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.
Marlen Esparza helps shatter a glass ceiling as one of the first women to box at the Olympics.
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.
A massive hunt is on for a great white shark that killed a surfer off the coast of Australia. Fionnuala Sweeney reports.
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.
Rescuers pulled 130 people from the waters between Australia and Indonesia on Wednesday after a ship capsized, the Australian authorities said.
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 plans to create the world's largest network of marine reserves, its government announced Thursday.
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'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.
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.
Superstar mare Black Caviar cemented her place in the record books when she scored her 20th win from 20 races in Australia on Saturday.
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.
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.
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?
Images beamed around the world last week of unruly and provocative protests by indigenous Australians projected a portrait of an angry and disenfranchised group.
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 have secured a thumping 3-0 series win over India after completing an innings and 37 runs victory inside just three days in Perth.
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.
India's cricket tour of Australia lurched to new lows on Friday, which proved to be unlucky January 13.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The Australian government has announced plans to establish the world's largest protected marine area in the Coral Sea.
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 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.
Law enforcement officials seized 300 kilograms of cocaine from a yacht in a coastal town off of Queensland, the Australian Federal Police said.
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.
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.
The carbon tax legislation has cleared its final hurdle, being passed by the Australian Senate.
Australia has passed a controversial new law which will see the country's 500 most-polluting companies pay tax on their carbon emissions.
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.
CNN's Natalie Allen looks at the effects of the Qantas Airways shutdown.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand star player Jerome Kaino talks with Alex Thomas prior to the Rugby World Cup final.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Canberra Wednesday for her 16th -- and possibly last -- official visit to Australia.
An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel in Australia trapping some riders for hours.
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.
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 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 records its strongest growth in four years. Network Ten has the report.
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.
Mike Hussey scored a battling 95 to rescue Australia on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle Wednesday.
The High Court in Australia ruled Wednesday that the country cannot send asylum seekers to Malaysia.
An ash cloud from a Chilean volcano thinned over Australia Wednesday, freeing commercial airliners to take to the skies after grounding them this week.
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.
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 a Chilean volcano continued to cause numerous flight cancellations in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday for at least one airliner.
Ash clouds from a Chilean volcano prompted numerous flight cancellations in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
CNN's Phil Han takes a look at the impending doomsday as predicted by one American preacher.
This just in: Doomsday is doomed. And the world is still here.
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."
The prime ministers of Australia and Malaysia on Saturday announced an agreement aimed at reducing human smuggling and illegal migration to Australia.
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.
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.
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 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 are both through to the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup after comfortable Group A victories over minnows Kenya and Canada on Sunday.
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 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'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.
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.
CNN's Anna Coren talks with Steve Joske from Australian Red Cross about the brushfires breaking out in Perth.
Australia's trade minister says despite the flooding toll, the country will return its budget to surplus by 2012-13.
It was a heartbreaking farewell for a mother and son swept off the roof of their car.
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.
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.
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.
Family members look for loved ones missing since flood waters swept through Toowoomba, Australia.
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.
Exhausted and emotional residents of Bundaberg, Australia, prepare for more rain. Seven Network's Carly Waters reports.
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.
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.
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.
River levels were slowly receding in eastern Australia on Friday, but officials warned residents to steer clear of roads damaged by devastating floods.
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.
Major flooding across eastern Australia is putting a squeeze on the region's farmers, destroying crops and cutting off routes to market.
The economic impact of Australia's flooding may be felt far beyond its borders.
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 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.
It has been a watershed moment for Australian cricket.
Thirteen townships in Australia's flooded Queensland state were evacuated Thursday as forecasters warned it may be weeks before river levels start to drop.
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.
In January, CNN's Atika Shubert spoke to an asylum seeker stranded off Indonesia's coast, trying to reach Australia.
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.
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.
Flood victims across Australia brace for more rain. Nine Network's Dimity Clancey reports.
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.
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.
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's government said Monday that it is moving to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's constitution.
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.
Australia got its first Catholic saint Sunday, a feisty 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated when her colleagues exposed an abusive priest.
Australians are celebrating the canonization of their nation's first Catholic saint, Mary MacKillop of the Cross.
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