Australia seeks Indonesia prisoner swap as executions loom

2015-03-05 16:01

Australia's foreign minister says she had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad.

Australian radio station may face penalties for royal hoax

2015-03-04 15:06

Australia’s highest court has cleared the way for a radio station to face penalties over a 2012 prank call to a London hospital that was caring for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Australia billionaire sorry after telling PM to commit suicide

2015-03-04 13:12

Flamboyant mining billionaire and politician Clive Palmer has apologised after coming under fire for suggesting Prime Minister Tony Abbott commit suicide.

Rare goblin shark found in Australia

2015-03-04 08:05

A rare sea creature described as an 'alien of the deep' has been found off Australia and has been delivered to a museum which showed off its fleshy snout, nail-like teeth and flabby pink body.

A year on, what's the latest in the hunt for Flight 370?

2015-03-03 12:45

Nearly a year has passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. What’s the latest in the hunt for the plane?

Principal sorry for sex abuse at elite Australian school

2015-03-03 09:59

A former headmaster at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools has apologised after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by paedophile teachers while he was in charge.

Australia to send extra 300 troops to Iraq

2015-03-03 07:42

Australia has announced it will send another 300 troops to Iraq in a joint mission with New Zealand to help train local forces fighting ISIS.

Glencore cuts Australia coal output on weak demand

2015-03-01 11:15

Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata says it is reducing its coal production in Australia by 15 million tons amid weak global demand and oversupply.

Qantas roars back into black

2015-02-26 15:00

Australian carrier Qantas has roared back into the black after an aggressive shake-up to stem mounting losses, posting its best interim result in four years.

Australia minister: ISIS no romantic adventure

2015-02-26 12:07

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Australian women who are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group ‘jihadi brides’ that the move is no ‘romantic adventure’.


Indonesia says to press ahead with executions

2015-03-05 14:27

Indonesia’s security minister says Jakarta would press ahead with the execution of two Australian drug smugglers and other foreign convicts, ruling out an offer of a prisoner swap put forwards by Canberra.

Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

2015-03-04 13:12

Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia have been transferred to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was “revolted” by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them.

Hundreds of starving koalas killed in Australia

2015-03-04 11:10

Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, an official said Wednesday, sparking claims of mismanagement.

Indonesia nearly ready to execute 9 foreign drug smugglers

2015-03-03 22:16

Indonesia is nearly ready to execute by firing squad nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions.

Australia on El Nino watch after Pacific Ocean warms

2015-03-03 12:44

Australia’s weather bureau says the chance of an El Nino developing this year has risen to about 50% after signs of renewed warming in tropical Pacific Ocean.

160 Australian school principals suffer food poisoning

2015-03-03 08:54

Health authorities in Australia are investigating the case of at least 160 school principals who came down with suspected food poisoning after a conference, a report says.

SA catamaran crew overdue

2015-03-02 22:05

A South African catamaran crew on a voyage to Thailand have not been heard from in a month and a half.

Man, teen, held for joyride in Aus cop car

2015-02-28 09:53

Australian police were caught unaware by a man who got into an unlocked police car and went for a joyride with a 15-year-old girl he picked up along the way, reports say.

Abbott strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

2015-02-26 13:14

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has struck a conciliatory tone after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers.

Australia to charge foreigners buying property

2015-02-25 21:00

Australia plans to charge fees to foreign nationals buying residential property and fine those who break foreign investment laws.

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