Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. Australia’s highest court gave the United Nations permission today to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country’s power to intercept asylum seekers’ boats outside its territorial waters. Photograph: Reuters

Australia’s highest court gave the United Nations permission today to give evidence in a groundbreaking legal challenge to the country’s power to in(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott said today he would use an upcoming G20 leaders summit to confront Russian president Vladimir Putin over the d(...)

Last year was Australia’s hottest on record, and wildfires raged in New South Wales and Tasmania. Photograph: John Donegan-ABC/Reuters

Australia’s bushfire season officially started last week, and after a warm, dry winter authorities are preparing for the worst. The national maximu(...)

Turkish soldiers are seen yesterday on top of an armoured vehicle, with the Syrian town of Kobani in the background, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc. Photograph: Reuters/Murad Sezer

The main Kurdish armed group in Syria called on its kinsmen across the region to help it stop a massacre in the Syrian town of Kobani as Islamic St(...)

A handout picture made available by the Australian Department of Defense shows two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft conducting a mid air refuelling from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport en route to the Middle East Region.

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, prime minister Tony Abbott said toda(...)

Burqa-clad women wanting to observe parliamentary proceedings in Australia will be forced to watch in glass enclosures away from other members of the (...)

Australia’s Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott won an election last September after campaigning on tough immigration policies, which have been criticised internationally but which polls show remain popular with voters. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Australia will reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, its immigration minister said today, (...)

Police arrest a man in the northwest suburbs of Sydney yesterday. Fifteen people were detained and one charged with terrorism. Photograph: EPA/NSW police handout

Nearly 900 police officers took part in Australia’s biggest ever anti-terror operation yesterday, with synchronised pre-dawn raids across Sydney and B(...)

A man detained by police during a raid sits on the ground in Sydney. Intelligence showed that militants connected with Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today. Photograph: Australian Federal Police/Reuters

Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott said today,(...)

British prime minister David Cameron said the UK “cannot ignore” the threat posed by the Islamic State group, he said. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

The United Kingdom must play its part to confront “the menace” of the Islamic State terrorist group, British prime minister David Cameron has said.(...)