4 days ago
India, Australia hold first 2+2 dialogue

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) In a bid to boost their bilateral strategic partnership keeping the Indo-Pacific region in mind and to increase defence cooperation, India and Australia held their inaugural 2+2 Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries Dialogue here on Tuesday. While Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra participated from the Indian side, Australia...

5 days ago
International terror experts gather in Melbourne for conference

Melbourne, Dec 11 (IANS) Counter terrorism experts from around the world gathered here on Monday to discuss means to combat global extremism, as Australian police warned of increased possibilities of attacks ahead of the holiday season. The International Counter Terrorism Forum, a three-day conference being hosted for the first time outside the US, brings together experts from intelligen...

8 days ago
Australia to hold same-sex marriages from January 2018

Canberra, Dec 8 (IANS) The Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove on Friday signed the law to legalise same-sex marriages, which are now allowed to take place from January 9, 2018, onwards. Following Parliament's approval of the legislation on Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney General George Brandis on Friday presented the law before the representati...

1 month ago
Australian diplomat dies in New York building fall

Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) An Australian UN diplomat has died after falling from a seventh floor of a New York City building. Julian Simpson, 30, a Second Secretary at the UN, died on the Lower East Side in the early hours of Wednesday, the Australian reported. Simpson had been out with his wife and friends before they returned home to admire the view of the Empire State Building,...

1 month ago
Australians decisively support same-sex marriage

Canberra, Nov 15 (IANS) Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll. The vote showed 61.6 per cent of people favour allowing same-sex couples to wed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said, BBC reported on Wednesday. More than 12.7 million people -- about 79.5 per cent of eligible voters -- took part in the eight-week postal s...

1 month ago
Modi meets leaders of five countries in Manila

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met leaders of five countries, including Japan and Australia, ahead of the India-Asean Summit and the East Asia Summit here. Modi started the day with a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Delighted to have met you, Modi tweeted after meeting Turnbull. Our talks today add new vigour to the friendsh...

1 month ago
East Asia Summit kicks-off in Manila

Manila, Nov 14 (IANS) The 12th East Asia Summit kicked-off here on Tuesday where security and trade will be the major topics of discussion among world leaders. The leaders who will participate in the summit are US President Donald Trump, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Ab...

1 month ago
Trump promises to fix trade deficit with Asia

Manila, Nov 13 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Monday promised to reduce his country's trade deficit with Asia and pitched at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit here for reciprocal trade relations. Trump said the US seeks economic partnerships on the basis of fairness and reciprocity with members of the Asean comprising Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, I...

1 month ago
Trump to push agenda at 31st Asean Summit

Manila, Nov 13 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Monday attended the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit here, where he is set to discuss security issues with his fellow leaders. Trump posed in the customary group photo and later took part in the traditional Asean leaders handshake, with the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte standing ne...

1 month ago
Australia refuses New Zealand offer on refugees

Sydney, Nov 5 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday turned down a renewed offer from New Zealand to resettle some refugees from a Papua New Guinea (PNG) detention centre, the media reported. About 600 men are refusing to leave a de-commissioned Australian centre on Manus Island saying they fear attacks from locals, reports the BBC. Turnbull said he would not...

1 month ago
Australia stops producing cars after Holden closes

Canberra, Oct 20 (IANS) The factory of General Motors' subsidiary Holden shut down on Friday in Adelaide, leaving Australia without any domestic automotive production. I feel very sad as we all do. It's the end of an era. You can't get away from the emotional response to the closure, Efe quoted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as saying. Holden, which has produced more ...

3 months ago
Aussie PM's strategy to protect crowded places from terror

Canberra, Aug 20 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday released details of the strategy for protecting crowded places to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing threat of global terrorism. Turnbull said that after months of consultation with law enforcement officials, counter-terror officials and the private sector, the government has devised and released Australia...

4 months ago
Australia to join military drills with US, South Korea

Sydney, Aug 16 (IANS) Australia will join the annual US-South Korea military exercises next week following Pyongyang's decision to hold off its plan to attack Guam, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Wednesday. Payne told the local ABC radio station that Australia has played a small role itself since 2010 and I think we have just over two dozen ADF members participating on this occasi...

4 months ago
Australia may hold postal vote on same-sex marriage

Canberra, Aug 8 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday that if his proposal to hold a plebiscite to decide on legalising same-sex marriage is rejected again by the Senate, he will put it to a non-binding postal vote. Turnbull's promise of a plebiscite to decide on same-sex marriages in 2016 was blocked by the Senate, where the conservative ruling coalition...

4 months ago
'Trump urged Mexican president to stop criticizing wall'

Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) US President Donald Trump told his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto to remain quiet about the border wall, according to a transcript of the conversation revealed on Thursday by The Washington Post. The transcript of Trump's conversation with Mexico's leader was one of two phone calls revealed on Thursday, which provide a rare glimpse into the private conve...

4 months ago
Australia lowers airport terror alert

Perth, Aug 3 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Thursday his decision to lower a terror alert at airports following a raid that led to the arrest of four persons who were allegedly plotting an attack on an airplane. The threat level was raised last week to 'probable' and has now been restored to its previous level, Turnbull said at a joint press conference wit...

4 months ago
Terrorist plot thwarted in Australia

Sydney, July 30 (IANS) A terrorist plot to bring down a plane was foiled late on Saturday, as authorities raided four properties across Sydney, with four men in custody. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the media on Sunday, and said that the arrests were centred around a plan to detonate a bomb -- involving an aeroplane, Xinhua news agency reported. Turnbull s...

4 months ago
Australia detains 4 in anti-terror operation

Wellington, July 29 (IANS) Four persons were arrested in Sydney on Saturday in an anti-terror operation, the police said. The arrests were made after multiple searches were conducted by the Australian Federal Police and the New South Wales Police in the suburbs of Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Punchbowl in Sydney, Efe news reported. Four men have been taken into custody an...

5 months ago
Turnbull demands answers after Australian woman killed in US

Canberra, July 19 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said his government will be demanding answers from US authorities about the killing of an Australian woman by police in Minneapolis city at the weekend. On Saturday night, Australian Justine Damond, 40, was shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 for assistance in rela...

5 months ago
Modi welcomes Australia to Intenational Solar Alliance

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday welcomed Australia to the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and said its membership will provide a great boost to the initiative. The Prime Minister, who met Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, said that the bilateral relations had deepened a lot since his visit to Australia in 2014. A statement from the Pr...

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