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Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Andy Murray is set to return to the Australian Open after his career-saving hip surgery

RETURN. Andy Murray is set to join a Grand Slam singles event in the 2020 Australian Open. Photo from Australian Open Twitter (@AusOpen)

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Thousands are expected to join other events this week in Australia, including a bee die-off enactment, a nude parade, and a funeral procession for the planet

EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTS. Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:29 PM

James Cook University mycologist Matt Barrett, who confirmed the identity of the toxic mushroom in Australia, says the discovery extends its known distribution 'considerably'

POISON FIRE CORAL FUNGUS. This undated handout picture taken by Ray Palmer and released by James Cook University Australia on October 3, 2019 shows Poison Fire Coral fungus growing in Redlynch Valley, a suburb of Cairns. Photo by Ray Palmer/James Cook University Australia/AFP

Australian leader says Trump wanted 'point of contact' for Russia probe

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Australia would never do anything contrary to our national interest. It would have been, frankly, more surprising had we chosen not to cooperate,' Scott Morrison says

SCOTT MORRISON. Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, speaks at the 74th United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from Duterte's foreign loan ban

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The defense department plans to enter a loan agreement with the Australian government to procure 6 offshore patrol vessels to be built in Cebu

LOAN FOR SHIPS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from a loan ban to make way for a financing agreement for new Navy ships. Photo of Lorenzana at the Senate on September 30, 2019 by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sydney, Taiwan kick off global protests for Hong Kong

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Similar rallies are being held in more than 40 cities worldwide as part of a global day of action in support of Hong Kong protests

GLOBAL RALLY. Taiwanese march in the streets outside the parliament in Taipei during a demonstration to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on September 29, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Man arrested, charged for killing transgender Filipina in Australia

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Australian police confirm to Rappler the arrest and indictment of a man for killing transgender Filipina Mhelody Polan Bruno

BREADWINNER. Mhelody Polan Bruno is killed in Wagga Wagga, Australia, while on vacation. Photo from Bruno's Facebook page

Transgender Filipina killed in Australia while on vacation

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Mhelody Polan Bruno was about to return to the Philippines, but she was killed just a week before her flight home

BREADWINNER. Mhelody Polan Bruno is killed in Wagga Wagga, Australia while on vacation. Photo from Bruno's Facebook page.

Last Australian state decriminalizes abortion

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Australian legislators from across the political spectrum vote to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and meant women seeking an abortion in Sydney or elsewhere in the state and their doctors could face up to 10 years in prison

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold a protest rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on August 6, 2019. Scores of protestors gathered outside the NSW Parliament ahead of debate on Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Cardinal Pell files High Court appeal against child sex conviction

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) It is the final avenue of appeal for George Pell – who is serving a 6-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s – to get out of jail and clear his name

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

France turns back Australia for FIBA World Cup bronze

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Led by Nando de Colo and Evan Fournier, France storms back from 15 points down to stun Australia

PODIUM FINISH. Evan Fournier and France replicate their third-place finish in the last World Cup. Photo from

Calls for Bogut ban after Australia's crushing World Cup loss

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:27 PM

A video footage shows Australian star Andrew Bogut swearing and accusing FIBA and its referees for favoring Spain in the semifinals

CONTROVERSIAL. Australian NBA standout Andrew Bogut may face sanctions. Photo from

Spain boots out Australia in 2OT to reach FIBA World Cup finals

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio take over in the extra periods to power Spain past Australia in the knockout semifinal

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HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Australia - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Spain and Australia face off in a knockout semifinal duel at 4 pm. on Friday, September 13

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Australia surges into World Cup semis for first time

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Behind Patty Mills, Australia avoids becoming a surprise casualty against the Czech Republic in what has been an unpredictable World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Patty Mills and Australia hit Czech Republic with a reality check in the World Cup quarterfinal. Photo fro

3 Australians detained in Iran

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The news of the trio's detention comes after Australia announced that it would join a US-led mission to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz

Bogut booed again but Australia nears World Cup quarters

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Chinese fans continue to heckle NBA veteran Andrew Bogut for his barbed tweet on national swimming hero Sun Yang

