Australia

Spies target Pacific

AIRWAY SPIES: US whistleblower Edward Snowden's document release shows widespread mobile phone spying across the South Pacific.

Mobile phone networks across the South Pacific and Indonesia targeted by Aussie spies.

Meth-filled soda bust

SODA POPPED: Methamphetamine hidden in soft drink and cocaine were seized in the $160m bust.

Australian authorities seize meth-filled lemonade bottles worth $160m.

Royal radio prank 'broke law'

ROYAL PRANK: 2Day FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian.

Australia's High Court has backed up broadcasting watchdog's finding on 2Day FM's royal prank call.

When redback spiders fight snakes video

The redback spider with its victim on Neale Postlethwaite's farm.

They said it rarely happened, but redback spider versus snake duels have been captured in Australia - twice.

Govt appeals sexting mum's punishment

NO JAIL: A non-custodial sentence for a woman who sexted photos of her young daughter to a lover was not harsh enough, an appeal by the Queensland government says.

Mum who sent explicit photos of her daughter,12, wasn't punished harshly enough, court told.

3 killed in Queensland shooting

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  A general view of a Victoria Police officer wearing a high visibility vest on patrol on September 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

A young boy, a middle-aged man and a woman in her 20s were killed in a small house near Toowoomba.

Skydiver saved after mid-air seizure

Christopher can be seen spiraling through the air following the seizure

Heart-stopping footage of a skydiver suffering a seizure over Western Australia has taken the internet by storm.

MH370 search 'can't go on forever'

Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers who were on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 outline their demands to the airline at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur February 20, 2015.

A year since Malaysian Airlines jet MH370 vanished, officials are considering calling off the search.

Police to scour bush for missing toddler

William Tyrell.

Tip-off has leads Australian police to dense bushland six months after the toddler mysteriously vanished.

New plane tracking system trialled

Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers who were on board MH370 outline their demands to the airline at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur last month.

As one-year anniversary of MH370 looms, Australia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans.

Indonesia TV plea for Bali nine

PLEADING: Michael Chan, pictured here with his mother Helen, has been a vocal supporter of his brother Andrew's appeals for clemency.

Michael Chan gets his family's message across on local TV broadcast.

Toddler killed in Australian storm

Emergency crews at the house where a boy was killed during storms on Saturday night.

A two-year-old boy was killed when a tree fell on his family's house during a wild thunderstorm in Victoria, Australia.

Grim Bali nine news

Myuran Sukumaran walks inside Kerobokan prison in Bali.

Preparations for the transfer of the Bali nine duo to "execution island" is all but complete.

More warning over deported criminals

CHANGES: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key have agreed  to share more information about trans-Tasman deportations.

Australia will give New Zealand more warning before deporting convicted Kiwi-born criminals at the end of their sentence.

No review of executions

ON DEATH ROW: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Tony Abbott said Jokowi was "carefully considering" his position on Chan and Sukumaran, the Indonesian leader disagrees.

Kiwi's death in Cairns investigated

Philip Quayle

Police try to piece together the last minutes of former Nelson man's life before he was found on a street.

Prince Harry to spend time in NZ

Prince Harry is believed to be heading to Australia and intends to spend time in New Zealand while down under.

Prince Harry is reportedly going to end his active military career and head to Australia and New Zealand.

NZ v Australia banter starts up

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key attended the trans-Tasman 2015 Gala Dinner in Auckland.

The sledging between New Zealand and Australia that can be expected on Eden Park tomorrow began tonight between prime ministers John Key and Tony Abbott.

Bishop nods off during Abbott's NZ speech video

Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's hectic travel schedule appears to have caught up with - right in the middle of a speech by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

NZ hexed for Australian PMs? video

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on his arrival into Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday 27 February 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

As Tony Abbott touches down in Auckland he has good reason to fear.

Australian killed fighting Islamic State

JOINED THE FIGHT: A man reported killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria has been identified as 28-year-old Australian Ashley Kent Johnston.

Man killed in Syria after joining Kurds battling IS jihadists has been identified as Ashley Kent Johnson.

No charges for ex-teacher

NO CHARGES: The Tangimoana house where Ronald Thomas was found living in December last year.

 Man found living in Manawatu decades after abuse accusations in Tasmania will not be charged.

Man denies taking child bride

BRIDAL DENIAL: Mustafa Abdel Ghany denied marrying a 15-year-old girl when he appeared at Bankstown Local Court today.

Mustafa Abdel Ghany has denied he married a 15-year-old girl in a backyard ceremony in Sydney.

Kids on Ebola watch

Picture Shows: Dr Javid Abdelmoneim in full Bio-hazard protective suit preparing medication to treat patients inside the High Risk Zone. Ebola Frontline Tuesday 3 March at 9.30pm on ABC.  MMag TV previews for Sunday 1 March by Melinda Houston. Image supplied by ABC publicity.

Two children are being tested for Ebola at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Preparations for Bali nine executions '90 per cent ready'

Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan. Australian academics are seeking the Indonesian president's mercy.

Indonesia's attorney-general says preparations for the execution of Bali nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are "90 per cent ready", revealing that 10 felons will face a firing squad in the next round of killings.

Parents urge better care

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Parents of a young Kiwi who died in Perth after a misdiagnosis call for better health services in remote Western Australia.

NZer's death misdiagnosed

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A 21-year-old woman died in Perth from toxic shock after a doctor misdiagnosed her illness as gastroenteritis.

Seven put Abbott on notice

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time.

They voted for him in the failed spill, now group believe Aussie PM has to be removed to revive the govt's fortunes.

Octopus vs crab battle video

Octopus vs crab.

Australian seafood assistant captures epic octopus versus crab battle on video that takes off online.

Abbott terror crackdown

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces amendments will be made to the Australian Citizenship Act so dual nationals may have their citizenship revoked.

Aussies with dual-citizenship accused of terrorism will be stripped of their rights under new measures.

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