Australian federal police deputy commissioner Michael Phelan (l) speaks to the media with Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott in Sydney. Five teenagers have been arrested in Melbourne for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the Anzac Day ceremony. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Five Australian teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamaic State-inspired terrorist attack at a veterans’ day ceremony that wo(...)

Souvenirs commemorate the Gallipoli campaign at a shop in Eceabat. Turkey has moved commemorations up one day. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Turkey has been accused of belittling the imminent centenary of the Armenian genocide by advancing its Gallipoli commemorations to the same day. (...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott says the new vaccine regulation is  a very important measure ‘to keep our children and our families as safe as possible’. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

The Australian government has announced new measures aimed at curbing the growing number of people who refuse to vaccinate their children. Parents wh(...)

Former Australia cricket captain and broadcasting legend Richie Benaud has died age 84. Photograph: PA

Former Australia cricket captain and renowned commentator Richie Benaud has died aged 84. He had been receiving treatment for skin cancer since Novemb(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and Russian president Vladimir Putin cuddle koalas before the start of the first G20 meeting in November 2014. Photograph: Andrew Taylor/G20 Australia/Getty Images

The personal details of world leaders such as US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron, including passport numbers and visa (...)

Ashley Judd: supporters of a basketball team posted tweets calling Judd a ‘whore’ and threatening her with sexual violence. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Should we worry about Ashley Judd setting the cops on a bunch of Twitter-happy knuckleheads? There are certainly greater threats to the global communi(...)

Downtown Sydney: while the IMF is concerned the housing market in Australia is overheating, experts point to the ‘natural rise in capital city property’. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Australia’s unemployment level is at a 12-year high (though at 6.4 per cent it’s still far lower than in most developed countries), its interest rate (...)

A screengrab taken from Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s St Patricks Day video message which has been deemed ‘patronising’. Photograph: YouTube

If Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is aware of the Taoiseach’s displeased response to the former’s St Patrick’s Day message, he has not let i(...)

Kenny rejects ‘stage Irish’ image in Australian leader’s video 1:19

The clumsy association of St Patrick’s Day celebrations and alcohol by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has received a surprisingly sharp rebuke (...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny has during his St Patrick’s Day trip to the US said  he disagreed with Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, who has been  widely criticised  for his video message to Irish ex-pats in Australia in which he mentions drinking Guinness. Photograph:  Erik S Lesser/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he rejects the “stage Irish” image of Irish people on St Patrick’s Day and said he disagreed with Australian prime minis(...)