AMUSED. Australia’s Andrew Bogut continues to engage with his 'Chinese fans.' Photo by

Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to 'very poor'

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:28 PM

In its latest five-yearly report on the health of the world's largest coral reef system, the government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority singles out rising sea temperatures as the biggest threat to the giant organism

Scientists assess coral mortality on Zenith Reef following the bleaching event, Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. Credit: Andreas Dietzel, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

'Extreme mating' killing tiny marsupials en masse – researchers

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Biologists studying kalutas – a mouse-sized marsupial found in the arid Pilbara region in northwest Australia – believe they die en masse because of sex-driven immune system collapse

This undated handout picture released by the University of Western Australia shows a researcher holding a kaluta, a mouse-sized marsupial, during a research study in Western Australia.  A tiny marsupial found only in northwest Australia mates so intensely that an entire generation of males can die off during a single breeding season, researchers reported on September 6, 2019.   Handout / THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFP

Papua New Guinea cancels Australia migrant camp contract

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Ministry for Immigration and Border security says the remaining 64 migrants on Manus would be transferred to Port Moresby or found homes overseas

MANUS ISLAND. A handout photo taken in late 2016, and obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on June 14, 2017, shows Australia's regional processing center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Handout photo by Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

Bogut injury scare for Australia in FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Just a day before its opening campaign, Australia says Andrew Bogut remains 'day to day' after the NBA veteran hurt his ankle in a warm-up game

UNCERTAIN. Australia braces for the possibility of losing team stalwart Andrew Bogut early in its World Cup campaign. Photo from AFP

Australia moves to protect universities from foreign interference

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The group will focus on bolstering cyberdefenses, protecting sensitive intellectual property and making sure collaboration with foreign individuals or organizations does not hurt Australia's national interests

Australia plans to censor extremist online content

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The livestreamed murder of 51 worshippers 'demonstrated how digital platforms and websites can be exploited to host extreme violent and terrorist content,' Prime Minister Scott Morrison says

Russell Crowe slams 'joke' seating at USA-Australia basketball

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The pre-World Cup showdown between the US and Australia draws a lot of flak from basketball fans, including A-list actor Russell Crowe

Kemba Walker (center) leads the NBA-powered US team that lacks the usual firepower. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

Archbishop stands by disgraced Pell after sex-case appeal lost

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli says while he accepted the testimony of the victim that convicted Pell, he believes his colleague was the victim of mistaken identity. He did not offer any evidence to support the claim.

Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell had his appeal against child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court on Wednesday, August 20, 2019. Asanka Brendon RATNAYAKE / AFP

Australia can win basketball World Cup, says USA coach

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt,' US coach Gregg Popovich says of Australia’s World Cup team

FAVORED. Things may be looking up for Aron Baynes and Australia in this year’s World Cup. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP

Aussie says 'everyone has kind of moved on' from FIBA brawl

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Anthony Drmic, who saw action in the Australia-Philippines game that turned into a full-blown brawl, looks forward to facing Gilas Pilipinas again

GOOD TEST. Anthony Drmic and the Adelaide 36ers will play Gilas Pilipinas in back-to-back tune-up games. Photo from FIBA

Gilas tune-up vs Australia's 36ers: Erase bad memories

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:26 PM

More than a year since the infamous brawl between the Philippines and Australia, Gilas Pilipinas and the Adelaide 36ers face in two friendly games

HEALING THE WOUNDS. Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas' tuneup games against Adelaide 36ers will help mend the friendship between the Philippines and Australia. Photo from FIBA

36ers coach assures Philippines-Australia brawl 'just one incident'

Aug 21, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Joey Wright, the former PBA import now coaching Adelaide, says the infamous free-for-all does not entirely represent the brand of Filipino basketball

FRIENDLY GAMES. Joey Wright and the Adelaide 36ers will prepare Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Australia's Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Following the ruling, Pell – who will be eligible for parole in 3 years and 8 months – maintains his innocence. He is now considering a second and final appeal.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (C) is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Serena to return to Auckland for Aussie Open warm-up

