Woman survives 12 days in outback on groundwater

A woman rescued after 12 days stranded in Australia’s remote outback said she survived by eating biscuits and drinking from a watering hole. Tamra McBeath-Riley was with two other people who became stranded when their car got stuck in a riverbed. The group split up to get help. Ms McBeath-Riley was found near her car but her companions are still […]

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China Is Aiming to ‘Break’ Detained Australian Writer, Lawyers Say

SYDNEY, Australia — Chinese officials have cut off all contact between a detained Australian writer and democracy activist, Yang Hengjun, and his family, in what his lawyers described on Sunday as an effort to “break” Mr. Yang and force him to confess to being a spy. Mr. Yang, who was detained in January after arriving in Guangzhou, China, on a […]

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Australian blogger being ‘shackled in China’

Australia says the treatment endured by one of its citizens in criminal detention in China is “unacceptable”. Chinese-Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun has been held in Beijing since January. He has been accused of espionage – charges denied by him and the Australian government. He now faces daily interrogations while being shackled, and has been increasingly isolated, Canberra said. Australia […]

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Sacked rugby player Folau ups compensation demand

Rugby player Israel Folau has upped his demands for compensation from Rugby Australia to A$14m (£7.4m; $9.5m), following his high-profile sacking. The former Wallabies star is suing after being fired in May for making anti-gay remarks on social media. Folau, a Christian, argues that the termination of his contract is a case of religious discrimination. In raising his compensation claim, […]

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Koalas Aren’t Extinct, but Their Future Is in Danger, Experts Say

There is no doubt that the fires tearing across eastern Australia have been hurting koalas. With large areas of their crucial habitat ravaged, it is unclear what the future holds for a species that was already under threat before this round of bush fires. Some koalas have been rescued — singed and dehydrated — from the wild. And with blazes […]

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Senator defamation win ‘for every woman and girl’

An Australian senator has won a defamation case against a former political opponent she had accused of making sexist slurs towards her. Sarah Hanson-Young, of the Greens party, argued David Leyonhjelm defamed her in interviews last year by saying she was a misandrist and a hypocrite. Mr Leyonhjelm, who has since quit the Senate, failed to persuade a judge that […]

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The World Burns All Year. Are There Enough Planes to Douse the Flames?

SYDNEY, Australia — Sharing the giant air tankers that fight fires 5,000 gallons of water at a time used to be simpler. California’s wildfires faded before Australia’s bush fires surged, leaving time to prepare, move and deploy planes from one continent to another. But climate change is subverting the system. Fire seasons are running longer, stronger, hotter. The major fires […]

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Samoa Closes Schools as Measles Epidemic Kills at Least 6

Schools in the Pacific island nation of Samoa were closed indefinitely on Monday and children have been barred from public gatherings amid a measles epidemic that has killed at least six people, most of them younger than age 2. As Samoa, a country of about 200,000 people that is part of the same island chain as American Samoa, declared an […]

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Heatwave forecast to spark new Australia fires

The massive bushfires raging across Australia are expected to flare up again as temperatures rise in coming days. So far, four people have died from the fires, which are feeding off drought-stricken farmland and bush. Conditions improved on Friday but crews were still battling about 120 blazes across New South Wales and Queensland. And authorities have warned that a bank […]

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