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January 26, 2021, 12:49 PM

Australian tennis legend receives top public service honor despite homophobic remarks

For decades, Margaret Court was the pride of Australia and in her 17 years on the professional tennis circuit, she won a record 24 singles Grand Slam titles.
January 26, 2021, 12:49 PM
Australian tennis legend receives top public service honor despite homophobic remarks
January 10, 2021, 10:39 PM

Shark swims near Australian beach

Drone footage captured a shark swimming close to shore on New Year's Day.
January 10, 2021, 10:39 PM
Shark swims near Australian beach
1 month ago

Lightning shoots across sky in Australia

A lightning bolt spread across the sky above New South Wales during widespread thunderstorms in the state.
1 month ago
Lightning shoots across sky in Australia
1 month ago

Australian who killed, assaulted women gets long prison term

A judge has ordered a long prison term for a man who killed two women and sexually assaulted two others in Australia’s western city of Perth more than 20 years ago
1 month ago
Australian who killed, assaulted women gets long prison term
2 months ago

Australian leader calls China's graphic tweet 'repugnant'

An official Chinese government twitter posted a false image that drew ire.
2 months ago
Australian leader calls China's graphic tweet 'repugnant'
2 months ago

US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

The U.S. government has executed a man who kidnapped and raped a 16-year-old Texas girl before dousing her with gasoline and burying her alive
2 months ago
US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen
2 months ago

Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise

The leaders of Australia and Japan have held in-person talks to bolster defense ties between the two U.S. allies to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region amid the transition in American leadership
2 months ago
Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise
3 months ago

Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan

Australia is forming a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan
3 months ago
Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan
3 months ago

Sydney Opera House illuminated for Remembrance Day

The iconic Sydney Opera House is illuminated with poppies to mark the 102nd anniversary of Remembrance Day.
3 months ago
Sydney Opera House illuminated for Remembrance Day
3 months ago

Australia accuses head of Chinese group of foreign meddling

Police say the leader of a Chinese community organization has become the first person to be charged under Australia’s 2-year-old foreign interference laws
3 months ago
Man charged under Australian foreign interference law
3 months ago

Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case

Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising
3 months ago
Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case
3 months ago

Australia: Most of 1,100 refugees in US deal have resettled

An Australian official says the United States is expected to have resettled more than 1,100 refugees by early next year under a deal President Donald Trump reluctantly honored with Australia
3 months ago
Australia: Most of 1,100 refugees in US deal have resettled
5 months ago

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

An Australian state leader has shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala habitat by threatening to fire seven renegade ministers
5 months ago
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Australian barley exporter challenges Chinese ban

A major Australian barley exporter barred from China in the latest trade dispute to hit bilateral relations says the Chinese are only now acting on grain shipments dating back to 2019
5 months ago
Australian barley exporter challenges Chinese ban
5 months ago

Australia seeks more control over deals with foreign states

The Australian government has drafted new laws that would cancel international deals struck by lower tiers of governments with foreign states that are not in Australia’s interests
5 months ago
Australia seeks more control over deals with foreign states
5 months ago

Sydney judge orders restrictions on extremist's movements

An Australian judge has issued a rare order restricting the movements of an extremist when he is released from a Sydney prison after serving 12 years for a terrorism-related conviction
5 months ago
Sydney judge orders restrictions on extremist's movements
6 months ago

Bridge underwater following rains in New South Wales

Several streets were underwater and a major flood warning was in place in New South Wales.
6 months ago
Bridge underwater following rains in New South Wales
6 months ago

Sea foam piles up on beach in New South Wales

After days of heavy rain, piles of sea foam formed on Huskisson Beach.
6 months ago
Sea foam piles up on beach in New South Wales
6 months ago

Australian Outback pub bans messy emus for 'bad behavior'

An Australian Outback pub has banned two emus for “bad behavior” after they learned to climb the stairs and created havoc inside
6 months ago
Australian Outback pub bans messy emus for 'bad behavior'
6 months ago

2nd COVID lockdown in Australia elicits frustration, debate over inequality

Many Australians are frustrated over another COVID-19 lockdown.
6 months ago
2nd COVID lockdown in Australia elicits frustration, debate over inequality
6 months ago

Friends explore bioluminescent water in Australia

The glowing algae were spotted in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
6 months ago
Friends explore bioluminescent water in Australia
7 months ago

Australian Finance Minister Cormann to resign at end of year

He became the leader of the government in the Senate in 2017.
7 months ago
8 months ago

Police disrupt planned anti-racism rally in Sydney

Hundreds of police have disrupted plans for an anti-racism rally in downtown Sydney, but protest organizers vow that other rallies will continue around Australia over the weekend despite warnings of the coronavirus risk
8 months ago
Police disrupt planned anti-racism rally in Sydney
8 months ago

Australia's national news agency to survive with new owners

Australia’s national news agency will continue with new owners, the board confirmed Friday, just weeks before it was due to be shut down
8 months ago
Australia's national news agency to survive with new owners
8 months ago

