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Pack of dingoes attack 6-year-old boy at Australia's Fraser Island

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Mark Schipanski says his 6-year-old son Michael was running up a sand dune with his mother when the dingoes saw him and 'went straight into the chase-and-kill instinct'

CA upholds Australian firm's right to 50-year PCSO thermal paper supply deal

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the motion for reconsideration filed by Philippine Gaming Management Corporation and rules in favor of TMA

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

Saudi teen's asylum case being judged at lightning speed

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Rahaf Mohammed Qunun's savvy use of Twitter throughout her ordeal at Bangkok airport galvanizes a global campaign and calls for her to be granted asylum

SEEKING ASYLUM. File photo of a screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Australian charged with sending dangerous parcels to diplomatic missions

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Police allege Savas Avan sent 38 parcels containing a dangerous substance to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney

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Suspicious packages delivered to diplomatic missions in Australia

Jan 09, 2019 - 1:51 PM

'The packages are being examined by attending emergency services,' the Australian Federal Police says in a statement

Nadal says ‘no pain’ as Australian Open looms

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Rafael Nadal is 'feeling better' after withdrawing from Brisbane International

TITLE CONTENDER. Rafael Nadal still considers himself a contender for the 2019 Australian Open title. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

LOOK: Serena posts inspirational message to working parents

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:48 PM

With her daughter Alexis Olympia in tow at the Hopman Cup, Serena Williams gives a salute to all working moms and dads

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

WATCH: Serena, Federer pose for GOAT selfie

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Sharing the court for the first time, Serena Williams and Roger Federer make sure to capture the moment

Serena Williams of the US (L) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) take a selfie after winning their mixed doubles match on day four of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth January 1, 2019.  TONY ASHBY / AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Federer relishing 'once in a lifetime' Serena clash

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Two of the greatest players in tennis history face off for the first time in the mixed teams event of the Hopman Cup

BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. The two greats barely know each other, but Roger Federer says he and Serena Williams are both ‘fierce competitors.’ File photos

Australia swelters in record-breaking heatwave

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:50 PM

In major cities, the thermometer pushes towards 40 degree Celsius with the heat set to linger into the new year

Sunbathers are seen on Bondi Beach as temperatures soar in Sydney on December 28, 2018. - Australia's vast continent is sizzling through extreme heatwave conditions this week, with temperature records falling and emergency services on high alert for bushfires. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

FIBA drops the hammer

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

In the aftermath of the infamous Philippines-Australia brawl, basketball's world governing body hands down its decision

PUNISHED. The Philippines gets hit hard with the suspensions and sanctions handed down by FIBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler



Brawl that shocked the world

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Gilas Pilipinas and Australia figure in what's dubbed 'the worst basketball brawl' in recent years

FREE-FOR-ALL. Punches, kicks and even chairs are thrown between the Philippines and Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler




‘Miss Queensland’: How Australian media is reporting Catriona Gray’s victory

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Aussie publications highlight Catriona's Australian heritage – though some of their headlines are offending Pinoy netizens

BEAUTY QUEEN. Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe 2018. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

Australia reaffirms Israel decision despite backlash

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:30 PM

A contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv – a proposal made during a crucial Sydney by-election that critics said was timed to attract Jewish voters – will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved

DISPUTED. A picture taken from the Mount of Olives shows the Old City of Jerusalem, on December 7, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:18 PM

A senior Palestinian official says the Australian decision to open a trade office in the city violated international law

PALESTINE REACTS. In this file photo, Palestine Liberation Organization's Secretary General Saeb Erekat speaks to journalists during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 11, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Australia also commits to recognizing a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Protestors called on both the government and the opposition to put a halt to the Adani coal mine project in Queensland state

STUDENT PROTESTS. In this photo taken on November 30, 2018, students from different schools raise placards during a protest rally for climate change awareness at Martin Place in Sydney. Thousands of students around the country skipped school to protest and demand their politicians act urgently to stop further dangerous climate change and the Adani coal mine. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Rappler Talk: Ambassador Amanda Gorely on Australia-PH relations

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The Australian ambassador wraps up her Philippine tour with updates on humanitarian support, and trade and investment opportunities

Australia passes cyber snooping laws with global implications

Dec 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Global communications firms say the legislation would force them to create vulnerabilities in their products, such as by decrypting messages on apps, which could then by exploited by bad actors

'Hundreds' of Aussie convictions in doubt after mob lawyer named as informant

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

While the courts only mentioned Mokbel and his associates, more than 600 cases could be tainted, according to Melbourne's Herald Sun

UN, doctors hammer Australia over refugee camps

Dec 03, 2018 - 12:45 PM

A top official for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees accuses 'bureaucrats and politicians' of overruling doctors and putting lives at risk at camps on Nauru and Manus

Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

Australia proposes stripping native-born extremists of citizenship

Nov 22, 2018 - 8:13 PM

'People who commit acts of terrorism have rejected absolutely everything that this country stands for,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) India Business Summit in Sydney on November 22, 2018.  Saeed KHAN / POOL / AFP

Released Bali Nine drug-smuggler returns home to more legal woes

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Police want to question Renae Lawrence about outstanding arrest warrants dating from before her ill-fated departure for Bali in 2005

RELEASED. Renae Lawrence (C) of Australia is escorted from Bangli prison after being released in Bangli regency on Bali island on November 21, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Muslim leaders reject Australia PM's terror comments

