Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

Feb 25, 2015

Australia imposes sanctions on Egypt-based militant group

Australia on Wednesday imposed financial sanctions on the Egypt-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement that the sanctions accorded with a United Nations Security Council resolution on preventing and suppressing terrorist acts. Breaching the sanctions carries a ...

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Feb 23, 2015

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris was Monday stripped of his Australian honors as he continues to serve a jail sentence for sexually assaulting four girls in Britain. The Australian television star, artist and songwriter was convicted last year of indecently assaulting the girls, who included ...

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Feb 22, 2015

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott foreshadowed tighter immigration controls on Sunday when he released the first report into a siege last December in Sydney’s Lindt cafe, in which two hostages and the gunman were killed. The legal system “had let the country down,” Abbott ...

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Feb 22, 2015

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Australian officials Sunday said all efforts were being made to help those affected by tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity. Marcia was one of two fierce cyclones that hit northern Australia within hours of ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pair of strong cyclones hit remote parts of northern Australia

Two powerful cyclones smashed into northern Australia on Friday, knocking out power to thousands, tearing roofs and doors off houses and prompting coastal residents to flee their homes, but appeared to have spared the region earlier predictions of a “calamity.” The twin storms, dubbed ...

Feb 19, 2015

Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbors. As tensions mount in the bid to save ...

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Feb 17, 2015

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, including two Australians, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families’ requests to spend more time with the prisoners, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two ...