Marise Payne, Australia’s new defence minister, at a Cabinet meeting in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, September 21st, 2015.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia on Monday swore in its first female defence minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee the country’s role in open-ended military engag(...)

Malcolm Turnbull, sworn in as Australia’s sixth PM in eight years, has pledge to revitalise an economy battered by the slowdown in China. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

When he was 21, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull told friends he wanted to be prime minister one day. It took him another 39 years, but he finally got there on (...)

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party, is sworn in at Government House in Canberra, Australia.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull dashed hopes of swift action on progressive issues such as same-sex marriage after he was sworn in as Australia’s (...)

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(...)

Australia’s speaker  Bronwyn Bishop:  her resignation was “overdue and unrepentant”, according to Labor party leader Bill Shorten. Photograph:  Mick Tsikas/EPA

The speaker of the Australian parliament, Bronwyn Bishop, has resigned after almost three weeks of revelations about her spending on helicopters, pla(...)

Danish prime minister has quit as  head of the Social Democrats after an election defeat. Photograph: Gregers Tycho/Polfoto/AP.

A right-wing eurosceptic party that was one of the biggest winners in Denmark‘s parliamentary election stood by demands including a referendum on Euro(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s Social Democrats have taken the lead in polls after their centre-right opponents faced controversy. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/EPA

Denmark’s centre-right opposition has frittered away a 17-point lead and now lags in opinion polls just 10 days ahead of a national election, with pun(...)

Helle Thorning-Schmidt during an election campaign visit at Aalborg, northern Denmark. The prime minister is fighting the tightest Danish election in memory. Photograph: Henning Bagger/AFP/Getty Images

Fluttering red-and-white flags adorned Copenhagen’s Christiansborg – home to the parliament of Borgen television fame – as Denmark celebrated the 100t(...)

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner hold a copy of a check while he speaks at a political rally in Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago. Warner made a televised address Wednesday night, saying he will prove a link between soccer’s governing body and his nation’s elections in 2010. Warner said he has documents and checks that link FIFA officials to the election. Photograph: Anthony Harris/AP 2:45

A former Fifa boss has admitted bribes were paid to senior officials to vote for the 2010 and 1998 World Cups, as a former vice-president of footba(...)

A portrait of Lord Houghton wearing the insignia  by Walter Frederick Osborne, which is in the National Portrait Gallery in London

Ceremonial jewels worn by the Viceroy of Ireland 120 years ago have been discovered in a duchess’s London bank vault and will be sold at auction on We(...)