Oct 3, 2014

Turkey military gets OK to pursue Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

Turkey’s parliament gave the government new powers Thursday to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq, and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group. The move opens the way for Turkey, a NATO member with ...

Oct 3, 2014

Australia to probe sex abuse claims at refugee center on Nauru

Australia will investigate sexual abuse claims at its refugee detention center on Nauru, the government said on Friday, while removing 10 aid workers from the South Pacific island following reports of coaching detainees to commit self-harm protests. Australia’s tough policies aimed at stopping asylum ...

Sep 30, 2014

Australian police arrest man in counterterror raids

One man was arrested in counterterrorism raids in the Australian city of Melbourne on Tuesday after police said he provided money to a U.S. citizen fighting alongside extremists in Syria. The 23-year-old man, whom police have not named, will be charged with intentionally making ...

Sep 24, 2014

Australian patient tests negative for Ebola

A patient who was being treated as a suspected Ebola case at an Australian hospital tested negative for the disease on Tuesday, the hospital said. The patient, who had recently traveled to West Africa, was released from quarantine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in ...

Sep 18, 2014

15 detained in Australian counterterrorism raids

Australian police detained 15 people Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney as part of the operation ...

Goldfish has 'high-risk' surgery for brain tumor in Australia

Sep 17, 2014

Goldfish has 'high-risk' surgery for brain tumor in Australia

A goldfish called George was on the mend in Australia on Tuesday after undergoing “high-risk” brain surgery. The 10-year-old fish had a tumor protruding from its head, leaving his owner with two options: to have it operated on or have the fish put to ...

Sep 12, 2014

West Australia scraps divisive shark cull policy

The government of Western Australia on Friday said it would abandon its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy after objections from the state’s environmental agency, in a move welcomed by conservationists. Premier Colin Barnett ruled out further use of drum lines to hook sharks off the ...

Shark kills man in Australia despite rescue try

Sep 10, 2014

Shark kills man in Australia despite rescue try

A shark killed a man Tuesday at eastern Australia’s popular Byron Bay despite a beachgoer’s brave rescue attempt, police said. Beachgoer Mark Hickey swam 15 to 20 meters (50-65 feet) into the water at Clarkes Beach to retrieve the severely wounded victim, police inspector ...

Sep 9, 2014

Man dies in suspected shark attack in Australia

A man was killed Tuesday in an apparent shark attack at the popular tourist destination of Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast despite a beachgoer’s rescue attempt, police said. The beachgoer swam 15-20 meters (50-65 feet) from the shore of Clarkes Beach to retrieve ...