Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called a September 7 general election on Sunday, barely six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard.
Australia prime minister Julia Gillard will lead the government until September after her rival, Kevin Rudd, said he did not have enough support.
A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake has set off a tsunami that has killed at least five people in a remote part of the Solomon Islands.
The resignation of Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has stoked speculation the country's government could be plunged into a new crisis.
Australia could have its first minority government in 70 years, with an poll showing the Labour party drawing level with the conservative opposition.
Australia's plan to hit mining projects with a new tax might have upset resource companies, but it could prove popular with voters.
The future of Australia's carbon trade scheme was thrown into confusion on Thursday after several opposition lawmakers resigned their party positions.
A spate of refugee boats to Australia prompted the government on Friday to open a much-criticised new immigration detention centre.
Australia's Catholic church has taken a swipe at foul-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay and demanded his reality television shows be either taken off air or shown at a later time. One episode broadcast recently featured Ramsay using a four-letter expletive more than 80 times, while he also shouts at a chef saying: "You French pig."
In the biggest pro-Beijing rally of the protest-marred Olympic torch relay, more than 10 000 Chinese Australians rallied in Canberra on Thursday, bringing a sea of red Chinese flags and drowning out Tibetan demonstrators. Protests and tight security have followed the Olympic torch around the world over the past month.