Australia is changing global coffee culture

May 30, 2015

Australia is changing global coffee culture

Australia is renowned for its love of beer. But its passion for a different type of brew — coffee — has been making global headlines. Sasa Sestic, from the capital, Canberra, is the second coffee maker from Down Under to win the World Barista ...

May 26, 2015

Australia to reconsider 'sexist tampon tax'

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey will reconsider what has been dubbed the “tampon tax” after a campaign by a university student rallied nearly 100,000 supporters in branding the levy sexist. When Australia introduced a Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2000, health products such as ...

Sydney siege gunman was deluded narcissist, inquiry hears

May 25, 2015

Sydney siege gunman was deluded narcissist, inquiry hears

The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist who grew increasingly defiant as he edged closer to launching his deadly ...

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

May 22, 2015

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

Malaysian Navy ships have begun searching the seas for stranded boat people in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores. Meanwhile, Myanmar on Friday carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat. Thousands of Bangladeshis and ...

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

May 21, 2015

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday at a government inquiry known as the Royal ...