Troubled swimmer Hackett found after being reported missing

Feb 16, 2017

Troubled swimmer Hackett found after being reported missing

Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has been found safe and sound after being reported missing on Thursday, the triple Olympic champion’s father Neville said. Hackett, who has struggled with drug and alcohol problems away from the pool, was detained by Gold Coast police on ...

Australia pressures asylum seekers to return home, offers cash

Feb 15, 2017

Australia pressures asylum seekers to return home, offers cash

Officials at an Australian immigration center in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fear that a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through. ...

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Feb 11, 2017

Australia battles 50 fires in heat wave; blackout feared

Australian emergency services were bracing against “potentially catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday as firefighters battled nearly 50 blazes in the state of New South Wales, sweltering in a heat wave sweeping the country’s east coast. Weather officials fear temperatures could hit 48 degrees Celsius ...

Feb 9, 2017

Indonesia military accepts Australian apology for insult

The Indonesian military says it has accepted an apology from Australia’s army chief over a purported insult to Indonesia’s state ideology that caused a spat between the two countries. An Indonesian military statement released late Wednesday after Australian army chief Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell ...

Feb 8, 2017

Australia coach Cheika not expecting apology from New Zealand

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he is not expecting an apology from the New Zealand Rugby Union amid the on-going controversy over the bugging of the All Blacks’ hotel room in Sydney last year. Cheika said he was surprised to hear an All Blacks ...

Feb 8, 2017

Australia striving for 'TPP minus 1' after Trump withdraws

Australia will push the case for a Pacific trade deal without the U.S. at a meeting with other potential members in Chile next month, Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said. The Trans-Pacific Partnership remains “absolutely” relevant without the U.S. and the text of the accord ...

Feb 8, 2017

Scientists find huge ancient landslide on Great Barrier Reef

A massive underwater landslide that could have triggered a towering tsunami some 300,000 years ago has been discovered in the depths of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday. The ancient landslide, likely caused by a strong earthquake that could have generated a tsunami ...