Kane Douglas in action for Leinster against Munster last season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lock Kane Douglas became eligible to play for Australia at the World Cup yesterday when he signed a three-year deal to join the Queensland Reds. The 2(...)

Etihad has tried to have the case dismissed

A man is suing Etihad Airways over claims he suffered a back injury after being seated next to an overweight passenger in economy class. James Bassos (...)

Protesters demonstrate during a Reclaim Australia Rally at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, on July 19th.  Photograph: EPA

After the anti-Islam rally in Melbourne on July 18th turned violent, with clashes between rival groups and arrests, the police in Sydney were taking n(...)

Australian surf champion Mick Fanning recounts his close encounter with a shark at a press conference in Sydney on July 21st, 2015. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images 1:38

A visibly shaken Mick Fanning arrived home in Australia on Tuesday saying he would not turn his back on surfing despite needing a “miracle” to survive(...)

 Sunshine Coast Falcons prop James Ackerman: he underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital in Brisbane. The match was subsequently abandoned. Photograph: Getty Images

A rugby league player has died in hospital as a result of injuries he sustained during a Queensland Cup match at the weekend. Sunshine Coast Falcons (...)

Australia’s treasurer Joe Hockey said fuel excise would not affect the poor because they “don’t have cars or actually drive very far”. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia’s capital Canberra has had its first snow of the year, the city is waking up to sub-zero temperatures and parliament is in its last sitting (...)

Australian political advisor Grahame Morris said Australia should not follow Ireland’s example in having a same-sex marriage referendum. Screengrab: Sky News

An Australian political advisor has called the Irish “people who can’t grow potatoes” and said “they’ve got a mutant lawn weed as their national sy(...)

 Storm Uechtritz  in  Dublin.  “Sometimes in life it really helps to take a step back and try to understand that there are always two sides to a story.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TimesTimes

RTÉ researchers shouldn’t wait too long to book Australian TV producer Storm Uechtritz, for the popular genealogical TV show Who Do You Think You Are?(...)

 Divers on  the Great Barrier Reef, which Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called on the Australian government to protect. File photograph: Jeff Hunter/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images

A heritage committee of the Unesco cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raise(...)

Vehicle seen leaving actor Johnny Depp’s rented residence in Coomera on the Gold Coast, Australia, on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA 0:47

Johnny Depp’s two dogs are set to be euthanised at 10am Saturday (1am Irish time) unless they are removed from Australia. The actor illegally brought (...)