Archaeologists have found the first evidence to suggest that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years.
The discovery indicates their arrival on the continent was up to 18,000 years earlier than previously thought.
It was made after sophisticated artefacts were excavated from a rock shelter in the Northern Territory.
Researchers unearthed what they say are the...
An Australian woman has been killed by a US police officer responding to a 911 call in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (BCA) said police responded to "a call of possible assault" when "at one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman".
The BCA is investigating the Saturday incident but said the officers' body cameras were not turned on at the...
Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been ordered to pay the Australian government millions of dollars after unsuccessfully suing the nation over its world-first plain-packaging laws.
In 2012, Australia legislated that cigarettes must be sold in unappealing packets with graphic health warnings.
Philip Morris had tried to force the laws to be overturned, but a court dismissed its claim in...
An AirAsia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur has been forced turn back to Australia after a suspected bird strike left passengers shaken.
The jet, carrying 359 people, ran into trouble after taking off from the Gold Coast in Australia.
Passengers reported hearing loud noises and seeing sparks coming from an engine before the flight landed safely in Brisbane an hour later.
"Two bird remains...
The Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native Australia.
He complained that he had been subjected to "relentless character assassination" during a two-year investigation into the "false" claims.
He said the Pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.
The charges relate to alleged...
Australian police have seized a World War II era machinegun during a traffic stop 100km (60 miles) north of Sydney.
Officers searched a car on the Central Coast of New South Wales on Sunday night and found an MP40 sub-machine gun plus 60 rounds of ammunition.
The weapon was developed in Nazi Germany - more than a million were produced during the war.
A 40-year-old man, who was a passenger...
Police in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia have shot dead a man after a hostage situation at an apartment building.
Officers went to the address in Brighton after reports of an explosion - they found one man already dead in a stairwell.
Another man holding a woman against her will was found inside the building.
Specialist police began negotiations but officers then stormed the building and...
An SOS signal made of rocks in a remote part of Western Australia has prompted fears that someone, or more than one person, could be missing.
The distress signal was spotted by a helicopter pilot. It led to a ground search by police who had to reach the area by air because of tough terrain.
Authorities have now appealed for public help after failing to find "any indication of recent human...
Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola, have announced they will give A$400m ($298m) to charity.
PM Malcolm Turnbull said the donation was "the biggest single philanthropic gift" in the nation's history, and the largest by a living Australian.
The money will fund causes including cancer research, university education and ending indigenous disadvantage.
Australian Senator Larissa Waters has become the first politician to breastfeed in the nation's parliament.
Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, fed two-month-old daughter Alia Joy during a vote on Tuesday.
The lower house last year joined the Senate in allowing breastfeeding, but no MPs in either house had done so.
It followed a backlash in 2015 when Kelly O'Dwyer, a government...