Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Feb 23, 2015

Jailed Rolf Harris is stripped of Australia honors

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris was Monday stripped of his Australian honors as he continues to serve a jail sentence for sexually assaulting four girls in Britain. The Australian television star, artist and songwriter was convicted last year of indecently assaulting the girls, who included ...

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Feb 22, 2015

Sydney siege report signals tighter immigration curbs

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott foreshadowed tighter immigration controls on Sunday when he released the first report into a siege last December in Sydney’s Lindt cafe, in which two hostages and the gunman were killed. The legal system “had let the country down,” Abbott ...

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Feb 22, 2015

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Australian officials Sunday said all efforts were being made to help those affected by tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity. Marcia was one of two fierce cyclones that hit northern Australia within hours of ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pair of strong cyclones hit remote parts of northern Australia

Two powerful cyclones smashed into northern Australia on Friday, knocking out power to thousands, tearing roofs and doors off houses and prompting coastal residents to flee their homes, but appeared to have spared the region earlier predictions of a “calamity.” The twin storms, dubbed ...

Feb 19, 2015

Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbors. As tensions mount in the bid to save ...

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Feb 17, 2015

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, including two Australians, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families’ requests to spend more time with the prisoners, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two ...

Feb 13, 2015

Uranium-rich Australia puts its nuclear taboo under review

While Australia is home to the world’s largest uranium reserves, it has never had a nuclear power plant. Now, amid growing concerns over climate change, the government is weighing whether to reverse its long-held ban. The state of South Australia, where BHP Billiton Ltd. ...