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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 […]

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‘Australia’s most wanted man’ caught hiding in car inside shipping container on lorry after elaborate search

A fugitive dubbed “Australia’s most wanted man” has been arrested during an elaborate attempt to cross a state border, police say. Mostafa Baluch, 33, sparked a 17-day nationwide manhunt after allegedly cutting off an ankle bracelet which had tracked his whereabouts in Sydney. Authorities said they pulled over a lorry after receiving a tipoff. Mr […]

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Sydney Airport signs $17.5 billion buyout deal, one of the biggest buyouts ever in Australia

Sydney Airport has agreed to accept a US$17.5 billion takeover bid from a group of investors. If completed, the deal will be one of Australia’s biggest ever buyouts. The agreement came after Sydney Aviation Alliance (SAA) raised its bid in response to the airport’s owner rebuffing its earlier offer. However, the proposed sale faces a number […]

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Michael Slater: Former Australian cricketer arrested over domestic violence incident

Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater has been arrested over an alleged domestic violence incident. The 51-year-old turned cricket commentator was arrested at his Sydney home on Wednesday and taken to a police station, local media reported. New South Wales Police confirmed an alleged incident happened last week. They have not disclosed further details. No charges […]

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‘Directed to clean plane with just water’: Australian airline charged over Covid-19 cleaning risks

Australian airline Qantas is being prosecuted in a row over the duties of plane cleaners in early 2020. A cleaner was told to stop working after he opposed cleaning practices on aircraft arriving from China. Watchdog SafeWork NSW accused Qantas of discriminatory conduct for stopping the pay of a worker who raised concerns about exposure […]

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Australia: Two teenage boys charged for killing 14 kangaroos in coastal town of Batemans Bay

Australian police charged two teenage boys over the killing of 14 kangaroos in a coastal beach town south of Sydney. Locals found the slaughtered animals on two different roads at Batemans Bay on Saturday, prompting a police investigation. New South Wales police said the kangaroo packs had been hit by a car. They arrested two […]

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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 […]