MH370 search at critical juncture: Malaysia

2014-04-19 17:01

The effort to find missing flight MH370 is at a "very critical juncture", Malaysia's transport minister says as authorities mull whether to reassess a challenging search of the Indian Ocean seabed.

MH370 mini-sub zone search set to end

2014-04-17 09:41

The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week, Australian PM says, adding if unsuccessful the operation will be forced to move into a new phase.

MH370's black box batteries may have died

2014-04-13 14:30

Following four strong underwater signals in the past week, all has gone quiet in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, meaning the batteries in the plane's all-important black boxes may finally have died.

Malaysia PM 'will not rest' on MH370

2014-04-03 14:52

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed "we will not rest" until the fate of flight MH370 is known, as Australia called it "the most difficult search in human history".

UK nuke submarine joins MH370 hunt

2014-04-02 09:47

The protracted search for missing Flight MH370 has been boosted with the arrival of a UK nuclear submarine in the Indian Ocean, ahead of a visit to Australia by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

New account of last words from Flight MH370

2014-04-01 07:32

Malaysia's civil aviation department says the last words spoken by one of pilots of missing Flight MH370 were "Good night Malaysian three seven zero", and not "All right, good night" as originally reported.

Search for jetliner will go on - Australia PM

2014-03-31 07:20

The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister says.

Flight MH370 last location far from any landing sites

2014-03-24 17:09

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak says new satellite analysis showed the last location of Flight MH370 was in a remote location far from any possible landing sites.

Australia spots possible plane debris

2014-03-20 06:58

Australia says two objects possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been sighted at sea, marking a potential breakthrough in the nearly two-week search for the aircraft.

Aussie emissions target criticised by climate body

2014-02-27 10:22

The Australian government's climate change agency has warned that Canberra's 5% emissions reduction target was "not credible" compared with other states and called for it to be tripled.

Australian PM to visit Aboriginal land

2014-02-12 08:43

Australian PM Tony Abbott says he will spend a week in an Outback Aboriginal settlement to focus national attention on the bleak plight of indigenous people.

Australia probes asylum-seeker child detentions

2014-02-03 08:02

Australia's human rights watchdog has launched an inquiry into the detention of children under punitive government policies banishing asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to remote camps.

Asylum-seeker charged over 'bomb' threat

2014-01-14 11:06

An asylum-seeker has been charged over an alleged incident on a flight to Australia's Christmas Island, police say, with reports he claimed to have a bomb.

Australia offered to share data on citizens

2013-12-02 08:54

Australia's spy agency offered to share information about its own citizens with foreign intelligence partners, according to leaked documents, sparking calls for an inquiry.

Aung San Suu Kyi: I'm no saint or icon

2013-11-28 12:08

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi insists she is no saint and no icon, saying she dislikes the titles and has always seen herself as an honest politician.

Ex Indonesian spy chief: Spying is normal

2013-11-22 08:08

Indonesia's former spy chief says intelligence agencies tapping the phones of national leaders is "normal", and dismissed Jakarta's furious response to Australia's spying.

Aus PM adviser sorry for 'porn star' slur

2013-11-21 10:47

A strategist for Australian PM Tony Abbott's Liberal party has apologised after describing a person reported to be the Indonesian foreign minister as resembling "a 1970s Filipino porn star".

Australia PM vows to fix Indonesian relations

2013-11-20 08:08

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told Parliament he would do everything he "reasonably can" to repair relations with Indonesia, damaged by allegations of spying.

Australia navy probes sex abuse initiation

2013-11-08 16:21

The Australian navy is investigating allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" related to initiation rites in which young sailors were sexually assaulted with pens and bottles.

Australia broadband ban on Huawei stays

2013-10-29 11:03

Australia's new government says Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will remain shut out of bidding to build Australia's national broadband network on advice from security agencies.

Australia govt: Fires not linked to climate change

2013-10-25 21:15

The Australian government has rejected arguments that wildfires ravaging parts of the country's east, following a record hot start to the current spring season, are the result of climate change.

Local Australia parliament allows gay marriage

2013-10-22 09:03

A provincial parliament has passed the first law allowing same-sex marriage in Australia, but it could be short-lived with the federal government threatening a court challenge.

Tycoon clinches Australia power-sharing deal

2013-10-10 11:12

Mining tycoon Clive Palmer has brokered an alliance giving him the balance of power in Australia's new parliament, warning of a "very cold winter" if the government tries to cross him.

Aussie PM in travel expenses furore

2013-10-08 14:00

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is embroiled in a spiralling travel expenses scandal as he defends his use of taxpayer money to take part in an ironman competition and other events.

