Australia PM: Islamic State orphans face hurdles to return

Australia's prime minister says hurdles remain to repatriating three orphaned Australian children of a convicted terrorist from a Syrian refugee camp and national security interests must come first.

Media lawyers in Australian court over Cardinal gag order

Dozens of high-profile Australian journalists and major media organizations have been represented by lawyers in a court on charges relating to breaches of a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions for sexually molesting two choirboys.

American extradited to Australia charged with murder of Thai

Australian police on Sunday charged a man extradited from the United States with murder in the death of a Thai national, whose body was found bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road.

Australia opposes death penalty as Assange supporters march

Australia says it will oppose the death penalty for Julian Assange if he's extradited to the United States, as protesters in Sydney called for his release and Australia's journalists' union voiced support for him.

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management.

New Zealand’s new gun laws get final assent to take effect

New Zealand's governor general has formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch.

Trump critic is favorite to become Australian prime minister

If Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten becomes prime minister and visits the U.S., he can expect questions about a radio interview he gave three years ago in which he said some of then-presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's views were "barking mad."

Australian prime minister expected to call May 18 election

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called for a May election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised Governor-General Peter Cosgrove as representative of Australia's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, to set the election date.