Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott, who says his government has had ‘a year of achievement’ and that repealing the carbon tax is his greatest achievement for women. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Sometimes a phrase just sticks with a government. Historians will have two great contenders when looking to sum up how last year went for Australia(...)

Women from the Muslims and Friends association pay their respects as thousands leave flowers at a memorial outside the Lindt Cafe in Sydney. Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

Australian counter-terrorism police say they have arrested two men in Sydney, eight days after a 16-hour siege in a central city cafe ended with the d(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott attends the memorial service for Katrina Dawson at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 23rd December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Nikki Short

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott says security agencies have reported an increased level of “terrorist chatter” and that “an attack is likely”.S(...)

President Barack Obama said the Sony hacking was an “act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately”. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limitin(...)

A mourner at a floral tribute near a house in which eight children were stabbed to death in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, on Sunday. Photograph

An Australian mother has been charged with the murder of eight children, seven of them hers, two days after their bodies were found in a home in the (...)

 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 (...)