Iranian muslim cleric Man Haron Monis in 2009, bound in chains and holding an Australian flag outside court, after he was charged with unlawfully using the postal service to menace, after sending harassing letters to families of Australian soldiers. Photograph: Sergio Dioniso/EPA

On Tuesday Australians woke up to find their worst fears realised. The siege in Sydney’s Lindt Chocolate Cafe, which had begun at 9.44am the previous (...)

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images 1:38

The gunman at the centre of the siege at a Sydney cafe was not on a terrorism watchlist, Australia’s prime minister has said, as police began a wide-r(...)

 New South Wales Tactical Police on Phillip Street close to the Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: EPA

The ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney shows the Australian government was not overreaching when in September it raised its terror threat level from ‘me(...)

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside the Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney.  Photograph: Reuters 1:06

llllllllllNew South Wales Police has confirmed three people have been pronounced dead following the Sydney siege — a 34-year-old man, a 38-year-old wo(...)

David Barniville: new chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers and runs the Law Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

These are uncertain times for the Law Library. The economic collapse has meant that an increasing number of barristers are in competition for a smalle(...)

Australian cricketer Sean Abbott arrives at the funeral of  Phillip Hughes in Macksville. Abbott was the bowler who delivered the ball which struck Hughes during a first class cricket match on November 25th. Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Sean Abbott alone will decide whether he wants to return to first class cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, two weeks after his short-pit(...)

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Australia has bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown. The funeral was broadcast live on Wednesday, (...)

Australian Phillip Hughes has died at the age of 25 after being struck by a short ball during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG 2:09

As an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball while on 63 during a Sheffield Sh(...)

Australian cricketer  Phil Hughes celebrates reaching a century during the one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in this January 11th, 2013 file photo. Hughes has died two days after he was struck in the head by a ball during a game in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Files/Reuters. 2:09

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck by a ball. The impact of the hit led to a “c(...)

Australia’s Phil Hughes has been in and out of Australia’s Test side since making his debut in 2009. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in intensive care and on life support in an induced coma after being struck on the head by a bouncer in a Sheffiel(...)