Australia

Australia warns of possible attacks in Kenyan capital

NAIROBI - Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government said in a travel alert on Friday, without naming any group it suspected might opt for violence.

Australia's NSW state election set to greenlight blockbuster energy sell-off

SYDNEY - The Australian state of New South Wales is expected to re-elect its conservative government on Saturday, endorsing the country's largest ever privatization, the partial sale of a state-owned electricity network worth around A$17 billion ($13 billion).

World, 27 Mar 2015

Leaked Pacific trade pact draft shows investment carve-outs sought

WASHINGTON - Australia's medicine subsidies, Canadian films and culture, and capital controls in Chile would be carved out from investment protection rules being negotiated in a Pacific trade pact, according to a draft text released by Wikileaks on Wednesday.

26 Mar 2015

Australia kicks off $39 billion submarine tender

ADELAIDE, Australia - Australia has invited Germany, France and Japan to pitch for a contract to build its new submarine fleet, kicking off a contentious A$50 billion ($38.8 billion) project which has become a political football at home.

Cyclone on course to smash into Australian coast a second time

SYDNEY - Three days after making landfall, Cyclone Nathan continued to threaten Australian coastal communities, with 400 residents of a remote northern island on Monday ordered to evacuate after meteorologists warned the storm was intensifying.

World, Environment, 22 Mar 2015

Japan firms to be a surprise no-show at Australian submarine event

TOKYO - Two Japanese firms that until recently were the frontrunners to win a multi-billion dollar contract to build Australia's new submarines have rebuffed an invitation to attend a gathering of top Australian naval officials and politicians this week.

World, Japan, Tony Abbott 22 Mar 2015

Australia signals approval of China-based AIIB; Japan divided

TOKYO/SYDNEY - Australia said on Friday there was a lot of merit in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) while Japan's finance minister signalled cautious approval of the institution that the United States has warned against.

China, Japan, 20 Mar 2015

Australia honors victims of deadly siege as Sydney cafe reopens

SYDNEY - A Sydney cafe that was the scene of a siege three months ago reopened on Friday with plaques honoring two victims killed during the 16-hour standoff, which prompted tighter Australian immigration controls and a review of anti-terror laws. | Video

World, 20 Mar 2015

Former Australian leader Malcolm Fraser dies at 84

SYDNEY - Former conservative Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who led the country from 1975 to 1983 but later turned against his party over its tough immigration policy and involvement in the Iraq war, died on Friday, his office said. He was 84. | Video

World, Tony Abbott, Iraq, People 20 Mar 2015

Indonesian court delays decision on Australian death row convicts

JAKARTA - Two Australian drug convicts on death row in Indonesia will not be executed this month after a court on Thursday postponed their appeal hearing against the rejection of a request for presidential clemency.

World, Indonesia 19 Mar 2015
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Iran, powers close in on two-three page nuclear deal; success uncertain: officials

LAUSANNE, Switzerland/ANKARA - Iran and major powers are close to agreement on a 2- or 3-page accord with specific numbers that would form the basis of a long-term settlement aimed at ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, officials said on Friday.