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 ...

Australia, India ink long-awaited civil nuclear deal

Sep 6, 2014

Australia, India ink long-awaited civil nuclear deal

Conservative leaders Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi sealed a long-awaited nuclear energy deal Friday, paving the way for Australia to sell uranium to India, which has been crippled by power shortages and blackouts. The two prime ministers hailed the deal as “a concrete symbol” ...

Sep 1, 2014

Pussy Riot to Australia: Don't invite Putin to G-20

The two best known members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Saturday called on Australia to withdraw its invitation to President Vladimir Putin to attend this year’s G-20 summit. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, in Sydney to speak at a festival, spent 22 ...

Aug 29, 2014

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

Shortly after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet’s flight path. Now an analysis of those failed ...

Aug 27, 2014

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats are increasing. Canberra has expressed alarm that around 60 Australians have joined violent jihadist ...