Australia goes cold on secure intranet sale

SYDNEY Australia's government said on Friday it has decided against selling state-owned intranet assets that link government buildings in the nation's capital, two days after local media reported a Japanese-owned firm offered to buy it for A$400 million ($290 million).

Indonesia raises concerns over Australia's handling of asylum seekers

JAKARTA Indonesia voiced concern on Friday that Australia had detained and returned 16 asylum seekers whose Indonesian boat was intercepted by the Australian navy a week ago without informing the Indonesian authorities.

Australia urges more intelligence sharing in Asia to stop Paris-style attack

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday called for greater intelligence sharing in Southeast Asia to stop a Paris-style attack and ordered local law enforcement officials to test their readiness to handle a mass casualty attack.

World, Mali 24 Nov 2015

Australian war graves in London desecrated for second time this year

LONDON Graves of Australian soldiers killed in World War One have been daubed with graffiti for the second time in seven months in London.

World, 23 Nov 2015

Australian law firm files $72-million class action against Volkswagen

SYDNEY Law firm Maurice Blackburn will launch a class action lawsuit on Thursday on behalf of Australian owners of scam-tainted Volkswagen AG seeking total damages "well north" of A$100 million ($71.59 million).

Australia port lease to China sparks tensions inside and out

CANBERRA Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday defended the lease of a commercial and military port in northern Australia to a Chinese firm said to have close ties to the Chinese military.

World, 19 Nov 2015

India warns of IS threat, tightens vigil at French, U.S. missions

NEW DELHI India has warned of Islamic State using regional militant groups to mount strikes in the country, and has increased security around the diplomatic missions of the United States, France and Britain among others, a government advisory said.

Australia PM says Indonesia welcome in TPP as frictions ease

JAKARTA Australia would welcome Indonesia into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday, as the two countries set aside past friction to focus on building closer economic ties.

World, Indonesia, Tony Abbott 12 Nov 2015

Australian PM Turnbull looks to heal wounds on Indonesia visit

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be looking to reset a vital diplomatic and economic relationship badly strained under his predecessor when he visits Jakarta on Thursday to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

World, Indonesia, Tony Abbott 11 Nov 2015

Australia backs call to ban Russia from Rio

MELBOURNE Australia has backed a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommendation that Russia be banned from international athletics, including the 2016 Olympics, after a report alleged systemic state-backed cheating.

Sports, Russia, 10 Nov 2015

Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow not to "play with fire" on Friday, citing reports Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia, while Moscow said it would suspend visa-free travel with Turkey. | Video