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January 2, 2020, 5:06 AM

Ongoing wildfire disaster in Australia

The death toll jumped to at least 18 as the fire spreads to areas as large as Connecticut and New Jersey combined.
January 2, 2020, 5:06 AM
Ongoing wildfire disaster in Australia
December 30, 2019, 5:59 PM

Mass evacuation expected across Australia as fires worsen

Tens of thousands of residents and tourists across Australia have been urged to evacuate because of massive bushfires.
December 30, 2019, 5:59 PM
Mass evacuation expected across Australia as fires worsen
December 28, 2019, 10:54 AM

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country’s east as temperatures soared
December 28, 2019, 10:54 AM
1 month ago

Quick-thinking police sergeant saves choking toddler on Christmas Eve

A quick-thinking police sergeant rushed to the aid of a choking toddler in a dramatic Christmas Eve rescue that was captured on surveillance video.
1 month ago
Quick-thinking police sergeant saves choking toddler on Christmas Eve
1 month ago

Chaos erupts during holiday giveaway at mall in Australia

SMore than a dozen were injured after shoppers were trampled as balloons filled with free gifts dropped from the ceiling.
1 month ago
Chaos erupts during holiday giveaway at mall in Australia
1 month ago

Australia's leader apologizes for vacation amid wildfires

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized for family vacation in Hawaii.
1 month ago
1 month ago

It's sizzling: Australia experiences hottest day on record

Australia has experienced its hottest day on record and temperatures are expected to soar even higher as heatwave conditions embrace most of the country
1 month ago
It's sizzling: Australia experiences hottest day on record
3 months ago

Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

The rock is sacred to Australian Aboriginals.
3 months ago
Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers
4 months ago

Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

Cardinal George Pell, 78, was sentenced to six years in prison in March.
4 months ago
Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions
4 months ago

Australia wildfires seriously injure firefighter, raze homes

Wildfires have left a firefighter seriously injured and destroyed several homes in an early start to the fire danger season in southeast Australia
4 months ago
5 months ago

Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to 'very poor'

The report finds the greatest threat to the reef remains climate change.
5 months ago
Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to 'very poor'
5 months ago

Australia tries to curb foreign interference at universities

A task force has been formed to curb foreign influence at universities.
5 months ago
Australia tries to curb foreign interference at universities
5 months ago

Onlookers pin down knife-wielding man in Sydney

Video shows that people pinned the suspect, accused of killing one woman and injuring another, to the pavement and put a plastic milk crate over his head.
5 months ago
Onlookers pin down knife-wielding man in Sydney
5 months ago

New Australian rules for police investigating leaks to media

Raids on journalists' offices and a home in June sparked outrage.
5 months ago
New Australian rules for police investigating leaks to media
6 months ago

$140 million of meth found in van that crashed into police cars

"This would be one of the easiest drugs busts the New South Wales Police has ever made," a police official said.
6 months ago
$140 million of meth found in van that crashed into police cars
6 months ago

Sydney police find drug haul in van that hit police cars

The van contained methamphetamine valued at more than $140 million.
6 months ago
Van that crashed into police cars found carrying $140M of methamphetamine
6 months ago

Several stabbed in riot at juvenile detention in Australia

Police are negotiating with inmates and hoped the standoff could be resolved.
6 months ago
Several stabbed in riot at juvenile detention in Australia
8 months ago

Police raid Australian public broadcaster over Afghan leak

The raid was related to leaked military documents.
8 months ago
Police raid Australian public broadcaster over Afghan leak
8 months ago

Gunman out on parole kills 4 in Australian city of Darwin

A 45-year-old man was in custody following Tuesday's shooting.
8 months ago
At least 4 dead in shooting in Australian city of Darwin
8 months ago

Australian cardinal set to appeal child sex convictions

Cardinal George Pell is the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse.
8 months ago
Australian cardinal to appeal child sex convictions
8 months ago

Australia's leader vows to get back to work after shock win

A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to get straight back to work after his conservative government's shock election victory that many didn't see coming
8 months ago
8 months ago

Australia's conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defied pre-election polls.
8 months ago
8 months ago

Australian political leaders agree gays don't go to hell

Christian beliefs rose to prominence in the last days of an election campaign.
8 months ago
Australian political leaders agree gays don't go to hell
8 months ago

Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes

A radio station posted an image of the microscopic error on social media.
8 months ago
Australia takes responsibility for typos on 46M bank notes
9 months ago

Biased social posts forcing out some Australian candidates

Political parties have cut loose or chastised several of their own candidates.
9 months ago
Online histories bite Australian election candidates
9 months ago

