Australian premier's resignation a sign of less, not more, corruption

SYDNEY - There are few countries where it is considered a good thing when a powerful state premier resigns for misleading a corruption investigation. Australia, however, is apparently just such a place.

Recovery effort underway after two die in Australia coal mine

SYDNEY - Australia-listed Yancoal Ltd said it was working with authorities to recover the bodies of two workers killed at its Austar coal mine in eastern Australia, which has ceased operations.

World, 15 Apr 2014

After 50-year wait, Sydney to get second airport in Australia infrastructure drive

SYDNEY - Australia has approved a $2.4 billion project to build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney, likely boosting near-term investment and jobs in a bet that the city's air travel demand will grow enough to justify a surge in terminal capacity.

World, Tony Abbott 15 Apr 2014

Australia will soon deploy autonomous underwater vehicle in search for Malaysia plane

SYDNEY - The head of the Australian agency supervising the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane said on Monday that an autonomous underwater vehicle would soon be deployed, moving the search underwater after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching.

World, Aerospace & Defense, 14 Apr 2014

Officials consider underwater robot launch for Malaysia jet

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR - Australian officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its sixth fruitless week. | Video

Australian PM says searchers confident of position of MH370's black boxes

PERTH/SHANGHAI - Search and rescue officials in Australia are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. | Video

No breakthroughs on trade deal for Australia PM in China

SHANGHAI - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that he hoped a free trade agreement with China would be signed before November, offering little progress on a deal at the center of his visit to his country's largest trade partner.

World, China, Tony Abbott 11 Apr 2014

U.S. Navy aims to smooth impact of fiscal 2015 cut to ship orders

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday.

Politics, 10 Apr 2014

New ping signals spark confidence in Malaysia Airlines search

SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia - Australian officials said on Wednesday two new "ping" signals had been detected in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, boosting confidence after more than a month of fruitless searching for the missing jetliner.

World, Aerospace & Defense, 09 Apr 2014

Two more 'pings' detected in search for missing Malaysia plane

SYDNEY - Australian officials said on Wednesday that two new "ping" signals had been detected in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, injecting fresh confidence into the search that had been struggling with a lack of information.


Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.