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Australian media sue police after raids over leaked documents

Jun 24, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation demands an injunction to prevent police from accessing seized files, which concern a two-year-old investigative report on war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan

Euthanasia now legal in Australian state

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Australia's second most populous region made voluntary euthanasia legal under closely specified circumstances, a first for the country

Teen NBA prospect LaMelo Ball signs with Australia's Hawks

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:30 AM

LaMelo Ball takes his talents to Australia's National Basketball League

DREAMING ON. LaMelo Ball continues his journey to the NBA in an unorthodox way. Photo from LaMelo Ball's Instagram (@melo)

Australia approves vast coal mine near Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The project, fiercely debated for almost a decade, comes as investors and even energy companies are moving away from fossil fuels amid concern about the climate

ANTI-ADANI. Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows anti-Adani coal mine protesters in north Sydney ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/ AFP

Judgment reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) The judges can decide to reject the appeal, order a retrial, or acquit Pell, the Catholic Church's most senior convicted child molester. There is no indication of when their ruling would be handed down.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Bangladeshi jailed 42 years for ISIS-inspired attack on Australian host

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Momena Shoma admits to engaging in a terrorist act after stabbing Roger Singaravelu in the neck with a kitchen knife just 8 days after arriving in Australia

Australian police raid public broadcaster amid media crackdown

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:07 PM

ABC executives say police searched the corporation's offices in Sydney, targeting 3 journalists involved in a two-year-old investigative report

RAIDED. In this file photo taken on September 27, 2018 the logo for Australia's public broadcaster ABC is seen at its head office building in Sydney. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian police raid journalist's home over secret spying report

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:28 PM

The Australian Federal Police say the raid was carried out on Tuesday as part of an 'investigation into the alleged unauthorized disclosure of national security information'

ANNIKA SMETHURST. Journalist Annika Smethurst's home is raided by police. Image from Smethurst's Twitter page.

Chinese warships cause surprise in Sydney Harbor

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Amid heightened concern about Beijing's growing clout and military muscle flexing, the appearance of a Chinese flagged task group and around 700 sailors comes as a surprise

Vanquished Australian opposition shifts left with new leader

May 27, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Anthony Albanese, from Labor's left faction, replaces Bill Shorten when Shorten stepped down hours after losing the elections

ANTHONY ALBANESE. Newly elected Australia's Labor party leader Anthony Albanese speaks at press conference in Sydney on May 27, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia boots out Gilas women from FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup

May 26, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines ends its campaign as the women’s team bows to the Aussies in the quarterfinals

New trash shipment from Australia, Hong Kong found in Mindanao port

May 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The Bureau of Customs is working on having the containers shipped back to their points of origin

CAUGHT RED-HANDED. The government found 9 40-foot containers in Cagayan de Oro carrying municipal waste from Australia, meant to be used by Holcim as fuel to make cement. Photo from Bureau of Customs

'ScUber' launches submarine trips to Great Barrier Reef

May 23, 2019 - 6:20 PM

People in Queensland state will be able to order a ride through the Uber app on a two-person submarine and tour the Great Barrier Reef

50 children saved after police bust pedophile website – Interpol

May 23, 2019 - 4:25 PM

More arrests are expected as police in nearly 60 countries pursue investigations stemming from an Interpol operation launched two years ago into a hidden 'dark web' site with 63,000 users worldwide

Australia names NBA star-studded World Cup squad

May 23, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Sixers star Ben Simmons banners the 17-man Boomers squad in the World Cup where Gilas Pilipinas will also see action

Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Aussie election could have global climate impact

May 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Australia is a minnow compared to the bellowing economies of China or the United States, but role as the world's largest coal exporter gives the country outsized influence in the climate stakes

THE CLIMATE VOTE. Climate change activists hold placards outside a polling station in the Liberal-held Sydney seat of Warringah during Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Ecstatic Australian conservatives bask in election glory

May 19, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison may yet have to depend on ecologically-minded independents to pass legislation and manage deep divisions within his fractious coalition

Australia's newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) arrives to deliver a victory speech with his family after winning the Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. - Australia's ruling conservative coalition appeared to secure a shock election win on May 18, with the party predicted to have defied expectations and retained power. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Conservatives keep power in 'miracle' Australia election victory

May 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) While it remains unclear if PM Scott Morrison's coalition would win enough seats to form a majority government, the leader of the Labor party has conceded defeat

AT THE POLLS. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets residents at a polling station during Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Climate skeptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

May 18, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Amid a groundswell of activism on climate change among his affluent beachside electorate and a strong challenge from ex-Olympian Zali Steggall, Tony Abbott is unable to hold on

'VOTE ABBOTT OUT.' Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows a pro-climate change election sign in Sydney featuring climate change skeptic and former prime minister Tony Abbott ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

May 16, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Never voted out by the public, which forgave him his faults, Bob Hawke won 4 elections on the run beginning in 1983, and only left office following a party room coup

BOB HAWKE. In this file photo taken on August 31, 2013, former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane. FIle photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Australian DJ Adam Neat dies in accident on Bali holiday

May 06, 2019 - 10:19 AM

He had reported tried to help an injured friend

REST IN PEACE. The popular DJ dies in an accident. Photo from DJ Adam Neat's Instagram

