Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids, Germans lose ground-sources

By Tim Kelly and Matt Siegel TOKYO/SYDNEY, Jan 22 : The competition for a A$50 billion ($34.55 billion) contract to build Australia’s next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) loses ground over technical concerns, multiple sources said. Australia is expected to […]

Obama, Australia’s Turnbull pledge more cooperation on counterterrorism

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Jan 19 : – US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged today to increase cooperation on counterterrorism and the fight against Islamic State. Obama praised Australia for its support in Afghanistan and thanked the prime minister for his country’s troops’ sacrifices around the world. “We’re going to […]

Australians kidnapped in Burkina Faso dedicated lives to medical aid

By Morag MacKinnon PERTH, Jan 17 : An Australian couple reportedly kidnapped and held by militants in Burkina Faso have dedicated their lives to providing medical services to people in the remote north of the country, a family spokesperson said today. Dr Ken Elliott and his wife Jocelyn, were kidnapped overnight in northern Burkina Faso […]

Climate extremes threaten Australia’s wine industry

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Jan 15 : Winemakers in Australia’s oldest growing region fear a ruined harvest after heavy rainfall, while vineyards in the country’s west are under threat from bushfires, undermining efforts to recover from a near decade-long run of lower exports. Just weeks out from the 2016 harvest, the contrasting events highlight the […]

Severe weather in Sydney kills one, disrupts flights

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Jan 14 : Severe thunderstorms in Sydney today killed at least one person and injured another, police said, with winds of 122 kmph lashing Australia’s busiest airport, besides ripping down power lines and closing roads. A man was killed and a woman passenger suffered critical injuries when a falling tree crushed […]

Australian police say operation underway at Sydney Opera House

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Jan 14 : A police operation was underway at the Sydney Opera House today, police said, with at least one ferry leaving the area cancelled and media reporting that people were being cleared away from the site. A police spokeswoman said an operation was going on but could not provide any […]