Tony Abbott

Australian court rules detention of Sri Lanka asylum seekers at sea lawful

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court ruled on Wednesday that the detention of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka on the high seas for almost a month was lawful, a win for the government's tough immigration policy.

Embattled Australia PM Abbott vows to consult more after Prince Philip furore

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he would take criticism of his decision to grant Britain's Prince Philip a knighthood "on the chin", promising greater consultation as speculation about his future as leader mounted.

World, Australia, 27 Jan 2015

Australia temperatures rising faster than rest of the world: official report

(This version of the Jan 26th. story corrects that Australia pledged money to Climate Fund in December)

Environment, 27 Jan 2015

Australia knights Prince Philip, sparking national outrage

PERTH - Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has awarded Australia's highest honor to Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, sparking a barrage of criticism across the country on its national day of celebration.

World, Australia 25 Jan 2015

Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous" and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding. | Video

World, Japan, 25 Jan 2015

Australia asks Indonesia to rethink death penalty for two drug offenders

SYDNEY - Australia called on Indonesia on Friday to reconsider its decision to execute two Australians convicted of drug offences, a move that is likely to strain already fragile ties between the two neighbors.

World, Australia, Indonesia, 22 Jan 2015

Protests not over at Australian detention center: activists

SYDNEY - A protest by hundreds of asylum seekers at an Australian detention center in Papua New Guinea, where some had sewn their lips shut in protest, had not ended despite government statements to the contrary, rights advocates said on Wednesday.

World, Australia 20 Jan 2015

Australian refugee camp protest over, but not tensions

SYDNEY - A protest involving hundreds of asylum seekers at an Australian immigration detention center in Papua New Guinea, some of whom had sewn their lips shut in protest, has ended without serious violence, authorities in both countries said on Tuesday.

World, Australia, Africa 19 Jan 2015

UPDATE 2-Legal fight steps up against Adani's coal mine in Australia

SYDNEY, Jan 15 - An Australian environmental group launched a legal challenge against Adani Enterprises' $7 billion Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin, renewing the focus on a key issue in a rancorous election campaign in Queensland state.

Industrials, Financials, 15 Jan 2015

Legal challenge against Adani's Carmichael mine in Australia

SYDNEY - An Australian environmental group launched a legal challenge against Adani Enterprises' $7 billion Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin, renewing the focus on a key issue in a rancorous election campaign in Queensland state.

14 Jan 2015

Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict

PERTH, January 25 - Australian police said on Sunday they were investigating a former trade union official and member of the Australian Labor Party following reports that he has traveled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State militants.