Police in Sydney launch an investigation on Tuesday (Dec 16) after three people died, including the gunman and two hostages, when officers stormed a Sydney cafe to end the siege. Police will investigate whether the two hostages were killed by the gunman or died in the cross-fire, police said. “Because this is a critical incident investigation, we will have close liaison with the coroner and we will be working on behalf of the coroner to make sure this investigation […]
Australia and Oceania
A man reported by local media to be a suspect involved in the Sydney cafe siege was caught on camera on Monday (December 15) by Australian TV channel Seven Network, Reuters reported. Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney’s financial district, but there could be more. Police locked down the center of the country’s biggest city on Monday after an armed man walked into […]
Hostages were being held inside a central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, local television showed on Monday (December 15), raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants. Australia, which is backing the United States and its escalating action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, is on high alert for attacks by radicalized Muslims or by home-grown fighters returning from fighting in the Middle East. Part of Martin Place, home to […]
(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions. The Russian official told Reuters that Putin planned to skip a working session on Sunday at the two-day summit in Brisbane and bring forward his departure because he needed to attend meetings in Moscow. Russia denied it was involved in a recent escalation of military […]
(Reuters) — Health officials in Queensland on Thursday (October 9) said they are testing a 57-year-old nurse who recently returned from Sierra Leone for the Ebola virus. The nurse was a volunteer with the Red Cross in West Africa, treating patients with the deadly virus, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said. “She came back into the country, she was perfectly well at that time, she did not have any symptoms, she did not have a fever. So, it’s only since this morning that she’s […]
Australian fighter jets have made their first strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq where a US-led coalition is engaged in a fierce bombing campaign to weaken the group.
Hundreds of strange, spongy green balls washed up on a scenic beach in Australia.
Australian fighter jets have been authorized to participate in a US-led airstrike against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq.
SYDNEY Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:32am EDT (Reuters) – The head of Australia‘s Defense Force apologized on Friday after an officer withdraw allegations he had been attacked by two men “of Middle Eastern appearance”, allegations that had fueled tensions during a crackdown by counter-terrorism authorities. The officer had claimed he was approached on Thursday by two men who assaulted him, causing minor bruising, according to police. But Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said the 41-year-old […]
More than 800 heavily armed Australian police carried out sweeping anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane to prevent unspecified acts of violence against random members of the public.
Australia raised its terror alert to high from medium.
SYDNEY Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:29pm EDT (Reuters) – The United States will bolster its air and navy presence in northern Australia, a source said on Tuesday, under a plan to strengthen defense ties with its regional ally and project more power into the Asia-Pacific, where China’s influence is growing. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry are in Sydney to finalize an agreement reached between U.S. President Barack Obama and […]