Fairfax Media’s “Sydney Morning Herald” and “Financial Review” newspapers. The newspaper chain is united with its rival News Corp in opposing legislation that could see journalists jailed for up to 10 years for disclosing information on covert intelligence operations. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Code, a television drama currently showing in Australia – and in Britain and Ireland on BBC Four – is about fear and loathing between journalism, (...)

Cheryl Grigsby, manager of the Western Australia Department of Health’s international workforce supply bureau. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A cartoon in the West Australian newspaper depicting Irish nurses and a leprechaun doing a jig at the bedside of two hospital patients caused a bit of(...)

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(...)

A nun told the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down today that the Sisters of Nazareth were involved in sending about 111 children to Australia

The Sisters of Nazareth have accepted that there was a “grave injustice” done to some 130 children who were sent to Australia from care homes in North(...)

Johnny Depp with Keira Knightly in Pirates Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Don’t worry, Timmy. Screenwriter isn’t dead. It’s being sent to a nice farm in the country where it can play with the horses, roll in the sun and chew(...)

Billionaire Clive Palmer accused the “communist Chinese government” of trying to steal Australia’s natural resources. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

One of the more lively verbal spats in the region last week was sparked by the Australian legislator and mining magnate, Clive Palmer, who went on tel(...)

A clip from the 60 Minutes programme on Australia’s Nine Network in which David and Wendy Farnell said they wanted both babies but the surrogate mother threatened to involve the police and they feared she would keep both children.

The Australian biological parents of twins caught up in a surrogacy scandal in Thailand wanted both babies but the surrogate mother threatened to inv(...)

A Canadian recruitment leaflet targeting the Irish population

Almost 20,000 Irish soldiers served in the Canadian army during the first World War, according to new figures. A total of 19,327 of those who served i(...)

Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle. Photograph: Reuters

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s campaign for election last year was largely based on three-word slogans such as “Axe the tax” (a promise to(...)

Peter Greste: the Australian journalist stands inside the court cage during the sentencing session yesterday. Photograp: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

International outrage at Egypt’s crackdown on dissent intensified yesterday after three journalists for al-Jazeera English were sentenced to seven yea(...)