Top terrorist recruiter Mohammad Baryalei is behind an Islamic State plot to murder Australians on video, police say, sparking Australia's biggest ever counter-terrorism raids and prompting warnings of a high alert for a further 18 months.
Omarjan Azari, the young man who police allege was involved in plans to publicly execute someone in Sydney, has been described as a "gentle, loving person" by his cousin, who believes the allegations do not make sense.
The search for a three year-old boy who vanished from a home on the NSW mid north coast has moved to a more "evidence-based search" in a further sign that the toddler may have been abducted.
All that is needed for an ISIS attack to occur in Australia is a "determined individual, a knife, an iPhone and a victim", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday as he confirmed the alleged terror plot foiled in Sydney was feared to have been "within days" of being carried out.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled he may not return to Arnhem Land after he farewells troops headed for the Middle East on Thursday and is briefed on the largest terrorism raids in Australia's history.
Tony Abbott has declined to endorse Noel Pearson's new direction on recognition of indigenous Australians as Aboriginal leaders express alarm that the move could fracture indigenous consensus on the issue.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made a strong pitch for Arab countries providing any ground forces that might be needed to beat back the brutal Islamic State group in Iraq.
Top terrorist recruiter Mohammad Baryalei is behind an Islamic State plot to murder Australians on video, police say, sparking the nation's biggest ever counter-terrorism raids and prompting warnings of a high alert for a further 18 months.
Tony Abbott has congratulated Australia's intelligence and police services for foiling a terror plot by gathering evidence he said had gone beyond mere suspicion to establish clear "intent" on the part of would-be terrorists to commit "demonstration" beheadings in Sydney.
Labor is seeking clarification on how far the new anti-terrorism laws go, amid claims by a crossbench senator that they will open the door to torture.
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