Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain’s Prince Philip. The announcement prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters. Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said ...

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Jan 24, 2015

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the United Nations from declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Jan 22, 2015

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Tim Cahill came to Australia’s rescue again on Thursday, scoring two goals, one of them among the most spectacular ever seen at an Asian Cup, to lead the host-nation into the semifinals. With his teammates all blowing their chances in front of goal, Cahill ...

Jan 22, 2015

180 Australians backing Islamic State group, says minister

Australia called Wednesday for a broader international coalition, led by the U.S., to combat the “terrifying challenge” of jihadi groups that are challenging governments and aiming to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she’s “deeply troubled” by ...

Jan 19, 2015

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on Indonesia death row

Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders. “The prime minister (Tony Abbott) has written again to President (Joko) Widodo,” Bishop said. “The Australian government ...

S. Korea scores surprise victory over Australia in Asian Cup

Jan 18, 2015

S. Korea scores surprise victory over Australia in Asian Cup

South Korea upset Australia 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Saturday to top the Group A standings and secure a potentially easier path to the final while leaving the host nation facing a treacherous route. Striker Lee Jeong-hyeop scored a perfectly executed goal in ...

Jan 16, 2015

Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development

Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last two decades. Some 36 migratory shorebird species, numbering between 3 million and 8 ...

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 13, 2015

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Now that Australia and South Korea have secured their spots in the Asian Cup quarterfinals, attention has quickly turned to which of the continental heavyweights will top the group. Australia’s 4-0 demolition of Oman in Sydney on Tuesday night ensured both the Socceroos and ...

Jan 13, 2015

Japan-Australia EPA takes effect Thursday

An economic partnership agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will take effect Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. It is Japan’s 14th EPA. Under the agreement, Japan will lower its tariff rates on Australian beef ...