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.
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.
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.
Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste marked a year in prison in Egypt on Monday, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop downplaying hopes that he will be released before a Jan. 1 appeal.
An Australian man was charged Wednesday with possessing documents connected to a planned terrorist attack on government targets in Sydney, but police insisted people should not be afraid.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday warned of heightened "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the fatal Sydney cafe siege and said another attack was likely, as tearful mourners paid tribute to the victims.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused Monday of craving "a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing" after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax.
A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in an Australian hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.
The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder Sunday, police said, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief.
Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was Sunday chosen to head up the social services ministry in a major cabinet reshuffle, a move widely seen as a promotion following his handling of controversial asylum-seeker policies.
Australian police said Saturday they had arrested the mother of all but one of eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigils were held to mourn the tragedy.