VOA News: Five Sentenced in Australia's Largest Terrorism Plot

VOA News: Five Sentenced in Australia’s Largest Terrorism Plot

In the first full test of its anti-terrorism laws, an Australian court sentenced five men accused of the country’s largest terror plot to lengthy prison terms. Derek Henkle is in Sydney and filed this report.

VOA News: Koala AIDS Could Cause Extinction for At-Risk Australian Icon

VOA News: Koala AIDS Could Cause Extinction for At-Risk Australian Icon

The discovery of an AIDS-like virus in koalas is raising newfound fears the animal may soon face extinction. Derek Henkle reports for VOA News from Queensland, Australia.

APTN: Kelly Rowland, David Guetta Close Mardi Gras

APTN: Kelly Rowland, David Guetta Close Mardi Gras

Sydney Mardi Gras went out with a bang, as some of the biggest names in popular music came out to support of one of the world’s largest gay parties. More than 18,000 partygoers danced the night away to extravagant acts.

VOA News: Renewed Effort to Eradicate Polio

VOA News: Renewed Effort to Eradicate Polio

NGOs say polio eradication may be just years away. As Derek Henkle reports, if this effort is successful, it will be the second disease ever to be wiped from the globe.

VOA News: Australia Bans Afghans, Sri Lankans

VOA News: Australia Bans Afghans, Sri Lankans

Refugee rights activists condemn Australia’s ban on Afghans and Sri Lankans. As Derek Henkle reports from Sydney, there are reports that some asylum seekers have begun hunger strikes in protest.

APTN: When Love Takes Over: The Kelly Rowland Interview

APTN: When Love Takes Over: The Kelly Rowland Interview

Five-time Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland feels like she is finally finding her place in the music world, thanks to the success of her latest hit, ‘When Love Takes Over’.

APTN & VOA News: Fed Up With Politics Aussies Create Their Own Countries

APTN & VOA News: Fed Up With Politics Aussies Create Their Own Countries

They’re called micronations, and they say they comprise a burgeoning movement for people who are dissatisfied with politics – or just want to have some fun. But as Derek Henkle reports, some are questioning their legal validity.

VOA News: Australian Excitement Lessens for Obama as Fourth State Trip Cancelled

VOA News: Australian Excitement Lessens for Obama as Fourth State Trip Cancelled

With four trips this year to Australia having been called off, excitement over Obama is dwindling. As Derek Henkle reports, some are beginning to question whether the cancellations will affect perception of the US administration.

APTN: Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

APTN: Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Thousands of people lavishly decorated in various states of undress danced and partied their way through Sydney’s streets, in Australia’s annual Mardi Gras Parade. Derek Henkle covered the parade and filed this report.

APTN: Sydney Prepares for Mardi Gras

APTN: Sydney Prepares for Mardi Gras

It’s carnival time of year and after Rio and Venice, its Sydney’s turn to take centre stage this weekend. The event brings out hundreds of thousands of onlookers and generates some twenty seven million US dollars in business for the city. Derek Henkle is in Sydney and filed this report.