Tag: Australia

Trump Told Mexican Leader Wall Is ‘Least Important Thing’

The Washington Post published transcripts of President Trump’s Jan. 27 phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Jan. 28 phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday, revealing startling insight into the president’s approach to negotiations. In speaking with Peña Nieto, Trump repeatedly asked the Mexican president to stop saying that…

Security Heightened In Australia After Airplane Bomb Plot Foiled

Airports in Australia are taking extra precaution checking baggage, following law enforcement’s discovery of a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday said the plan had been disrupted, but would not comment on newspaper reports that Islamic extremists had been wanting to make a homemade bomb disguised as a…

Aussie PM Stands Up to ‘Bully’ Trump [VIDEO]

According to a report in The Washington Post, President Trump had a contentious call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which he blasted him for a refugee agreement between the two countries, allegedly bragged about his electoral win, and abruptly ended the conversation nearly 30 minutes early. Trump also reportedly told Turnbull that among…

Aussie Paralympian Liesl Tesch Robbed at Gunpoint in Rio

An Australian Paralympic athlete was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro, raising continued concerns about the city’s security as it hosts upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Liesl Tesch, 47, claimed a man with a gun pushed her off her bicycle and stole it after initially demanding money. Tesch is a…

Johnny Depp’s Wife Amber Heard Pleads Guilty in Dog Trial [VIDEO]

The wife of Johnny Depp, actress Amber Heard, pleaded guilty Monday to falsifying quarantine documents after allegations she smuggled her two Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia while visiting last year. Prosecutors dropped two charges of illegally importing an animal. Heard’s lawyer said his client made a “terrible mistake” and thought the dogs’ travel…

Police Seize $900 Million in Meth Hidden In Bra

Australian authorities said on Monday they seized more than $900 million worth of methamphetamine concealed in gel bra inserts in Sydney. The 160 gallons of liquid meth was intercepted in a shipment from Hong Kong. The liquid could have made 1,100 pounds of crystal meth, according to Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commander Chris Sheehan. A…

Johnny Depp’s Wife Amber Heard Charged for Smuggling Dogs [VIDEO]

Australian authorities on Thursday charged actress Amber Heard, who is married to Johnny Depp, with illegally importing the couple’s dogs in May. Heard faces two counts of illegally importing her Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, and one count of producing a false document. The couple reportedly smuggled the animals aboard their private jet to the…

Australian golfer Robert Allenby kidnapped and robbed in Hawaii [VIDEO]

Australian pro golfer Robert Allenby says he’s just happy to be alive after being beaten, kidnapped, and robbed in Honolulu on Friday night. Robert Allenby, and two friends, had just paid their tab in the Amuse Wine Bar in Waikiki before they were separated around 11 p.m. Then, Allenby suspects he was drugged and taken…

8 children found stabbed to death [VIDEO]

Residents of far north Queensland are in shock after the bodies of eight children were found following a multiple stabbing in a suburban Cairns home. The children, aged from 18 months to 15 years, were found this morning in Murray Street, Manoora, where a woman was also located with chest and neck wounds. Police said…

Sydney: Five escape, gunman wants Islamic State flag [VIDEO]

Five people have escaped from the cafe in central Sydney where at least one armed man had taken several people hostage on Monday. Two men escaped through doors and another man who appeared to be a worker at the Lindt Cafe escaped through a fire escape at about 4 p.m. local time. Two female cafe…

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies after being hit in head with ball

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in hospital two days after he was struck on the head by a cricket ball while playing in a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes, who was 25, never regained consciousness following his injury Tuesday. He had been in an induced coma since the accident. Hughes was hit…

Players voice concerns about heat in Australian Open

As temperatures rise to 108 degrees in Australia, tennis players are voicing concerns about playing in the Australian Open during the heat wave. Comparing the situation to playing tennis in a sauna, most players have to cool off between points with bags of ice. One player, Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic, fainted mid-match. “It’s hazardous to…

US Navy Offers Assistance After Great Barrier Reef Bomb Drop

The US Navy offered Australia any help it wanted to retrieve 4 bombs mistakenly dropped inside the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park last week. US Navy Harrier fighter jets were forced to drop the bombs, 2 inert and 2 carrying explosives but not armed, after civilian boats were spotted near their original target.…

Wildfires Rage Across Australia Amid Blistering Heat; 100 Still Missing After Tasmania Fire

“You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.” Catastrophic threat level is the most severe rating. Wildfires have razed 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forests and farmland across southern…