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May 13, 2022, 9:36 AM

Australia says Chinese spy ship has been hugging west coast

Australia’s defense minister described the move as an “aggressive act.”
May 13, 2022, 9:36 AM
Australia says Chinese spy ship has been hugging west coast
May 13, 2022, 7:39 AM

Kim Jong Un lookalike disrupts Australian election campaign

He burst into an event that Prime Minister Scott Morrison was attending.
May 13, 2022, 7:39 AM
Kim Jong Un lookalike disrupts Australian election campaign
May 9, 2022, 7:37 AM

Early voting begins ahead of Australia's May 21 election

Early voting has begun in Australia’s election.
May 9, 2022, 7:37 AM
Early voting begins ahead of Australia's May 21 election
May 2, 2022, 8:48 AM

Sydney man admits pushing gay American off a cliff in 1988

A man told police he killed American mathematician Scott Johnson in 1988 by pushing the 27-year-old off a Sydney cliff in what prosecutors describe as a gay hate crime
May 2, 2022, 8:48 AM
Sydney man admits pushing gay American off a cliff in 1988
April 27, 2022, 11:08 AM

Australian minister accuses China of election interference

A senior Australian minister is suggesting that China deliberately announced its security pact with the Solomon Islands during an election campaign to undermine her government’s chances of reelection
April 27, 2022, 11:08 AM
Australian minister accuses China of election interference
1 month ago

Australian opposition leader gets COVID while campaigning

Australia’s opposition leader has tested positive for COVID-19 in the second week of a campaign ahead of the May 21 federal election
1 month ago
Australian opposition leader gets COVID while campaigning
1 month ago

Australian PM gets confronted by local

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is berated by a pensioner during a visit to the pub in front of reporters.
1 month ago
Australian PM gets confronted by local
1 month ago

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappears under big swell

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappeared beneath the waves as a storm system moved through, just after floods battered other parts of Australia.
1 month ago
Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach disappears under big swell
2 months ago

Australia aims to ease inflation pressures ahead of election

Australia’s government has presented a range of economic measures such as halving the tax on gasoline in a bid to help cushion the impact of rising prices and win votes at elections due by May
2 months ago
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Owl interrupts press conference in Australia

An Australian sign language interpreter got an unexpected gift from an owl—but he removed his jacket and kept going like a pro.
2 months ago
Owl interrupts press conference in Australia
2 months ago

Australia to declare east coast floods a national emergency

Australia’s prime minister says he will declare a national emergency following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed 22 lives
2 months ago
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500,000 people on flood alert as rain lashes Sydney

Around 500,000 people in Sydney and its surrounding areas have been told to evacuate or prepare to flee floodwaters as torrential rain lashes an extraordinarily long stretch of the Australian east coast
2 months ago
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Whole towns underwater as floods hit Australia

Whole towns are underwater after floodwaters swamped parts of Australia's east coast, forcing people to shelter on roofs and prompting around 1,000 rescues.
3 months ago
Whole towns underwater as floods hit Australia
3 months ago

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

Australia lifted its final travel restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers.
3 months ago
Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams
3 months ago

Australia says China warship fired laser at its patrol plane

The Australian Defense Department says a Chinese navy ship fired a laser at one of its surveillance aircraft, putting the lives of the crew in danger
3 months ago
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Australian Ash Barty wins 1st tennis major of year on home soil

The No. 1 women's player in the world beat 28-year-old American Danielle Collins in straight sets in the final at Melbourne Park.
4 months ago
Australian Ash Barty wins 1st tennis major of year on home soil
4 months ago

Celebrations and protests mark polarizing Australia Day

Australians have celebrated and protested the anniversary of British colonization of their country on a day officially known as Australia Day but considered by Indigenous activists to be Invasion Day
4 months ago
Celebrations and protests mark polarizing Australia Day
4 months ago

Novak Djokovic fighting to be allowed to play in Australian Open

Lawyers say in court filings that the tennis star tested positive for COVID last month, giving him a vaccine exemption.
4 months ago
Novak Djokovic fighting to be allowed to play in Australian Open
4 months ago

Australian state battered by heavy rains

Heavy rain and damaging winds are battering the area, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning residents to expect flash flooding and large hailstones.
4 months ago
Australian state battered by heavy rains
4 months ago

Strong waves sweep pickup truck into dangerous surf as locals attempt to save it

Strong waves triggered by a cyclone swept a man’s pickup truck into the waters off an Australian beach as locals embarked on a futile attempt to remove the vehicle.
4 months ago
Strong waves sweep pickup truck into dangerous surf as locals attempt to save it
5 months ago

6th child dies after bouncy castle accident

A sixth child has died from his injuries following Thursday's bouncy castle tragedy at an Australian school.
5 months ago
6th child dies after bouncy castle accident
5 months ago

Light aircraft crash in Australia kills 2 children, 2 adults

Four people including two children have died after a light aircraft crashed into the sea near the coast of Australia’s Queensland state
5 months ago
Light aircraft crash in Australia kills 2 children, 2 adults
5 months ago

Australia mourns 5 'angels' killed in bouncy castle accident

"There's no doubt this incident will leave its mark."
5 months ago
Australia mourns 5 'angels' killed in bouncy castle accident
6 months ago

