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New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Australia's first female defense minister Sunday as he filled more key posts with women in a "very extensive" cabinet reshuffle, days after ousting Tony Abbott in a party coup.

The honeymoon did not last long for Malcolm Turnbull. Just days after he took over as prime minister of Australia the attacks have started, with opponents accusing him of selling his ideological soul on issues from climate change to gay marriage in order to snatch the nation's top job.

Australia Wednesday introduced a "no jab, no pay" law which would block parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from accessing some government benefits.

Multi-millionaire former banker Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in Tuesday as Australia's fourth prime minister in just over two years, promising to create a dynamic new economy and end the divisive approach of his predecessor.

Multi-millionaire former banker Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as prime minister of Australia on Tuesday, just hours after masterminding a coup against conservative leader Tony Abbott, and pledging a new style of leadership.
Australia swears in new prime minister Turnbull


Australia's beleaguered prime minister was ousted from power in an internal party ballot on Monday as the ruling conservative party attempts to win back a disenchanted public by replacing the nation's polarizing, gaffe-prone leader with his more moderate rival.
Party ousts Australian PM Tony Abbott for more moderate rival


A medical group apologized on Thursday to surgeons and trainees in Australia and New Zealand after a report found that almost half had suffered discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment from senior surgeons.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday bowed to pressure to increase refugee numbers in the face of the Middle East crisis and confirmed Canberra will also join U.S.-led air strikes on the Islamic State group in Syria.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the international community Tuesday to help ensure November polls bring "genuine political and governmental change" as campaigning officially kicked-off in the former junta-run country.
Campaigning begins for historic Myanmar elections


Australia should consider leaving the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) if it cannot accept the regional body's firm stance on climate change, Kiribati President Anote Tong said Tuesday.

Australia's hardline policy on asylum-seekers, who have been pushed back by the boatload and incarcerated in offshore camps, is under pressure as public sympathy for Syrians escaping conflict swells in a nation built on migration.

Australian leader Tony Abbott said Sunday the government would welcome a higher portion of Syrian refugees amid Europe's humanitarian crisis, but would not increase its annual refugee intake.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday distanced himself from a police operation in Melbourne which was canceled amid public outrage about possible spot checks on people's visas, saying his office had no prior knowledge of it.

Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as "The Great Escape," has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.
Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101

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