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Australian coronavirus victims had tested negative in Japan

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The evacuees are positive for coronavirus but were earlier cleared in Japan

WAITING. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the vast scale of the fires – which killed more than 30 people and destroyed thousands of homes – requires a new response from the bushfire-prone nation

INQUIRY. A general view shows burnt trees along the Great Alpine road in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. File photo by James Ross/Pool/AFP

Man suspected of killing wife, 3 children in Australia fire

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Hannah Clarke dies in a Brisbane hospital just hours after her 3 children aged 3, 4 and 6 were found dead in the car on a suburban street

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Malaysia suspected MH370 downed in murder-suicide – Aussie ex-PM

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories, including that the pilot had gone rogue

MH370. A mural of the downed plane along a Malaysian city street. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians – survey

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The scale of the impact shocks researchers

DAMAGED. A resident walks away from her flood-damaged house in the bushfire-affected town of Cooma on January 5, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Fires contained in hard-hit Australia state, but now floods threaten

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control

CONTAINED. A car makes its way through rows of charred trees following bushfires in Budgong National Park in New South Wales on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Floods fail to end Australia's years-long drought

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:46 PM

Hydrologists believe the deluge – which has caused flooding and doused many fires – is a taste of things to come

RAIN. Cattle graze as it rains on the outskirts of Nowra in Australia's New South Wales state on January 16, 2020. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Will February be calmer? This week's outlook

Feb 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

And so it is that all our hopes for a calmer February may have been dashed. What happened last month anyway that could impact the coming weeks?

Australian Open win puts Djokovic back on top of ATP charts

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Novak Djokovic returns to the No. 1 spot for the first time since October as he unseats Rafael Nadal

MAGIC EIGHTH. Novak Djokovic picks up his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'Small details' – Thiem says Big Three breakthrough not far away

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Despite falling short of a Grand Slam for the third time, Dominic Thiem believes he and other young guns can break the title monopoly between tennis' Big Three

NEARLY THERE. Dominic Thiem nearly captures his first Grand Slam but falls prey to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'I came from nothing' – Djokovic says tough childhood made him a fighter

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic bares he had to queue for milk and bread in war-torn Serbia when he was young

GROWING COLLECTION. Novak Djokovic wins his eighth Australian Open title in dramatic fashion. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Dozens of koalas dead after logging at Australian plantation

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Friends of the Earth say the incident was uncovered when local residents witnessed dead koalas being bulldozed into piles in recent days

KOALA SELFIE. A koala takes a 'selfie' using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia, 03 April 2014. Wild Life Sydney Zoo/EPA

Djokovic beats Thiem in five-set thriller to win eighth Australian Open

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Novak Djokovic comes from behind for his 17th Grand Slam title to move closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time list

CHAMP AGAIN. Novak Djokovic captures his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Former taxi driver becomes Grand Slam-winning coach

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Alex Kenin, father of Australian Open titlist Sofia, joins a long list of tennis dads who have produced champions

FATHER AND DAUGHTER SUCCESS. Sofia Kenin and his father Alex relish their title win in the Australian Open. Photo from AFP

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Drunk driver slams into group of kids, kills 4 in Australia

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The 29-year-old driver is charged with manslaughter and high-range drunk driving following the incident in the Oatlands suburb of western Sydney

Can he topple 'king' Novak? Thiem looks for chinks in Djokovic's armor

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Dominic Thiem plays down his chances, but the 26-year-old Austrian has the weapons to trouble Novak Djokovic

CHALLENGER. Novak Djokovic (left) thinks it's just a matter of time before Dominic Thiem wins a Grand Slam. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Kenin stuns Muguruza to win Australian Open women's title

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:41 PM

American Sofia Kenin becomes the youngest player to rule the Australian Open in 12 years

Photo by David Gray/AFP

Australia to refuse entry to non-citizens arriving from China

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Scott Morrison says only 'Australian citizens, Australian residents, dependents, legal guardians or spouses' would be allowed to enter the country

