#Australia

(LIVE UPDATES) Armed Hostage Situation In Sydney, With Black Arabic Flag In Window

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale and Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

A hostage situation is ongoing inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city, which appears to be being conducted by a gunman claiming ...

This Is Why Australians Always Check Their Shoes Before Putting Them On

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We couldn't think of anything worse than finding a deadly-looking spider (or snake, for that matter) in your shoe. A thread on Reddit entitled "Thi...

Farage Fails Most Basic Fact Check With Misleading Australian Voting Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK

Nigel Farage has been widely mocked after using a very suspect a example to justify claims that bad behaviour by MPs in parliament doesn't alienate yo...

Heartless Thief Steals Child's Cricket Bat From Phil Hughes Memorial

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Sport

A young child who left his bat out in memory of the late Phil Hughes has been left heartbroken after it was stolen. Remarkably, Charlie Farrington,...

Aussie Cricket Captain's Eulogy For Phil Hughes Was Truly Heartbreaking

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Sport

Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke broke down as he delivered a heartbreaking eulogy for Phil Hughes, his teammate and "little brother" who died...

I'm a Feminist, Hear Me Roar!

Meaghan Kausman | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Meaghan Kausman

For some reason, society has deemed the word "feminism" as a negative concept. Since when did the desire to live in a society that respects gender equality become an offence?

Forever 63 Not Out

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

"Just not fair". The first three words of my brother's message to me after I told him that Phillip Hughes had passed away on Thursday...

Thinking About Phillip Hughes

Paul Hobson | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Sport
Paul Hobson

Phillip Hughes' death is a tragedy on so many levels, not least the cutting down of a talent on the cusp of truly flourishing. But more, it's times like this that remind those of us with a tendency to get caught up in its ebbs and flows that sport is simply a game, no more no less, played by human beings of infinitely worth more than whatever scores they muster.

Phil Hughes Is Now Officially 'Forever 63 Not Out'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Sport

Phillip Hughes, the Australian cricketer who died tragically this week after being hit by a ball, will remain "forever 63 not out" after the scorecard...

A Country Boy Who Chased His Baggy Green Dreams

Andrew Ramsey | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Sport
Andrew Ramsey

Phillip Hughes never lost the grounding of a rural upbringing on his journey to Test cricket...In essence, it's this grounding that helped to explain why the plight that Hughes so lucklessly and undeservedly found himself in touched the hearts of so many. Teammates past and present, greats of the game, fellow sportsmen and women, friends, casual acquaintances and so many fans who simply enjoyed watching him go about his work for whatever team, in whatever format. His innate competitiveness and unclouded vision of where he wanted to get to meant he - and, by osmosis, his team - was so often able to find a way to succeed regardless of opposition attempts to quell him.

Australian Cricketer Phil Hughes Dies Two Days After Being Hit By Ball

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Sport

SEE ALSO: Michael Clarke Wins Praise For Incredibly Brave Statement About 'Little Brother' Phil HughesCricket World Rallies Around Distraught Bowler...

Shane Abbess: Method Director and Rattlesnake

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I got to know Shane Abbess in 2009, when we started collaborating on my graphic novel series, The Hunter. Anyone who's ever read anything about Hollywood will know the movie business demands that people earn their stripes.

Don't Surprise an Aussie, They'll Assume Your Poisonous

Brendon Burns | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Brendon Burns

Australians, on the whole, don't like surprises. Which, given that my entire art form is dependant upon invoking an involuntary response born of surprising the audience, makes my recent return a little bit of a trial by fire.

Critically Ill Cricketer In Induced Coma After Being Hit By Ball

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Sport

WARNING: The following report contains images some may find disturbing. Cricketer Phil Hughes is in a critical condition after being struck on the ...

What Caused More Than 5,000 Bats To Suddenly Fall Dead From The Trees?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK

A suburb in New South Wales has been littered with the bodies of thousands of dead bats. Up to 5,000 of the animals dropped from the trees in Casi...

"I've Watched ALL The West Wing"

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student has chastised her university after not being invited to listen at a G20 speech given by Barack Obama - explaining she had even watched all s...

Aussies Bury Their Heads In The Sand, Literally

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Australia's Prime Minister has been mocked, once again, for his stance over climate change. More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand ...

Putin Trying To Reclaim 'Lost Glories' Of The Soviet Union

AP | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country's northeas...

Russia Threatened With Sanctions As Tanks 'Roll Into Ukraine'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Russia could face tougher EU sanctions if it continues to "bully" its smaller neighbour Ukraine, Prime Minister David Cameron has warned. Cameron w...

Cancel Passports Of British Jihadis, Says Cameron

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Controversial new powers to cancel the passports of UK nationals who travel abroad to fight for the Islamic State (IS) terror group are to be included...

Why We Should Allow Free Movement Between the UK and Australia

Emily Verdouw | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
Emily Verdouw

It is clear both the UK and Australia can benefit from easing movement of our citizens and are also missing out on the skills we can offer each other. Let's not weaken a bond touted as one of the strongest international relationships to exist. I implore our politicians and our experts to seriously consider the free movement and mutual recognition of qualifications put forward by the Commonwealth Exchange with the support of Boris Johnson.

Will the Kiwis Pass the Ball Yet?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

When one looks at the stats of New Zealand having arrived on the world rugby scene, it must fill the heart of a sports fan with pride. This country, which has simply one quarter of a population of London, get there to conquer the field?

Fame Costs: And This Is Where They Start Paying

Paul Marshall | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Who could forget (although we're desperately trying our hardest to) Dean Gaffney, Helen Flanagan, Matthew Wright and Gillian McKeith.

BBC Apologises For Basically Calling Rugby Star A Scrotum

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Sport

The BBC have had to apologise after a blunder listed Wales Rugby star Jake Ball as Jake Ballsack. The Welsh international was listed on a team shee...

A Long Time Between Drinks

Tina Arena | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tina Arena

I've always loved London. I feel it's time to reconnect with its culture and the people. And see my audience again after all this time. Personally, I think London has evolved more than most European cities, it's really one of, if not the most dynamic cities in the world.