Australia and Oceania

Mother arrested for killing of 8 children in Australia

(Reuters) — The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia’s tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday (December 20) for murder. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman is under police guard in hospital, where she was taken on Friday (December 19) with stab wounds. She has not yet been formally charged. “Ah look, at the moment as I said, she’s awake, she’s lucid and […]

Sydney police probes cafe siege; 3 dead after police storms into Lindt cafe

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 […]

Suspect in Sydney cafe siege caught on camera

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 being held inside central Sydney cafe by suspected Islamic State militants

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 […]

Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia over Ukraine

(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 […]

Australian nurse is under observation in hospital with suspected Ebola

(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 […]

Australia defense chief apologizes after race-based assault claim withdrawn

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 […]