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Ferry McFerryface chosen as name of new Sydney ferry

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

'We asked Sydney to name their new ferries, and we have listened. Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor's newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike," NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says

BOATY MCBOATFACE. An undated handout image released in London on March 21, 2016, shows a computer generated image (CGI) of the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) new polar research ship, which lives under the monicker Boaty McBoatface. File photo by NERC/AFP

Australia floods still rising, police search for missing

Apr 02, 2017 - 8:10 PM

At least two people are dead and several missing due to the powerful Cyclone Debbie

AFTERMATH. This handout taken and received from Michael Barnes of Rotorwing Helicopters on March 31, 2017 shows an aerial view of the flooding in the northern New South Wales town of Lismore after the area was hit by Cyclone Debbie. Photo by  Michael Barnes / Rotorwing Helicopters/ AFP

Australia floods still rising with 2 dead, 4 missing

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from a string of towns in Queensland and New South Wales as the floods move south towards Ballina

AUSTRALIA FLOODS. This handout taken and received from Michael Barnes of Rotorwing Helicopters on March 31, 2017 shows an aerial view of the flooding in the northern New South Wales town of Lismore after the area was hit by Cyclone Debbie. Photo by Michael Barnes/Rotorwing Helicopters/AFP

Japanese tourist adrift on surfboard for 16 hours rescued off beach

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Most people that get themselves in that situation die He s just so lucky that someone on ship spotted him an Australian police officer says of the tourist

Australia's ruling conservatives struggle to form government

Jul 02, 2016 - 4:17 PM

4th UPDATE 76 seats are needed to rule outright in the 150 seat House of Representatives but there was a swing against the government as vote counting went deep into the night

POLLS. Voters cast their ballot papers at Mount Alexander College in Travancore, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 02 July 2016. Photo by Tracey Narmy/EPA

Crown wins approval for Sydney casino aimed at Asian gamblers

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Crown Sydney Hotel Resort will be a 6 star property worth over 1 billion

Death toll from Australian storm rises to 4

Jun 07, 2016 - 5:10 PM

In Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman says they ve experienced the worst flooding in 40 years and it s likely to get worse

epa05349412 Floodwater flotsam decorates playground swings at a park in Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia, 07 June 2016, as the Meander River flow recedes. More than 100 people have been rescued by helicopters across Tasmania in what Premier Will Hodgman says are the worst floods in the state in 40 years. EPA/BOB IDDON AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

East Australian coast lashed by freak storm

Jun 05, 2016 - 3:58 PM

The wild storm struck New South Wales after wreaking havoc in Queensland state with an intense low pressure system bringing heavy rains gales and rough seas

DARK AND DREARY. People take a walk in the storm conditions in Sydney on June 5, 2016. William West/AFP

Teen charged in Australia with terrorism offenses

Jan 26, 2016 - 9:23 AM

Australian authorities charge a teenager with collecting documents that could facilitate terrorist acts officials say

In this file photo, storm clouds are seen over Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, January  12, 2015. Joel Carrett/EPA

Mosque raided after Australia 'terrorism-linked' shooting

Oct 04, 2015 - 3:12 PM

The mosque in the western Sydney suburb was raided with the consent of religious leaders

Death toll rises to 6 in Australian floods

May 03, 2015 - 3:13 PM

Numerous communities remain isolated as flood warnings continue following heavy rains in Australia

Clear-up in Australia after destructive storms

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Flood warnings remain in effect for several swollen rivers and 190 000 homes and businesses are still without power

DEBRIS. A young child amongst the damage and destruction caused by flooding in Dungog in the New South Wales, Hunter region, of Australia. April 22, 2015. Nikki Short/EPA

3 dead as wild weather lashes Australian state

Apr 21, 2015 - 10:34 AM

UPDATED The Australian state of New South Wales is lashed by a once in a decade storm with homes washed away thousands hit by power cuts and sand drifts sweeping inland off Sydney s iconic Bondi beach