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, speaks at the 74th United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. The United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA, is expected to attract 84 heads of state and 44 heads of government in New York City for a week of speeches, talks and high level diplomacy concerning global issues. New York City is under tight security for the annual event with dozens of road closures and thousands of security officers patrolling city streets and waterways. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Thiem outlasts Zverev to make Australian Open final

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:48 PM

After shocking world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Austrian Dominic Thiem rallies past German Alexander Zverev to reach the Australian Open title match

SENSATIONAL. Dominic Thiem (left) bundles out Alexander Zverev in the semifinal, saying it's 'unreal' to reach the title match. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Alex Eala wins first juniors Grand Slam title in 2020 Australian Open

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Filipina teen Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho cop the 2020 Australian Open juniors double title

BREAKTHROUGH. Alex Eala celebrates her first junior Grand Slam title with doubles partner Priska Nugroho. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA-EFE

[ANALYSIS] My takeaway from the bushfires Down Under

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:43 PM

'Australians are quite divided on how to effectively deal with the recurrent bushfires'

Djokovic powers past Federer into Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Novak Djokovic beats an injured Roger Federer in straight sets to reach a record eighth Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic Roger Federer  Photo by David Gray/AFP

Kenin stuns top seed Barty to reach Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2020 - 7:15 PM

American Sofia Kenin bundles out world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to reach her first Grand Slam title showdown

BREAKTHROUGH. Sofia Kenin defies expectations yet again. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Alex Eala barges into 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles final

Jan 30, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Filipino teen standout Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho rally back to advance to the 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles final

FINALS BOUND. Alex Eala advances to her maiden junior Grand Slam final in the doubles event. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

'Roger is Roger': Djokovic not underestimating ageless great

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battle for the 50th time as the two tennis stars clash in the 2020 Australian Open semifinal

Photos by Ben Stansall and Glyn Kirk AFP

Thiem stuns Nadal in 'epic' to set up semifinal with Zverev

Jan 30, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Beaten by Rafael Nadal in the last two French Open finals, Dominic Thiem gets his sweet revenge as he advances to the Australian Open semifinals

BREAKTHROUGH. Dominic Thiem finally beats Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament after 5 tries. Photo from Instagram/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala extends 2020 Australian Open juniors stint with doubles semis berth

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Filipina teen tennis star Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho reach the 2020 Australian Open doubles semis

FALLING SHORT. Alex Eala makes an exit from the singles tournament of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament 3rd round. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

Australian scientists 'first to grow' new coronavirus outside China

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:19 PM

'It will be a game changer for diagnosis,' says Julian Druce of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne

'GAME CHANGER.' Dr Mike Catton (R) and Dr Julian Druce (L) speak to the media during a press conference at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne on January 29, 2020. Photo by William West/AFP

Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts

Jan 29, 2020 - 4:44 PM

'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing

PH-US WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibious Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Australia to quarantine Wuhan evacuees on asylum-seeker island

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Christmas Island is known for its notorious immigration detention center used to detain asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat

QUARANTINED. Passengers arrive at Sydney airport wearing masks after landing on January 25, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australian scientists 'first to grow' new coronavirus outside China

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'It will be a game changer for diagnosis,' says virus identification laboratory head Julian Druce

CHECK. A security personnel wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan checks a passenger's temperature at the entrance of subway station in Beijing on January 28, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Tearful Novak Djokovic pays tribute to 'mentor, friend' Kobe Bryant

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Novak Djokovic, who advanced to the Australian Open semifinals, says Kobe Bryant was there for him when he needed advice and support

GOODBYE, FRIEND. Kobe Bryant and Novak Djokovic had been friends for a decade. Photo from Instagram/@djokernole

Djokovic keeps focus to set up Federer semifinal in Australian Open

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will play each other for the 50th time as they vie for a berth in the Australian Open final

ON TO THE NEXT. Novak Djokovic stretches his winning streak against Milos Raonic to 10 matches. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

