Counterterrorism police arrest two in Australia

Dec 24, 2014

Counterterrorism police arrest two in Australia

Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kill a random member of the public in Sydney, police said Wednesday, one day after the nation’s prime minister warned of heightened terrorist ...

Sydney siege gunman's partner has bail revoked

Dec 22, 2014

Sydney siege gunman's partner has bail revoked

The partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis had her bail revoked Monday after Australian authorities requested a review amid public anger that the pair were on the streets. Amirah Droudis, 35, had been on bail for a year since being charged with ...

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Dec 21, 2014

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews will replace David Johnston as defense minister as he announced his first changes to the Cabinet. Josh Frydenberg becomes assistant treasurer, replacing Arthur Sinodinos, who stepped down last week. Health Minister Peter Dutton will ...

Dec 21, 2014

Australian charged with children's murder

An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at ...

Dec 20, 2014

Aussie mom held in kids' killings

Australian police said Saturday they have arrested the mother of most of the eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mark the tragedy. Officers have not revealed the cause of death of the children, ...

Australia mass stabbing leaves 8 children dead

Dec 19, 2014

Australia mass stabbing leaves 8 children dead

Eight children have been found dead at a home in the Australian city of Cairns, police said Friday. They were reportedly stabbed to death. “Cairns detectives have established a crime scene and begun an investigation into the death of eight children this morning,” police ...

Dec 19, 2014

Adviser to Australian lawmaker Palmer arrested for alleged kidnapping

Australian news outlets are reporting that the media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that Andrew Crook was detained as part of an investigation into the alleged kidnapping ...

Dec 18, 2014

How Sydney hostage planned daring escape

The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours on Monday, and 82-year-old John O’Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so he made a decision, one he ...

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Dec 17, 2014

Security system failed to track Sydney siege gunman, Abbott says

Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terrorist watch list despite having ...

Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Dec 16, 2014

Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe Tuesday were hailed as heroes “willing to lay down their lives so others might live” in a church service mourning their deaths. Tori Johnson, 34, the manager of the Lindt chocolate cafe, and ...

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

Dec 16, 2014

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London. Police said all three were terrorists ...