China considers imposing tariffs on Australian wine

China today (Tuesday) launched an investigation into whether Australia is exporting wine at improperly low prices in a new dispute between major trading partners that could reduce access to the

Chinese in Sydney fall victim to ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam

Australian police have revealed that Chinese students based in Sydney are being forced to stage photos and video of themselves bound and blindfolded in an extortion scam described as virtual

Breaking News: Australia and East Timor settle bitter border differences

Australia and East Timor will sign a treaty that draws the first-ever maritime border between the neighbors, resolving years of bitter wrangling with a deal that carves up billions of

Australia | Gov’t detains Malaysian killer but won’t allow execution

A fugitive detained in Australia has created a diplomatic problem for the Australian government which cannot by law extradite someone who could face capital punishment. Sirul Azhar Umar, a 43-year-old former

Australia | Swelters through its third-hottest year in 2014

Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2014, following a record hot 2013, weather authorities reported yesterday. The southern spring from September through November last year was Australia’s hottest on

Australia | Sydney siege spurs demand to know why gunman was on bail

  Australian authorities are probing why the gunman responsible for a deadly Sydney hostage-taking was free on bail and not on a watchlist, despite his history of violence and extremist sympathies. Man

Australia | Abbot pledges support for Ukraine

Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation’s president yesterday, with Australia’s prime minister calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe and Ukraine’s

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t plans ban on foreign ‘hate preachers’ 

Australia will soon introduce a system to ban foreign “hate preachers” from entering the country and will attempt to outlaw the radical Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir under proposed tougher counterterrorism laws, the

Australia funds rice processing plant in Timor Leste

A rice processing factory, which will benefit about 300 farmers in Timor-Leste (East Timor), has been inaugurated in Baucau, in the east of the country, the Australian embassy in Timor

AUSTRALIA | Terror suspect had passport canceled 

A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counter-terrorism police officers had his passport canceled on national security grounds and had recently displayed what appeared to be a

AUSTRALIA | Abbott warns jihadists they face prison 

Australia’s prime minister warned yesterday that Australians who fight with the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be “jailed for a very long time” when they return home

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t to prohibit secret service torture 

The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had planned to indemnify Australian Security Intelligence Organization officers

TERRORISM | Australian police raids thwart beheading plot 

Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen

AUSTRALIA | Shark kills man despite rescue bid

A man was killed in a shark attack yesterday at the popular tourist destination of Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast despite a beachgoer’s brave rescue attempt, police said. The beachgoer,

MALAYSIA | Gov’t to send team to Ukraine jet crash site

Malaysia aims to send a search team to the crash site in Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 before winter sets in to gather physical evidence to prove that it was shot

AVIATION | Malaysia Airlines scraps ‘bucket list’ promo title

Malaysia Airlines has scrapped the title of a competition asking people what activities and destinations are on their “bucket list,” acknowledging it was inappropriate given the two deadly disasters it has

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker apologizes to China for racist tirade 

Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker Clive Palmer has apologized to China over an extraordinary tirade on national television in which he called the Chinese “bastards” and “mongrels” and accused Beijing of

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker calls Chinese ‘bastards’ and ‘mongrels’ in TV tirade

A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused yesterday of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China. The 60-year-old multi-millionaire called

TERRORISM | Report: Islamic State attracting SE Asian fighters

  Islamic State is attracting a growing number of militants from Southeast Asia to fight in Iraq and Syria, raising the risk they will return to carry out attacks in their

AUSTRALIA| US secretary of state condemns severed head image 

  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday described a photograph of a Sydney-born 7-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier as “disturbing” and “grotesque,” and called for

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