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 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`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 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.
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.