The country's northern bases will become a focus to deter adversaries and protect trade routes and communications, according to Australia's Defence Strategic Review.
55-year-old man who had lived in Shanghai allegedly compiled a number of reports and received payment from two individuals who work for a foreign intelligence service and are undertaking intelligence collection activities.
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has now won only one of his last seven matches on the ATP tour.
New South Wales police charged Danushka Gunathilaka with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent of a 29-year-old woman in Sydney’s eastern suburbs earlier in the week.
The returning group of four women and 13 children is the most vulnerable among 60 Australian women and children held in the Roj camp in northeast Syria, officials say.
A breach of telecoms provider Optus has led to the leak of names, birth dates, phone numbers, addresses, driver's licence information and passport numbers of more than 10,000 people.
The British monarch is the head of state in Australia as well as New Zealand, among 14 realms outside the United Kingdom, although the role is largely ceremonial.
Australia is seeking a referendum on recognising Indigenous people in the constitution and mandating consultation with them on decisions that affect their lives.
Intense low-pressure system that formed off the east coast over the weekend has weakened, satellite images show, but major flooding could continue for several days with rivers and dams already at full capacity.
About 50,000 residents in New South Wales, bulk in Sydney's western suburbs, ordered to leave homes, up from Monday's 30,000, officials say.
"We have seen rivers rise fast, a lot quicker than expected," says Ashley Sullivan, a senior emergency agency official, adding about 32,000 people are under evacuation orders or warnings in New South Wales.
Australian authorities have issued at least 18 evacuation orders in western Sydney as heavy rainfall batters the region.
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