Feb 6, 2017

One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, “shocking and indefensible” data showed Monday during an inquiry into pedophilia in the church. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child ...

Trump's clash with Australia strains alliance

Feb 3, 2017

Trump's clash with Australia strains alliance

For decades, Australia and the U.S. have enjoyed the coziest of relationships, collaborating on everything from military and intelligence to diplomacy and trade. Yet an irritable tweet President Donald Trump fired off about Australia and a dramatic report of an angry phone call between ...

Toyota announces closure date for plant near Melbourne

Jan 31, 2017

Toyota announces closure date for plant near Melbourne

Toyota Australia has announced that it will end vehicle production at its Altona plant near Melbourne in early October, more than halving its local workforce. Toyota said in 2014 it would end production in Australia this year but had not set a closure date ...

Jan 31, 2017

Stanford to open 2017 season in Australia

Stanford will open the upcoming football season in Australia against Rice. Stanford announced Monday that the schools had gotten approval to move the game that had been scheduled to be played in Houston to Sydney. The game will be moved up a week and ...

Jan 30, 2017

Officials tell Australia conference U.S. will remain a Pacific power

The United States will stay committed to remaining a Pacific power despite potential policy changes under President Donald Trump’s new administration, officials told a conference Monday on U.S. alliances with Australia and Japan. The U.S. Embassy to Australia’s political counselor John Hennessey-Niland said U.S. ...

What killed Australia's ancient giant beasts?

Jan 28, 2017

What killed Australia's ancient giant beasts?

Humans exterminated an array of weird and wonderful Australian creatures within only 4,000 years of arriving on the continent, according to a recent study that shifted blame away from climate change. Before the arrival of homo sapiens, Australia boasted 450-kilogram kangaroos, wombats weighing as ...

Shark shares wave with young Aussie surfer

Jan 26, 2017

Shark shares wave with young Aussie surfer

A 10-year-old surfer has had a close encounter with a photo-bombing shark that shared a wave with him off an Australian beach. Chris Hasson said Thursday that he was taking photos of his son Eden riding a wave off Samurai Beach at Port Stephens, ...