Australia’s speaker  Bronwyn Bishop:  her resignation was “overdue and unrepentant”, according to Labor party leader Bill Shorten. Photograph:  Mick Tsikas/EPA

The speaker of the Australian parliament, Bronwyn Bishop, has resigned after almost three weeks of revelations about her spending on helicopters, pla(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Officers carry debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island. Photograph: EPA 0:50

Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviatio(...)

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(...)

Adam Brookman (39) was arrested after arriving in Sydney from Syria overnight. Stock photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

An Australian nurse accused of giving medical assistance to the Islamic State militant group fighting in Syria appeared in a Sydney court on Saturday (...)

Islamic State militants are seen with an Islamic State flag. Photograph: AP

An Australian nurse alleged to have given medical assistance to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria could face arrest for violating new securit(...)

Police in Melbourne use pepper spray on counter-protesters at a Reclaim Australia rally. Photograph: Luis Ascui/Getty Images

Several hundred Australian anti-immigration and anti-racism activists have clashed with police in Melbourne in a rare display of violence in a country(...)

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 (...)

Australia has vowed to stop asylum-seekers reaching its shores, turning boats back to Indonesia when it can and sending asylum-seekers to camps in impoverished Papua New Guinea and Nauru for long-term detention. Photograph: Saeed Khansaeed/AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott declined to comment on Friday on reports the Australian navy paid a group of people-smugglers thousands of dolla(...)

 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(...)