharjeel Khan's father

PSL match-fixing row: My son did nothing wrong, says Sharjeel Khan's father

PCB has provisionally suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif under its Anti-Corruption Code as part of an ongoing investigation.

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave, sparking warning, blackout fears

Australian emergency services were bracing against "potentially catastrophic" fire conditions on Saturday, as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country`s east coast.

Australian PM under threat from party split as shift to the right grows

Australian PM under threat from party split as shift to the right grows

A prominent member of Australia`s government is set to defect to form his own conservative party.