Australia's conservative government on Thursday suffered a setback when the upper house Senate voted against abolishing a carbon tax, the central platform of its election win last year.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday declared his determination to pursue peace in Asia, as he strengthened defense ties with Australia and signed an ambitious free-trade agreement.
Australian government lawyers Tuesday said 153 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers were in custody on the high seas and agreed to give three days' notice before handing any back to Colombo, as criticism mounted.
A High Court on Monday barred Australia from sending back a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, a day after Canberra returned another vessel to Colombo following a week of secrecy.
Australian and New Zealand authorities are investigating whether the identities of top military officers are being used in an international Facebook dating scam, officials said Sunday.
President Xi Jinping said China should strengthen its frontier defenses on land and sea, state media reported Saturday amid territorial disputes with neighboring nations which have accused Beijing of being increasingly aggressive in pressing its claims.
Australia said on Friday it would consider calls for a national inquiry into a major financial scandal at the country's biggest listed firm, but would not rush a decision.
Investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane are confident it was on autopilot when it crashed in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, Australian officials said Thursday as they announced the latest shift in the search for the jet.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.
Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to AU$10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners.