Australia News

  • Maverick and web tycoon shape as key players in New Zealand election

    By Gyles Beckford WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A pugnacious political maverick who wants tighter controls on the economy, immigration and on foreigners buying land, is shaping up as the king maker in New Zealand elections on Saturday. Opinion polls indicate that Winston Peters, the leader of the small…

  • Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror…

    Associated Press
  • Australian parliament 'potential jihadist target': PM

    Federal police are to take over security at Australia's parliament, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, describing the building as a potential terror target, following revelations that Islamic State jihadists were plotting "demonstration executions".

  • Whaling meeting heaps pressure on Japan - but rejects sanctuary bid

    The world's whaling watchdog agreed Thursday to toughen scrutiny of Antarctic hunts which Japan conducts in the name of science, but rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic.

  • Whaling meeting votes against Japan's hunt

    PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — An international whaling conference voted Thursday against Japan's highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway.

    Associated Press
  • New Zealand named best country for solo travelers: Travel + Leisure

    After considering factors like safety and ‘happiness,’ editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have given New Zealand the title of best country for solo, independent travelers.

    AFP Relax News
  • ISIS Members Arrested in Australia Were Plotting a Public Beheading

    Hundreds of Australian police conducted raids in a pre-dawn counter-terrorism operation against Islamic State militants who were allegedly planning a public beheading of a random citizen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday.

    The Atlantic Wire
  • ISIS planned random beheadings in Australia, police say

    Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
  • Tennis-Pan Pacific Open women's singles round 2 results

    Sept 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Pan Pacific Open Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 2-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) 4-6 7-5 6-3 8-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Daria Gavrilova (Russia) 7-6(5) 6-3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat…

  • James Sutherland stays as Cricket Australia chief

    James Sutherland has been reappointed as Cricket Australia's chief executive beyond the 2015 World Cup, the organisation said Thursday.

  • Rugby Union - ARU bids to host Lions NZ tour opener in 2017

    - The Australian Rugby Union said Thursday it is attempting to lure the British and Irish Lions back Down Under for a money-spinning kick-off to their 2017 tour of New Zealand.

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  • Henry says defeat good for All Blacks

    New Zealand's World Cup-winning former coach Graham Henry has expressed concerns about the All Blacks' long unbeaten streak and suggested Thursday it might do them good to lose before the 2015 World Cup.

  • Super Rugby draw for 2015 released

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs will open their defense of the Super Rugby title with a derby match against the Western Force, but will have to wait until round 15 of next year's tournament for a finals rematch with the Christchurch-based Crusaders.

    Associated Press
  • Australia reveals 12 asylum-seeker boats turned away

    Australia on Thursday revealed it has turned back 12 asylum-seeker boats and prevented 45 more from leaving port as it lifted the veil of secrecy over its hardline border protection policy.

  • Australian leader warns of planned random attack

    Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.

    Associated Press
  • MotoGP - Aussie Miller to vault from Moto3 to MotoGP

    - Rising Australian racer Jack Miller will become the first rider to move straight from Moto3 to MotoGP in 2015, skipping the Moto2 class completely, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation said Thursday.

  • Islamic State ordered 'demonstration killings' in Australia: PM

    Sydney (AFP) - A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering "demonstration killings" in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday.