SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had thwarted an imminent attack linked to Islamic State after arresting two men in Sydney and seizing knives, a video and a flag associated with the militant group.
Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its action against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, has been on heightened alert for attacks by home-grown Islamist radicals since last year.
SYDNEY, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott’s tenuous grip on power has again put climate-change
policy at the centre of the nation’s political leadership
struggle, raising concerns among miners and hopes for renewable
Abbott, a climate-change sceptic, faces a vote on his
leadership of the conservative Liberal Party on Monday, which
could invite a challenge from former environment minister
Malcolm Turnbull, the man he ousted as party leader in 2009.
SYDNEY, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott, fighting for his political life, said he would bring
forward to Monday a meeting of his ruling party to consider a
challenge to his leadership in an effort to halt a destabilising
A member of Abbott’s conservative Liberal Party called on
Friday for a secret ballot to decide whether to declare the
leadership and deputy leadership positions vacant, to be held at
a scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
SYDNEY, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Embattled Australian Prime
Minister Tony Abbott said he will fight a challenge to his
leadership at a party-room meeting next week after disgruntled
government lawmakers on Friday sought to oust him following
weeks of divisive speculation.
A member of Abbott’s ruling conservative Liberal Party,
Western Australian MP Luke Simpkins, sent an email to colleagues
to announce he will seek a vote on the party’s top two positions
at a scheduled party meeting in Canberra on Tuesday.
SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) – A video message from his father, who he thought was dead, may have led to a prominent North Korean defector recanting parts of the dramatic story of his escape from a prison camp, the head of a U.N. inquiry on the state’s human rights abuses said.
Shin Dong-hyuk has said he was tormented to see his father alive and speaking in the video released by the North in October.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed.
Police have not publicly identified the gunman but a police source named him as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh known for sending hate mail to the families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan. He was charged last year with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, but had been free on bail.
SYDNEY, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Australian security forces opened
fire on Tuesday as they stormed the Sydney cafe where several
hostages were being held at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a
standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.
Media said that two people, including the gunman, had been
killed. New South Wales police declined to comment on the
reports, and it was not clear whether the fatalities occurred
during the rescue operation itself.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.
Heavy gunfire and loud bangs rang out shortly after 2 a.m. local time (10a.m. ET on Monday), and moments earlier at least six people believed to have been held captive had managed to flee the scene.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s defense minister on Wednesday apologized after saying he would not trust the government-owned submarine firm “to build a canoe”, comments that fueled expectations that most work in a A$40 billion ($34 billion) program will go offshore.
Reuters reported in September that Australia was leaning towards buying as many as 12 off-the-shelf stealth submarines from Japan.
BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) – Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible “frozen conflict” in Europe.