Australia sending troops, police to Solomons amid unrest

Australia says it is sending police, troops and diplomats to the Solomon Islands to help after anti-government demonstrators defied lockdown orders and took to the streets for a second day in violent protests
6 months ago
Australia sending troops, police to Solomons amid unrest
6 months ago

Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes
6 months ago
Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn
6 months ago

Missing girl found in Australia, man in custody: 'Our family is whole again'

Police said they received a tip about 4-year-old Cleo Smith that led to a home in Carnarvon, Australia.
6 months ago
Missing girl found in Australia, man in custody: 'Our family is whole again'
6 months ago

Missing 4-year-old found alive in Australia

Australian police rescued Cleo Smith, who was missing for 18 days, from a suburban home in Western Australia and a suspect is in custody for her disappearance.
6 months ago
Missing 4-year-old found alive in Australia
7 months ago

Australia, Thailand reopen borders after lengthy lockdowns

Sydney’s international airport has come alive with tears, embraces and laughter as Australia’s border opened for the first time in 20 months
7 months ago
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Australians overseas return home after strict lockdowns

Australia still requires strict quarantine measures for residents who have been affected by lockdowns since the start of the pandemic.
7 months ago
Australians overseas return home after strict lockdowns
7 months ago

Melbourne cheers as lockdown lifted

Australia's second-largest city has endured 262 days, or nearly nine months, of restrictions during six separate lockdowns since March 2020.
7 months ago
Melbourne cheers as lockdown lifted
8 months ago

Australia's Daintree Rainforest returned to original owners

The Daintree Rainforest is among four national parks to be handed back to traditional owners in a deal signed with an Australian state government
8 months ago
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Indigenous Australian wants early pension due to short lives

An Aboriginal man is taking Australia’s government to court.
8 months ago
Indigenous Australian wants early pension due to short lives
8 months ago

Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected Chinese criticism of Australia’s new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and says he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name
8 months ago
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Australia: From zero tolerance to 'living with COVID'

The delta variant has caused a shift in strategy in Australia, which has so far adopted a zero-tolerance policy to coronavirus cases.
8 months ago
Australia: From zero tolerance to 'living with COVID'
8 months ago

Toddler lost in Australian woods for 3 days out of hospital

A 3-year-old who spent three nights lost in rugged Australian woodland is home.
8 months ago
Toddler lost in Australian woods for 3 days out of hospital
8 months ago

Families in Australia still celebrate Father's Day despite COVID-19 restrictions

Families in Australia celebrated Father's Day across a barrier due to COVID-19 rules restricting travel between states in the country, which is grappling with a new wave of infections.
8 months ago
Families in Australia still celebrate Father's Day despite COVID-19 restrictions
8 months ago

3-year-old boy found after 3 days' lost in Australian woods

Hundreds of people had been searching for Anthony “AJ” Elfalak.
8 months ago
3-year-old boy found after 3 days lost in Australian woods
9 months ago

Australian mourns beloved aunt with heart-shaped love ewes

The man paid his respects by arranging dozens of sheep in the shape of a heart.
9 months ago
Australian mourns beloved aunt with heart-shaped love ewes
9 months ago

Woman comes face-to-face with snake in Australia supermarket

Helaina Alati was browsing the spice aisle of an Australian supermarket when she came face-to-face with a huge snake
9 months ago
9 months ago

Australia's 2nd largest city, Melbourne, enters 6th lockdown

A state government leader blamed the nation’s slow COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
9 months ago
Australia's 2nd largest city, Melbourne, enters 6th lockdown
10 months ago

The Latest: S Korea has new daily high for 2nd day in a row

South Korea is reporting 1,842 newly confirmed coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours — setting a new pandemic single-day record for the second straight day
10 months ago
1 year ago

Police rescue spooked nude sunbathers from Australian forest

Police have fined two men who had to be rescued from an Australian forest after they were startled by a deer while nude sunbathing on a beach and became lost
1 year ago
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Parts of Sydney going into lockdown as virus outbreak grows

Parts of Sydney will go into lockdown late Friday as a coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s largest city continued to grow
1 year ago
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Australian prison to be evacuated after mice move in

A plague of mice that has ravaged vast swathes of eastern Australia has forced the evacuation of a prison while authorities repair gnawed electrical wiring and clear dead and decaying mice from wall cavities and ceilings
1 year ago
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Australia fights UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef health

Australia says it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists are applauding the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s proposal
1 year ago
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Australia says WTO should punish Chinese economic coercion

Australia's prime minister says the World Trade Organization should penalize China for “bad behavior when it occurs.”
1 year ago
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Australian court upholds ban on most international travel

An Australian court has rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so they don’t bring COVID-19 home
1 year ago
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Down Under leaders minimize China spilt, urge virus probe

The leaders of New Zealand and Australia have minimized their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origin of the coronavirus after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year
1 year ago
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Australia minister drops defamation law suit over rape claim

An Australian government minister has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Australian Broadcasting Corp. after the state broadcaster acknowledged a 33-year-old rape allegation against him could not be substantiated
1 year ago
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Plague of ravenous, destructive mice tormenting Australians

At night, the floors of sheds vanish beneath carpets of scampering mice
1 year ago