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July 22, 2021, 1:17 AM

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
July 22, 2021, 1:17 AM
1 month 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 month 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
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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
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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
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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.”
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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
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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
2 months 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
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Plague of ravenous, destructive mice tormenting Australians

At night, the floors of sheds vanish beneath carpets of scampering mice
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Australian teenagers lose bid to block coal mine expansion

A group of Australian teenage environmentalists has lost their legal bid to force the federal government to ban a coal mine expansion
2 months ago
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Melbourne, Australia, set for 4th lockdown as cluster grows

Australia’s second-largest city is set to enter its fourth lockdown at midnight as concern grows over the rapid spread of infections from a coronavirus variant
2 months ago
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Plague of mice ravaging parts of Australia

Parts of rural Australia are enduring what has so far been a months-long plague of mice.
2 months ago
Plague of mice ravaging parts of Australia
3 months ago

Australia plans big defense and security investments

The Australian government has released a big-spending economic plan for the next fiscal year that includes hefty investments in defense and national security as relations with China worsen
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Sydney swathed in smoke and fog

Time-lapse footage shows smoke and fog smothering the city of Sydney, Australia.
3 months ago
Sydney swathed in smoke and fog
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Huge flock of cockatoos seen in Australian suburb

An Australian suburb found itself overrun by a huge flock of native cockatoos.
3 months ago
Huge flock of cockatoos seen in suburb
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Australians mark 25 years since massacre changed gun laws

A lone gunman killed 35 people in a massacre that prompted stricter gun laws.
3 months ago
25 years since Australian gun laws changed following massacre -- here's what happened
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Australia ends China deals on national interest grounds

Australia’s cancellation of two infrastructure deals with China has prompted Beijing to accuse its leaders of a “Cold War mentality” and threaten a possible response
3 months ago
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Sydney man finds snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he’d just brought home from the supermarket — until a snake tongue flicked
3 months ago
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Cyclone damages Australian towns and cuts power to 31,500

A cyclone has damaged several towns on Australia’s western coast, shattering windows, snapping trees and knocking out power
4 months ago
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A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

By Day 3 of being confined to his Brisbane hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored
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New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia on April 19

New Zealand will open a long-anticipated travel bubble with Australia on April 19
4 months ago
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Ex-Olympic silver medalist Baggaley guilty of drug importing

Former two-time Olympic silver medalist canoeist Nathan Baggaley and his younger brother have been found guilty of plotting to smuggle $150 million worth of cocaine into Australia in 2018
4 months ago
Ex-Olympic silver medalist Baggaley guilty of drug importing
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Australian judge says man who filmed dying officers is hated

A judge said the man was “probably the most hated man in Australia."
4 months ago
Australian judge says man who filmed dying officers is hated
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Australian farmer saves home from fire then loses it to flood

The farmer managed to save his home from a bushfire but lost it shortly after to major flooding.
4 months ago
Australian farmer saves home from fire then loses it to flood
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Stunning drone footage of Australia’s Wallaman Falls

Videographer captures drone footage of Australia's largest waterfall.
4 months ago
Stunning drone footage of Australia’s Wallaman Falls
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2 trapped drivers become first Australian flood fatalities

The body has yet to be formally identified.
4 months ago
Trapped Sydney driver becomes first flood disaster fatality
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Australian east coast rain to ease but flooding continues

Heavy rainfall was forecast to ease across Australia’s east coast but floodwaters will linger for days across New South Wales state where 15,000 people were on Tuesday nervously waiting for potential orders to evacuate
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Dozens of towns isolated by flooding in Australian state

Hundreds of people have been rescued from floodwaters that have isolated dozens of towns in Australia’s most populous state New South Wales and forced thousands to evacuate their homes as record rain continues
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Tens of thousands rally across Australia to protest treatment of women

People marching demanded justice for women as the government reels from two rape allegations.
4 months ago
Tens of thousands rally across Australia to protest treatment of women
5 months ago

