Sydney cafe inquest to shed light on how hostages died

2015-01-28 08:33

An inquest into the deadly siege in which an extremist gunman held a cafe full of people captive in Sydney is set to open, amid expectation it will officially lift the lid on how two hostages died.

ISIS releases interview with captive Jordanian pilot

2014-12-30 11:03

ISIS has published an interview with the Jordanian pilot captured last week after his plane crashed in northern Syria.

Australian police arrest 2 in anti-terror raids

2014-12-24 12:09

An Australian man has been charged with possessing documents connected to a planned terrorist attack on government targets in Sydney as police insisted people should not be afraid.

Australian PM denies government in crisis

2014-12-22 07:33

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott denies a cabinet reshuffle is a sign his government is in crisis as he comes under fire for saying his biggest achievement for women is axing a carbon tax.

Rights groups urge Abbott to ease up on refugees

2014-12-18 12:00

Human rights groups and politicians have urged Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott not to use the deadly siege in Sydney as a pretext to crack down on refugees.

Abbott will not rest till Australians are safe

2014-12-17 11:04

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed not to rest until he is assured Australians are safe, as he formally announced a review into the fatal Sydney cafe siege.

Abbott: Why was gunman not on watch list?

2014-12-16 14:35

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has questioned how Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was not on the appropriate terror watch list.

Why was the Sydney gunman out on bail?

2014-12-16 10:29

One year before Man Haron Monis laid siege to a Sydney cafe, he was released on bail after being accused of involvement in his wife's murder. Questions are now being asked as to why he was released.

Abbott pays tribute to fallen hostages

2014-12-16 08:21

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in Sydney for the victims of a central city cafe siege which left three people dead.

Nightmare before Christmas in Sydney

2014-12-15 12:13

A pre-Christmas nightmare is being played out inside the Lindt cafe on Sydney's Martin Place, as a gunman continues to hold hostages, leaving Australians shocked and fearful.

Sydney hostage taker demands to speak to Abbott

2014-12-15 10:18

A man holding hostages in a Sydney cafe has asked for an ISIS flag to be delivered to him. He also warned that four bombs have been planted around the city and demanded to speak to Prime Minister Abbott.

Australia's 'macho' PM blasts sexism

2014-12-12 09:45

Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott, who was famously accused of misogyny by former leader Julia Gillard, has suggested sexism is behind the criticism of his female chief-of-staff.

Australian PM admits 'rough patch' as voters flee

2014-12-08 08:02

Australian PM Tony Abbott has admitted he is going through "a rough patch" as voters desert him over touch spending cuts and perceived broken promises.

Let boys be boys and girls be girls - Australian PM

2014-12-02 08:19

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has weighed in on a debate about gender-specific toys in the lead-up to Christmas, saying boys should be boys and girls should be girls.

Screaming fans dub India's Modi a 'rock star' in Aus

2014-11-17 13:20

Thousands of rapturous supporters flocked to hear a public address by Narendra Modi on the first visit by an Indian prime minister to Australia in 28 years.


Protesters have braved the sweltering heat to capitalise on the presence of leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies discussing the global economy.

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Russia to G-20: We're here. So are our warships

2014-11-14 14:45

Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s north-eastern coast.

G20 climate protesters bury heads in Bondi sands

2014-11-13 14:06

Scores of Australians have buried their heads in the sands of iconic Bondi beach to send a message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the dangers of climate change.

Australian PM to have 'robust' talk with Putin

2014-11-08 11:49

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will have a "robust" conversation about downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Beijing.

Australia steps up Ebola fight in Africa

2014-11-05 11:12

Australia will fund an Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, responding to pressure from the US and others to do more to tackle the deadly outbreak.

Australian leader blames ISIS for Sydney shooting

2014-11-04 07:58

The shooting of a Shiite religious leader outside a Sydney prayer hall hall appeared to have been influenced by the Islamic State movement, Australia's prime minister says.

Abbott vows to 'shirtfront' Putin at G20 over MH17

2014-10-13 14:00

PM Tony Abbott has vowed to confront, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit next month over the loss of Australian lives in the MH17 crash over Ukraine.

Australia moves to block 'race hate' preachers

2014-10-08 12:33

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says moves were underway to ban 'race hate' preachers from entering the country to prevent them peddling 'alien and extremist' ideologies.

Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

2014-10-02 12:23

Iraq’s ambassador to Australia has given no timetable to when his government might decide on Australia’s request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Australian PM warns of 'lone wolf' terrorism

2014-09-26 09:35

Australian PM Tony Abbott says he is deeply worried about the potential for lone wolf terror attacks, days after an 18-year-old suspected militant was shot dead while attacking police.


