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Australia bows to East Timor to kill controversial gas field treaty


Australia and East Timor have agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries, potentially ending years of dispute over the lucrative oil-rich Timor Gap and closing a chapter of mistrust and enmity between the two neighbours.

Why has there been a spike in drownings in Australia?


Since Christmas Day, the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has endured a devastating 17 deaths by drowning.

Australia denies trying to ‘recruit’ Indonesian soldiers after military ties suspended


Australia on Thursday rejected claims it tried to “recruit” Indonesia’s best soldiers as it worked to mend relations with Jakarta after military ties were suspended.

Marlin drags fisherman into remote waters off Australia


A lone fisherman survived by treading water for six hours after being dragged into the sea by a marlin off Western Australia.

Fiji rocked by powerful 7.2 quake, tsunami warnings briefly raised


A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck off the island nation of Fiji on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Post-mortem to investigate British woman's death, Australian police say


A post-mortem examination is to be held to investigate the unexplained death of a British woman in Australia, police say.

Man filmed 'fishing' in floods amuses Australia


​An Australian man has found instant fame after being filmed pretending to fish during flash floods in Melbourne.

Man arrested over New Year's Eve 'threats' in Sydney, police say


​Australian anti-terror police have charged a man for making threats against Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations.

Police seize 1,100kg in Australia's 'largest cocaine bust'


​Fifteen men have been charged after police said they made the biggest cocaine bust in Australia's history.

Australia's Coogee beach bans alcohol after Christmas party


​Alcohol will be banned at a popular Sydney beach all summer after a Christmas party resulted in a build-up of 15 tonnes (15,000kg) of rubbish.