Historic deal reached on the world's largest marine protected area

Twenty-four countries and the European Union have reached a historic deal to designate 1.55 million square kilometres of the Ross Sea in the Antarctic region a marine protected area for the next...

Climate report: Australia will get hotter, drier, and see more fire

Australia will experience more extreme hot and dry days and a longer and fiercer fire season, while parts of the country will see worse droughts, as well as more flooding rains, a report by the...

Australian police fly to Vatican to interview senior cardinal

Australian police flew to the Vatican to interview a top cardinal over allegations of sexual assault that had been made against him.

Environmental groups say Russia key to Antarctic marine protection

The success of ongoing negotiations to create large marine sanctuaries in the waters surrounding Antarctica depends on Russian cooperation, environmentalists said Tuesday.

Australian theme park closes after four die in accident

Australia's popular theme park Dreamworld has closed after four people were killed Tuesday in an accident on a ride, officials said.

Australia to push for end to all commercial and "scientific" whaling

Australia will push for a permanent end to all forms of whaling, including the "so-called scientific," environment minister Josh Frydenberg said ahead of the biennial meeting of the International ...

Amnesty accuses Australia of systemic cruelty over asylum seekers

The Australian government has adopted a "system of deliberate cruelty" that has turned the Nauru-based asylum seekers detention facilities into "an open-air prison," Amnesty International said in...

Massive drug haul in Sydney worth more than 100 million dollars

Australian authorities have seized 1.2 tons of the illicit drug ecstasy worth 145 million Australian dollars (114 million US dollars) in Sydney, officials announced on Saturday. 

Somali refugee in Manus Island detention centre attacked by locals

A Somali refugee held at the Australia-run detention centre in Manus Island was viciously attacked over the weekend, a human rights group said Monday, asking the government to bring those being...

10,000 protest Sydney's early lockout rules

Around 10,000 people gathered in central Sydney on Sunday to protest against state government's lockout laws that prohibit customers from entering a pub or a bar after 1:30 am in the morning.

Running naked, showing bare buttocks is crime in an Australian state

Exposing bare buttocks in public and running naked in a public place to shock or amuse have been officially made a crime in the Australian state of Victoria, it was revealed on Monday.

Smoke-filled Jetstar plane forced to land in Australia

A Jetstar plane was forced to land in Brisbane after the cabin filled with smoke en route from Sydney to Cairns, the Australian airline said Friday.

Croatian president holds bilateral talks on margins of UN assembly

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic held several bilateral meetings on the fringes of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, among else with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Iraqi...

New strain of bird flu prompts fears for Antarctic penguins

A new strain of bird flu discovered among Antarctic penguins is raising "serious concerns" about the spread of deadly avian viruses between continents, an Australian researcher told dpa Wednesday...

Survey: Almost half of Australians support ban on Muslim immigration

Almost half of Australians support a ban on immigration for Muslims, a poll released Wednesday showed, revealing frustrations with their country's migration policy in the wake of a conservative...