Severe storm lashes vast expanse of west Australian coast

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have lost power, buildings have been battered, roofs were torn off and trees uprooted as a vast stretch of the west Australian coast was whipped or a second day by a severe storm
8 months ago
Severe storm lashes vast expanse of west Australian coast
9 months ago

Suspect arrested in 1988 death of American man in Sydney

A man has been charged with the death in an apparent gay hate crime.
9 months ago
Suspect arrested in 1988 death of American man in Sydney
9 months ago

Australia faces 'sobering' future economy due to coronavirus

The government has been forced to delay the 2021 budget.
9 months ago
Australia faces 'sobering' future economy due to coronavirus
9 months ago

Australia to make Google, Facebook pay for news it uses

Australia would be the first country to force tech giants to pay for its news.
9 months ago
Australia to make Google, Facebook pay for news it uses
9 months ago

Aurora Australis dazzles Tasmania

The Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, bring a spectacular light show to homebound residents of Hobart, Tasmania.
9 months ago
Aurora Australis dazzles Tasmania
1 year ago

Australia's High Court hears what may be Pell's last appeal

George Pell is the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse.
1 year ago
Australia's High Court hears what may be Pell's last appeal
1 year ago

Australian and Israeli leaders discuss extradition wrangle

An Israeli teacher is wanted for the alleged abuse of children in Australia.
1 year ago
Australian and Israeli leaders discuss extradition wrangle
1 year ago

Teacher in Australia was tied to a chair before being hit and killed by a truck, police say

Authorities in Australia are asking for the public's help in investigating the death of a teacher they believe was tied to a chair before being hit and killed by a truck.
1 year ago
Teacher was tied to a chair before being hit and killed by a truck, police say
1 year ago

Driver charged after 4 children killed on Sydney sidewalk

An allegedly drunken driver has been charged with 20 offenses including manslaughter after a SUV struck seven children on a Sydney sidewalk, killing four and seriously injuring a fifth
1 year ago
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Timelapse captures Australian dust storm

The combination of rain clouds and dust storm resulted in brown rain in Victoria.
1 year ago
Timelapse captures Australian dust storm
1 year ago

Ongoing wildfire disaster in Australia

The death toll jumped to at least 18 as the fire spreads to areas as large as Connecticut and New Jersey combined.
1 year ago
Ongoing wildfire disaster in Australia
1 year ago

Mass evacuation expected across Australia as fires worsen

Tens of thousands of residents and tourists across Australia have been urged to evacuate because of massive bushfires.
1 year ago
Mass evacuation expected across Australia as fires worsen
1 year ago

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country’s east as temperatures soared
1 year ago
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Quick-thinking police sergeant saves choking toddler on Christmas Eve

A quick-thinking police sergeant rushed to the aid of a choking toddler in a dramatic Christmas Eve rescue that was captured on surveillance video.
1 year ago
Quick-thinking police sergeant saves choking toddler on Christmas Eve
1 year ago

Chaos erupts during holiday giveaway at mall in Australia

SMore than a dozen were injured after shoppers were trampled as balloons filled with free gifts dropped from the ceiling.
1 year ago
Chaos erupts during holiday giveaway at mall in Australia
1 year ago

Australia's leader apologizes for vacation amid wildfires

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized for family vacation in Hawaii.
1 year ago
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It's sizzling: Australia experiences hottest day on record

Australia has experienced its hottest day on record and temperatures are expected to soar even higher as heatwave conditions embrace most of the country
1 year ago
It's sizzling: Australia experiences hottest day on record
1 year ago

Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

The rock is sacred to Australian Aboriginals.
1 year ago
Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers
1 year ago

Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

Cardinal George Pell, 78, was sentenced to six years in prison in March.
1 year ago
Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions
1 year ago

Australia wildfires seriously injure firefighter, raze homes

Wildfires have left a firefighter seriously injured and destroyed several homes in an early start to the fire danger season in southeast Australia
1 year ago
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Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to 'very poor'

The report finds the greatest threat to the reef remains climate change.
1 year ago
Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to 'very poor'
1 year ago

Australia tries to curb foreign interference at universities

A task force has been formed to curb foreign influence at universities.
1 year ago
Australia tries to curb foreign interference at universities
1 year ago

Onlookers pin down knife-wielding man in Sydney

Video shows that people pinned the suspect, accused of killing one woman and injuring another, to the pavement and put a plastic milk crate over his head.
1 year ago
Onlookers pin down knife-wielding man in Sydney
1 year ago

New Australian rules for police investigating leaks to media

Raids on journalists' offices and a home in June sparked outrage.
1 year ago
New Australian rules for police investigating leaks to media
2 years ago

$140 million of meth found in van that crashed into police cars

"This would be one of the easiest drugs busts the New South Wales Police has ever made," a police official said.
2 years ago
$140 million of meth found in van that crashed into police cars
2 years ago

Sydney police find drug haul in van that hit police cars

The van contained methamphetamine valued at more than $140 million.
2 years ago
Van that crashed into police cars found carrying $140M of methamphetamine