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June 14, 2024 at 10:14 AM

Boy accused of terrorist act in Sydney church faces new charges

A 16-year-old boy accused of committing a terrorist act by stabbing a bishop in a Sydney church in April faces two additional charges
June 14, 2024 at 10:14 AM
FILE - Security officers stand guard outside Orthodox Assyrian church in Sydney, Australia, April 15, 2024. A 16-year-old boy accused of committing a terrorist act by stabbing a bishop in a Sydney church in April faces two additional charges, a court was told on Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
June 10, 2024 at 1:58 PM

Australia PM says 'turn the heat down' after US Consulate vandalized over Gaza war

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has urged activists on both sides of the Israel-Palestinian debate to “turn the heat down” after the U.S. Consulate in Sydney was vandalized
June 10, 2024 at 1:58 PM
Police investigate vandalism at the U.S. consulate in Sydney, Monday, June 10, 2024. A suspect is believed to have smashed nine holes in the reinforced glass windows of the building in North Sydney after 3 a.m., a police statement said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
June 6, 2024 at 9:24 AM

New South Wales becomes last state to apologize for criminalizing homosexuality

New South Wales has become the last Australian state to apologize for laws criminalizing homosexual acts, 40 years after decriminalization
June 6, 2024 at 9:24 AM
New South Wales State Premier Chris Minns formally apologizes to the LGBTQI+ community at state parliament in Sydney, Thursday, June 6, 2024, for discriminatory laws. The leader of Australia's most populous state apologized Thursday for the “unforgivable pain” caused by previous laws criminalizing homosexuality, 40 years after gay sex was decriminalized in New South Wales. (Louise Kennerley/AAP Image/Pool via AP)
June 4, 2024 at 9:58 AM

Australian military will recruit some noncitizens in a bid to boost troop numbers

The Australian government says its military will begin recruiting some noncitizens in a bid to boost troop numbers
June 4, 2024 at 9:58 AM
In this photo provided by the Australian Defense Force, students climb a wall at the Recruit Training Unit course at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base in Wagga, Australia, on Feb. 23, 2024. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said Tuesday, June 4, 2024, that he wants to build a defense force that can resist foreign coercion through blocked trade routes as Australia relaxes recruitment rules in a bid to boost troop numbers. (Australian Defense Force via AP)
2 months ago

Sydney religious leader's stabbing to be investigated as terror-related

A 16-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene after being restrained by members of the congregation, police said.
2 months ago
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb, Premier of NSW Chris Minns, NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Thurtell and Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan hold a press conference on April 16, 2024 in Sydney, Australia.
2 months ago

Severe weather threat for much of the country

Bridges were temporarily closed in Pittsburgh Friday night after 26 barges broke loose in the flooded Ohio River.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Severe weather threat for much of the country
2 months ago

Sydney stabbing: 6 dead, suspect killed in attack at major shopping mall

The Sydney knifeman was identified as a 40-year-old male and his attack is not thought to be terror-related, police said.
2 months ago
Paramedics push stretchers into the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall to retrieve the injured after a stabbing incident in Sydney on April 13, 2024. Australian police on April 13 said they had received reports that "multiple people" were stabbed at a busy shopping centre in Sydney. (Photo by David GRAY / AFP) (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)
2 months ago

6 dead, suspect killed in attack at Sydney shopping mall

The suspect, a 40-year-old male, was shot dead by a responding police officer.
2 months ago
The suspect, a 40-year-old male, was shot dead by a responding police officer.
2 months ago

Deadly attack at shopping mall in Sydney

At least six people have been killed and the suspect was shot dead by police following a stabbing spree at a mall near Bondi Beach in Australia.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Deadly attack at shopping mall in Sydney
4 months ago

Australian Senate passes industrial relations laws

ABC News' Alexis Christoforous reports on a new law in Australia that would make it more difficult for your boss to send you a text outside of office hours.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Australian Senate passes industrial relations laws
8 months ago

Australia holds historic Indigenous rights referendum

Australia is voting in a referendum to decide whether it will permanently recognize Indigenous Australians in the Constitution and set up a body to advise on policies.
8 months ago
Teacher Tarna Andrews sits in the local school grounds, ahead of a nationwide referendum on Indigenous issues, in Areyonga, Australia, September 15, 2023. On October 14, Australians will vote on whether to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution and enshrine in it an advisory body called the Voice to Parliament that would give non-binding advice to lawmakers on matters concerning the continent's first inhabitants. Polls show it is headed for likely defeat.
10 months ago

Pentagon identifies 3 US Marines killed in Osprey crash

Air traffic control audio captured the urgent call for help after the Osprey aircraft went down on its way to a training exercise in Australia.
10 months ago
VIDEO: Pentagon identifies 3 US Marines killed in Osprey crash
1 year ago

Fire engulfs multi-story building in Sydney

Firefighters warned the blaze was at risk of spreading to nearby buildings.
1 year ago
VIDEO:  Fire engulfs multi-story building in Sydney
1 year ago

Woman survives 5 days in Australian bush with just wine and lollipops

A woman in Australia said she survived five days in the wilderness on the only things she had in her car: wine and lollipops.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Woman survives 5 days in Australian bush with just wine and lollipops
1 year ago

What to know about Australia allowing MDMA for some treatment

Australia is the first nation to approve the legal use of MDMA and psilocybin, as medication for certain mental health conditions.
1 year ago
In this May 24, 2019, file photo, a vendor bag of psilocybin mushrooms is shown at a cannabis marketplace in Los Angeles.
1 year ago

