Californian sailor welcomes discovery of yacht in Australia

Californian solo sailor Abby Sunderland said on Thursday her "heart skipped a beat" with news that the yacht she abandoned in the remote Indian Ocean in 2010 during and ill-fated round-the-world attempt had been found off the Australian coast.

Australia insists man who lost citizenship isn’t stateless

Australian officials insisted Wednesday that a suspected militant had not been left stateless after he was stripped of his Australian citizenship over his alleged links to the Islamic State group.

Australia raised detained refugee with Thai authorities

Australian officials have raised with Thai authorities the plight of an Australia-based refugee professional soccer player who was detained in Bangkok and fears deportation to his native Bahrain, Australia's foreign minister said Friday.

Australia wants it easier to strip extremists of citizenship

Australia revealed plans on Thursday to increase government powers to strip citizenship from extremists and to control the movements of Australian fighters who return home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq.

Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat

Australia's prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists.

Australia invests in developing Papua New Guinea naval base

Australia announced Thursday it will invest in redeveloping a Papua New Guinea naval base as concerns mount over increasing Chinese influence in the South Pacific.

Former Australian prime minister warns of Indonesia reaction

A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Australia mulls banning some immigrants from biggest cities

Starting a new life in Australia might not come with views of the Sydney Opera House or surfing at the city's Bondi Beach with the government considering a ban on some immigrants from settling in big cities.

Rescued Indian and Irish sailors head for remote island

An Indian and an Irish sailor rescued from damaged sailboats in the remote southern Indian Ocean will be delivered to land on Tuesday when they reach an island and undergo medical assessments, an official said.

Australian lawmaker says MH17 was her most emotional time

Australia's former foreign minister on Tuesday described the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 as the most emotional time of her life.

First asylum seeker boat in 4 years reaches Australia

The first asylum seeker boat has reached Australia in more than four years, a government minister said Monday, as new concerns were raised about the psychological state of children who arrived earlier and were banished by the government.

Colleagues say Australian PM has lost party support, must go

Three senior Cabinet ministers have told Australia's prime minister he has lost his government's support and must hold an internal ballot to elect a new leader quickly, in a major blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's chances of surviving his current political crisis.

Dutton planning 2nd challenge to Australian prime minister

A government lawmaker said on Wednesday he was planning a second challenge against Australia's prime minister after losing a leadership ballot, ensuring that Australia's political instability continues.

Turnbull long under attack from own party’s conservatives

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has long been under attack from the most conservative members of his party who have always regarded him as too progress to lead an Australian center-right government.

Australian political challenger known for hard-right stances

Peter Dutton, the government lawmaker who has challenged Australia's prime minister for his job, is publicly perceived as a hard man and a leading hard-right conservative.