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:32 PM

'Oh man, I want to win that title so bad,' says Serena Williams who is gunning for her 24th Grand Slam

SERIOUS. Serena Williams is already preparing 5 months before the 2020 Australian Open. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Australia branded a leading 'emissions exporter'

Aug 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The left-leaning Australian Institute reports Australia's energy exports rank behind only oil giants Russia and Saudi Arabia in terms of emissions potential

76ers' Bolden pulls out of Australia World Cup campaign

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Jonah Bolden adds to the list of NBA players who will not be playing for Australia after Ben Simmons decided to skip the FIBA World Cup

BIG LOSS. Jonah Bolden cites 'personal reasons' for his decision to pull out from the FIBA World Cup. Photo from Twitter/@JonahBolden43

Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Leaders of the other 17 nations in the Pacific Island Forum have called on Canberra to do more to cut emissions and curb Australia's lucrative coal industry

'VERY INSULTING.' This handout photo taken on August 14, 2019 and released on August 15 by the Australian Prime Minister's Office shows Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving for the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Photo by Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP

Ardern backs Pacific on climate, puts heat on Australia

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Australia's role in the Pacific Islands Forum is in doubt after leaders of the low-lying nations question whether its leader is committed to curbing a problem seen as a threat to their survival

ARDERN BACKS THE PACIFIC. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks on as she is welcomed by European Council President at the European Council in Brussels on January 25, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

4 British men arrested in record Australia drug bust

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Authorities seized 766 kilograms of the 'highest purity' MDMA recorded in Queensland state, carrying a conservative street value of $US61 million

Citizen 'heroes' stop deadly Australian knife rampage

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) One woman is dead while another is in stable condition after a knife-wielding man attempts to stab people in central Sydney

Aussie swimmer Horton says no regrets over Sun podium protest

Aug 05, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Mack Horton snubbed Sun Yang for a photo-call and refused to shake his hand after a medal ceremony in the recent world championships

TAKING A STAND. Mack Horton says he and several athletes are frustrated with doping in sports. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Pacific leaders want summit focus on climate, not China

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:53 AM

The Pacific islands are now a hotbed of aid projects and charm offensives as anxiety over China's presence grows

Australia orders probe into treatment of Chinese high rollers

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'These sensational claims are an attempt to discredit China. I think such tactics are despicable,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says

Swimming Australia denies cover-up of Jack failed drug test

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Shayna Jack pulled out of the world championship citing 'personal reasons,' but it has been revealed she failed an out-of-competition test and has been suspended

SUSPENDED. Shayna Jack has denied any wrongdoing, claiming she did not take the prohibited substance found in her system knowingly. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Canadian air force joins hunt for teen murder suspects

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The suspects, identified as Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run for more than a week

WANTED. The two teens in the photo are suspected of triple murder in Canada. Photo by Alberta RCMP/AFP

Van carrying $140 million in meth smashes into police car

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:16 PM

The van is said to have been packed with moving boxes containing 237 kilograms of methylamphetamine, an illegal drug commonly known as 'ice'

Former Australian tennis star Peter McNamara dies

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Forming a formidable tandem with compatriot Paul McNamee, Peter McNamara won 3 Grand Slam doubles titles during his heyday

LEGEND. Tributes pour in following the death of Peter McNamara. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Australian woman allegedly beheads mother in 'horrific' crime

Jul 21, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The woman is in the hospital for medical assessment

Son of Australian police chief, U.S. girlfriend found dead in Canada

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The bodies of Lucas Robertson Fowler and Chynna Noelle Deese were discovered along a remote stretch of highway in northern British Columbia province

Toxic toads found near Sydney spark fears of southward spread

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Conservationists are concerned that the tough and adaptable poisonous pest, introduced from Central America in 1935 to control beetles in sugarcane fields, may be adjusting to the climate in southeast Australia

Cane Toad

Aussie kids take stolen car on 1,000-kilometer road trip

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:59 AM

A 14-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old girl go on a road trip across the Australian outback, taking cash and packing fishing rods in a vehicle belonging to one of their families

ROAD TRIP. The journey of 4 Aussie kids started in Rockhampton. Shutterstock photo