Mar 30, 2015

Russia, Australia, Netherlands to join China's development bank

Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China’s regional and global influence. The AIIB, seen as a challenge to ...

Mar 29, 2015

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the world where the Obama administration has tried to forge stronger ...

Mar 27, 2015

Japan reacts calmly to South Korean decision to join China-led AIIB

Japanese government officials reacted calmly to South Korea’s decision to join the planned Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The South Korean decision on Thursday “is not surprising,” a senior Finance Ministry official said. A high-ranking government official noted that Japan’s stance toward the AIIB ...

Australia eliminates India, advances to Cricket World Cup final

Mar 26, 2015

Australia eliminates India, advances to Cricket World Cup final

Australia ended 2011 champion India’s unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory Thursday that ensured the tournament co-hosts will meet in the final. Steve Smith scored 105 and shared a 182-run partnership with Aaron Finch (81) to help Australia post 328-7, ...

Mar 25, 2015

230 suspected jihadis prevented from leaving Australia

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month, officials said on Wednesday. Officials had previously announced that two Sydney-born brothers, aged 16 and 17, had been intercepted at Sydney ...

Australia leader voices support for China-led development bank

Mar 25, 2015

Australia leader voices support for China-led development bank

Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday he supports the proposed development of a Chinese-backed Asian regional bank as long as it is transparent and not run by a single country. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia would announce its decision about joining within a few ...

Mar 24, 2015

Massive meteorite impact area discovered in Australia

A massive impact area from a huge meteorite that struck the Earth millions of years ago has been found in central Australia, scientists said Monday. The study found signs of the 250-mile (400-km) wide impact area deep inside the Earth’s crust, Australian National University ...

Sydney siege cafe reopens, with plaques honoring victims

Mar 20, 2015

Sydney siege cafe reopens, with plaques honoring victims

A Sydney cafe that was the scene of a siege three months ago reopened on Friday with plaques honoring two victims killed during the 16-hour standoff, which prompted tighter Australian immigration controls and a review of anti-terror laws. The Lindt Chocolate Cafe opened its ...