How found radioactive capsule in Australia posed potentially dangerous threat

The health effects of coming into contact with a radioactive capsule no bigger than a coin that was found in Western Australia could have been severe.
1 year ago
A view shows a radioactive capsule lying on the ground, near Newman, Australia, Feb. 1, 2023.
1 year ago

Potentially deadly radioactive capsule found in Australia

Radioactive coin-sized capsule could have been deadly with prolonged exposure, expert says.
1 year ago
Radioactive coin-sized capsule could have been deadly with prolonged exposure, expert says.
1 year ago

Search continues for missing radioactive capsule in Australia

The health effects of coming into contact with a radioactive capsule could be severe, according to experts.
1 year ago
The health effects of coming into contact with a radioactive capsule could be severe, according to experts.
1 year ago

Lizards wrestle in Australia's Northern Territory

Two grappling sand goannas, a type of lizard, wrestled through an office in Australia's Northern Territory, tumbling out of the doorway and scurrying off.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Lizards wrestle in Australia's Northern Territory
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is berated by a pensioner during a visit to the pub in front of reporters.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappeared beneath the waves as a storm system moved through, just after floods battered other parts of Australia.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
An Australian sign language interpreter got an unexpected gift from an owl—but he removed his jacket and kept going like a pro.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Danielle Collins playing in Australian Open finals against Ashleigh Barty
2 years 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.
2 years ago
VIDEO: Novak Djokovic fighting to be allowed to play in Australian Open
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Heavy rain and damaging winds are battering the area, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning residents to expect flash flooding and large hailstones.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involving a bouncy castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania state, Australia, on Dec. 16, 2021. Multiple children have died and others are in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters into the air by a gust of wind at the school.
2 years ago

Australia mourns 5 'angels' killed in bouncy castle accident

"There's no doubt this incident will leave its mark."
2 years ago
People leave flowers and tributes outside Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, in the island state of Tasmania, Australia, Dec. 17, 2021.
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Cleo Smith recovers in a hospital after she was abducted from her family's tent in Western Australia during the early hours of October 16, sparking an extensive air, sea and ground search.
3 years 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.
3 years ago
VIDEO: Missing 4-year-old found alive in Australia
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Australia still requires strict quarantine measures for residents who have been affected by lockdowns since the start of the pandemic.
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Australia's second-largest city has endured 262 days, or nearly nine months, of restrictions during six separate lockdowns since March 2020.
3 years 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.
3 years ago
The delta variant has caused a shift in strategy in Australia, which has so far adopted a zero-tolerance policy to coronavirus cases.
3 years ago

Families in Australia still celebrate Father's Day despite COVID-19 restrictions

Families in Australia celebrated Father's Day across a barrier due to COVID-19 rules restricting travel between states in the country, which is grappling with a new wave of infections.
3 years ago
Families in Australia celebrated Father's Day across a barrier due to COVID-19 rules restricting travel between states in the country, which is grappling with a new wave of infections.
3 years ago

Plague of mice ravaging parts of Australia

Parts of rural Australia are enduring what has so far been a months-long plague of mice.
3 years ago
Parts of rural Australia are enduring what has so far been a months-long plague of mice.
3 years ago

Sydney swathed in smoke and fog

Time-lapse footage shows smoke and fog smothering the city of Sydney, Australia.
3 years ago
Time-lapse footage shows smoke and fog smothering the city of Sydney, Australia.
3 years ago

Huge flock of cockatoos seen in suburb

An Australian suburb found itself overrun by a huge flock of native cockatoos.
3 years ago
An Australian suburb found itself overrun by a huge flock of native cockatoos.
3 years ago

Australian farmer saves home from fire then loses it to flood

The farmer managed to save his home from a bushfire but lost it shortly after to major flooding.
3 years ago
The farmer managed to save his home from a bushfire but lost it shortly after to major flooding.
3 years ago

Stunning drone footage of Australia’s Wallaman Falls

Videographer captures drone footage of Australia's largest waterfall.
3 years ago
Videographer captures drone footage of Australia's largest waterfall.
3 years ago

Tens of thousands rally across Australia to protest treatment of women

People marching demanded justice for women as the government reels from two rape allegations.
3 years ago
People marching demanded justice for women as the government reels from two rape allegations.
3 years ago

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.
3 years ago
Margaret Court looks on during a Tennis Hall of Fame ceremony on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
3 years ago

Shark swims near Australian beach

Drone footage captured a shark swimming close to shore on New Year's Day.
3 years ago
Drone footage captured a shark swimming close to shore on New Year's Day.
3 years ago

Lightning shoots across sky in Australia

A lightning bolt spread across the sky above New South Wales during widespread thunderstorms in the state.
3 years ago
Lightning shoots across sky in Australia
4 years 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.
4 years ago
The iconic Sydney Opera House is illuminated with poppies to mark the 102nd anniversary of Remembrance Day.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
VIDEO: Bridge underwater following rains in New South Wales
4 years ago

Sea foam piles up on beach in New South Wales

After days of heavy rain, piles of sea foam formed on Huskisson Beach.
4 years ago
VIDEO: Sea foam piles up on beach in New South Wales
4 years ago

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

Many Australians are frustrated over another COVID-19 lockdown.
4 years ago
An Australian Defence Force member conducts a swab test at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Hoppers Crossing, Melbourne, Australia, July 17, 2020.
4 years ago

Friends explore bioluminescent water in Australia

The glowing algae were spotted in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
4 years ago
The glowing algae were spotted in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.
4 years 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.
4 years ago
The logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet in Lille.