'Lucky' Federer stages great escape to reach Australian Open semis

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Roger Federer bucks a groin injury to survive Tennys Sandgren, becoming the oldest man in 43 years to make the Australian Open semis after Ken Rosewall

GOING STRONG. Roger Federer, 38, continues to defy the odds. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Nadal wary of Thiem threat, Wawrinka revives past glories

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Rafael Nadal has beaten Dominic Thiem in all the 5 times they faced in Grand Slams, but he remains on his toes as he looks to reach the Australian Open semis

PICKING UP STEAM. Rafael Nadal says he is playing better as the Australian Open progresses. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala rolls to 2020 Australian Open juniors 3rd round

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Filipino tennis standout Alex Eala advances to the 3rd round of a junior Grand Slam for the first time

ACHIEVEMENT. Alex Eala breaks through to the 3rd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Australian Open

Australian woman dies in cake-eating contest

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:15 AM

A 60-year-old woman suffered a seizure after she 'shovelled a lamington into her mouth' during a cake-eating competition on Australia Day

Alex Eala earns 1st doubles win in 2020 Australian Open juniors

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Alex Eala teams up with Indonesia's Priska Nugroho to advance to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament

SOUTHEAST ASIAN DUO. Alex Eala (right) and Priska Nugroho of Indonesia make it to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Nadal weathers Kyrgios storm to make Australian Open quarters

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Rafael Nadal keeps his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title alive by beating Nick Kyrgios

Federer roars into record 15th Australian Open quarterfinal

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:24 PM

Roger Federer surpasses John Newcombe for most Australian Open quarterfinal appearances with a win over Marton Fucsovics

ZEROING IN. Roger Federer inches closer to a seventh Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Monfils says hand fine after video game nasty

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Gael Monfils will try to beat Dominic Thiem to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals despite his injured hand

ACCIDENT. Gael Monfils hit his right hand against a headboard while playing a computer game. File photo by Darren England/EPA-EFE

Rampant Djokovic sets up Raonic quarterfinal

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Novak Djokovic zeroes in on an eighth Australian Open title as he tangles with Milos Raonic, who he has beaten in all the 9 times they faced

LAST EIGHT. Novak Djokovic barges into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a win over Diego Schwartzman. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Gauff, 15, crashes out in tears at Australian Open

Jan 26, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Coco Gauff suffers a three-set loss to Sofia Kenin as she sees her bid of becoming the youngest player to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era come to a halt

STAR IN THE MAKING. Despite the exit, Coco Gauff exceeded expectations in the Australian Open after beating Venus Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala advances to 2020 Australian Open juniors 2nd round

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Filipino teen standout Alex Eala works her way to another appearance in the second round of a juniors Grand Slam

AUSSIE OPEN DEBUT. Alex Eala makes her debut in the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Rappler Screenshot

Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after Australian Open escape

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Nick Kyrgios will face Rafael Nadal, whom he called 'super salty' last year, in a mouthwatering clash in the fourth round

TALL ORDER. Nick Kyrgios will face his toughest challenge in the Australian Open against top seed Rafael Nadal. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Ruthless Nadal crushes compatriot to reach Australian Open 4th round

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:04 PM

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal revs up his bid for a 20th Grand Slam title as he joins rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the fourth round

IMPROVING. Rafael Nadal says his drubbing of Pablo Carreno Busta is his "best match" of the Australian Open so far. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Federer says 'epics' keep him motivated after Australian Open thriller

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:40 PM

Roger Federer barges into the fourth round of the Australian Open in dramatic fashion with a five-set comeback win over John Millman

SWISS MAESTRO. At 38, Roger Federer continues to prove he has plenty of gas left in the tank. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Australia confirms first coronavirus case

Jan 25, 2020 - 11:22 AM

The sick man arrived in Melbourne from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak

MONITORING PORTS. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Federer survives five-set epic at Australian Open

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:34 PM

Roger Federer stages a brilliant comeback to escape John Millman and tally his 100th Australian Open win

ON TO THE NEXT. Roger Federer barges to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen