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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’s 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: 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: 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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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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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 […]