Volkswagen, Audi say 90,000 Australia vehicles had emissions cheating software


SYDNEY - The number of vehicles sold in Australia fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions has risen to more than 90,000 from 77,000, to include the Audi brand, widening a global scandal that engulfed German automaker Volkswagen.

Australian police four over suspected 'terrorism' murder

SYDNEY - Australian counterterrorism police investigating the shooting death of a police accountant are questioning four people arrested on Wednesday in raids in Sydney. | Video

World, 07 Oct 2015

Australian court tests legality of offshore detention for asylum seekers

SYDNEY - Australia's highest court will begin considering on Wednesday whether the policy of sending asylum seekers to the tiny South Pacific nation of Nauru for long-term detention is in breach of the constitution, a major challenge to the controversial policy.

World, United Nations, 06 Oct 2015

Australian police arrest five over shooting 'linked to terrorism'

SYDNEY - Australian police arrested five people in raids on several homes in Sydney on Wednesday in their investigation of the murder last week of a police accountant that they said was "linked to terrorism".

World, 06 Oct 2015

In Pacific trade deal, Australia gets bigger U.S. sugar allocation

ATLANTA - Australia, the world's third-largest exporter of raw sugar, will be allowed to export an additional 65,000 tonnes of sugar per year to the Unites States under the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal agreed on Monday, an Australian official said.

Politics, World 06 Oct 2015

Japan says can build subs in Australia 'from day one'

SYDNEY - The Japanese consortium bidding for a $35 billion project to build stealth submarines for Australia said on Tuesday it was confident it could build boats onshore in Australia from day one, if the Australian government requests it.

World, Japan, Tony Abbott 06 Oct 2015

Australia central bank holds rates steady for fifth month

SYDNEY - Australia's central bank left interest rates unchanged on Tuesday for a fifth straight month in a widely expected move and offered no clues to indicate it may change its steady stance any time soon.

06 Oct 2015

Australian police arrest boy near scene of 'terror-linked' shooting

SYDNEY - Australian police arrested a boy after he was questioned about his social media posts on Tuesday outside the same high school attended by a teenager who last week shot dead a police worker in an attack authorities say was "linked to terrorism".

World, 05 Oct 2015

Australia a test case for Uber's bold global push

SYDNEY - Australia, where Uber is popular but mostly illegal, offers a microcosm of the company's global challenges.

World, Tech 05 Oct 2015

Tiny Nauru throws gates open at Australian camp for asylum seekers

MELBOURNE - Nauru unexpectedly said on Monday all 600 asylum seekers held at a controversial Australian detention centre will be allowed to move freely around the tiny South Pacific island and all their asylum applications will be processed this week.

World, United Nations, 05 Oct 2015

Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended a major offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country.