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Boat refugees to leave PNG despite US uncertainty: Australia

Sydney - Hundreds of refugees being held at a remote Papua New Guinea detention camp will be moved by October despite uncertainty over a resettlement deal with the United States, Australia's immigration minister said Thursday.

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Sydney - The painstaking search for missing flight MH370 has uncovered a previously unknown undersea world of volcanoes, deep valleys and soaring ridges, according to detailed maps released by Australia.

Aborigines in Australia longer than previously thought: study

Sydney - Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years, longer than previously thought, roaming the area alongside giant megafauna, scientists said in a finding that sheds fresh light on when modern humans left Africa.

Refugee fears over Australia-US resettlement plan

Sydney - The abrupt departure of American officials from an Australian Pacific island refugee camp has fanned fears among asylum-seekers that plans to resettle them in the US may not go ahead, an activist group said Sunday.

Op-Ed: Middle management — Time to go, forever

Sydney - Middle management has long been one of the longest four letter words in any language. It’s a mix of bureaucracy, trivia, and obstructive practices which has stymied real change for years, and it’s getting worse.

Afghan charged over smuggling asylum-seekers to Australia

Sydney - An Afghan man who reportedly made millions of dollars smuggling asylum-seekers to Australia by boat has been extradited from Indonesia and charged with 10 offences, Australian police said Friday.

Australia to compel chat apps to hand over encrypted messages

Sydney - Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday.

George the wombat turns one, warms hearts again

Sydney - An orphan baby wombat who warmed the hearts of the world in a viral Facebook video viewed 40 million times has turned one, with his latest exploits also proving a huge hit.

MH17 lawyer tells Putin to 'make amends' over crash

Sydney - Russian President Vladimir Putin must "make amends" for those killed on a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine, the lawyer representing victims said Wednesday ahead of the third anniversary of the disaster.

Australia cautiously enters medical marijuana market

Melbourne - At a secret location in Australia's southeast, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting.

Cardinal Pell back in Australia to face abuse charges

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell arrived back in Australia on Monday ahead of a court appearance later this month over historical sex abuse charges.

Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia

Sydney - Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes.

I'll urge Pacquiao to quit, says trainer Roach

Brisbane - Manny Pacquiao's trainer advised the Filipino legend to quit boxing Monday after his sensational defeat to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn.

Pacquiao still 6-1 favorite to beat Horn on Saturday in Brisbane

Barely a day before fight night at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is still 6-1 favorite to win over unbeaten Australian challenger Jeff Horn.

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Sydney - Australia's Catholic leaders have spoken out in support of Cardinal George Pell describing the Vatican finance chief as a "thoroughly decent man" after he was charged with historical sexual offences.

Pacquiao wants to fight again in Australia after Horn bout

WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao hopes to fight again in Australia after having been accorded a warm welcome and reception by the Australian people as well as the Filipino communities in Brisbane and other parts of Australia.

Sex abuse scandal haunts Australia's top Catholic cleric

Sydney - From country priest to trusted top Vatican aide, the rise of Australia's most senior Catholic cleric George Pell has been plagued in its twilight by sordid controversies from the past.

Pope aide Pell 'strenuously' denies child sex abuse

Sydney - Vatican finance chief George Pell "strenuously" denies all allegations of historic child sex offences and will return home to clear his name, Catholic officials said Thursday.

Pacquiao's next fight could happen in the Philippines

In his desire to please his Filipino fans and supporters, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao may stage his next fight in the Philippines possibly before the end of the year.

Pacquiao says there could be a KO if Horn engages him in a brawl

Manny Pacquiao isn't in the habit of predicting knockout win against his opponents in the past but less than four days before his title fight against Jeff Horn, the 39-year-old fighting senator said a KO is possible the moment Horn engages him in a brawl.
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