Global armada graces Sydney for naval centenary

2013-10-04 09:01

Warships from 17 countries have steamed into Sydney Harbour for a nautical extravaganza marking the centenary of Australia's emergence as an independent sea power.


Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search

2014-04-17 12:55

Malaysia has warned that the cost of the search for flight MH370's wreckage in the Indian Ocean will be "huge", the latest sobering assessment by authorities involved in the effort.

Aus state premier quits over wine 'memory fail'

2014-04-16 11:20

A leading Australian politician has resigned after admitting to a "massive memory fail" when he told a corruption inquiry he never received a bottle of wine worth Aus$3 000.

Australia PM warns of lengthy search for MH370

2014-04-12 07:54

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will likely continue for "a long time", Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned, a day after voicing confidence that signals from the black box had been detected.

Malaysian PM arrives in Australia

2014-04-03 09:10

Malaysia's prime minister has arrived at the Australian air force base serving as a hub for the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jet mystery may never be solved - Malaysia police

2014-04-02 08:23

The investigation into what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may take a long time and may never determine the cause of the tragedy, Malaysia's national police chief has warned.

Search for jetliner will go on - Australia PM

2014-03-31 10:46

The weekslong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is "an extraordinarily difficult exercise" but it will go on as long as possible, Australia's prime minister says.

Australia PM under fire over monarchist moves

2014-03-26 08:44

Monarchist Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of sending Australia into a "time warp" by reintroducing knights and dames to the country's honours list.

Australia spots 2 objects in jet search

2014-03-24 13:35

Two new objects have been spotted in the search for Malaysia’s missing jet, Australia says, with a ship steaming to the scene and expected to be in the area “within hours”.

Queensland in 'biggest ever drought'

2014-03-07 12:52

The Australian state of Queensland is in the grip of its most widespread drought ever, with close to 80% of its territory parched after a failed wet season, officials say.

N Korea detainee carried Christian pamphlets

2014-02-20 08:30

Australia's prime minister has urged citizens abroad to obey the laws of foreign countries after an Australian missionary who carried Christian pamphlets was detained in North Korea.

Oz crisis: 50 000 jobs to be axed?

2014-02-11 15:09

Ford, Mitsubishi, Holden, Toyota... Australia could be facing an economic crisis the likes of which haven't been seen 'since the Great Depression' with 50 000 jobs on the line.

Australia pushes asylum policies despite rights outcry

2014-01-24 09:21

Australia says asylum-seeker arrivals has dropped to their lowest level in five years, despite an outcry over human rights violations committed on pacific islands as refugees are processed.

Australian PM defends secret border policies

2014-01-09 10:22

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the government's secrecy over its border protection policies after reports that boats had been turned back to Indonesia.

Australia criticises China's air defence zone

2013-11-28 16:25

Australia has refused to back down from criticism of China's newly-declared air defence identification zone, with Prime Minister Abbott proclaiming a right to "speak our mind".

Aussie PM loses popularity - report

2013-11-25 13:00

Australia's new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has lost the lead that swept him to power in September, with voters unconvinced by his policies on asylum-seekers and climate.

Abbott promises Indonesia full response

2013-11-21 12:53

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised Indonesia's president a full and courteous response to his demand for an examination of reported Australian eavesdropping on senior Indonesian officials' phones.

Indonesia downgrades Australia

2013-11-20 18:08

Indonesia says it has 'downgraded' relations with Australia following eavesdropping reports.

Former Australia PM Rudd quits politics

2013-11-13 16:56

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has announced he is quitting politics, two months after being ousted from office by Tony Abbott.

Australia denies rift with Indonesia

2013-11-06 12:50

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has denied a rift with strategic ally Indonesia over spying allegations.

Australia to pull out of Afghanistan

2013-10-29 09:20

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia's longest war at an end during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, with more than 1 000 troops to return home before Christmas.

Australian PM denies climate change, fires link

2013-10-23 19:37

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied that devastating bushfires in Australia are linked to climate change, saying the United Nations climate chief was "talking through her hat" on the issue.

Abbott urged to focus on Asia human rights

2013-10-15 12:12

Human Rights Watch says it is concerned Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott failed to discuss rights with Asian leaders, saying he shouldn't give them a "free pass" on the issue.

Australia PM announces terror compensation

2013-10-09 10:53

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a scheme to compensate Australian victims of overseas terror attacks and their families as he laid a wreath at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings.

Canada threatens to pull Commonwealth funding

2013-10-08 11:08

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has threatened to withdraw funding for the Commonwealth in an escalating row over rights abuses by Sri Lanka ahead of a summit next month.

Australia says Indonesia asylum talks 'productive'

2013-09-25 10:05

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has declared her meetings with Indonesia on the fraught issue of turning back asylum-seeker boats to the sprawling archipelago "very productive".

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