Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Graham /AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull clung to power on Wednesday as rebel Liberal Party deputies pressed for a second leadership contest just a(...)

Cardinal George Pell denies allegations of sexual assault. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

For years, Cardinal George Pell was dogged by questions of what he knew about the child sexual abuse that happened under his watch in his home state o(...)

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo: Unlike his predecessor, Turnbull is articulate and doesn’t come as across as permanently spoiling for a fight. Photograph: Adek Berry/ EPA

Two months after his own Liberal Party dumped Tony Abbott as prime minister, Australia is a more relaxed and confident country. In September, just be(...)

Alcohol has been a factor in three-quarters of the deaths from unexpected one-punch assaults to the head, commonly called “king hits”,  in Australia since 2000.

On December 20th, 2008, Tyrone man Patrick Crilly was punched by a Sydney pub bouncer, causing him to fall and hit his head on concrete.It was an unpr(...)

Protesters burn pictures of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott during an anti-spying protest outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Recent evidence that the Australian government has used phone tapping mechanisms to spy on the Indonesian president and first lady, has caused a rift between the two countries. Photograph: Oscar Siagian/Getty Images

Tony Abbott will be very happy to get to Christmas after a testing first three months as Australia’s prime minister – happy that Australians are about(...)