[SYDNEY] Australia approved the construction of a controversial coal mine near the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday, paving the way for a dramatic increase in coal exports.

[MELBOURNE] Australia's Queensland state government on Tuesday said it had approved a new A$1 billion (S$952 million) coking coal mine, with construction to start next year.

[SYDNEY] An Australian court on Friday delivered a landmark ruling by rejecting plans to build a coal mine on the grounds it would worsen climate change.