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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Koala survives 10-mile Australia trip in wheel arch

For a stowaway who made a 10-mile journey squeezed in the wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.


Australian government open to CBS takeover of local network

Australia’s communication’s minister said Tuesday he did not have a preference for who owned troubled Australian television broadcaster Ten Network, with U.S. giant CBS Corp. making a takeover offer while …


Student attacks 4 with bat in Australian university class

A student was detained by police after assaulting his teacher and three of his fellow students with a baseball bat on Friday in a classroom at the Australian National University, …


Australian PM: Tony Abbott was once too drunk for Parliament

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW on Friday that he was opposition leader in 2009 when then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott was incapable of voting against government legislation to …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Australian teen’s feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures

A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.


Search called off for 3 U.S. Marines who crashed off Australia

U.S. military officials called off a search and rescue operation on Sunday for three U.S. Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east …


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017, 5:46 p.m.

Police disrupt plot in Australia to ‘bring down an airplane’

Police disrupted a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men on Saturday in raids on homes in several Sydney suburbs, the prime minister said on Sunday.


Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to …


Toyota, Honda and Mazda to be sued in Australia over air bag

A Sydney lawyer announced on Tuesday a class action lawsuit against Toyota, Honda and Mazda seeking refunds for cars fitted with faulty air bags from Takata that have been linked …


Australian consumer watchdog investigates Takata air bag recall

Australia’s consumer watchdog said on Monday it was urgently seeking information from the government regulator and car manufacturers after a magazine reported that recalled Takata air bags were being replaced …


Minneapolis chief: Australian woman shot by cop ‘did not have to die’

An Australian woman should not have been shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call and the officer’s actions “go against who we are in …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

Minneapolis police chief: Death of Australian woman ‘should not have happened’

The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call “should not have happened,” police Chief Janee Harteau said Thursday, adding that the …


Tesla to build giant battery in Australia amid energy crisis

Tesla says it will build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in southern Australia, part of a bid to solve an energy crisis that has led to ongoing blackouts across the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.


Saudis apologize after minute’s silence snub in Australia

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has apologized for “any offense caused” when its players declined to participate in a minute’s silence in memory of last weekend’s deadly attacks in London …


Hostage-taker in Australia had been acquitted of terror plot

A gunman who killed a man and took a woman hostage before dying in a police shootout had been acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Malaysia Airlines jet diverted in Australia over bomb scare

A Malaysia Airlines plane returned to an Australian airport after a mentally ill passenger threatened to detonate a bomb and attempted to enter the cockpit before he was tackled and …


Vice President Mike Pence reaffirms U.S.-Australia alliance after Trump spat

Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure Australia on Saturday that the U.S. remains committed to the countries’ longtime alliance, as he tried to patch up relations that were left …


Man pleads guilty to striking, killing Australian satirist in Idaho

An Idaho man who struck and killed a renowned Australian humorist with his pickup truck will be sentenced in May after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia

A powerful cyclone tore into Australia’s northeastern coast on Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to flee, shuttering coal to gold mines and prompting insurers to declare a catastrophe.


Skills-based immigration a smart change

Studies show that skilled immigrants increase productivity, create jobs and spark entrepreneurship.


Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it

Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …


Woman burned when headphones explode on flight to Australia

An Australian woman suffered burns to her face after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australian air safety investigators said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Elon Musk promises Australian power woes fix in 100 days

VICTORIA, Australia – Tesla chief Elon Musk is promising to solve an energy crisis in Australia or his company’s services are free.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Pilot radioed in ‘Mayday’ call before Australian plane crash that killed four U.S. tourists

A pilot repeatedly yelled out “Mayday” but did not say what the emergency was before his light plane crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall, killing himself and …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Four U.S. tourists and pilot killed in Australian plane crash

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in …


Missing German couple found dead in Australian Outback

A German couple who disappeared in the Australian Outback were unprepared for the harsh environment and likely died before anyone noticed they were missing, police said on Wednesday.


U.S. officials stop vetting Nauru refugees for resettlement

U.S. officials stopped screening refugees held on Nauru for potential resettlement in the United States this week but will return to the Pacific atoll to continue working toward a deal …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

Senator John McCain tries to reassure Australia after Trump call

A senior Republican senator on Thursday sought to assure Australia that the United States remains a staunch ally following a tense discussion between President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

In call with Australian leader, Trump badgers and brags

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief – a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at …