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September 12, 2022, 5:52 AM

Australian PM defends ban on Parliament due to royal's death

Australia’s prime minister has defended an obscure and longstanding protocol that bars the nation’s parliament from sitting for 15 days following a British monarch’s death
September 12, 2022, 5:52 AM
Australian PM defends ban on Parliament due to royal's death
1 month ago

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

A second Australian state has banned public displays of Nazi symbols
1 month ago
2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas
2 months ago

Judith Durham, Australia's folk music icon, dies at 79

Judith Durham, Australia’s folk music icon who achieved global fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, has died
2 months ago
2 months ago

Sydney realtor says deaths of Saudi sisters not random crime

The Sydney apartment where the bodies of two Saudi sisters were found in June is back on the rental market
2 months ago
Sydney realtor says deaths of Saudi sisters not random crime
2 months ago

Australian Parliament considers lifting euthanasia ban

Lawmakers considering a bill to lift a 25-year-old ban on legalizing euthanasia.
2 months ago
Australian Parliament considers lifting euthanasia ban
3 months ago

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia's largest city

Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Australia's largest city in a flood emergency that was causing trouble for 50,000 people
3 months ago
Sydney floods impact 45,000 around Australia's largest city
3 months ago

1 dead as mudslides hit southern Austria after heavy rains

Authorities in Austria have declared a civil emergency.
3 months ago
Southern Austria hit by mudslides after heavy rainfall
3 months ago

Australian state outlaws public displays of Nazi swastikas

An Australian state has become the first in the country to pass a law banning the public display of Nazi swastikas, as concerns grow about the rate at which local young people are being radicalized
3 months ago
Australian state outlaws public displays of Nazi swastikas
4 months ago

New Zealand PM to visit Australian counterpart in Sydney

Australia’s new prime minister has held face-to-face meetings with the leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Indonesia during his hectic first two weeks in office
4 months ago
New Zealand PM to visit Australian counterpart in Sydney
4 months ago

Australian central bank hikes rate for 2nd time in 5 weeks

Australia’s central bank has lifted its benchmark interest rate for a second time in five weeks, changing the cash rate to 0.85% from 0.35%
4 months ago
Australian central bank hikes rate for 2nd time in 5 weeks
4 months ago

Australia's Labor Party wins enough seats to govern alone

Australia’s center-left Labor Party has secured enough seats to hold an outright majority in the House as vote counting from an election 10 days ago continues
4 months ago
Australia's Labor Party wins enough seats to govern alone
4 months ago

Dutton to lead Australia opposition, says China is top issue

Peter Dutton has been chosen to lead Australia’s conservative opposition.
4 months ago
New Australian opposition leader says China 'biggest issue'
4 months ago

Chinese premier congratulates Australian leader on election

China and Australia may be ready to thaw their diplomatic relations, which have been sitting in the deepfreeze for years
4 months ago
Chinese premier congratulates Australian leader on election
4 months ago

Australia's next prime minister came from humble beginnings

Australia’s Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese is a politician molded by his humble start to life as the only child of a single mother who raised him on a pension in gritty inner-Sydney suburbia
4 months ago
Australia's next prime minister came from humble beginnings
4 months ago

Australian conservative party faces teal independent threat

The debate over climate change policy may be changing the color of Australian politics
4 months ago
Australian conservative party faces teal independent threat
4 months ago

Australia says Chinese spy ship has been hugging west coast

Australia’s defense minister described the move as an “aggressive act.”
4 months ago
Australia says Chinese spy ship has been hugging west coast
4 months ago

Kim Jong Un lookalike disrupts Australian election campaign

He burst into an event that Prime Minister Scott Morrison was attending.
4 months ago
Kim Jong Un lookalike disrupts Australian election campaign
5 months ago

Early voting begins ahead of Australia's May 21 election

Early voting has begun in Australia’s election.
5 months ago
Early voting begins ahead of Australia's May 21 election
5 months ago

Sydney man admits pushing gay American off a cliff in 1988

A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime
5 months ago
Sydney man admits pushing gay American off a cliff in 1988
5 months ago

Australian minister accuses China of election interference

A senior Australian minister is suggesting that China deliberately announced its security pact with the Solomon Islands during an election campaign to undermine her government’s chances of reelection
5 months ago
Australian minister accuses China of election interference
5 months ago

Australian opposition leader gets COVID while campaigning

Australia’s opposition leader has tested positive for COVID-19 in the second week of a campaign ahead of the May 21 federal election
5 months ago
Australian opposition leader gets COVID while campaigning
6 months ago

Australian PM gets confronted by local

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is berated by a pensioner during a visit to the pub in front of reporters.
6 months ago
Australian PM gets confronted by local
6 months ago

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappears under big swell

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappeared beneath the waves as a storm system moved through, just after floods battered other parts of Australia.
6 months ago
Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappears under big swell
6 months ago

Australia aims to ease inflation pressures ahead of election

Australia’s government has presented a range of economic measures such as halving the tax on gasoline in a bid to help cushion the impact of rising prices and win votes at elections due by May
6 months ago
6 months ago

Owl interrupts press conference in Australia

An Australian sign language interpreter got an unexpected gift from an owl—but he removed his jacket and kept going like a pro.
6 months ago
Owl interrupts press conference in Australia
7 months ago

