{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} 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.