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'Reasonable chance' of finding MH370 in new search

2014-08-20 11:36

A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a 'reasonable chance' of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Fears crocodile named Michael Jackson killed man

2014-08-19 09:01

A white-headed crocodile nicknamed Michael Jackson has been shot dead, reports say, after the predator apparently killed a fisherman in Australia's north.

Thailand bans surrogate babies from leaving

2014-08-15 11:58

Four couples from the US and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies as part of a government crackdown on the burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry.

Ex-Aus state PM’s daughter charged with murder

2014-08-14 12:40

The daughter of long-serving former Australian state premier Neville Wran has been charged with murder over the stabbing of an alleged small-time drug dealer in Sydney.

Australia to join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq

2014-08-13 15:39

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australian planes will join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq and did not rule out the possibility of greater military involvement.

Australia warns of poor outlook for Barrier Reef

2014-08-12 15:06

Australia's Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to rein in major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government says.

Australia grandfather in tears at severed head pic

2014-08-12 12:27

The grandfather of a boy pictured holding a severed head in Syria says the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks.

Kerry, Hagel in Sydney for Australia-US talks

2014-08-11 13:38

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have arrived in Sydney for annual ministerial meetings on security cooperation and international conflicts.

Couple denies abandoning surrogate-born baby

2014-08-10 15:49

An Australian couple has denied that they abandoned their son born with Down syndrome to a Thai surrogate.

Woolworths expects Country Road completion soon

2014-08-08 11:12

Woolworths expects completion of the compulsory acquisition process of Country Road and its delisting to occur soon.

Jewish children threatened on school bus

2014-08-07 06:24
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Dozens of Jewish children have been traumatised by a gang of teenagers who stormed a Sydney school bus and allegedly hurled racial abuse and threats.

Australia probes 'paedophile' father in Thai baby scandal

2014-08-06 12:12

Australian authorities are investigating the father at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal who was exposed as a convicted paedophile, to determine whether his young daughter is at risk.

Giant crocodile attacks shark, and wins

2014-08-06 09:56

Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head, a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws.

Australia berates Israel over 'shocking' attacks

2014-08-05 08:39
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Australia's government has made its strongest criticism yet of its staunch ally Israel over the month long war in Gaza, with the foreign minister calling the shelling of UN schools "indefensible".

Australia may intervene in Thai surrogate baby case

2014-08-04 11:28

Australia's government is considering intervening in the case of a sick Down syndrome baby left with a Thai surrogate mother by Australian biological parents.

Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment

2014-08-02 12:30

Australia has launched its 'Green Army' which plans to recruit up to 15 000 young people for projects to conserve and rehabilitate the environment, the biggest land care mobilisation in the nation's history.

4 Taiwanese arrested in Australia over meth

2014-07-30 12:18

Four Taiwanese men have been arrested and charged over the seizure of crystal methylamphetamine worth $122m in Australia, police say.

Dutch PM asks fighting to cease near crash site

2014-07-29 14:45

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site.

Chance of visiting MH17 site not good

2014-07-28 15:24

The chances of Dutch and Australian police reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are not good, and the effort could take days, an official says.

Koala survives terrifying ride clinging to car

2014-07-28 12:34

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive after surviving a terrifying 88km ride down an Australian freeway. The male was struck by a vehicle and latched onto the bottom of the car.

Experts scrap MH17 site visit over security

2014-07-27 13:05

Dutch and Australian police who were planning to head to the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 have had to scrap their trip over security concerns, an OSCE spokesperson says.

Virtual reality used to change stubborn farmers

2014-07-25 12:36

Australian researchers are using the online world of Second Life to teach sugar cane farmers about climate change and new technologies they can use to reduce water use and fertiliser run-off.

Paracetamol 'just a placebo' for back pain

2014-07-24 14:05

Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition, according to a new study.

Aussie senator's ideal man: rich and 'well-hung'

2014-07-22 10:59

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and "well-hung" has apologised, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke.

Radar search to find lost Aboriginal burial site

2014-07-22 07:23

Scientists say they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local population.

 

BHP raises full-year profit

2014-08-19 16:30

Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has posted a full-year profit and says it would offload non-core assets to a new entity.