Australia to declare east coast floods a national emergency

Australia’s prime minister says he will declare a national emergency following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed 22 lives
7 months ago
7 months ago

500,000 people on flood alert as rain lashes Sydney

Around 500,000 people in Sydney and its surrounding areas have been told to evacuate or prepare to flee floodwaters as torrential rain lashes an extraordinarily long stretch of the Australian east coast
7 months ago
7 months ago

Whole towns underwater as floods hit Australia

Whole towns are underwater after floodwaters swamped parts of Australia's east coast, forcing people to shelter on roofs and prompting around 1,000 rescues.
7 months ago
Whole towns underwater as floods hit Australia
7 months ago

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

Australia lifted its final travel restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers.
7 months ago
Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams
7 months ago

Australia says China warship fired laser at its patrol plane

The Australian Defense Department says a Chinese navy ship fired a laser at one of its surveillance aircraft, putting the lives of the crew in danger
7 months ago
8 months ago

Australian Ash Barty wins 1st tennis major of year on home soil

The No. 1 women's player in the world beat 28-year-old American Danielle Collins in straight sets in the final at Melbourne Park.
8 months ago
Australian Ash Barty wins 1st tennis major of year on home soil
8 months ago

Celebrations and protests mark polarizing Australia Day

Australians have celebrated and protested the anniversary of British colonization of their country on a day officially known as Australia Day but considered by Indigenous activists to be Invasion Day
8 months ago
Celebrations and protests mark polarizing Australia Day
9 months ago

Novak Djokovic fighting to be allowed to play in Australian Open

Lawyers say in court filings that the tennis star tested positive for COVID last month, giving him a vaccine exemption.
9 months ago
Novak Djokovic fighting to be allowed to play in Australian Open
9 months ago

Australian state battered by heavy rains

Heavy rain and damaging winds are battering the area, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning residents to expect flash flooding and large hailstones.
9 months ago
Australian state battered by heavy rains
9 months ago

Strong waves sweep pickup truck into dangerous surf as locals attempt to save it

Strong waves triggered by a cyclone swept a man’s pickup truck into the waters off an Australian beach as locals embarked on a futile attempt to remove the vehicle.
9 months ago
Strong waves sweep pickup truck into dangerous surf as locals attempt to save it
9 months ago

6th child dies after bouncy castle accident

A sixth child has died from his injuries following Thursday's bouncy castle tragedy at an Australian school.
9 months ago
6th child dies after bouncy castle accident
9 months ago

Light aircraft crash in Australia kills 2 children, 2 adults

Four people including two children have died after a light aircraft crashed into the sea near the coast of Australia’s Queensland state
9 months ago
Light aircraft crash in Australia kills 2 children, 2 adults
9 months ago

Australia mourns 5 'angels' killed in bouncy castle accident

"There's no doubt this incident will leave its mark."
9 months ago
Australia mourns 5 'angels' killed in bouncy castle accident
10 months ago

Australia sending troops, police to Solomons amid unrest

Australia says it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests
10 months ago
Australia sending troops, police to Solomons amid unrest
10 months ago

Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes
10 months ago
Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn
1 year ago

Missing girl found in Australia, man in custody: 'Our family is whole again'

Police said they received a tip about 4-year-old Cleo Smith that led to a home in Carnarvon, Australia.
1 year ago
Missing girl found in Australia, man in custody: 'Our family is whole again'
1 year ago

Missing 4-year-old found alive in Australia

Australian police rescued Cleo Smith, who was missing for 18 days, from a suburban home in Western Australia and a suspect is in custody for her disappearance.
1 year ago
Missing 4-year-old found alive in Australia
1 year ago

Australia, Thailand reopen borders after lengthy lockdowns

Sydney’s international airport has come alive with tears, embraces and laughter as Australia’s border opened for the first time in 20 months
1 year ago
1 year ago

Australians overseas return home after strict lockdowns

Australia still requires strict quarantine measures for residents who have been affected by lockdowns since the start of the pandemic.
1 year ago
Australians overseas return home after strict lockdowns
1 year ago

Melbourne cheers as lockdown lifted

Australia's second-largest city has endured 262 days, or nearly nine months, of restrictions during six separate lockdowns since March 2020.
1 year ago
Melbourne cheers as lockdown lifted
1 year ago

Australia's Daintree Rainforest returned to original owners

The Daintree Rainforest is among four national parks to be handed back to traditional owners in a deal signed with an Australian state government
1 year ago
1 year ago

Indigenous Australian wants early pension due to short lives

An Aboriginal man is taking Australia’s government to court.
1 year ago
Indigenous Australian wants early pension due to short lives
1 year ago

Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected Chinese criticism of Australia’s new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and says he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name
1 year ago
1 year ago

Australia: From zero tolerance to 'living with COVID'

The delta variant has caused a shift in strategy in Australia, which has so far adopted a zero-tolerance policy to coronavirus cases.
1 year ago
Australia: From zero tolerance to 'living with COVID'
1 year ago

Toddler lost in Australian woods for 3 days out of hospital

A 3-year-old who spent three nights lost in rugged Australian woodland is home.
1 year ago
Toddler lost in Australian woods for 3 days out of hospital