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Australian Grand Mufti and other senior Muslim figures in Australia say they are 'deeply concerned and disappointed' with comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. - Morrison on October 22 issued an emotive apology to children who suffered sexual abuse, saying the state had failed to protect them from "evil dark" crimes committed over decades. (Photo by SEAN DAVEY / AFP)

Indonesia frees Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence from prison

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) It is likely that Renae Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release

BALI NINE. In this file photo taken on October 21, 2005, Australian Renae Lawrence holds hands with relative as she asks for support before her trial at a court in Denpasar. File photo by Ardiles Rante/AFP

3 charged over alleged Melbourne terror plot

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Police say the men are 'certainly inspired by ISIS,' but have no known links to a specific organization

AFTER NOVEMBER 9. This file photo shows a burnt vehicle at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Less than two weeks after, 3 men who allegedly plotted 'chilling' terror attacks in Melbourne were charged on November 20. File photo by William West/AFP

Swimmer killed by stingray, 2 mauled by sharks in Australia

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:24 PM

There have been 13 'unprovoked' shark attacks off the vast continent's coast this year

Stock photo of tiger sharks from Shutterstock

Pence says U.S. to partner in Papua New Guinea military base

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australia, which has long-standing military ties with the US, has already announced plans to redevelop PNG's Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island

APEC. US Vice President Mike Pence delivers his keynote speech at the CEO Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby on November 17, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Duterte belittles ASEAN-Australia event: What will they feed us, kangaroo?

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against criticism that he was 'lazy' for skipping events at the recent ASEAN Summit in Singapore

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Japan PM Abe visits Australia's Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the port city where more than 250 people were killed during World War II bombing raids – the worst-ever foreign attacks on Australia

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) lay wreaths at the Cenotaph War Memorial during a two-day visit to Darwin on November 16, 2018.  Glenn Campbell / POOL / AFP

ISIS-aligned groups warn of more attacks after Melbourne rampage

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:52 PM

'Australia, don't think you are away from our attacks,' reads one poster, which shows a photo of a vehicle the Melbourne attacker set alight during his November 9 attack

RAMPAGE. A burnt vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Ex-farm supervisor charged over Australia strawberry sabotage

Nov 11, 2018 - 8:31 PM

(UPDATED) My Ut Trinh works at one of the strawberry farms where the tampered produce was grown and is arrested and charged with 7 counts of contaminating goods by Queensland state police

Australia mass stabber 'inspired by Islamic State'

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed to death well-known local cafe co-owner Sisto Malaspina and injured two other men in the heart of Melbourne

STABBING. A police officer inspects a body at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

One dead, two hurt in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

Nov 09, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Police shoot the knife-wielding man who went on a stabbing rampage in the city center

Top Australia defense firm reports serious cyber breach

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Austal is an Australian shipbuilding company that makes small, quick ships for warfare close to shore, and has major US Navy contracts


Ex-NBA star's dog seized from hand luggage in Australia

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Former NBA player Lamar Patterson's French bulldog Kobe gets seized by Australian customs officials

NEW SQUAD. Former Atlanta Hawks swingman Lamar Patterson (left) recently arrived in Australia after signing with the Brisbane Bullets. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

Pacific trade pact shunned by Trump cleared for launch

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government has ratified the 11-country pact, meaning a quorum of more than half the members have formally signed on

PACIFIC TRADE. This file photo shows Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. File photo by William West/AFP

Usain Bolt 'offered cut-price deal' in Australia - media

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The world's sprint king is trying to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional footballer following a decorated career in athletics

NEW CAREER. Usain Bolts' manager says the eight-time Olympian has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP


Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Decrying abuse, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares a new national credo in the face of allegations: 'We believe you'

APOLOGY. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. Photo by Sean Davey/AFP)

Nudist beach surfer punches shark to escape attack

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:00 AM

'As soon as I did that he latched onto my arm and all I could do was punch it until it let go,' says Australian surfer Paul Kenny

BITTEN. Surfer Paul Kenny was bitten by a shark. Screengrab from ABC Local

'We've paid a big price': Australia government loses crucial by-election

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Australian Electoral Commission says with almost 40% of the vote in Wentworth counted, high-profile independent candidate Kerryn Phelps is leading at 54.34%

LIBERAL. A supporter of high-profile independent cadidate for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps holds up a placard of her outside a polling station during the Wentworth by-election in Sydney on October 20, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

Oct 19, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Expectant Meghan put on a summer dress and set aside her high heels, while Harry ditched his usual suit for chinos as the couple lapped up cheers from Australian fans and enjoyed Bondi's surf

BAREFOOT ON BONDI. Britain's Prince Harry walks with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they meet the local community at Bondi Beach in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by David Moir/AFP

Sprint king Bolt rejects Malta football offer

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The eight-time Olympic champion hopes to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer in Australia

STILL TRAINING. Usain Bolt will continue with his ‘indefinite training period’ with the Australian club Central Coast Mariners. Photo by Peter Park/AFP

Harry and pregnant Meghan get baby gifts, meet koalas Down Under

Oct 16, 2018 - 11:11 AM

This royal couple is on a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga

TOUR. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan meet a koala named Ruby and its koala joey named Meghan after the Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on October 16, 2018. Photo by Dean Lewins/AFP

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Nuts and Bolt! Sprint legend grabs double after painful kick

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Usain Bolt recovers from a kick in the groin by scoring 2 goals in a preseason football game for Australia's Central Coast Mariners

CROSSOVER. Usain Bolt, playing for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners, jumps while controlling the ball in his first competitive start for the club against Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP