Australia

Australia lifts Fiji sanctions as foreign minister visits

SYDNEY - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday took a major step toward resetting frayed relations with Fiji, lifting the final sanctions against the country during the most senior visit by an Australian diplomat since a military coup eight years ago.

Australia passes laws cracking down on foreign fighters

SYDNEY - Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups.

Mastermind of failed Australia beheading plot killed in Middle East: reports

SYDNEY - A former Sydney bouncer said to have masterminded a failed plot by Islamic State militants to behead a random member of the public in Australia is believed to have died in the Middle East, Australian media reported on Wednesday.

World, 28 Oct 2014

Australia bans travel from Ebola-hit countries; U.S. isolates troops

MONROVIA/FREETOWN - Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease. | Video

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia

SHANGHAI - Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

Australia drops investigation into Indonesia 'Balibo Five' murders

SYDNEY - Australian police said on Tuesday they were dropping a long-running war crimes investigation into the deaths of five Australian journalists, killed during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975.

World, Indonesia, Tony Abbott 21 Oct 2014

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: reports

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.

World, China, 21 Oct 2014

Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: paper

SYDNEY - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday.

World, China, 19 Oct 2014

Australia's CSL, Ansell join global medical response to Ebola

SYDNEY - Australian biotech firm CSL Ltd, the world's second-biggest blood products maker, said on Friday it's working on a plasma product to treat Ebola following a request from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a growing commercial response to the deadly outbreak.

Australian naval base in lockdown, bomb squad called

SYDNEY - A naval base in the Australian state of Victoria went into lockdown and a police bomb squad was sent to the scene to investigate unspecified "hazardous material", security officials said on Thursday.

World, 16 Oct 2014
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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.