• 4th Test: Spectators call Siraj, Sundar 'bloody grub' at Gabba
    Brisbane, January 15 (IANS): Some spectators at the Gabba on Friday called India bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar "bloody grub" on the first day of the fourth Test against Australia, less than a week after racist abuse allegations directed at the bowler during the third Test in Sydney. A report in Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) on Friday quoted a spectator as saying that speedster Siraj was repeatedly abused by vocal spectators in Section 215 and 216 of the stadiu
  • Smith, Finch hit tons as Australia beat India in tour opener
    SYDNEY, November 27 (Reuters) - Steve Smith and Aaron Finch led the way with centuries as Australia opened their home summer with a one-day victory over India by 66 runs on Friday in the first men's international played in front of a crowd since March. The capacity of the Sydney Cricket Ground was reduced by 50% because of social distancing rules but a crowd of 17,821, mostly backing the tourists, were treated to some fireworks from the home batsmen in the afternoon sun.
  • With hugs, kisses and a drag duo, border between Australia's two largest states reopens
    SYDNEY, November 23 (Reuters): Australia's two biggest states reunited in emotional scenes on Monday as the border - shut for only the second time in 101 years due to the coronavirus pandemic - reopened and the first flights since July landed in Sydney from Melbourne. Friends, family and a musical duo in drag welcomed passengers as they disembarked Qantas flight QF401 at 7:20 a.m. (2020 GMT Sunday), the first of 26 flights scheduled between the two states on Monday. &quo
  • What is the Malabar exercise, and why is it significant?
    NEW DELHI, October 21 (Reuters): Australia will join three-way naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India, in a move that could provoke concern from China, which has criticised similar joint drills in the past. Here are some of the most common questions on the Malabar exercise: WHAT IS THE MALABAR EXERCISE? The Malabar naval exercise began in 1992 as a training event between the United States and India. Japan joined it in 2015, but Australia has not
  • Wider Image: From disease to bushfires, Australia's iconic koalas face bleak future
    KANANGRA-BOYD NATIONAL PARK(Australia), October 19 (Reuters): At work, Morgan Philpott cares for sick children. In his off-hours the Australian paediatric nurse turns his attention to an equally defenceless group: unwell koalas. "They really run the risk of becoming extinct inside our lifetime," Philpott said of the New South Wales koala population at an animal hospital on Sydney's outskirts while helping a veterinarian treat a rescued koala infected with the bacterial
  • Australia saves 25 stranded pilot whales, rescue efforts continue
    SYDNEY, September 22 (Reuters): Rescuers set free around 25 whales on Tuesday that were marooned on a sandbar off the remote west coast of Tasmania in one of Australia's worst beaching events, and hope to save more in coming days. Government scientists said about 90 of the 270-strong pod of pilot whales have died since they were spotted from the air in shallow water off the rugged coastline on Monday. Footage showed large numbers of the animals prone on a wide sandbar at
  • Around 270 whales stranded on sandbar off Australia's Tasmania
    SYDNEY, September 21 (Reuters): Marine biologists were planning the rescue of around 270 whales stranded on a sandbar off the remote west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Monday. Government scientists said it appeared that at least 25 of the animals, believed to be pilot whales, had already died. Pilot whales are a species of oceanic dolphin that grows 7 metres (23 ft) long and can weigh up to 3 tonnes. "While strandings are not uncommon in Tasmania, and wh
  • Indian pomegranates to hit Australian supermarkets for the first time
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 (IANS): Indian pomegranates will soon appear on Australian supermarket shelves for the first time in another positive development in the two countries' agricultural relationship. Australia's High Commissioner to India, Barry O'Farrell AO, said India is well placed to satisfy his country's growing demand for pomegranates, which is fuelled by their use in restaurants and in cooking shows. This follows the completion of an import protocol for
  • Beijing accuses Australia of harassment of Chinese journalists
    BEIJING/SYDNEY, September 9 (Reuters): The Chinese government on Wednesday accused Australia of "blatant irrational behaviour", harassment and violation of the rights of its journalists by searching and seizing items from the homes of four Chinese state media reporters. The revelation of the Australian raids in late June is the latest barb in a deteriorating relationship between the two major trading partners, coming just a day after two Australian journalists flew ho
  • Australia evacuates journalists from China amid 'national security' probe
    SYDNEY, September 8 (Reuters): Two Australian foreign correspondents were rushed out of China for their safety with the help of Australian consular officials after being questioned by China's Ministry of State Security, their employers said on Tuesday. China correspondents for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) sought shelter in Australia's embassy in Beijing and consulate in Shanghai as diplomats negotiated with Chin
