Jan 13, 2015

Japan-Australia EPA takes effect Thursday

An economic partnership agreement between Tokyo and Canberra will take effect Thursday, with Australia becoming the first major farm produce exporter to have an EPA with Japan. It is Japan’s 14th EPA. Under the agreement, Japan will lower its tariff rates on Australian beef ...

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Jan 9, 2015

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Tim Cahill sparked an Australian fightback after an early deficit as the hosts beat Kuwait 4-1 in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Friday. A vocal sellout crowd of 25,000 at the Rectangular Stadium, dressed predominantly in Australia’s green and gold colors, ...

Jan 6, 2015

Australia yet to decide on submarine building plan: ministry

Australia is in talks with Japan and others on the design and production of its new submarines, the defense department said Tuesday, but it did not confirm reports the two nations will jointly build the fleet. Australia is seeking to replace its fleet of ...

Jan 4, 2015

Bush fire destroys homes in Australia

An intense bush fire raging out of control in South Australia has destroyed homes, with firefighters struggling to contain the worst blaze in decades as strong winds fanned the flames on Friday and Saturday. Cooler conditions on Sunday were helping the hundreds of firefighters ...

Jan 3, 2015

Thousands flee homes as Australian wildfires rage

Thousands of Australians fled their homes as wildfires raged across the nation’s south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds. Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said, though no serious ...

Dec 30, 2014

Python devours wallaby in giant meal: Australian ranger

An Australian ranger has captured the moment a python swallowed a wallaby at a national park in a giant feast that could keep it full for three months. Ranger Paul O’Neill was patrolling Nitmiluk National Park in the Northern Territory when he heard numerous ...

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

Dec 28, 2014

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

If you weren’t already nervous about flying, that may have changed in 2014, a year that stirred our deepest fears about modern jet travel despite shaping up as one of the safest in aviation history. The tragic dramas surrounding Malaysia Airlines, in particular, played ...

Counterterrorism police arrest two in Australia

Dec 24, 2014

Counterterrorism police arrest two in Australia

Two men were arrested as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation into a group that officials have accused of plotting to kill a random member of the public in Sydney, police said Wednesday, one day after the nation’s prime minister warned of heightened terrorist ...

Sydney siege gunman's partner has bail revoked

Dec 22, 2014

Sydney siege gunman's partner has bail revoked

The partner of Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis had her bail revoked Monday after Australian authorities requested a review amid public anger that the pair were on the streets. Amirah Droudis, 35, had been on bail for a year since being charged with ...