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'Pay up or die': Thousands of Australians receive death threat text messageupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 06:49:00

Police agencies across Australia put out alerts Monday declaring as fake text messages and emails sent to thousands of Australians that said they had two days to pay $5,000 or die.

Lady boxer breaks Olympic glass ceilingupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 07:28:00

Marlen Esparza helps shatter a glass ceiling as one of the first women to box at the Olympics.

Regardless of wins, female athletes fly economyupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 07:28:00

The Australian women's basketball team and the Japanese women's soccer team flew in premium economy seats in their flights to Europe, while their male counterparts stretched out in business class.

Shark rips surfer in half in Australiaupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 06:04:00

A massive hunt is on for a great white shark that killed a surfer off the coast of Australia. Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

Australia aids boat in distress south of Indonesiaupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 22:30:00

A Royal Australian Navy vessel Wednesday located a boat in distress south of Indonesia and was poised to help with a rescue if it became necessary, authorities said.

Scores rescued from water after ship capsizes off Australiaupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 22:57:00

Rescuers pulled 130 people from the waters between Australia and Indonesia on Wednesday after a ship capsized, the Australian authorities said.

Australia to train Afghan forces after withdrawal of combat forcesupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 07:09:00

Australia pledged Thursday to provide troops and resources in Afghanistan beyond a 2014 deadline to withdraw combat forces, a commitment that came as NATO's chief vowed the alliance would not leave a security vacuum in the country.

Australia to create world's largest network of marine parksupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 01:50:00

Australia plans to create the world's largest network of marine reserves, its government announced Thursday.

Australian Olympic swimmers in hot water after gun photoupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 06:17:00

Two Australian Olympic swimmers who posted pictures on Facebook of themselves brandishing weapons have been ordered to take them down by the country's swimming authorities.

Australia GDP surges in first quarterupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 04:00:00

Australia's resource-rich economy expanded at twice the pace expected by economists in the first quarter of 2012, lifted by an unexpected increase in household spending and continued heavy investment in mining projects.

Hundreds of sheep strike cars after crash in Australiaupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 08:34:00

A truck carrying nearly 400 sheep tipped over while on an Australia overpass, sending the helpless animals tumbling down on shocked drivers below, CNN affiliate Network Ten reported.

Black Caviar claims record-breaking 20th consecutive winupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 11:04:00

Superstar mare Black Caviar cemented her place in the record books when she scored her 20th win from 20 races in Australia on Saturday.

Coroner adjourns inquest into baby's 'dingo death'updated: Fri Feb 24 2012 07:03:00

A coroner has adjourned the fourth inquest into the death of a baby believed to have been killed by a dingo in central Australia more than 30 years ago.

Australia delays decision on koala listingupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 03:16:00

The Australian government has angered koala conservationists by again delaying a decision on whether to add the national icon to the country's endangered species list.

Royal approval: Will unbeatable Black Caviar grace Ascot?updated: Mon Feb 13 2012 13:35:00

Unbeaten in 18 races, Black Caviar has already entered horse racing's history books and become a sprinting superstar in her native Australia. But will the mare be able to translate that to international success this year?

Rowdy protests belie Aborigines' complex role in Australiaupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 02:19:00

Images beamed around the world last week of unruly and provocative protests by indigenous Australians projected a portrait of an angry and disenfranchised group.

Australian panel to recommend changing constitution to recognize Aboriginesupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 06:53:00

A panel of Australian citizens is expected to set the tone Thursday for a planned constitutional referendum to better recognize the indigenous population that inhabited the vast continent long before Europeans settled there.

Australia secure thumping series winupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 08:57:00

Australia have secured a thumping 3-0 series win over India after completing an innings and 37 runs victory inside just three days in Perth.

Dominant Australia close in on series win updated: Sat Jan 14 2012 10:31:00

Australia are on course to clinch the Test series against India with another resounding win after dominating the second day of the third Test match in Perth.

Black Friday for Indian cricketers as Australians take controlupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 07:54:00

India's cricket tour of Australia lurched to new lows on Friday, which proved to be unlucky January 13.

Cyclone hits northern Australiaupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 22:52:00

Tropical Cyclone Heidi slammed into northwestern Australia as a Category 2 storm early Thursday morning, dousing the region with torrential rain as residents remained on "red alert" over reports of strong winds and flooding, officials said.

Deadly mushrooms served as part of meal that kills 2, officials sayupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 03:37:00

A meal containing the world's most deadly mushroom is responsible for killing two people and sickening another in Canberra, Australian health officials said Friday.

Wickets tumble as Australia steady the shipupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 12:58:00

Veteran batsmen Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey both scored half centuries as Australia rallied on day three of a pulsating first Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Australian teenager jailed for 13 years for killing Indian studentupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 06:50:00

An Australian court sentenced a teenager to 13 years in prison on Thursday for killing an Indian student last year in a case that created tension between the Australian and Indian governments.