Australian AG Porter denies rape accusation, won't resign

Australia’s attorney-general has denied having sexual contact with a 16-year-old who had accused him of raping her 33 years ago and says he will not resign as the nation’s top law officer
5 months ago
Australian AG Porter denies rape accusation, won't resign
5 months ago

Australian prime minister stands by minister accused of rape

An anonymous letter alleged the man had raped a 16-year-old girl 30 years ago.
5 months ago
Australian prime minister stands by minister accused of rape
6 months ago

Australian prime minister says he invited Biden Down Under

Australia’s prime minister said he invited President Joe Biden to visit in September during a “very warm and engaging” phone call between the two leaders on Thursday
6 months ago
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Australian tennis legend receives top public service honor despite homophobic remarks

For decades, Margaret Court was the pride of Australia and in her 17 years on the professional tennis circuit, she won a record 24 singles Grand Slam titles.
6 months ago
Australian tennis legend receives top public service honor despite homophobic remarks
7 months ago

Shark swims near Australian beach

Drone footage captured a shark swimming close to shore on New Year's Day.
7 months ago
Shark swims near Australian beach
7 months ago

Lightning shoots across sky in Australia

A lightning bolt spread across the sky above New South Wales during widespread thunderstorms in the state.
7 months ago
Lightning shoots across sky in Australia
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Australian who killed, assaulted women gets long prison term

A judge has ordered a long prison term for a man who killed two women and sexually assaulted two others in Australia’s western city of Perth more than 20 years ago
7 months ago
Australian who killed, assaulted women gets long prison term
8 months ago

Australian leader calls China's graphic tweet 'repugnant'

An official Chinese government twitter posted a false image that drew ire.
8 months ago
Australian leader calls China's graphic tweet 'repugnant'
8 months ago

US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen

The U.S. government has executed a man who kidnapped and raped a 16-year-old Texas girl before dousing her with gasoline and burying her alive
8 months ago
US government executes man convicted of killing Texas teen
8 months ago

Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise

The leaders of Australia and Japan have held in-person talks to bolster defense ties between the two U.S. allies to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region amid the transition in American leadership
8 months ago
Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise
9 months ago

Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan

Australia is forming a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan
9 months ago
Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan
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Sydney Opera House illuminated for Remembrance Day

The iconic Sydney Opera House is illuminated with poppies to mark the 102nd anniversary of Remembrance Day.
9 months ago
Sydney Opera House illuminated for Remembrance Day
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Australia accuses head of Chinese group of foreign meddling

Police say the leader of a Chinese community organization has become the first person to be charged under Australia’s 2-year-old foreign interference laws
9 months ago
Man charged under Australian foreign interference law
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Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case

Australia’s competition watchdog will consider its own antitrust case against Google after the U.S. Justice Department sued the company for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising
9 months ago
Australian watchdog considers its own Google antitrust case
9 months ago

Australia: Most of 1,100 refugees in US deal have resettled

An Australian official says the United States is expected to have resettled more than 1,100 refugees by early next year under a deal President Donald Trump reluctantly honored with Australia
9 months ago
Australia: Most of 1,100 refugees in US deal have resettled
1 year ago

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

An Australian state leader has shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala habitat by threatening to fire seven renegade ministers
1 year ago
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Australian barley exporter challenges Chinese ban

A major Australian barley exporter barred from China in the latest trade dispute to hit bilateral relations says the Chinese are only now acting on grain shipments dating back to 2019
1 year ago
Australian barley exporter challenges Chinese ban
1 year ago

Australia seeks more control over deals with foreign states

The Australian government has drafted new laws that would cancel international deals struck by lower tiers of governments with foreign states that are not in Australia’s interests
1 year ago
Australia seeks more control over deals with foreign states
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Sydney judge orders restrictions on extremist's movements

An Australian judge has issued a rare order restricting the movements of an extremist when he is released from a Sydney prison after serving 12 years for a terrorism-related conviction
1 year ago
Sydney judge orders restrictions on extremist's movements
1 year ago

Bridge underwater following rains in New South Wales

Several streets were underwater and a major flood warning was in place in New South Wales.
1 year ago
Bridge underwater following rains in New South Wales