Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Feb 6, 2015

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid Friday to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. The move comes after Abbott’s much-ridiculed decision to award Britain’s Prince Philip ...

After more than 400 days, Egypt frees then deports Al-Jazeera reporter

Feb 2, 2015

After more than 400 days, Egypt frees then deports Al-Jazeera reporter

Egypt freed and deported Australian journalist Peter Greste on Sunday after more than 400 days in detention, following global condemnation of his jailing on charges of backing the Muslim Brotherhood. Greste, an award-winning correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, flew to Larnaca in Cyprus accompanied by ...

Australia captures Asian Cup crown

Jan 31, 2015

Australia captures Asian Cup crown

Australia won its first Asian Cup title by beating South Korea 2-1 after extra time Saturday in the final at Stadium Australia. Substitute James Troisi tapped home the winner after Kim Jin-hyeon could only parry striker Tomi Juric’s low cross just before the midway ...

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Jan 30, 2015

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Malaysia’s government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence of the plane’s fate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin ...

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain’s Prince Philip. The announcement prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters. Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said ...

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Jan 24, 2015

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the United Nations from declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Jan 22, 2015

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Tim Cahill came to Australia’s rescue again on Thursday, scoring two goals, one of them among the most spectacular ever seen at an Asian Cup, to lead the host-nation into the semifinals. With his teammates all blowing their chances in front of goal, Cahill ...