Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who resisted calls to resign over an affair with a former member of his staff, announced on Friday that he will step down after an allegation of sexual harassment.
Australia's Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody Brisbane battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000. The unheralded 29-year-old former schoolteacher end the fight with a knockout.
Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Mark Colvin, who hosted the current affairs program PM on ABC Radio for more than two decades, has died, his employer confirmed on Thursday. He was 65 years old. (more)
A 42-year-old Australian man is facing nearly 1,000 charges after he allegedly posed as singer Justin Bieber to trick more than 150 young children into sending him sexually explicit images, police say. He also faces three counts of rape.
The death toll in the Australian state of Victoria from a rare phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" has risen to at least 8. More than 8,500 people were treated at area hospitals, including one who remains in a critical condition.
A British tourist has died while diving at Agincourt Reef in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, officials say, just two days after the mysterious deaths of two French tourists who were snorkeling in the coral reef system. (more)
At least 27 people have been injured, some of them critically, after a man set himself on fire inside a Commonwealth Bank (CBA) branch in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale, police in Australia say. The motive is unknown. (more)
Two French tourists with pre-existing medical conditions have died while swimming at Michaelmas Cay in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, officials say. A third tourist, also from France, also suffered a medical episode. (more)
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 has rattled Queensland in northeastern Australia, with tremors felt in Townsville, Ayr, Bowen, Mackay and other towns in the region, seismologists and witnesses say. (more)