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Australia admits 'failing' to improve Aboriginal lives

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Aboriginal Australians make up about 3% of the total national population of 25 million, but remain the country's most disadvantaged community.

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention center

Feb 13, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison approves the reopening of the facility claiming new laws just passed by parliament would increase the number of people trying to arrive in Australia illegally

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is defeated by MPs who insist refugees held in offshore facilities have the right to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment

HISTORIC DEFEAT. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a speech in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. File photo by Sean Davey/AFP

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We cannot simply leave the production of news and journalism to market forces,' says the head of Australia's competition watchdog, in light of Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ad spend

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'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

About half of Australia's 25-million strong cattle herd is bred in Queensland state, and graziers say the floods – described as a once-a-century event – could devastate their industry

FLOODS. A handout photo from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) shows the flooding in Townsville. Photo by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/AFP

Massive drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The investigation appears to reveal cooperation between Mexican cartels and Australian biker gangs

DRUG BUST. This undated handout picture released by the Australian Federal Police on February 8, 2019 shows confiscated drugs hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia, in California city. Handout photo by Australian Federal Police/AFP

Australia using new decryption powers even before planned review

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Federal Police reveals agents have already used the new decryption law while investigating drug trafficking and child exploitation cases

Australian parliament computer network breached

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Officials decline to comment on the nature of the breach, but say there is no initial evidence data had been accessed

DATA BREACH. Parliament House from Wikipedia by author Thennicke.

'Worst over' as Australia begins flood clean-up

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Communities remain cut off and thousands are still without power in the state of Queensland

EVACUATION. Army vehicles enter Townsville to help evacuate flood-affected people from Townsville on February 4, 2019, as the recent downpour in Australia's tropical north has seen some areas get a year's worth of rainfall in a week. Photo by AFP

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Military steps in as Australia floods bring crocs to the streets

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpour has seen some areas get a year's worth of rainfall in a week

AUSTRALIA FLOODING. A handout photo taken and received February 4, 2019, from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) shows the flooding in Townsville. Photo by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/AFP

'Unprecedented' flooding to hit northeast Australia

Feb 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'It's basically not just a one-in-20-year event, it's a one-in-100-year event,' says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

This recent undated handout picture provided by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and received by AFP on February 3, 2019 shows floodwaters as they rush over the Aplins Weir in Townsville after days of torrential rain. - Once in a century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of further downpours over the next few days. (Photo by Handout / QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES / AFP) / ---- EDITORS NOTE - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Queensland Fire and Emergency Services" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Grim outlook for Aussie right points to another switch of PM

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be forced to leave after less than a year on the job

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2018 shows Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison attending a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra.  Treasurer Scott Morrison was on August 24, 2018 picked as Australia's new prime minister after a Liberal party coup in a stunning upset against key challenger Peter Dutton, broadcasters ABC and Sky News reported. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

Huawei ban blamed as new Australian mobile network axed

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The company, TPG, claims having its 'principal equipment vendor' Huawei barred from 5G networks meant the project was no longer viable

Record-breaking floods hit north Australia

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The conditions continue to cause havoc for farmers and livestock

Australian detained in China receives consular visit – official

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Embassy staff made a consular visit to Yang Jun in the afternoon, according to a brief statement released by the Australian department of foreign affairs

DETAINED. File photo of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun. From

Australia demands China treat detained national 'fairly'

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Yang Hengjun – a novelist, democracy advocate and former Chinese diplomat – is detained and charged with 'espionage' upon arriving in China from the United States

DETAINED. File photo of Chinese-Australian author Yang Hengjun. From

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