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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: 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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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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Michael Slater: Former cricketer arrested for second time in two months in Sydney

Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater has been charged with breaching a protective order, two months after an alleged domestic violence incident. Mr Slater, 51, was arrested in Sydney in October and charged with stalking and harassment offences. He was arrested again on Wednesday after allegedly sending 66 text messages and making 18 calls in breach […]

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Peter Foster: Australian serial scamster arrested after six months manhunt

Australian serial conman Peter Foster has been arrested, six months after he failed to appear in a Sydney court over an alleged Bitcoin fraud. Mr Foster, 59, is accused of defrauding a Hong Kong man of A$1.7 million in cryptocurrency. Last year he was arrested in Queensland and extradited to New South Wales, where he […]

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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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Australian Border Force burn boats, seize seafood in crackdown against Indonesian vessels

Australian officials swung into action in northern waters, destroying illegal Indonesian boats and seizing hundreds of kilograms of fishing gear and seafood. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has released photographs showing the small colourful boats burning at sea in the wake of the three-day operation near the Rowley Shoals Marine Park off the northern Western […]

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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 […]