Australia PM in 'time warp' as British royal knighted

2015-01-26 13:07

Australian PM Tony Abbott has marked his country’s national day by honouring UK’s Prince Philip with a knighthood, sparking criticism from the opposition of being in a "time warp".

Missing AirAsia plane no MH370 mystery - Abbott

2014-12-29 10:06

The plight of a missing AirAsia jet lost over the Java Sea cannot be equated with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Australian PM under fire for women comments

2014-12-22 10:29

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is accused of craving 'a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing' after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills.

8 children killed in home in northern Australia

2014-12-19 07:25

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds have been found inside a home in a northern Australian city, police say.

Australia ignored warnings about gunman - Iran

2014-12-17 12:06

Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran say.

Abbott: System failed to track siege gunman

2014-12-17 07:25

Australia's prime minister has acknowledged that the nation's security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation.

‘Deluded’ gunman saw himself as a martyr

2014-12-16 13:31

The gunman responsible for the Lindt Chocolat Cafe siege in Sydney saw himself as a martyr, according to posts he made on social media.

Sydney gunman believed he was ‘like Wikileaks founder’

2014-12-16 09:37

The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also compared himself to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, saying he was being persecuted for his political beliefs.

Hostages' safety the priority – Aussie police chief

2014-12-15 15:43

Sydney's police chief says the main goal, regardless of how long it takes, is to get hostages being held in a café in the CBD out there safely.

There could be more assailants - Sydney police

2014-12-15 10:59

Australian police have locked down Sydney's major business centre after an armed man took patrons hostage at a cafe. Police say they know of one armed assailant involved in the incident, but there could be more.

Sydney siege: Hostages forced to hold Islamic flag

2014-12-15 09:14

Hostages in a Sydney siege drama have been forced to display an Islamic 'Shahada' flag. While five hostages have managed to flee the local cafe, the area remains locked down.

Big polluting nations must do most on climate: Aus

2014-12-08 11:56

Nations with the biggest greenhouse gas emissions should be doing the most to fight climate change or the efforts of other countries will be cancelled out, Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop says.

Australia's Abbott risks recession

2014-12-05 11:35

A year after Tony Abbott has pledged to be an "infrastructure prime minister", he risks becoming the first Australian premier to preside over a recession.

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change

2014-11-19 08:45

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that next year's landmark climate change summit in Paris will fail if world leaders decide to put cutting carbon emissions ahead of economic growth.

GALLERY: G20 summit

2014-11-15 15:58

Protesters hope to catch the eye of leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies.

Russian chill permeates G20 summit

2014-11-15 08:43

Russia's Cold War-style standoff with the West has sent a chill through talks aimed at heating up the world economy, as the G20 summit kicks off in Australia.

British PM gets laughs at Aussie's PM expense

2014-11-14 08:47

British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken a playful dig at his Australian counterpart over an obscure threat to assault the Russian president at a weekend summit in Brisbane.

Putin, Abbott want genuine probe of MH17 crash

2014-11-11 12:31

President Vladimir Putin has discussed the MH17 plane crash with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the sidelines of an APEC summit, with both leaders favouring a “genuine” probe of the tragedy.

Putin can't avoid me, says Australia’s Abbott

2014-11-06 11:34

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday warned Vladimir Putin he will not be able to avoid a "conversation" over the loss of Australian lives in the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Australia PM defends coal after UN warning on climate

2014-11-04 11:53

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday defended using coal to generate energy as "the foundation of our prosperity", after the United Nations warned that carbon emissions were leading to disaster.

Australia PM rules out national sex offender site

2014-10-16 08:53

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government is not considering a national version of the Northern Territory's public sex offender website as he 'disinclined to single out particular crimes'.

Surrogate baby rejected in India on gender

2014-10-09 11:40

An Australian couple rejected their biological child born to an Indian surrogate mother because of the baby's gender, but took home its twin sibling, a judge says.

Great Barrier Reef part of Aboriginal identity

2014-10-02 14:48

To the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder, boasting some of the rarest animals and plants. To some Aboriginal Australians it is home and requires protection.

Australian military jets to support Iraq strikes

2014-10-01 07:54

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his country’s military jets are set to join the US in its war against Islamic State jihadists through support flights over Iraq.

Australia treating ISIS kill threat as genuine

2014-09-23 07:54

Australia says it is treating as genuine a call by the Islamic State group for Muslims to indiscriminately kill Australians, issued after anti-terrorism raids foiled an alleged abduction plot.

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