Jul 4, 2015

Australia paceman Harris announces retirement

Australia’s injury-plagued paceman Ryan Harris announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday, dealing a major setback to his team’s defense of the Ashes starting in England next week. The 35-year-old Queenslander withdrew from Australia’s ongoing warm-up match against Essex and ...

Have searchers' sonars missed the wreckage of Flight 370?

| Jul 4, 2015

Have searchers' sonars missed the wreckage of Flight 370?

Amid rising frustrations over the expensive search for the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether search crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without noticing. Such carping in a small, fiercely competitive ...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Jul 2, 2015

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Australia on Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list as “tremendous,” but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park’s health. The world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem, which has had World Heritage ...

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Jul 1, 2015

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Heavily armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre remains in lockdown after the 15-hour disturbance, in which doors were ...

Jun 30, 2015

Riot erupts at Australia prison, guards evacuated

Hundreds of prisoners rioted at a maximum security prison in Melbourne on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of prison staff, media reports said. The unrest occurred when a protest over a smoking ban at the facility spun out of control. Television footage from the ...

Australian fishermen snag rare 'monster shark'

Jun 24, 2015

Australian fishermen snag rare 'monster shark'

Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping 6.3-meter basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet. Little is known about the species — smaller only than the whale shark — because it does not ...

Jun 24, 2015

Bill would strip Australian extremists' children of citizenship

The Australian government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of Australian citizenship under controversial legislation introduced into parliament Wednesday. Details of the so-called Allegiance to Australia bill were unveiled as the mother-in-law of one man believed killed in Iraq ...