Australia to create world's largest marine reserveupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 15:29:00

The Australian government has announced plans to establish the world's largest protected marine area in the Coral Sea.

Cummins takes six wickets to give Australia hopeupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 05:41:00

Australia's teenage pace bowler Pat Cummins became the youngest player to take five wickets or more on his debut to leave the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg finely poised after the fourth day.

Australia lead despite batting collapseupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 12:37:00

Australia hold a slender 30-run advantage over South Africa after the second day of the second Test in Johannesburg, despite another dramatic batting collapse on Friday.

In Australia, a major cocaine bust updated: Tue Nov 15 2011 05:57:00

Law enforcement officials seized 300 kilograms of cocaine from a yacht in a coastal town off of Queensland, the Australian Federal Police said.

Skipper Smith guides South Africa to emphatic win over Australiaupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 08:38:00

Centuries from captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla sealed a comprehensive eight-wicket victory for South Africa on day three of a pulsating first Test against Australia in Cape Town, earning a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Australia dismissed for 47 as wickets tumble in Cape Townupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 16:57:00

An incredible 23 wickets fell on day two of the second Test in Cape Town as South Africa dismissed Australia for 47 -- the fourth lowest total in their history.

Australia's carbon tax bill passesupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 08:42:00

The carbon tax legislation has cleared its final hurdle, being passed by the Australian Senate.

Australia approves carbon emissions tax updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 08:42:00

Australia has passed a controversial new law which will see the country's 500 most-polluting companies pay tax on their carbon emissions.

Qantas ordered to end labor disputeupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 22:26:00

Australia's Qantas Airways said it plans to resume flights Monday afternoon after a government labor board ordered it to end a dispute with its unions that grounded the airline over the weekend.

Qantas Airways shutdown affects thousandsupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 22:26:00

CNN's Natalie Allen looks at the effects of the Qantas Airways shutdown.

Putting Australia's shark attacks in perspectiveupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 11:00:00

There is no doubt that the three recent fatal shark attacks in Western Australia involve great white sharks. This species is known to inhabit the shallow waters along this coast and are known to migrate south around this time of the year to the seal colonies on the southwest coast.

New Zealand and Australia through to semifinal showdownupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 08:17:00

Rivals New Zealand and Australia will clash in the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup after both nations claimed contrasting victories in Sunday's remaining two quarterfinals.

Injury-hit Australia secure third place in World Cupupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 10:19:00

Australia recovered from losing two key players inside the first 22 minutes to beat Wales 21-18 in Auckland Friday to secure third place at the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby's Jerome Kaino chats with CNNupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 10:19:00

New Zealand star player Jerome Kaino talks with Alex Thomas prior to the Rugby World Cup final.

UK queen on 10-day visit to Australiaupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 12:00:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Canberra Wednesday for her 16th -- and possibly last -- official visit to Australia.

Plane into Ferris wheelupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 21:49:00

An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel in Australia trapping some riders for hours.

Plane hits Ferris wheel in Australia; no one is injuredupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 21:49:00

An ultralight aircraft became entangled in a Ferris wheel, but neither its two occupants nor two frightened children on the ride were injured, Australian authorities said Saturday.

Australia lifts restrictions for women in combat rolesupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 16:28:00

Australian women will soon be able to serve alongside their male counterparts in front-line combat roles -- a notable shift in the push for gender equality in professions historically dominated by men.

Australia seal series win over Sri Lanka updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 06:12:00

Australia clinched a 1-0 series win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday after claiming a draw on the final day of the third cricket Test in Colombo.

Australia economy bounces backupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 07:21:00

Australia records its strongest growth in four years. Network Ten has the report.

Australia grapples with policy on asylum seekersupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 22:29:00

Abdul Farid Sufizada knew he was in trouble when a Russian-built jeep pulled up to his grocery shop one afternoon in northern Afghanistan. An unknown man jumped out and blindfolded him. He was shoved into the backseat and taken to an underground location where the Taliban had gathered a group of local young men.

'Mr Cricket' rescues Australia again in Galle Testupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 19:37:00

Mike Hussey scored a battling 95 to rescue Australia on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle Wednesday.

High Court rules Australia cannot send asylum seekers to Malaysiaupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 03:02:00

The High Court in Australia ruled Wednesday that the country cannot send asylum seekers to Malaysia.

Airlines take flight again as ash cloud moves off Australiaupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 06:15:00

An ash cloud from a Chilean volcano thinned over Australia Wednesday, freeing commercial airliners to take to the skies after grounding them this week.

Chilean ash cloud grounds Australian flights againupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 21:39:00

An ash cloud drifting around the world for a second time after spewing from a Chilean volcano more than two weeks ago is once again grounding commercial jets and stranding passengers in Australia.

