Aug 7, 2014

Anti-Semites threaten Jewish children on Sydney school bus

Dozens of Jewish children have been traumatized by a gang of teenagers who stormed a Sydney school bus and allegedly hurled racial abuse and threats. New South Wales state police said five juveniles were arrested early Thursday over the incident on Wednesday afternoon. They ...

Aug 1, 2014

Security around MH17 site still 'very unstable': Dutch police

Dutch police heading up the international probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said Thursday that the situation around the crash site remains perilous despite a small team managing to access the scene. “The security situation is still very unstable,” Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, ...

Jul 31, 2014

Dutch, Australian experts reach MH17 crash site: OSCE

Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by a team of international monitors on Thursday reached the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after days of fierce fighting that had stopped them reaching the area. “Monitors reach MH17 crash site for 1st time in ...

Jul 24, 2014

Australian senator's ideal man: rich and 'well-hung'

An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and “well-hung” apologized Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke. Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this ...

Jul 18, 2014

Woman loses another relative in another Malaysia Airlines disaster

In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine. Kaylene Mann’s brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows ...

Australia repeals maligned two-year-old carbon tax

Jul 17, 2014

Australia repeals maligned two-year-old carbon tax

Australia’s government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian ...

Jul 12, 2014

Australia slams 'extremist' PETA for sheep abuse video

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as “extremist” and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers. Joyce said Australia “does not condone the mistreatment of animals” but added that the violence shown ...

Jul 11, 2014

Australia judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

An Australian judge will be investigated for his “appalling” comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday. New South Wales state Attorney General Brad Hazzard said he was “extremely concerned” about ...

Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...