30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

More Aussie candidates withdraw over social media posts

May 03, 2019 - 2:57 PM

Both the governing Liberals and opposition Labor party see candidates standing down over lewd, racist, or homophobic social media posts

JESSICA WHELAN. Jessica Whelan is the third Liberal candidate to quit the race following objectionable social media posts. Image from

Scandal-hit Aussie banks earmark billions to repay customers

May 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The National Australia Bank alone announces it set aside Aus$1.1 billion (US$770 million) to reimburse customers, after a government probe found rampant malpractice

Two people use National Australia Bank (NAB) ATMs in Melbourne on May 2, 2019, as the NAB revealed that in the last six months it had put aside 368 million US dollars for "customer-related remediation costs," bringing the total provisions to 770 million. - Australia's big banks -- once among the most profitable in the world -- are being forced to amass war chests worth billions of dollars to reimburse customers for years of dodgy fees. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Australian police detain man, neutralize explosive materials

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:44 PM

(UPDATED) South Australian police say the materials were found late Monday, April 29, and the man appeared in court early Tuesday facing charges of possession of explosives

Tankers push PH gold tally to 28 in 2019 Arafura Games Day 3

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:39 PM

All 6 gold medalists from the Philippine swimming team pull off record-breaking feats

SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS. Philippine swimming contributes the most gold medals in the 2019 Arafura Games. Photo from Team Phil Arafura Games 2019 Facebook

PH swimming anchors 8-gold haul in 2019 Arafura Games Day 2

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Joshua Del Rio and John Paul Elises shatter Arafura Games records in the swimming competition

MULTIPLE MEDALISTS. Philippine swimming gives the delegation 5 gold medals in Day 2 of the 2019 Arafura Games. Photo from Team Philippines Arafura Games 2019 Facebook

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Developers were granted permission to build on the site of the destroyed Sari Club in December last year

IN MEMORY. A foreign tourist looks at the name of victims on a monument for the Bali bombing at Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 23, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP

Australia warns more terror attacks 'likely' in Sri Lanka

Apr 26, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,' Australia's foreign ministry says

SRI LANKA. Sri Lankan soldiers secure an area near St. Anthony's Shrine after a car explosion in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Prince William attends emotional Anzac Day ceremony in New Zealand

Apr 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Prince is also scheduled to meet survivors of the March 15 shooting in which 50 people were killed

SOMBER. Britain's Prince William proceeds to lay a wreath during the Anzac Day service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019. Photo by Fiona Goodall/AFP

Australia orders urgent review after spate of dingo attacks

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Authorities warn visitors that dingoes are wild animals and need to be treated with caution

Australian election rivals clash over links to Chinese billionaire

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The conservative government – facing revelations the home affairs minister had lunch with prolific political donor Huang Xiangmo to discuss his residency at a lobbyist's request – fires back with accusations of its own

BILL SHORTEN. Australia's leader of the opposition Bill Shorten speaks in The House of Representatives in Canberra on August 21, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Australian firm eyes Philippine Navy contract for patrol vessels

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Austal Philippines president and general manager Wayne Murray says that aside from providing modern vessels to the Philippine Navy, they can offer lifetime support as well

Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard personnel embarks to rubber boat to check the illegal pipe line and inspection as part of the rehabilitation program of Manila Bay in Manila on 19 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Australia, Philippines see progress on banana trade

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson tells reporters he also wants more Australian companies to enter the Philippines

Australia targets social media firms in new extremist footage laws

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Platforms like Facebook and YouTube may face fines approaching billions of dollars for failing to remove extremist material quickly

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Australian PM slams Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns 'reckless' and 'highly offensive' comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre

MAD. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Britain leads airspace bans on Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the model and insisted they will take action if safety issues are detected

BANNED. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Catholic clergyman George Pell faces a maximum 50 years in prison for assaulting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996-97

PELL TO BE SENTENCED. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way through members of the media to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

Australian researchers say dingo is not a dog, but own species

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Twenty researchers from a number of Australian universities found the dingo has many characteristics that differentiate it from domestic and feral dogs, and other wild canids

Indonesia, Australia sign long-awaited trade deal

Mar 04, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Indonesian trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his Australian counterpart Simon Birmingham wrap up the multi-billion-dollar agreement in Jakarta, some 9 years after negotiations first started

TRADE DEAL. Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita (R) and his Australian couterpart Simon Birmingham (L) hold documents after signing a trade deal in Jakarta on March 4, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

24-year-old Filipino student drowns in Australia

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The victim is a student of Queensford College in Brisbane and is the fifth Filipino to drown overseas this year.

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate reaction from the Vatican, but George Pell maintains his innocence

CARDINAL PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

'Racist' Serena Williams cartoon given Australian all-clear

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

A Melboure Herald-Sun caricature in September showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum in her US Open final against Naomi Osaka

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams' depiction in a Melbourne Herald-Sun cartoon sparked widespread condemnation across the world. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

'Tinnie terrorists' jailed in Australia for Philippines boat plot

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Despite having almost zero sailing experience, the "Tinnie Terrorists," as the Australian media have dubbed them, were planning to reach the southern Philippines and join up with Muslim separatists