Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Dec 10, 2014

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund on Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries. With its use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 23 million, ...

Dec 5, 2014

Australia creates temporary visas for refugees

Australia’s Senate on Friday narrowly passed a law that creates a new class of temporary visas for refugees, allowing them to stay and work in the country for three to five years but preventing them from making Australia their permanent home. Emotional debate ended ...

Shark 'photo-bombs' competition for surfing mothers in Australia

Dec 3, 2014

Shark 'photo-bombs' competition for surfing mothers in Australia

A jumping shark has “photo-bombed” a surfing competition off an Australian beach. Amateur photographer Steph Bellamy captured the image of the shark with her smartphone on Sunday as she was photographing mothers and their children paddling on their surfboards off a beach in the ...

Nov 28, 2014

Hearse carrying body stolen at Australian funeral

An Australian family Friday spoke of their shock after a man jumped out of bushes and drove off in a hearse carrying the body of a relative just before his funeral. Hayley West and husband, Tobias Richardson, were preparing for the funeral service of ...

Nov 26, 2014

Formal inquiry urged into abuse at Australian military academy

Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defense force found Wednesday. The chair of the investigating task force, Len Roberts-Smith, said two reports submitted in parliament contained “shocking accounts of ...