{FD} Australia to resume airstrikes against IS targets soon

Australia's defense chief says Australian F/A-18F Super Hornets will soon resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after operations were suspended as precaution because a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week.

{FD} The Latest: Truce collapses in Syria’s south amid offensive

The Latest on the developments in Syria (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Syrian opposition activists say a truce that went into effect three days ago in the southern city of Daraa has collapsed amid a government offensive near the Jordanian border.

{FD} Australia suspends airstrikes in Syria after US downed jet

Australia has suspended its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as a precaution after a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week.

{FD} 53 years later, Australia leaves Cyprus peacekeeping force

With its flag lowered one final time, Australia has ended 53 years of helping to keep the peace on the ethnically divided Cyprus by pulling out its last three police officers serving with a United Nations peacekeeping force.

{FD} Police charge man in Sydney with planning to fight in Syria

An Australian man was arrested at Sydney Airport on Thursday after five months of surveillance on suspicion of planning to fly to Syria to fight with Islamic State group militants, police said.

{FD} Australia decides to toughen parole laws after fatal siege

Australian government leaders on Friday agreed to toughen parole laws in response to a siege this week in which a gunman who once trained with Muslim extremists killed an apartment building receptionist and wounded three police officers months after being released early from prison.

{FD} Saudis apologize after minute’s silence snub in Australia

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has apologized for "any offense caused" after its players declined to participate in a minute's silence in memory of last weekend's deadly attacks in London before the start of a World Cup qualifying match against Australia.

{FD} The Latest: Attacker’s mother calls his actions ‘horrible’

The Latest on the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market (all times local): 11:40 a.m.

{FD} Former US official says Russian claims worse than Watergate

A former U.S. intelligence official says the Watergate scandal that brought down a president "pales" in comparison with allegations that President Donald Trump's election campaign colluded with Russians.

{FD} US reassures Australia of continued close ties

In their first joint appearance abroad, America's top diplomat and its Pentagon chief offered public reassurances to a longstanding ally at odds with President Donald Trump's abandonment of the Paris climate agreement.

{FD} Mattis: US and allies ‘don’t scare’ in face of IS attacks

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States and its allies are not intimidated by Islamic State violence.

{FD} Australian PM urges China to stop ‘reckless’ North Korea

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday it is in China's best interests to curb the nuclear ambitions of North Korea, with which it shares a border.

{FD} Man charged in Malaysia Airlines jet bomb threat diversion

A Sri Lankan man has been charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft and making false threats after he threatened to detonate a bomb and attempted to enter the cockpit of a Malaysian Airline plane flying out of Australia.

{FD} Mom sentenced in Australian court for drowning 3 children

A mother who drowned three of her children and attempted to kill a fourth by driving the family car into a lake in an Australian city has been sentenced to 20 years and six months in prison.

{FD} Australian to send 30 more military advisers to Afghanistan

Australia has announced it's sending an additional 30 military advisers to train Afghan troops and expects other countries to increase their contributions to the restive Central Asian country.

{FD} President orders thorough probe of Indonesia suicide attacks

Indonesia's president has ordered a thorough investigation of the network behind two suicide bombings that targeted police in the capital and killed three police officers.

{FD} Southeast Asian nations to coordinate against IS returnees

Australia says Southeast Asian governments will hold a summit in August to coordinate against the security threat posed by homegrown Islamic militants returning from battlefields in Syria and Iraq.

{FD} Australian woman says she was detained at Hawaii airport, sent home after officials read her diary

An Australian woman claimed her dream trip to visit her boyfriend in Hawaii turned into a nightmare when she was detained and put on a flight back home because officials read her diary and determined she was trying to immigrate to the United States illegally.

{FD} AP Exclusive: Chinese spent $24B on US, other ‘golden visas’

When the sister of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner promoted investment in her family's new skyscraper from a Beijing hotel ballroom stage earlier this month, she was pitching a controversial American visa program that's proven irresistible to tens of thousands of Chinese.

{FD} Australian minister calls for tougher rules on refugees

Australia's immigration minister on Tuesday urged tougher refugee rules that would deport refugees who took vacations in countries where they claimed to fear persecution.

{FD} Prime minister says IS fighter’s son can return to Australia

Australia's prime minister says a 6-year-old Australian boy photographed making an Islamic State movement salute in front of a human body hanging from a cross somewhere in the Middle East is entitled to return to Australia with his siblings.

{FD} Uber suspends driver in Australia over bomb plot allegation

Uber says the ride-hailing company has suspended a driver in Australia while police investigate allegations he told a passenger he led an organization related to the Islamic State movement and planned to blow up Parliament House.

{FD} Australia warns NKorea against ‘reckless, dangerous threats’

Australia's prime minister used a commemoration of a World War II naval battle on Monday to warn that his country and the United States would not tolerate North Korea's "reckless, dangerous threats" to regional peace.

{FD} Australia warns gas companies they risk export restrictions

Australia's prime minister warned energy companies on Thursday that they would be restricted from exporting gas if Australians are not also provided with adequate supplies at internationally competitive prices.

{FD} Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of WWI battle

Australia's foreign minister and New Zealand's justice minister have joined hundreds of people on the site of the battlefields of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli to remember those who were killed on the 102nd anniversary of the start of the ill-fated campaign.

{FD} Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile.

{FD} Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump spat

Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister brushed off any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces on Saturday to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program.

{FD} VP Pence aims to reassure Australia after tense Trump call

More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings.

{FD} In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings with Australia more than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the country's prime minister.

{FD} Drift analysis says MH370 likely crashed north of search

Analysis of a genuine Boeing 777 wing flap has reaffirmed experts' opinion that a missing Malaysian airliner most likely crashed north of an abandoned search area in the Indian Ocean.

{FD} Japan and Australia to deepen ties amid North Korea tension

The Australian and Japanese foreign and defense ministers are meeting Thursday to discuss deepening defense cooperation and the growing North Korean nuclear and missile threat.

{FD} Former Australian foreign minister sharply criticizes Trump

A former Australian foreign minister has dubbed Donald Trump the most "psychologically ill-equipped president" in U.S. history, and called on Australia to distance itself from Washington in favor of forging closer ties with China.

{FD} Australian leader vague on fate of asylum seekers

The future of hundreds of asylum seekers languishing at an Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea remains in doubt, with the leaders of both countries declining to provide details about what will happen to the men if a deal to resettle them in the United States falls through.

{FD} China cancels Australian lawmakers’ trip as tensions deepen

China has cancelled a visit by Australian lawmakers to meet law enforcement officials in what some say is punishment for Australian interference in Chinese internal affairs at a period of deepening diplomatic tensions.

{FD} Australia, New Zealand warn of possible attack in Turkey

Australia and New Zealand are warning that extremists may be planning an attack on the commemoration of a World War I campaign that is being held in Turkey this month.

{FD} Nauru president: Australia’s refugee policy ‘working well’

Nauru's president said Thursday that Australia's controversial policy of sending asylum seekers to his Pacific island nation was "working well," as he met with the Australian prime minister amid questions over the fate of hundreds of refugees languishing at Nauru's Australian-run detention camp.

{FD} Australian police make record seizure of methamphetamine

Australian police have seized 903 kilograms (1,990 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine that was smuggled from China inside boxes of hollow floorboards — the largest ever haul of the illicit drug in Australia, officials said Wednesday.