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June 13, 2018 7:27 AM Australia agrees Solomons internet cable after China concern

SYDNEY: Australia will help fund and build an undersea communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked a deal in late 2016 to construct the fibre-optic cable from Australia to Honiara to improve its often 8

June 12, 2018 7:15 AM Shark head found impaled on Australia fence

SYDNEY: A severed shark head, stuffed with cigarette butts and ocean debris, was found impaled on a fence at an Australian marine rescue organisation's office, with the gruesome discovery drawing criticism on social media. Marine Rescue NSW volunteers at Shellharbour, some 100km south of Sydney, arrived for duty Sunday morning to find the head of the mako shark 6

June 11, 2018 4:22 AM Harry and Meghan to head Down Under later this year: Palace

LONDON: Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan will visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand later this year for their first overseas tour as a married couple, Kensington Palace announced Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were married at Windsor Castle last month, have timed their trip to coincide with the Invictus Games in Sydney in October 3

June 10, 2018 4:29 AM Nurse survives deadly Australia snake bite using training

SYDNEY: An Australian nurse has spoken about how he survived a bite from one of the world's deadliest snakes by using medical training to instruct his rescuers as he passed in and out of consciousness. Christian Wright, 33, was bitten on his foot by a brown snake at the bottom of a gorge in a remote part of Karijini National Park some 1,400km north of Perth 3

June 8, 2018 10:22 AM No request to extradite Sirul, says Australia

PUTRAJAYA: The Australian government has confirmed, today, that discussions have been held with the government to clarify the status of convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar. The statement by the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur also confirmed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that the government has not lodged an extradition 5

June 8, 2018 3:39 AM Australia gives the nod for Sirul to be extradited

PETALING JAYA: Sirul Azhar Umar will be extradited back to Malaysia within a month following a request by Putrajaya, according to British daily The Guardian. According to the daily's sources, Australian authorities have approved the request from Malaysia to extradite the former police officer who was convicted for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya 16

June 4, 2018 1:13 PM RMAF, RAAF forge closer cooperation in technology sharing

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have signed the Certificate of Transfer for the RMAF-owned replacement parts for F/A-18 Hornet aircraft (Model A to D), today. The certificate was inked by RMAF chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang and Chief of Australian Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell 13

May 30, 2018 9:09 AM Halep finally makes her bow

PARIS: World number one Simona Halep finally gets her French Open campaign underway on Wednesday while Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev seek spots in the second round. — Romanian top seed and world number one Halep is a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros - losing to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 final and giving up a set and 3-0 lead to lose to Jelena 7

May 29, 2018 1:06 PM Teenager Shapovalov eases to victory on Roland Garros debut

PARIS: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov eased to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman in his first ever main-draw French Open match on Tuesday. The 19-year-old, who lost in Roland Garros qualifying last year but is now the 24th seed, was erratic at times but always had too much power for his opponent. He will next take on German world 8

May 14, 2018 12:05 PM Australian wins lottery twice in a week

SYDNEY: Talk about lucky. A stunned Sydney man who was celebrating an Australian lottery windfall could not believe it when he won again less than a week later. The unidentified man, in his 40s and from the suburb of Bondi, picked up Aus$1,020,487 (RM3,048,041.60) on Monday last week and then scooped another Aus$1,457,834 on Saturday. "I just thought 13