Big tobacco companies have fought vigorously against the Australian government’s plain packaging laws since they were introduced in 2011. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris will be forced to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to Australia after its failed case against plain packaging (...)

Mai Thi Bach Lan in Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City: her husband  was required to prepare a traditional meal with the family. Photograph: Clifford Coonan

Pho is a serious business in Vietnam. In the city formerly known as Saigon, the noodle soup became popular first when millions fled from the North dur(...)

A diver swims on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: AP

The United Nations cultural heritage body Unesco urged Australia on Saturday to accelerate efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef, saying long term ta(...)

Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa are shown in this photo released by the family in Salt Lake City,  US. Mr Cochran was killed and his wife badly injured during Wednesday’s attack in London. Photograph: Payne family/via Reuters

London One was a veteran police constable with the Metropolitan Police force in London. A second was a teacher who, according to reports, was walking(...)

Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The Trump administration will honour a commitment by the United States to resettle 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention sources, the Au(...)

Carol Friel, Gavin Grace and Stephanie Lyons have all moved from Ireland and are now living in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jacky Ghossein

We have seen so many documentaries in the past decade about the Irish misbehaving down under that you could be forgiven for thinking the contingent in(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull  announced that the Migration Act will be amended to ensure that asylum seekers who try to come to Australia by boat are forbidden from  entering the country. Photograph: EPA

The Australian government plans to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into the country. The ban(...)

Anna Neistat, senior director for research with Amnesty International, talks to journalists behind a copy of a report she co-authored titled ‘Island of Despair - Australia’s “Processing” of Refugees on Nauru’ in Sydney, Australia, on Monday. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Amnesty International has condemned Australia’s offshore detention regime on Nauru as an “open-air prison” and akin to “torture”, where refugees and a(...)

Photograph: iStock

A proposed tax on working holidaymakers in Australia has been lowered, bringing (relatively) good news for Irish backpackers heading down under. New(...)

A protest against  TTIP and CETA outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels, on Tuesday. The protest followed  mass rallies in Germany. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the role of th(...)

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