Australia to take refugees from Syria, Iraq

2014-08-17 14:18

Australia will offer to resettle some 4 400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.

Paedophiles lose appeal against indefinite detention

2014-08-14 20:38

Two convicted paedophiles have lost a High Court appeal in Australia against the laws that have made possible their indefinite detention, media reports say.

Aussie hospital declares 200 patients dead in error

2014-08-14 10:08

An Australian hospital has apologised 'unreservedly' after sending out notices to the doctors of more than 200 patients telling them they had died instead of being discharged.

Thai surrogate says Aussie dad cannot take her child

2014-08-12 18:06

The Thai surrogate mother of a baby born with Down's syndrome says his Australian father had 'no right' to take her child after the couple declared they would try to get him back.

Black truffles from Down Under conquer US

2014-08-12 14:15

A pungent mushroom has conquered the US summer menu and is no longer just a treasured winter treat.

Huge class action targets Australian banks

2014-08-12 09:26

A class action over fees charged by financial institutions including Citibank and Westpac on behalf of all their customers has been filed in an Australian court.

Australia PM appalled at decapitated head photo

2014-08-11 08:56

A shocking image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria showed how barbaric the Islamic State "terrorist army" is, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.

Australian PM dubs Russia 'a bully'

2014-08-08 12:45

Australia's prime minister has dubbed Russia 'a bully' and threatened stronger sanctions against the country following Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Australia holds day of mourning for MH17 victims

2014-08-07 08:07

Flags fly at half mast as Australia holds a national day of mourning for those killed in the MH17 crash in Ukraine, a day after experts suspended the search for body parts.

Aussie parents offered to take Down syndrome baby

2014-08-06 18:41

The agent who brokered a surrogacy deal for an Australian couple at the centre of a scandal that left the mother caring for a baby with Down syndrome, says the couple had offered to take the boy home.

Passengers tilt train to free trapped commuter - video

2014-08-06 11:00

Dozens of Australians have tilted a train to free a commuter whose leg was trapped between a carriage and a platform, with authorities praising their efforts as an example of "people power".

Thai surrogate misled the world - Aussie couple

2014-08-05 11:40

An Australian couple accused of abandoning their Down's syndrome baby born to a Thai surrogate mother say she has misled the world over what happened, according to a friend of the family.

Malaysia Airlines averts 3rd tragedy in 5 months

2014-08-04 12:48

An air traffic controller in Australia has averted what could have been the final nail in the coffin for Malaysia Airlines.

Australia sends asylum-seekers back to India on lifeboats

2014-08-04 09:32

Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group says.

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia

2014-07-30 14:20

Australia's PM says that he is not considering sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian flight MH17.

Qantas to continue flying over Iraq

2014-07-29 18:21

Qantas says it will continue to fly over Iraqi airspace, despite alliance partner Emirates decision to alter its routes.

MH17 investigators turn back after 'explosions'

2014-07-28 17:54

Dutch and Australian forensic investigators on their way to the MH17 crash site have turned back after 'explosions' in the area, a government spokesperson says.

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia submarine deal with Japan in sight

2014-07-28 09:30

Australia could discuss building its next-generation fleet of submarines overseas, a shift that could open the door to a partnership deal with Japan.

Woolworths Country Road offer now unconditional

2014-07-25 14:30

Woolworths Holdings has announced that it has achieved over 90% relevant interest in Country Road and its offer is now unconditional.

Parents convinced MH17 daughter still alive

2014-07-25 08:53

The parents of an Australian victim of the MH17 disaster are clinging to hopes their daughter may still be alive, travelling to Ukraine to find her, reports say.

Australia assures search for MH370 goes on

2014-07-23 12:49

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues uninterrupted, even as the head of the search co-ordination agency was sent to Ukraine to help with the MH17 tragedy.

Australian watchdog warns of MH17 scams

2014-07-22 09:51

Australia's consumer watchdog has warned people to be wary of scams seeking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy, saying false Facebook profiles had already been set up.

UN set to vote on crash resolution

2014-07-21 11:21

The UN Security Council is set to vote on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area.

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