Sydney jury convicts machete-wielding man of terrorist act

Four previous trials were aborted and the fifth jury could not reach a verdict.
9 months ago
Sydney jury convicts machete-wielding man of terrorist act
9 months ago

Australian jury convicts man in Etihad flight bomb plot

Khaled Khayat faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.
9 months ago
Australian jury convicts man in Etihad flight bomb plot
9 months ago

Australian quits anti-Muslim party over strip club video

A candidate in Australia's looming general election has quit his anti-Muslim political party after video of him groping and propositioning dancers in a U.S. strip club was broadcast on national television
9 months ago
9 months ago

American extradited to Australia charged with murder of Thai

Australian police have charged a man extradited from the United States with murder in the death of a Thai national, whose body was found bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road
9 months ago
9 months ago

Shooting at Australia nightclub leaves 1 dead, 1 critical

Shooting outside a Melbourne nightclub has left at least two critically wounded.
9 months ago
9 months ago

Australian election on May 18 appears likely

May 18 appears as the most likely date for Australia's next election at which the conservative government faces an uphill battle to win a third three-year term
9 months ago
10 months ago

Australian senator censured for blaming Muslim victims

Sen. Fraser Anning blamed Muslim immigration for a mass shooting in New Zealand.
10 months ago
Australian senator censured for blaming Muslim victims
10 months ago

Drug suspect caught fleeing Australia by Sea-Doo

Australian police say a British drug suspect was thwarted in his attempt to flee the country for Papua New Guinea on a motorized personal watercraft
10 months ago
10 months ago

Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

A documentary showed Australian politicians meeting with NRA officials.
10 months ago
Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money
10 months ago

Australian reporters charged over Pell gag order violations

High-profile Australian journalists face possible prison sentences after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys
10 months ago
10 months ago

2 powerful cyclones spinning toward north Australian coast

Cyclones are frequent in Australia's tropical north and rarely claim lives.
10 months ago
2 powerful cyclones bear down on north Australian coast
1 year ago

Australian Cardinal Pell convicted of molesting 2 choirboys

Pell is the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse.
1 year ago
Australian Cardinal Pell convicted of molesting 2 choirboys
1 year ago

Railroad tracks disappear during Australian floods

Timelapse surveillance footage shows railroad tracks disappear beneath rising waters as days of rain brought major flooding to northeast Australia.
1 year ago
Railroad tracks disappear during Australian floods
1 year ago

Dust storm sweeps through town in Australia

A dust storm swept across Kerang, in southeastern Australia and blanketed the landscape.
1 year ago
Dust storm sweeps through town in Australia
1 year ago

Lightning and monsoon flooding in Australia

Lightning illuminates the sky over Queensland as Australia's monsoon season continues.
1 year ago
Lightning and monsoon flooding in Australia
1 year ago

Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river

Officials blamed the deaths on drought but critics blamed water mismanagement.
1 year ago
Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river
1 year ago

90 horses found dead in Australian Outback during massive heat wave

Animals are dying as Australia faces a record-breaking heat wave.
1 year ago
90 horses found dead during heat wave
1 year ago

Australian city Adelaide sets new national heat record

Adelaide sweltered through a searing 46.6 degrees Celsius (115.9 Fahrenheit).
1 year ago
Australian city Adelaide sets new national heat record
1 year ago

Alleged cocaine smuggler appears in Australian court

Tristan Waters is charged with helping to import cocaine worth $400 million.
1 year ago
Alleged cocaine smuggler appears in Australian court
1 year ago

Police find body of German tourist in Australian Outback

Police do not consider the death suspicious
1 year ago
Police find body of German tourist in Australian Outback
1 year ago

US Consulate in Melbourne evacuated due to suspicious package

The U.S. Consulate was one of more than 10 embassies or consulates targeted with suspicious packages in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.
1 year ago
US Consulate in Melbourne evacuated due to suspicious package
1 year ago

Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated amid cracking noises

Over 140 residents of the Opal Tower in Sydney were forced from there homes.
1 year ago
Sydney apartment high-rise evacuated after 'cracking' heard
1 year ago

Hailstones like tennis and golf balls fall around Sydney

Images on social media showed dented cars and broken windshields.
1 year ago
Hailstones like tennis and golf balls fall around Sydney
1 year ago

Thousands raised for homeless man who intervened in Melbourne terror attack

A crowdfunding page raised thousands for a bystander who rushed to intervene.
1 year ago
Thousands raised for homeless man who intervened in Melbourne attack
1 year ago

Police kill 'terrorism' suspect after stabbing spree in Melbourne

Australian authorities said they are treating the attack as a "terrorism incident."
1 year ago
Police kill 'terrorism' suspect after stabbing spree in Melbourne