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(...)

Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing said UK’s withdrawal from the EU will bring considerable challenges for at least two to three years. Photograph: Reuters

Hong Kong’s richest man, one of the biggest investors in the UK, hit a setback in his efforts to cut his reliance on Britain and warned the fallout fr(...)

Australia is ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two human rights groups said on Wednesday. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

Australia is ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the(...)

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