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Rights groups urge Abbott to ease up on refugees

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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.

Sydney hostage had planned daring escape

2014-12-17 14:15

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would have likely all ended up dead.

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.

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In today's news headlines: Eskom generators are running again, Pakistan’s military vows to intensify efforts to counter extremists following a school attack and the Australian government admits security systems failed to track the siege gunman. Watch.

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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.

Emotions raw as Australia mourns hostages

2014-12-16 08:21

Emotions are raw as Australia awoke to the news that the Lindt cafe had been stormed overnight by armed police, ending the siege. People living in Sydney laid flowers to pay tribute to the hostages killed.

Australia's foreign affairs dept evacuated over suspicious package - police

2014-12-16 06:58

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen.

The lone wolf who held Sydney hostage

2014-12-15 22:19

Man Haron Monis, the Sydney hostage-taker killed in a 16-hour siege, was a self-styled sheikh with his own Wikipedia entry who was on bail when he emerged as a lone wolf gunman.

Australia teen killed in shark attack

2014-12-15 18:57

A teenager has been killed in a shark attack at a reef off Australia's northeast coast, with ambulance officials saying he was dead by the time he reached shore.

Sydney hostage siege over

2014-12-15 17:31

The hostage siege in a Sydney CBD cafe, is over after heavy shooting and blasts could be heard.

Hostage-taker known to have sent hate mail to Australians

2014-12-15 16:12

An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney café, a police source says.

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.

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.

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In today's news headlines: Australian police have made contact with the Sydney gunman, the EFF top six are re-elected unopposed and President Jacob Zuma congratulates South Africa’s newly crowned Miss World. Watch.

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Aus central bank staff safe amid hostage drama

2014-12-15 08:36

Reserve Bank of Australia headquarters in Sydney's Martin Place are locked down with everyone safe inside, according to a spokesperson.

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This footage, filed by Sky News, shows three hostages escaping a coffee shop being held under siege in Sydney's financial district. Watch.

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Hostage crisis forces Sydney bank closures

2014-12-15 07:22

Banks have closed their Sydney CBD branches as police have surrounded a cafe in Martin Place, home to the Reserve Bank of Australia, where hostages are being held.

Kangaroos' eating habits creating havoc for snakes, lizards

2014-12-12 16:05

Kangaroos are eating up grassland in Canberra, Australia's capital, threatening the survival of lizards, says a university study released Friday.

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.

Ricciardo itching to be back at wheel

2014-12-11 11:48

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is wild to get back on track for the first race of the 2015 Formula 1 GP to redeem himself after disqualification from the podium's top spot in 2014.

Australia pledges $165m to UN climate fund

2014-12-10 10:11

Australia has bowed to international pressure and pledged $165m to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries.

20 Aussie jihadists killed in Syria, Iraq

2014-12-09 14:18

Australia has accused Islamic militants of using foreign fighters as 'cannon fodder' and 'propaganda tools' after 20 nationals have now been killed in Syria and Iraq.

Small Australia banks set to gain

2014-12-08 12:45

Australia's smaller banks stand to benefit from a government-backed financial sector review that has recommended the big lenders set aside more capital.

 

4 homes razed as Aussie crews battle bushfires

2014-12-18 09:21

Four homes were destroyed as Australian firefighters struggled to bring three major blazes under control in Victoria state, with high temperatures and gusty winds threatening to worsen conditions Thursday.

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.

I have never felt such relief - Sydney hostage

2014-12-17 11:02

The first hostage to escape the Lindt Cafe has spoken of his terror and enormous relief of rushing into the arms of waiting police.

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.

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.

Sydney cafe siege victims hailed as 'heroes'

2014-12-16 06:51

Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe have been hailed as heroes "willing to lay down their lives so others might live" in a church service mourning their deaths.

Two reported dead as Sydney siege ends

2014-12-15 19:55

Two people reportedly are dead after heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney café to free several hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a stand-off that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

2014-12-15 18:24

A swarm of heavily armed police have stormed a cafe in the heart of down town Sydney, ending a siege where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.

More hostages escape in Sydney

2014-12-15 17:09

More of the people held hostage for 16 hours in a Sydney café have escaped the gunman named as Man Heron Monis, a self-styled sheikh.

Australian Muslim groups condemn Sydney siege

2014-12-15 15:43

More than 40 Australian Muslim groups have jointly condemned a siege at a Sydney café in which hostages were taken by an armed man.

Australians band together with 'I'll ride with you'

2014-12-15 13:29

Amid widespread attention on the hostage situation at a local Sydney cafe, ordinary Australians have taken to social media to defend the rights of ordinary Muslims with the trending #illridewithyou.

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.

First Quantum shuts Australia nickel plant

2014-12-15 09:45

Canada's First Quantum Minerals has shut its Ravensthorpe nickel plant in Australia following an acid spill, which is under investigation.

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.

WATCH: Three escape Sydney siege

2014-12-15 08:16

This footage, filed by Sky News, shows three hostages escaping a coffee shop being held under siege in Sydney's financial district. Watch.

Australian Imams council condemns Sydney siege

2014-12-15 07:46

The Australian National Imams Council, commenting on the siege at a Sydney cafe, said it 'condemns this criminal act unequivocally'.

Australian arrested in Malaysia for drug smuggling

2014-12-14 08:18

An Australian woman has been arrested in Malaysia after she was caught with 1.5kg of methamphetamine, a news report says.

Catholic church admits celibacy may lead to child sex abuse

2014-12-12 13:28

The Catholic Church in Australia has claimed the vow of celibacy could in fact lead clergy to commit child sex abuse.

Australia failed to protect asylum-seekers - Report

2014-12-11 12:04

The Australian government has failed in its duty to protect asylum-seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where riot left one dead and 69 injured, said a damning parliamentary report.

BG sells Australian gas pipeline unit

2014-12-10 10:22

British energy producer BG Group has sold its Australian gas pipeline business for $5bn as part of its plan to shed non-core assets.

Aus cracks whip on firms avoiding tax

2014-12-09 16:07

Australian tax officials are being embedded inside multinational corporations operating in the country to crack down on tax avoidance, says the treasurer.

Aus regulators to crackdown on risky home loans

2014-12-09 12:46

Australian regulators have said they would take a tougher line on risky mortgage lending, to pre-empt the threat of a housing bubble.

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.

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