Q&A: Assessing the hazard of Chilean volcanic ash cloudupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 05:08:00

An ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano, which erupted last week, has drifted into airspace over Australia and New Zealand, causing disruption to many commercial flights.

Ash clouds from Chile volcano prompts more cancellationsupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 17:41:00

Ash clouds from a Chilean volcano continued to cause numerous flight cancellations in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday for at least one airliner.

Ash clouds from Chile volcano prompt flight cancellationsupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 05:07:00

Ash clouds from a Chilean volcano prompted numerous flight cancellations in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Ready for end of the world?updated: Sat May 21 2011 18:32:00

CNN's Phil Han takes a look at the impending doomsday as predicted by one American preacher.

It's NOT the end of the world as we know itupdated: Sat May 21 2011 18:32:00

This just in: Doomsday is doomed. And the world is still here.

Australian police attribute man's death to internet photo trendupdated: Tue May 17 2011 13:39:00

A growing internet photo trend is to blame for the death of a 20-year-old Australian man, police in Queensland said Sunday, warning other fans of the dangers surrounding "planking."

Australia, Malaysia reach deal on asylum-seekersupdated: Sat May 07 2011 13:00:00

The prime ministers of Australia and Malaysia on Saturday announced an agreement aimed at reducing human smuggling and illegal migration to Australia.

With eye on South China Sea, U.S. might place troops in Australiaupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 20:39:00

American troops might soon find themselves serving in Australia as the United States looks for better access to the South China Sea, the source of much friction between China and many other Pacific nations.

Germany suffer shock defeat at home to Australiaupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 17:40:00

Australia shocked Germany 2-1 in their friendly international in Moenchengladbach on Tuesday, a result that saw the Socceroos gain some revenge for their 4-0 defeat by the Germans in South Africa 2010.

India to face Australia in Cricket World Cup quarterfinalsupdated: Sun Mar 20 2011 13:41:00

Co-hosts India set up a much-anticipated quarterfinal clash with four-time Cricket World Cup champions Australia on Sunday, beating the West Indies by 80 runs at Chennai.

Pakistan top group after ending Australia's unbeaten World Cup streakupdated: Sun Mar 20 2011 08:02:00

Pakistan finished top of Group A after inflicting Australia's first defeat in 35 matches at the Cricket World Cup on Saturday, a run which has seen Ricky Ponting's team win the title three times since 1999.

Australia and New Zealand reach World Cup quartersupdated: Sun Mar 13 2011 13:49:00

Australia and New Zealand are both through to the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup after comfortable Group A victories over minnows Kenya and Canada on Sunday.

World Cup cricketers to honor NZ earthquake victimsupdated: Tue Feb 22 2011 15:50:00

Cricket officials plan to commemorate the victims of the New Zealand earthquake when the country's national team plays neighboring Australia at the World Cup in India on Friday.

Australia begin World Cup defence with convincing win over Zimbabweupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 14:37:00

Australia got their quest for a fourth-straight World Cup crown off to a solid start with a comfortable 91-run win over Zimbabwe in their opening game of the tournament.

Australia duo ruled out of World Cup; Morgan blow for Englandupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 10:51:00

Australia's 2011 Cricket World Cup hopes have suffered a double blow with the news that Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz have been ruled out of the tournament through injury.

Investigators survey damage after devastating bushfires in Australiaupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 02:48:00

As residents returned Tuesday to Western Australia neighborhoods where fierce bushfires destroyed dozens of homes, state officials announced they would donate $1 million to a relief fund for victims.

Brushfires ravage Australiaupdated: Tue Feb 08 2011 02:48:00

CNN's Anna Coren talks with Steve Joske from Australian Red Cross about the brushfires breaking out in Perth.

Australia budget on track despite floodsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 13:56:00

Australia's trade minister says despite the flooding toll, the country will return its budget to surplus by 2012-13.

Australia's flood of tearsupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 10:22:00

It was a heartbreaking farewell for a mother and son swept off the roof of their car.

Australia weighs tax to fund flood recoveryupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 10:22:00

Australia's government is considering spending cuts and a special tax to help offset the massive economic impact of recent widespread flooding, the country's prime minister said.

Flooding spreads to southern Australiaupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 03:11:00

Portions of southern Australia kept a close eye Wednesday on rising rivers that threatened to add to the mounting destruction from a month of flooding that has killed at least 21 people, inundated homes and devastated thousands of acres of crops across the country.

Socceroos edge South Korea in battle for top group spot at Asian Cupupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 13:36:00

Australia and South Korea claimed quarterfinal places at the 2011 Asian Cup with victories in Tuesday's final round of Group C matches in Qatar.

Families search for missing in Australiaupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 11:30:00

Family members look for loved ones missing since flood waters swept through Toowoomba, Australia.

