Nov 27, 2015

Japan to submit plan to Canberra to jointly develop Aussie subs

The government endorsed at a National Security Council meeting Thursday a proposal to jointly develop submarines for the Australian navy, government sources said. The proposal, which includes an option to build the submarines in Australia, will be submitted to Canberra on Monday, the deadline ...

Nov 26, 2015

Australia's bushfires leave trail of death and destruction

Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people and thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, and authorities on Thursday said they feared the toll could rise. The fires, which stretch across 210 km (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday in heat-wave ...

Australia starts using drones to track sharks

Nov 25, 2015

Australia starts using drones to track sharks

Testing of aerial drones to track the movements of sharks in Australian waters began Wednesday as the government admitted there is “no easy way” to protect swimmers from the predators. The trials began at Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of New South Wales ...

Turnbull wants intelligence sharing with Southeast Asia ramped up

Nov 24, 2015

Turnbull wants intelligence sharing with Southeast Asia ramped up

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday called for greater intelligence sharing in Southeast Asia to stop a Paris-style attack and ordered local law enforcement officials to test their readiness to handle a mass casualty attack. Citing “increased terrorist threats,” the United States on Monday ...

Nov 24, 2015

Australian Phuc Dat Bich 'honored' after name goes viral

Phuc Dat Bich, an Australian man who became an Internet sensation after complaining his Facebook page kept being shut down, says he is honored his name has made people laugh. The 23-year-old, who is of Vietnamese origin, originally posted a complaint on Facebook in ...

Nov 22, 2015

China pledges $14.5 million in search for MH370

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged an additional $14.5 million to fund the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people aboard. Li made the announcement on Saturday during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm ...

Take a walk on the wild side Down Under

Nov 21, 2015

Take a walk on the wild side Down Under


It can be hard to hear an Australian accent while walking along the waterfront esplanade in the far northern city of Cairns on the Pacific. Tourists from across the globe flock to Cairns for easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and some of ...

Nov 19, 2015

Australia bars foreigners from buying world's largest ranch

The Australian government has had barred foreigners from buying a company that owns the world’s largest cattle ranch and other Australian farmland greater in area than South Korea. The company, S. Kidman & Co. Ltd., owns 10 cattle ranches, a bull breeding stud and ...