A long, hot summer looms for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as devastating wildfires near Sydney fuel opposition to his plans to repeal a carbon emissions tax, one of his basic campaign pledges in the election he won a month ago.
Australian fire crews were bracing Sunday for some of the worst conditions in decades as several major blazes threatened to merge into a mammoth firefront that could reach Sydney.
Australia's new Labor chief Bill Shorten Monday appointed 11 women to his frontbench, including his deputy, describing Prime Minister Tony Abbott's inclusion of just one as “ridiculous.”
Eighty cars were destroyed or badly damaged in a devastating fire at Sydney's Olympic Park which investigators on Monday said was likely started by a “stupid” individual discarding a cigarette.
Former union chief Bill Shorten was elected Australia's new Labor leader Sunday, with the party pledging to draw a line under years of infighting that saw two prime ministers toppled.
Two U.S. citizens were detained Saturday in China as they tried to see a jailed democracy activist to examine reports of failing health, supporters said.
Australia said Friday just one asylum-seeker boat has been intercepted over the past week, marking a sharp reduction under the government's hardline policy, while eight alleged people-smugglers were arrested in Indonesia.
Bullets bounced off Ned Kelly “like hail” as the Australian outlaw made his last stand, according to an eyewitness account that has surfaced more than 130 years after his capture.
Mark “Chopper” Read, one of Australia's most notorious and colorful crime figures, died on Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer, his manager said. He was 58.
Britain's Prince Harry, in full military uniform, reviewed a global armada of warships in a day of pomp and ceremony watched by tens of thousands of people on Sydney Harbour Saturday.