Gough Whitlam, former Australian prime minister, dies at 98

Oct 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, former Australian prime minister, dies at 98

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died on Tuesday at the age of 98, was one of his country’s most revolutionary yet divisive statesmen, forging ties with China but triggering a constitutional crisis that split the country. Whitlam, who held office from 1972 ...

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

Oct 20, 2014

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

A controversial plan to make Muslim women wearing the face-covering veil sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia’s Parliament House because of security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry. On October 2, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry decided that ...

Oct 20, 2014

Australia to deploy 200 special forces members in Iraq

Australia will soon deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces a month after the Australians were sent to the Middle East, the foreign minister said Monday. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement from Baghdad that ...

Oct 17, 2014

Australian gets spider removed from stomach

An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed into his body and survived there for three days before being removed. Dylan Maxwell was on vacation on the Indonesian island of Bali when the tiny creature borrowed through a small ...

Teens charged over 'un-Australian' racist train rant in Brisbane

Oct 12, 2014

Teens charged over 'un-Australian' racist train rant in Brisbane

Australian police charged two teenagers on Sunday after a video of one of them allegedly racially abusing a train guard in a five-minute rant went viral online. The young men, aged 17 and 18, were questioned by Queensland police earlier Sunday over the expletive-filled ...