SYDNEY

  • Angelina Jolie kidnapped me to write a song for 'Unbroken', says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin Yesterday

    Los Angeles: Singer Chris Martin jokes he was kidnapped by actress-director Angelina Jolie to write a song for her forthcoming film 'Unbroken'. The Coldplay frontman, who contributed the track 'Miracles' for her second directorial venture, says Jolie was so desperate to get him on board that she went to extreme lengths,...
  • US issues world-wide travel alert for its citizens 3 days ago

    Washington: The US has issued a world-wide travel alert for its citizens ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays in the wake of lone-wolf attack in Sydney. "The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia, on December 15 resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that US citizens...
  • Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing 3 days ago

    Sydney: Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns. Australia is already in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning to...
  • 'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past 6 days ago

    Sydney: The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply...
  • Sydney: People take selfies near attack site, face outrage 6 days ago

    While the hostage crisis was unfolding in Sydney, tourists and locals at the scene of action used the moment to take selfies. Some people took selfies with television cameras in the background, others positioned themselves in Martin Place, where the cafe is located, and smiled and took selfies despite the...
  • Australia's foreign affairs department evacuated over suspicious package: police 6 days ago

    Sydney: Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen, police said. Australia is on high alert after heavily armed police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being held...
  • Watch: Timeline of Sydney siege 6 days ago

    Watch the 17-hour-long siege that unfolded in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in downtown Sydney on Monday. ...
  • Sydney: Twitteratis come out in support of Muslim women abused on a bus 6 days ago

    Thousands have come out to show their solidarity with Muslims and are tweeting with the hashtag 'I will ride with you'. The movement was started after reports that some women in burqas were abused on a bus in Sydney following the hostage crisis. Anti-Muslim sentiment flared as chilling images from...
  • Sydney crisis: Lindt cafe manager, lawyer killed in hostage drama 1 week ago

    Sydney: Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria in Sydney were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer. The 38-year-old lawyer, Katrina Dawson, was a mother of three young children who became the victim of the siege. She was...
  • Sydney siege ends, 2 dead 1 week ago

    Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. ...
  • Sydney crisis ends as police storm Lindt cafe 1 week ago

    Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. ...
  • Sydney crisis ends as police storm Lindt cafe; 3 dead including gunman, both Indians safe 1 week ago

    Sydney: Sydney police say three people have died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe. Police said the gunman was killed in a confrontation with police on Monday night (IST). They said in a statement that a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman...
  • Sydney crisis: Australians offer support to Muslims amid siege 1 week ago

    Sydney: Some Australian social-media users are sending a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretches on, offering to accompany anyone who feels intimidated. Hostages were still being held early on Tuesday inside Sydney's Lindt Chocolat Cafe by a gunman who had a flag bearing an Islamic declaration...
  • Sydney crisis: Indian techie's father prays for safe release 1 week ago

    Guntur: Australian authorities have told the wife of an Indian techie, who is among the hostages at a popular cafe in Sydney, that the operation to free them is likely to be completed in a day while his family members in Andhra Pradesh are praying for his safe release. The father...
  • Sydney crisis: Hostage-taker named as Iranian refugee with criminal past 1 week ago

    Sydney: An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh,...
  • Sydney: Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Lindt cafe 1 week ago

    Sydney: An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during Monday morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number of others remained inside. As night fell, there were no reports of injuries and the gunman's motives remained unclear....
  • 5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis 1 week ago

    Sydney: Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist...
  • Hostage calls up Radio presenter from Sydney's Lindt cafe 1 week ago

    A radio show host in Australia told CNN that one of the hostages inside the Sydney cafe got in touch with him and he could hear the gunman giving instructions to the hostages. ...
  • Sydney crisis: Infosys software engineer amongst hostages in Lindt cafe 1 week ago

    Sydney: An Indian software professional is amongst several other people held hostage by an armed gunman in a cafe in downtown Sydney. A native of Andhra Pradesh, the engineer works with Infosys Australia. "One software engineer is among the hostages. He is an employee of Infosys Australia. Our consulate in Sydney...
  • Read: Chronology of seige at Sydney's Lindt cafe 1 week ago

    Sydney: According to Australia's leading newspaper 'Sydney Morning Herald', chronology of the siege at a Sydney Café is as follows. Blue sports bag A woman is believed to have raised the alarm at 9:44 am (3:30 AM IST) when she saw a man outside the cafe carrying a blue sports bag with...
  • Uber offers free rides in Sydney after backlash over fare hike amidst siege 1 week ago

    Sydney: Online car service Uber on Monday offered free rides from Sydney's central business district following a public backlash over an initial surge in prices amid a hostage drama in a city cafe. Fares on the US-based company's booking app initially rose to a minimum fee of A$100 ($82) for pickups...
  • Indian Consulate in Sydney evacuated, staff safe, assures government 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Indian Consulate in Sydney was on Monday evacuated in view of the hostage situation in a cafe near its premises and all the staff members are safe, the External Affairs Ministry said. "As a preventive measure in accordance with the local requirements, we have evacuated the staff...
  • Sydney hostage incident terrifying, can't say if it's politically motivated: Australian PM 1 week ago

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott convened a meeting of his security inner circle in his Cabinet to discuss the response to the hostage-taking. An armed man has taken undisclosed number of people hostage at a popular cafe sparking a security alert in Australia. ...
  • Radio host speaks to hostage in Sydney cafe 1 week ago

    Sydney: A Sydney-based radio presenter on Monday said he spoke to one of the hostages being held inside a cafe here and he could hear the gunman talking in the background. "The male hostage was remarkably calm when relaying information over the phone from the gunman," said Ray Hadley, a radio...
  • Crisis ends as police storm Sydney's Lindt cafe, Indian hostage reported safe; as it happened. 1 week ago

    Sydney: Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. #SydneyTerror: Share your experiences...
  • Australia: Three hostages escape from Sydney cafe, police in touch with armed gunman 1 week ago

    Sydney: Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith. New South Wales Police...
  • At least 1 armed offender holds several hostage at Sydney's Chocolate cafe 1 week ago

    Nearly 50 people have been taken hostage in a Sydney cafe by at least 1 gunman. A black flag with Arabic writing has been put up on the shop window. Major landmarks in the city such as the Sydney Opera House have been evacuated. ...
  • Phil Hughes' brother scores 63 in return to cricket December 13, 2014

    Sydney: Phillip Hughes' older brother returned to Sydney grade cricket on Saturday for the first time since the Australia batsman's death, and Jason Hughes had a most appropriate score. The elder Hughes scored 63 for Mosman against Sydney, the same number of runs his brother made when he was fatally struck...
  • David Warner claps on seeing Abbott's bowling figures on scoreboard December 12, 2014

    Adelaide: While he was leaving his imprint as a prolific scorer with yet another Test ton, David Warner also showed his support for Sean Abbott when the opener clapped after seeing the New South Wales (NSW) pacer's bowling figures on the Adelaide Oval scoreboard on Friday. Abbott's bouncer to Hughes in...
  • Sean Abbott takes two wickets on return to SCG December 9, 2014

    Australian paceman Sean Abbott took two for 53 for New South Wales on Tuesday as cricket returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) two weeks after Phillip Hughes was fatally injured in freak accident during a match. Abbott, whose bouncer hit Hughes on the back of the head and caused the...