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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

French health watchdog wants to ban sunbeds

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 AM

'We recommend banning all activities linked to artificial tanning,' says Olivier Merckel, an expert at the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

CAUSES CANCER. In this file photo taken on July 31, 2009, a young woman lies on a sunbed or tanning bed in Santiago. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Australia captain Mile Jedinak retires from international football

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The 34-year-old has 79 caps for the Socceroos and scored 20 international goals between 2008 and 2018

FAREWELL. Mile Jedinak bids goodbye from international football play. Photo from Shutterstock


Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Tennis superstar Serena Williams promotes breast cancer awareness in a video viewed more than 1.3 million times in the first 10 hours

FOR A CAUSE. Serena Williams says the video puts her out of her comfort zone but fans lauding her for her bravery. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Australia kills 4 sharks after tourist attacks

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:05 PM

A woman and a 12-year-old girl are still in the hospital after being mauled at the Whitsunday Islands, a popular tourist spot in Australia

LIST: Foreign aid for Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries and international organizations donating to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

TYPHOON OMPONG. Workers clear debris on September 16, 2018, from a landslide after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Baguio City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

SEARCH OPERATIONS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and retrieval operations for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH collapses vs Australia in Asian Volleyball Cup opener

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Filipina spikers blew a two-set advantage against the Aussies

Australia, Japan offer Typhoon Ompong assistance

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:08 PM

(UPDATED) The United States also says it is ready to help the Philippines deal with Typhoon Ompong's effects

SEEKING SHELTER. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-Australian PM seeks probe into man who ousted him

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests

BRUTAL POLITICS. Malcolm Turnbull says Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court over a potential conflict of interests. Turnbull file photo by Saeed Khan/AFP; Dutton file photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Schoolgirl anthem protest sparks intense debate in Australia

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen is punished with detention for refusing to stand for the Australian national anthem, a song she says ignores the nation's indigenous people

Defiant Australian paper reprints 'racist' Serena cartoon

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Melbourne's Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight's caricature of Williams throwing a tantrum at the US Open – originally printed on Monday – attracts widespread condemnation from across the world

TANTRUM? This photo illustration shows the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper, featuring a cartoon of US tennis player Serena Williams, on sale at a newsstand in Melbourne on September 12, 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Husband 'kills wife, toddler children' in Australia home

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) Police charge Anthony Robert Harvey with the murders of his two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his 3-year-old daughter Charlotte, his mother-in-law Beverly Quinn, and his wife Mara in the southwestern city of Perth

CRIME SCENE. A police forward command vehicle is seen outside a house from where police recovered 5 dead bodies in the suburb of Australia's western city of Perth on September 10, 2018. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Call for papers: 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines is on November 26 to 27 at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia

Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect Barrier Reef

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Software will enable the bot to detect crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and "instigate an injection which is fatal" to the predators. The injection is harmless to other reef creatures.

RANGERBOT. This undated handout photo received on August 31, 2018 from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows scientist Matthew Dunbabin with the new RangerBot on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Photo by Anthony Weate/ Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Aug 31, 2018 - 12:34 PM

'Many bishops failed to listen, failed to believe, and failed to act,' says Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Deposed Australia PM Turnbull set to quit parliament this week

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:54 AM

His departure will trigger a by-election for his Sydney seat, potentially on October 6

TURNBULL. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 3, 2016. File photo by William West/AFP

Scott Morrison: Australia's latest PM

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The hardline former immigration minister bills himself as a man of faith and family who can get things done

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Scott Morrison sworn in as new Australian PM after bitter coup

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, wins a party vote 45-40

OATH-TAKING. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes part in an oath-taking ceremony to become the nation's new leader at Government House in Canberra on August 24, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

China's Huawei, ZTE blocked from Australia's 5G network

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) The 'involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law' poses a security risk, says the federal government


Ministers offer to quit as Australia political crisis deepens

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survives a move to unseat him by his populist Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Tuesday, August 21

Usain Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has given the Olympic track superstar a chance to prove his worth

NEW CHALLENGE. After a stellar track career, Usain Bolt hopes to make a mark in professional football. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

UK, Australia: Hague ruling binds Philippines, China

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Stressing the need for a rules-based system, the United Kingdom and Australia also 'regret' that the Philippines is leaving the International Criminal Court

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

Australia knocks out Batang Gilas from U18 title contention

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its first loss in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

FIRST SETBACK. Australia proved too strong for AJ Edu and Batang Gilas. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas vs Australia: No kiddie punches, please

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Fans remind the young players that there should be no repeat of the embarrassing ‘basketbrawl’

SOLID SHOWDOWN. Batang Gilas, already assured of a World Cup berth, vies for a title slot against fellow unbeaten team Australia. Photo credit from FIBA

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Thousands protest Australia's refugee detention policy

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Hundreds march through Sydney shouting, "Free, free the refugees," with banners stating, "Five years too long, evacuate Manus and Nauru."

'BRING THEM HERE.' Demonstrators march during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, in Sydney on July 21, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks / AFP

Goulding agent to seek legal counsel, says Uichico ban ‘farcical’

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Chris Goulding's agent slams the FIBA ruling, says Gilas deputy coach Jong Uichico could've caused the Australian player's death

SUSPENDED. Christopher Goulding will serve a one-game suspension for his role in the infamous brawl between the Australia and the Philippines. Photo from PBA


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