New Australia PM, Indonesia president ride bikes as diplomatic wheels turn

New Australia PM, Indonesia president ride bikes as diplomatic wheels turn

Australia's new prime minister and Indonesia's president rode bamboo bicycles together on Monday as they held talks to boost ties, as Canberra embarks on a diplomatic charm offensive aimed at countering China's growing assertiveness in the region.

Australia says Chinese fighter jet intercepted surveillance craft in May

Australia says Chinese fighter jet intercepted surveillance craft in May

A Chinese fighter aircraft dangerously intercepted an Australian military surveillance plane in the South China Sea region in May, Australia's defence department said on Sunday.

Australia's new PM Albanese sworn in, off to Tokyo for Quad summit

Australia's new PM Albanese sworn in, off to Tokyo for Quad summit

Australia's Labor Party leader, Anthony Albanese, was sworn in as the country's 31st prime minister on Monday, promising to bring the country together after a fractious election campaign as he vowed to tackle climate change and inequality.

Australia fully reopens borders after two years

Australia fully reopens borders after two years

Australia on Monday fully reopened its international borders to travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus after nearly two years of pandemic-related closings as tourists returned and hundreds of people were reunited with family and friends.

After two years of closed borders, Australia welcomes the world back

After two years of closed borders, Australia welcomes the world back

Australia said on Monday it will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers this month, ending two years of misery for the tourism sector, reviving migration and injecting billions of dollars into the world No. 13 economy.

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australian authorities on Tuesday confirmed a person with Covid-19 had the new Omicron variant after disclosing that the person had been active in the community, but urged calm as they weighed up the severity of the strain.

Concerns over Covid variant trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases

Concerns over Covid variant trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases

Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered a sell-off on financial market

Australian police take control of Solomon Islands capital after days of unrest

Australian police take control of Solomon Islands capital after days of unrest

Australian police began taking control of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara on Friday after days of violent protests in the South Pacific island nation, witnesses said.

Durian fruit sparks Canberra 'gas leak' emergency

Durian fruit sparks Canberra 'gas leak' emergency

Canberra firefighters rushed to a store in Australia's capital Friday after reports of a gas leak -- only to find the smell was caused by the penetrating waft of durian fruit.

Sydney to scrap quarantine, readies to welcome overseas visitors

Sydney to scrap quarantine, readies to welcome overseas visitors

Sydney will scrap all quarantine requirements for travellers from next month, officials said Friday, an abrupt step toward reopening Australia's long-shuttered borders.

Australia to ease 18-month-old border closure 'within weeks' Sydney

Australia to ease 18-month-old border closure 'within weeks' Sydney

Australia will begin to reopen its borders next month, the country's prime minister said Friday, 18 months after citizens were banned from travelling overseas without permission.

Sydney outbreak a 'national emergency' as cases spike

Sydney outbreak a 'national emergency' as cases spike

Sydney's fast-growing coronavirus outbreak has become a "national emergency," state leaders said Friday, as Australia's largest city reported another record number of new infections.