A floral memorial  in Martin Place near the Lindt cafe in Sydney. Tens of thousands of people in Sydney have paid tribute to the two victims of the siege, barrister Katrina Dawson and cafe manager Tori Johnson. Photograph: Reuters 1:56

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage crisis after tough new security laws and th(...)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie join thousands of Sydney residents to lay flowers at a memorial near the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place following the  siege. Photograph: EPA

Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister, has said his national security team needed to look into why a self-styled Islamist activist with a trouble(...)

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(...)

A Lindt hostage escaping the cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, on Monday. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

The first that most people heard about what was to rapidly become Sydney’s biggest security operation in more than three decades came shortly after 1(...)

A file picture of Iranian muslim cleric Man Haron Monis bound in chains and holding an Australian flag after being charged with seven counts of unlawfully using the postal service to menace in 2009. Photograph: EPA 0:58

Until his entry into the global media spotlight as the shadowy figure at the centre of the Sydney cafe siege, Man Haron Monis had long been viewed as (...)

 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(...)

Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke led the tributes at the funeral of Phillip Hughes 2:07

Australia captain Michael Clarke led the tributes at the funeral of Phillip Hughes in Macksville on Wednesday, as thousands of mourners looked on.The (...)

An employee walks past a stacker as it loads crushed iron ore at a processing facility in the Solomon mining hub in Western Australia. The mining industry, along with mining-related activities,  accounts for about 20 per cent of Australian GDP, and 10 per cent of employment. Photograph: Sergio Dionisio/Bloomberg

Australia’s economic growth unexpectedly slowed last quarter as sliding export prices took a heavy toll on national income, and the outlook is even da(...)

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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, (...)