  • Environmental groups warn over Australia's World Heritage areas
    CANBERRA, SEPTEMBER 7 (IANS): Australian conservation groups warned on Monday that the country's World Heritage-listed wilderness areas were at risk of being tarnished, including the Great Barrier Reef, ancient forests of Tasmania and the remote northern wetlands. In a letter to the UNESCO Director-General, the group warned of "alarming moves by the government to weaken legal protection for Australia's 20 World Heritage listed properties", reports Xinhua news
  • Queensland becomes first Australian state to outlaw gay conversion therapy
    MELBOURNE, August 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Queensland has become the first state in Australia to criminalise so-called gay conversion therapy after regional lawmakers voted on Thursday to make the practice illegal. Under the new law, healthcare professionals could face up to 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation or gender identity using practices such as aversion therapy, hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis. "The ba
  • Indigenous Australian group blocks Uluru access route over pandemic fears
    SYDNEY, August 4 (Reuters): Australia has closed the national park home to its revered indigenous site of Uluru after some in the community blocked an access route for fear that visitors could carry in coronavirus infections. The country is battling a new wave of the deadly virus, with southeastern Victoria state reeling from hundreds of infections, while Indigenous Australians are seen at greater risk as they suffer a higher incidence of other health woes. "It's up
  • Australia's Victoria declares disaster, sets curfew to curb COVID-19
    MELBOURNE, August 2 (Reuters): Australia's second-most populous state of Victoria declared a state of disaster on Sunday and imposed a nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of its harshest movement restrictions to date to contain a resurgent COVID-19. Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order, has struggled to rein in the disease, with record numbers of infections of the new coronavirus reported last week.
  • Australia tells U.S. it has no intention of injuring important China ties
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters): The United States and close ally Australia held high-level talks on China and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but the Australian foreign minister stressed Canberra's relationship with Beijing was important and it had no intention of hurting it. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper held two days of talks in Washington with their Australian counterparts, who had flown around the world for
  • Angering China, Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong, extends visas
    SYDNEY, July 9 (Reuters): Australia said on Thursday it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to a new security law imposed there and announced measures to attract businesses from the Asian financial hub, provoking an angry response from Beijing.   Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the law introduced last week in Hong Kong was a fundamental change of circumstances and Australia would suspend the extradition agreement.   "There
  • Millions of Australians brace for lockdowns amid Melbourne virus outbreak
    SYDNEY, July 8 (Reuters): Five million Australians face a heavy police clampdown from midnight on Wednesday to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases, with checkpoints to be set up around Melbourne to ensure people stay at home.   State police said they would conduct random checks of vehicles on major roads surrounding the country's second most populous city, creating a "ring of steel" as partial lockdowns are reinstated for six weeks to stem a surge in i
  • Australia won't be intimidated in row with China - PM Morrison
    SYDNEY, June 11 (Reuters): Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday he would not be intimidated by "coercion" after China restricted some Australian exports and urged Chinese tourists and students to avoid Australia.   Diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Canberra have worsened since Australia called for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the new coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan.   Lobbying b
  • Great white shark kills surfer in Australia
    SYDNEY, JUNE 7 (IANS): A 10 foot-long great white shark on Sunday killed a surfer in Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state, police said.   The attack took place off Salt Beach, 800 km north of Sydney, at about 10 a.m., and the shark bit the man's thigh, then circled those who came to his aid, reportedly ramming one of their boards, reports the BBC.   "He was rendered first aid for serious injuries to his left leg but died at the scene," a polic
  • After lockdown, Australians seek to learn survival skills in the bush
    SYDNEY, June 3 (Reuters): Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organisers of a course outside Sydney said.   The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills like foraging for food and water, and also offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. The course filled up soon after the lockdown began to be eased late last month, and there is a lot of demand, the organis