Breaking News writer in Brisbane
Freya Petersen was born in New York City and raised in Australia, and has worked as a journalist in Asia, Europe and the United States. Before joining GlobalPost, she lived for four years in Paris, working as a reporter and editor for the broadcaster France 24 and the International Herald Tribune (New York Times Co.). She began her career in Sydney, as a reporter and chief of staff at country's biggest selling metropolitan broadsheet, the Sydney Morning Herald. An avid traveler, whether on assignment or vacation, she has most recently spent time in Iran, Lebanon, Myanmar, South America, the Balkans and Russia. She has written and produced Web video reports for the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, London Telegraph, South China Morning Post and Sydney Morning Herald. She now lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Thanks to Australia's mining boom, many a young, hardworking Aussie can afford more than they'd ever dreamed... just not a place to sleep, it seems.
Speculation that Julia Gillard's days as Australian Prime Minister were numbered intensified this week, after a series of perceived gaffs and missteps that make the first term leader about as popular as Barack Obama at a jobs fair.
CNN's Cooper, for one, sees the cripplingly funny side of a French celebrity's midflight, midcabin urinary meltdown.
What seems wrong with this equation: Chinese, Indian and New Zealand citizens dominate a newly unearthed Australian border control blacklist.
"Healthier" Happy Meals being offered to U.S. consumers — and including a smaller serve of fries — will not be offered in Australia, despite its obesity epidemic.
Among the hundreds of thousands who came to watch the final leg of the Tour de France bicycle race were an untold number of passport-waving Aussies and otherwise fans of the winner, Cadel Evans, who short of a serious spill on the cobblestones of France's most-famous avenue, had the race stitched up a day earlier.
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As U.S. attentions turn to News Corp. in America, Jon Stewart's The Daily Show gives its perspective on the Rupert, James, Wendi and Rebekah show.
Australian alcohol makers are adding health-conscious labeling to beer, wine and spirit products, and unlike big tobacco they didn't need to be asked.
As a result of the Bali Nine death sentences, Australia — which does not support capital punishment — has put in place measures to prevent the police from putting Australian lives at risk when co-operating with overseas authorities.
How does an Australian disqualified driver celebrate boosting a Porsche 911? By grabbing a slab of beer — to go, of course — payment optional, quick getaway advisable.