Tony Abbott

Anti-terror police arrest two in Sydney week after siege

SYDNEY - Australian counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they arrested two men in Sydney, eight days after a 16-hour siege in a central city cafe ended with the deaths of two hostages and a gunman with radical Islamist sympathies.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Anti-terror police arrest two in Sydney week after siege

SYDNEY, Dec 24 - Australian counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they arrested two men in Sydney, eight days after a 16-hour siege in a central city cafe ended with the deaths of two hostages and a gunman with radical Islamist sympathies.

FOREX-Australian dollar hits 4-1/2-yr low on China growth worries

LONDON, Dec 23 - The Australian dollar hit a 4-1/2-year trough against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as prices of iron for construction fell in China amid weak demand from the property sector and after Australia's premier warned of heightened "terrorist chatter".

Currencies, Markets, 23 Dec 2014

Australia PM warns of 'chatter' as memorials held for siege victims

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday security officials had intercepted a heightened level of "terrorist chatter" in the aftermath of the Sydney cafe siege.

World, Australia, 23 Dec 2014

Australian PM Abbott reshuffles cabinet to focus on jobs, families

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in public support, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, promoting the overseer of a tough immigration program and throwing out his gaffe-prone defense minister.

WRAPUP 6-N.Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

* U.S. consulting Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on response

Australian mother charged with murder of eight children

SYDNEY - An Australian mother has been charged with the murder of eight children, seven of them hers, two days after their bodies were found in a home in the city of Cairns.

World, Australia, 21 Dec 2014

Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home

SYDNEY - The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday for murder.

19 Dec 2014

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

SYDNEY - Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns, police said on Friday, in what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing. | Video

World, Australia, 19 Dec 2014

Colorful Australian MP's adviser charged over bizarre kidnap plot

SYDNEY - A senior media adviser for Australian lawmaker and mining magnate Clive Palmer, whose party holds the balance of power in the upper house Senate, was charged on Friday over the kidnapping of a bank executive on an Indonesian island.

19 Dec 2014

Australian foreign minister hopeful Egypt will release Al Jazeera journalist

SYDNEY - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday the case of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste is "under consideration" by high levels of the Egyptian government and she is hopeful of his release by the end of the year.