Heavy economic hit from 'Australia's Katrina'updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 10:02:00

The floodwaters sweeping across the state of Queensland in Australia are also soaking one of the few economic success stories in the developed world since the Great Recession.

Flooding brings locals to tearsupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 07:25:00

Exhausted and emotional residents of Bundaberg, Australia, prepare for more rain. Seven Network's Carly Waters reports.

Flooding in Australia fueled by cyclone, La Ninaupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 07:25:00

Australia's northeastern state of Queensland begins 2011 facing historic river flooding along many coastal rivers, namely the Fitzroy River near the city of Rockhampton. In Rockhampton, the river is expected to reach its crest on Wednesday at a height exceeded only once in recorded history, back in January 1918.

Solar-powered car smashes speed recordupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 12:24:00

A solar-powered car which produces the same amount of energy as a household toaster has smashed the world speed record for a solar vehicle.

Australia's prime minister: Flooding expected to rise in St. Georgeupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 18:30:00

While floodwaters in Australia have begun to recede in some areas, the worst could still be on the way for at least one city, the country's prime minister said Saturday.

Floodwaters slowly recede in eastern Australiaupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 13:35:00

River levels were slowly receding in eastern Australia on Friday, but officials warned residents to steer clear of roads damaged by devastating floods.

Cameron congratulates English cricket team on Ashes winupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 08:28:00

British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the country's cricket team Friday after it beat Australia on Aussie home turf in a series of matches for cricket's historic Ashes trophy.

Crops, coal and steel inundated by Australia's floodingupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 14:27:00

Major flooding across eastern Australia is putting a squeeze on the region's farmers, destroying crops and cutting off routes to market.

Australia floods impact commoditiesupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 00:03:00

The economic impact of Australia's flooding may be felt far beyond its borders.

Australia fight back leaves final Ashes Test evenly poisedupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 18:47:00

Alastair Cook continued his run-scoring spree but an Australian fight back left the final Ashes Test in Sydney in the balance after an intriguing second day.

Australia toil on rain-hit first day in Sydney Ashes finaleupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 10:14:00

Australia struggled to 134 for four wickets by the close of a rain-hit first day of the final Ashes Test against England in Sydney on Monday.

Australians replace captain Ponting with first Muslim playerupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 05:03:00

It has been a watershed moment for Australian cricket.

Residents evacuated in Australia amid lengthy flood forecastupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 16:34:00

Thirteen townships in Australia's flooded Queensland state were evacuated Thursday as forecasters warned it may be weeks before river levels start to drop.

Flood-ravaged Australia braces for more rising waterupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 05:41:00

Parts of northeast Australia braced for more flooding Thursday, a day after the nation's prime minister promised aid to flood-ravaged towns, and half of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone.

Life of an asylum seekerupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 07:08:00

In January, CNN's Atika Shubert spoke to an asylum seeker stranded off Indonesia's coast, trying to reach Australia.

Australia level Ashes series with emphatic Perth winupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 12:13:00

Australia defeated England by 267 runs in the third Ashes Test match at the WACA in Perth on Sunday to level the five-match series 1-1.

Asylum seekers hold sit-in outside Australian detention centerupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 12:49:00

Dozens of people seeking asylum in Australia after their boat crashed into cliffs along Christmas Island took part in two separate protests on the soil of their prospective home country, a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship said Friday.

Australia flood victims keep goingupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 11:31:00

Flood victims across Australia brace for more rain. Nine Network's Dimity Clancey reports.

England rout Australia to take Ashes leadupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 05:19:00

Graeme Swann claimed five wickets as England took a 1-0 lead in cricket's Ashes series with a crushing victory over Australia by an innings and 71 runs on the final day in Adelaide.

Australia weighs conservation vs tourism in Blue Mountainsupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 03:43:00

More than half a million people a year flock to the Blue Mountains National Park, Australia's most accessible wilderness, to see its impressive peaks and ancient rainforest.

Ponting determined to regain the Ashesupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 12:09:00

Ricky Ponting hopes memories of last year's Ashes defeat to England will spur Australia on when the latest series begins in Brisbane on Thursday.

Australia moves to recognize Aborigines in constitutionupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 02:17:00

Australia's government said Monday that it is moving to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's constitution.

Wallabies beat All Blacks with last-minute kickupdated: Sun Oct 31 2010 00:16:00

Australia beat New Zealand for the first time in 11 attempts in the fourth and final 2010 Bledisloe Cup match in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Nun whose order fought abuse becomes Australia's first saintupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 06:21:00

Australia got its first Catholic saint Sunday, a feisty 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated when her colleagues exposed an abusive priest.

Australia's first saint canonizedupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 06:21:00

Australians are celebrating the canonization of their nation's first Catholic saint, Mary MacKillop of the Cross.

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