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Australia: 5.9 magnitude Earthquake strikes Melbourne, buildings damaged

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15am local time on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital. The earthquake was also felt in neighbouring South Australia and New South Wales (NSW). It was followed by two aftershocks of 4.0 and 3.1 magnitude. […]

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Australia lost about 30% of its koala population over the past three years

Australia lost about 30% of its koalas over the past three years, with the marsupials hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees, the Australian Koala Foundation said on Tuesday. The independent non-profit group estimated the koala population has dropped to less than 58,000 this year from more than 80,000 in 2018, with the […]

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More than 100 humpback whales filmed surrounding boat off the coast of Australia

A “megapod” of more than 100 humpback whales has been filmed surrounding a boat off the coast of Australia. The whales skirted the boat near Bermagui, about 380km from Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, as they fed on a large bait ball — a tightly packed school of fish swimming in a […]

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3-year-old boy who went missing in Australia four days ago found safe after search

A boy who went missing in the Australian bush four days ago has been found safe after a search. Three-year-old Anthony “AJ” Elfalak was spotted by police helicopters on Monday, drinking water from a creek on his family’s property in rural New South Wales. The little boy, who has autism and doesn’t speak, had been […]

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Surfer dies in shark attack off Australia’s east coast

A man who was attacked by a shark at Emerald Beach on Australia’s east coast on Sunday died after a “significant” injury to his arm, according to New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance. Four crews, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter medical team which included a critical care doctor and a critical care paramedic were dispatched to […]

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“We’ve been in a war for some time, but never to this extent”: New South Wales tightens restrictions as situation worsens

The leader of New South Wales has warned this is “the worst situation Australia’s been in” since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said rules would be tightened in Sydney, the state capital, which is in lockdown. Covid fines will also go up to AU$5,000 from AU$1,000. “This is literally a […]

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Anti-lockdown protests grip multiple Australian cities, dozens arrested

Protests have been taking place in multiple cities of Australia against restrictions imposed to tackle rising coronavirus infections. Thousands gathered in Sydney, in Melbourne and Brisbane. People chanted “freedom” as they marched through the centre of Sydney. Officers said they had made 57 arrests. Australian governments have re-imposed lockdowns across the country amid a surge […]

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Katie Hopkins: British commentator faces deportation from Australia for boasting about breaching Covid-19 rules

Australia has cancelled far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins’s visa and will deport her after she boasted about flouting the country’s strict hotel quarantine rules, a senior official said. Hopkins had flown into Sydney to appear on a reality television show when she posted a video on Instagram talking about answering the door nude and maskless […]

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Australia: New South Wales reports biggest daily rise of locally acquired Covid-19 cases this year

New South Wales (NSW) reported 112 locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Monday, its biggest daily rise for this year, as capital city Sydney endures a hard lockdown for the third week to contain a Delta variant outbreak. Of Monday’s cases, at least 34 spent time in the community while infectious, the state’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian […]

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Father drowns at Batemans Bay beach trying to save his daughter from a rip during surfing

A man died tragically and a young girl is in the hospital after they were both pulled from the water at a beach in New South Wales, Australia. Emergency crews arrived to Surf Beach in Batemans Bay before 1pm on Monday after they received reports of a man and a child missing in the water. […]

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Bodies of three men who went on fishing trip recovered off the coast of Wollongong

Remains of three men were recovered after they failed to return home from a fishing trip off the coast of Wollongong, Australia. The trio left the Bellambi boat ramp, north of Wollongong, at 2:00pm on Sunday for a fishing trip and was due to return in the early hours of the morning. Family members raised […]

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Two sunbathers fined for breaching Covid rules after they got frightened by a deer and had to be rescued

Two sunbathers have been fined for breaching Covid rules after they got spooked by a deer and had to be rescued from bushland. The men, who were sunbathing naked on a beach south of Sydney, were found after they called for assistance. They were fined $750 for breaching a public health order banning those in […]