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Debris from SpaceX capsule crashed into farmland in Australia

Part of what is suspected to be a SpaceX capsule has crashed into farmland in Australia, according to farmers and an astrophysicist. After being startled by a bang at about 7am on Saturday, two farmers discovered what seemed to be space equipment scattered across their sheep paddocks. Sheep farmer Jock Wallace initially called Australia’s civil […]

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Australia’s largest music festival turns into mud pit after non-stop rainy weather forcing cancellation

Australia’s largest music festival has turned into a mud pit, forcing organizers to cancel the first day of acts as concertgoers complained of quagmires and flooded tents. Fans had been excited about the return of Splendour in the Grass, a three-day festival featuring international acts like Liam Gallagher, Gorillaz, Tyler The Creator and The Strokes, […]

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Australia: Thousands on evacuation alert after floods hit Sydney

About 50,000 people have been urged to evacuate their homes as floods hit Australia’s largest city for the third time this year. Parts of Sydney have received about eight months of rain in four days. Roads have been cut off, some houses are under water and thousands have been left without power. Widespread flooding across […]

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Australian PM Scott Morrison declares flooding along east coast a national emergency

Australia has declared the devastating flooding along its east coast a national emergency, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison faced protests during his visit to the heart of the disaster zone. The emergency declaration, which was set up after Australia‚Äôs destructive 2019 bushfires, will help cut red tape and speed up aid amid criticism about a […]

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Swimmer killed in first fatal shark attack in Sydney since 1963

A swimmer has been killed after sustaining catastrophic injuries in the first fatal shark attack in Sydney since 1963, Australian officials say. Emergency services were called to Little Bay beach near Malabar on Wednesday afternoon where human remains were found in the water, police say. Authorities in the New South Wales state have not named […]

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Australia lists koala as endangered species after dramatic decline in numbers

Australia has listed the koala as an endangered species across most of its east coast, after a dramatic decline in numbers. The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by land clearing, bushfires, drought, disease and other threats. The federal government said the listing was for Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It […]

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Australia’s PM Scott Morrison proposes under-18s to drive forklifts to ease supply chain crisis

A proposal by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, to allow children to drive forklifts appears to have caught the states by surprise, with the Queensland, Victorian and New South Wales governments saying they have no plans to lower the current age of 18. Unions have also criticised the proposal, saying forklifts are dangerous machines that […]

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Australia: Man charged with murder of 9-year-old girl after she went missing, promoting massive search operation

A man has been charged with murder after a child was found dead in a barrel in Australia. The victim is believed to be a nine-year-old girl who went missing from the Blue Mountains near Sydney last Thursday, local media report. The child’s body was found by officers on Tuesday during a search of bushland […]

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Australia: Test shortage, price-gouging angers citizens amid record Covid-19 infections

Australians have expressed anger at facing Covid test shortages and price-gouging as the nation battles its most widespread infections yet. Last month Australia lifted most of its strict domestic restrictions after reaching a 90% vaccination target. But the Omicron variant has fuelled a surge in cases now totalling over 25,000 a day. That’s put intense […]

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Sydney lab sends hundreds of erroneous Covid-19 results amid massive testing backlog

A Sydney lab told hundreds of people they did not have Covid when they in fact had tested positive, amid soaring infections in the area. The mistake, which took place over the Christmas period, was due to a “data processing error”. The Australian state of New South Wales is seeing rising infection numbers following the […]

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Australia reports first Omicron death, authorities refrain from new restrictions

Australia on Monday reported its first confirmed death from the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 amid another surge in daily infections, but the authorities refrained from imposing new restrictions saying hospitalisation rates remained low. The death, a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions, marked a grim milestone for the country which has had […]

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Australia: School fun day bouncy castle tragedy claims 6th child

A sixth child has died in hospital after a bouncy castle was lifted into the air at a school event in Australia late last week, police said on Sunday. The 11-year-old boy, Chace Harrison, “passed away in hospital this afternoon,” Tasmania Police Commissioner, Darren Hine, said in a statement. “Our thoughts continue to be with […]