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Australia on Tuesday raised the terrorism threat level against the police force to high for the first time, saying there were small but growing numbers of citizens involved with jihadist groups and intent on attacks.
 

Australia and Papua New Guinea Saturday denied reports that protests at an asylum-seeker camp in the Pacific nation had turned violent, officials and reports said, as hundreds of detainees continued a hunger strike.
 

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Friday he was worried about the “volatile situation” at a Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker camp after reports that detainees were swallowing razor blades and washing powder.
 

A fatal Sydney cafe siege last month was Thursday officially declared a terrorist incident by the government so businesses can make insurance claims.
 

Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last two decades.
 

Australia experienced its third-hottest year on record in 2014, paving the way for an early start to the bushfire season, scientists said Tuesday as hundreds of firefighters battled blazes in three states.
 

Australia is in talks with Japan and others on the design and production of its new submarines, the defense department said Tuesday, but did not confirm reports the two nations would jointly build the fleet.
 

Firefighters raced Monday to contain a major blaze before the forecast return of strong winds and a heat wave, following the loss of 26 homes in the worst bushfire conditions in South Australia for three decades.
 

More than 30 homes are feared destroyed as firefighters battle the worst bushfire in South Australia for three decades, with officials warning of a threat to lives even as weather conditions improve.
More homes destroyed as Australia battles major bushfire

 

Thousands of Australians fled their homes as wildfires raged across the nation's south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds.
 

Hundreds of swimmers were ordered out of the water and Sydney's Bondi Beach was briefly closed Friday after a shark was spotted, with lifeguards patrolling the sea until the animal swam away.
 

Australia's biggest city was Wednesday preparing to lead the world in welcoming the New Year with spectacular fireworks over Sydney Harbour, defying terrorist fears days after a deadly siege.
Sydney ushers in the new year with spectacular celebrations

 

Most Australian states and territories are set to ban commercial sunbeds from Thursday, in a crackdown on artificial tanning in a country that has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
 

A teenager who escaped a shark attack that killed his friend in Western Australia has described how he fired his spear gun into the suspected great white as authorities searched for the animal Tuesday.
 
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