Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane


PERTH/MELBOURNE - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.


Australia's Beale needs surgery, but will keep playing 24 Apr 2014

SYDNEY - Kurtley Beale needs surgery to remove a bone spur from his foot but the Australia utility back plans to delay the operation and keep on playing until he gets some off from rugby or the pain becomes unbearable.


Australia transport bureau says beach debris not from MH370 24 Apr 2014

MELBOURNE - Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday.


Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery 23 Apr 2014

PERTH, Australia - Australia and Malaysia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission.

UCI accepts tainted meat caused Rogers' positive test 23 Apr 2014

- Australian rider Michael Rogers probably ate contaminated meat in China before testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol last October, cycling's governing body said on Wednesday in a ruling that cleared him to ride again.


Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy 23 Apr 2014

SYDNEY - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centres in Papua New Guinea.

Vietnam sentences American to death over heroin - newspapers 23 Apr 2014

HANOI - An American man of Vietnamese origin was found guilty and sentenced to death for an attempt to smuggle more than 1 kg (2.2 lb) of heroin from Vietnam to Australia, state-run newspapers reported on Wednesday.


Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China 22 Apr 2014

HONG KONG/BEIJING - When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing - its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on.


Submarine drone search for Malaysian plane to continue 22 Apr 2014

PERTH, Australia - A U.S. submarine drone will keep scouring the Indian Ocean floor for traces of a missing Malaysian jetliner after it finishes its current targeted search, Australian authorities told Reuters as a tropical cyclone suspended the air search.


Australia sees 'regroup' on Malaysian plane search in a few days 20 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - Australia will decide in a few days whether to alter or scale back the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but will consult all countries involved on any changes, Australia's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. | Video


Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. | Video