Kevin Wall on Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

A stringent English language test is delaying or denying many Irish people from getting Australian citizenship. The test difficulty got national expo(...)

New Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and  Tony Abbott. Photograph: Mark Graham/Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images 0:48

Australia has its fourth prime minister in just over two years after Tony Abbott was defeated 54 to 44 by Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal p(...)

Migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open” to providing more financial assistance, prime minister Tony Abbo(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Adam Brookman (39) was arrested after arriving in Sydney from Syria overnight. Stock photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

An Australian nurse accused of giving medical assistance to the Islamic State militant group fighting in Syria appeared in a Sydney court on Saturday (...)

 Divers on  the Great Barrier Reef, which Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called on the Australian government to protect. File photograph: Jeff Hunter/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images

A heritage committee of the Unesco cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raise(...)

Google is among 30 multinationals to be investigated for alleged tax avoidance. Its Australian subsidiary has denied any evasion.

The Australian government announced a world-leading crackdown on Monday on alleged tax avoidance by 30 multinational companies that will likely force (...)

An ambulance carrying the coffin of a death row prisoner arrives at Wijayapura port after returning from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters 1:37

Australia will withdraw its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the execution of two of its citizens for drug smuggling.Prime minister Tony Abbott(...)

Policemen and rescuers stand next to a tent used as a DNA extraction centre on Sunday in front of a commemorative headstone in Seyne-les-Alpes in the French Alps. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images 1:53

Reports have suggested the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had suffered from mental health issues and may have been receiving treatment for vision(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The family of Ibrahim Halawa has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and have him released from jail in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on(...)