Apr 14, 2015

Australia targets anti-vaccers in 'no jab, no pay' move

The Australian government has ramped up pressure on parents who oppose vaccination by threatening to withhold child care and other payments from families that fail to immunize their children. The government announced this week that families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars ($11,400) ...

Australia cricket icon Benaud passes away

Apr 10, 2015

Australia cricket icon Benaud passes away

Within hours of his death on Friday, former Australia cricket captain and pioneering television commentator Richie Benaud was described as a “national treasure” and praised by his peers, current players and the country’s prime minister. Benaud, 84, died overnight at a Sydney hospice, surrounded ...

Apr 6, 2015

Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australians on death row

An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country’s legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad. Following the ruling lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran vowed ...

Prince Harry arrives Down Under for month's army stint

Apr 6, 2015

Prince Harry arrives Down Under for month's army stint

Britain’s Prince Harry arrived in Canberra on Monday ahead of a one-month attachment with the Australian Army, as he moves toward his retirement from the British military. The 30-year-old touched down in Sydney from where he boarded a flight for the national capital, where ...

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Apr 4, 2015

Hundreds protest against Islamic extremism in rallies around Australia

Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as “Yes Australia. No Sharia” rallied around the country on Saturday in events organizers said were against Islamic extremism. The “Reclaim Australia” events drew hundreds of supporters but also triggered counter-rallies from other groups who criticized ...