Australia, less than a year ago, became the first country to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes. It did so to reduce the number of deaths (...)

 Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion co-pilot Brett McKenzie looking out the flight deck for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean. Photograph: Jason Reed/EPA

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could take years, US Navy officials suggested today, as search an(...)

Qantas announced it will axe 5,000 jobs in a bid to dramatically cut costs after posting a A$252 million first half loss. Photograph: Dave hunt/EPA

Qantas Airways is axing 15 per cent of its workforce, slashing spending and selling gas-guzzling older planes after stiff competition at home a(...)

A protester in Seoul looks at a sign depicting US Christian missionary Kenneth Bae who has been held in North Korea for more than a year. A second missionary, Australian John Short, has been arrested in Pyongyang, according to his wife Karen. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters.

An Australian man has been arrested while doing missionary work in North Korea, making him the second foreign Christian missionary to be held i(...)

Surfers carrying their boards walk past two women sunbathing and a sign warning swimmers of dangerous surf conditions on an autumn day at Sydney’s Manly Beach today. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

After 22 years of unbroken prosperity, Australia now faces “serious economic challenges”, the inaugural Australia Lecture in Dublin heard last nigh(...)

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou sails in front of Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea in this August 18th, 2013 file photo. Photograph: Ruairidh Villar/Reuters

Australia has summoned China’s ambassador to express concern over its imposition of an “Air Defence Identification Zone” over the East China Sea, the (...)

From an Irish perspective, the resources boom in Western Australia couldn’t have come at a better time. As tens of thousands of construction worker(...)

Huawei is on the verge of becoming a genuine global IT giant. photograph: kiyoshi ota/bloomberg via getty images

The Huawei campus in Shenzhen in southern China is a model of openness and industry as 40,000 mostly young employees happily patrol the 2sq km of the(...)

Aela De Deus, a coffee farmer from East Timor’s Emera distric, prepares dried coffee parchement before it is transfred into bags for transport to Dili. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

Armindo de Deus has worked all his life as a coffee farmer in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. He is a wiry, weather-beaten man with darting, milky(...)

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister and promised immediate action to slow the stream of asylum seekers arriving by boats from I(...)

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