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Phil Hughes suffers head injury after being hit by cricket ball

2014-11-26 12:22

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes remains in a critical condition after becoming the latest sports star to suffer a serious head injury. He received a severe blow to the head from a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney yesterday.

Australian minister mistrusts submarine firm

2014-11-26 10:28

Australia's defence minister says he would not trust state-owned Australian Submarine Corp "to build a canoe"/

Woman swallowed by sinkhole while hanging out washing

2014-11-25 12:23

A woman was hanging the laundry in her Melbourne backyard when she fell down a 3m deep sinkhole that suddenly opened up, it is reports.

Australian mom admits to dumping baby in drain

2014-11-24 10:04

An Australian mother has been charged with attempted murder after her newborn baby was found crying at the bottom of a roadside drain in Sydney, where police believe he survived for five days.

Australia slams door on asylum-seekers in Indonesia

2014-11-19 12:04

Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison says he is 'taking the sugar off the table' in controversially announcing that Canberra was slamming the door on UN-registered asylum-seekers in Indonesia.

Australia, India target free trade deal

2014-11-18 13:39

Australia and India will push for a free trade pact, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi state visit to Canberra.

Australian exports to China still face hurdles

2014-11-18 10:40

The reality of a trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia is likely to be more sobering.

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.

G20 undertakes to grow economies

2014-11-16 08:45

Members of the Group of 20 large countries say they have agreed a series of measures that would boost their economies.

Merkel heads for a pub in Brisbane

2014-11-15 10:17

While most of the world leaders arriving in Australia for the G20 summit went straight to their luxury hotels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opted to head to one of Brisbane's most popular pub strips.

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.

Glencore Xstrata to shut mine during Christmas

2014-11-14 13:50

Mining and commodities giant Glencore Xstrata says it will close its Australian coal mines for three weeks during Christmas owing to weak prices and oversupply.

G20 growth needs to benefit poor - NGOs

2014-11-14 12:45

A forum of NGOs at the G20 summit in Brisbane says the world's economic leaders should take into account social justice when seeking to boost economic growth.

Reptiles, whips banned as Brisbane preps for G-20

2014-11-14 11:40

This weekend, the subtropical Australian city of Brisbane will welcome leaders from the world's 20 largest economies along with thousands of delegates and journalists for a global summit.

Australia bans dredge waste dumping on Barrier Reef

2014-11-13 16:25

Australia says it will ban the dumping of dredging waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef in a move welcomed by environmentalists as a first step towards a total halt.

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.

Pacific flotilla carries climate message to Australia

2014-11-12 16:23

Traditional Pacific island canoes have sailed into Sydney Harbour after a journey across a vast expanse of ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change.

Zuma arrives in Australia for G20 summit

2014-11-12 11:37
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President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Brisbane, Australia, to attend the G20 leaders summit, the presidency says.

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.

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.

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.

BHP tests 40-yr US ban on crude exports

2014-11-05 10:54

BHP Billiton is planning to ship ultra light oil from the US without government permission, a move that will test a four-decade ban on crude exports.

Australians told to prepare for more counter-terror raids

2014-11-04 14:46

Australians have been told to prepare for more large-scale counter terrorism raids as Attorney-General George Brandis revealed 73 people have had their passports cancelled to prevent them joining the ISIS group.

Firefighter killed in Australian blaze

2014-11-01 14:18

Officials in Sydney say a firefighter has been killed and at least two homes have been destroyed by Australian wildfires.

Australia set to pay polluters to cut emissions

2014-10-31 09:21

Australia is set to approve measures giving polluters financial incentives to reduce emissions blamed for climate change, in a move critics described as ineffective environmental policy.

 

Phil Hughes suffers head injury after being hit by cricket ball

2014-11-26 11:19

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes remains in a critical condition after becoming the latest sports star to suffer a serious head injury. He received a severe blow to the head from a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney yesterday.

Abusers remain in Australian military – report

2014-11-26 10:23

A government investigation into sexual misconduct, assault and bullying in the Australian military over decades has reported that more than 1 100 perpetrators remain in the reserves, with some holding senior positions.

Mom charged after trying to kill baby

2014-11-24 18:52

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries.

Sea Shepherd fights for Patagonian toothfish

2014-11-21 13:05

Sea Shepherd is setting out to save the Patagonian toothfish from illegal fishers after years of fighting to save whales in remote southern oceans, a media report says.

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.

Xi commits to greater Antarctic ties with Australia

2014-11-18 11:51

China's President Xi Jinping has committed to greater Antarctic co-operation with Australia, while fulfilling a long-held dream to visit the nation's smallest state.

Modi urges Indian expatriates to invest

2014-11-18 09:11

Thousands of expatriate Indians huddled Sydney's Arena on a train dubbed the Modi Express, to clap and cheer India's best-known leader since independence.

Australia, China sign free trade deal

2014-11-17 09:55

Australia and China have agreed on a landmark free trade deal, opening up markets worth billions to Australia and loosening restrictions on Chinese investment.

Putin gets cold shoulder, plans to leave G20 early

2014-11-15 14:25

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders blasted him for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions.

Obama pledges $3bn for global climate fund

2014-11-15 09:11

US President Barack Obama has pledged a $3bn US contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.

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.

Cameron calls for extremism to be rooted out

2014-11-14 13:18

British PM has used a rare address to the Australian Parliament to call for extremist preachers to be banned and for extremism to be rooted out of schools, universities and prisons.

G20 summit: Test of staying power

2014-11-14 12:07

The annual G20 leadership summit that groups democrats with authoritarians and rich nations with poor has long been perceived as 'all talk and no action'.

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.

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking: UN

2014-11-13 16:06

Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warns.

Ebola workers urge G20 leaders for more help

2014-11-13 08:00

Health workers on the frontline of West Africa's Ebola crisis have pleaded with G20 leaders for more resources, describing horrific working conditions as they attempt to contain the deadly outbreak.

Australia unveils new park ahead of World Parks Congress

2014-11-12 12:37

Australia has unveiled its newest national park, Everlasting Swamp, as thousands gathered in Sydney for the start of the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress.

New monitors for Australian asylum camps

2014-11-11 12:31

Australian immigration minister says he is establishing a new monitoring team for centres holding asylum-seekers, including camps on Pacific islands, after a series of abuse allegations.

'Most powerful' Putin takes on West at Apec

2014-11-11 11:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading into showdown talks with Australia's leader as part of what is expected to be his toughest foreign trip since the start of the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

Billion dollar Aussie-China cattle export deal

2014-11-07 12:15

One million Australian cattle worth Aus$1bn will be shipped to China annually in a deal that will double the size of the live export industry, officials say.

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.

Australia to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone

2014-11-05 09:09

Australia’s government says it expects to staff a British-provided Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone by the end of the month after reaching an agreement with Britain.

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.

Aus, NZ mark 100 years since troops left

2014-11-01 12:08

Australia and New Zealand have marked 100 years since their first convoy of troops left for the battlefields of World War I.

New Australian law targets leakers, not reporters

2014-10-30 12:21

A contentious new law that carries a prison term for anyone who reveals information about certain secret security operations is aimed at leakers rather than reporters, Australia's attorney-general says.

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