WINDY DAY. Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas from heavy rain in Sydney, Australia, April 20, 2015. Paul Miller/EPA

Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers

Australia's Abbott announces fresh security crackdown

Feb 23, 2015 - 1:29 PM

Abbott unveils the measures in the wake of a hostage siege in a Sydney cafe that left three dead in December

No major intelligence failure in Sydney cafe siege – inquiry

Feb 22, 2015 - 1:23 PM

The first official government review into the Lindt Cafe siege released Sunday says a national security hotline had received 18 calls about Monis between December 9 and 12

In this file photo, an injured hostage is carried out of a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 16, 2014. Peter Parks/AFP

'Imminent' terror attack foiled in Australia

Feb 11, 2015 - 10:02 AM

UPDATED New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn said it is alleged that the planned attack is consistent with the messaging coming out of [ISIS]

A tall ship sails under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia, 03 October 2013. Dean Lewins/EPA

Sydney siege victim killed by police bullet fragments – inquest

Jan 29, 2015 - 10:01 AM

UPDATED Katrina Dawson one of the two hostages who died in the Martin Place siege was struck by 6 fragments of a police bullet or bullets which ricocheted from hard surfaces into her body

TRIBUTES. Photos showing Katrina Dawson (L) and Tori Johnson (R) sit amongst the floral tributes left outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, on December 22, 2014.  William West/AFP

Gov't targeted as anti-terror police arrest two in Australia

Dec 24, 2014 - 10:35 AM

The arrests follow warnings on Tuesday by Prime Minister Tony Abbott of heightened terrorist chatter in the aftermath of a fatal cafe siege in Sydney

Photos showing Katrina Dawson (L) and Tori Johnson (R) sit amongst the floral tributes left outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, one week after a siege at the cafe which saw two hostages Dawson and Johnson along with the gunman killed, on December 22, 2014. William West/AFP

Australia fears fresh attacks as Sydney mourns siege victims

Dec 23, 2014 - 4:50 PM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns of heightened terrorist chatter in the aftermath of the fatal Sydney cafe siege and says another attack is likely as tearful mourners pay tribute to the victims

Photos showing Katrina Dawson (L) and Tori Johnson (R) sit amongst the floral tributes left outside the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, one week after a siege at the cafe which saw two hostages Dawson and Johnson along with the gunman killed, on December 22, 2014. William West/AFP

Sydney siege victims remembered as floral tributes removed

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Mourners pay tributes to victims of the Sydney cafe siege

Security stepped up as Australia vows transparent siege probe

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:21 AM

Tony Abbott says he intends to publish a report into what happened in the lead up to the siege why Man Haron Monis was not on any watchlist and how he got a gun vowing complete transparency

IN MOURNING. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Peter Parks/AFP

#SydneyHostage: Timeline of events

Dec 16, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Here is a timeline of the deadly 16 hour siege in a Sydney chocolate cafe

AFTERMATH. Armed police and paramedics take out injured people following an operation at a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 16, 2014. Saeed Khan/AFP

Sydney cafe gunman infatuated with extremism, mentally unstable – Abbott

Dec 16, 2014 - 6:53 AM

Tony Abbott: Gunman had a long history of violent crime infatuation with extremism and mental instability

AFTERMATH. Armed police and paramedics take out injured people following an operation at a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 16, 2014. Saeed Khan/AFP

Gunman, two hostages dead in Sydney cafe siege

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:18 AM

UPDATED The pre ­Christmas siege of the Lindt chocolate cafe began Monday morning December 15 and triggers a massive security lockdown in Sydney s financial district as hundreds of police surrounded the site

An injured hostage is carried out of a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 16, 2014. Peter Parks/AFP

Cricket: Emotional farewell for Australia's Hughes

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:29 AM

UPDATED We must dig in and get through to tea And we must play on So rest in peace my little brother I will see you out in the middle

FINAL FAREWELL. The coffin with Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes arrives for his funeral in his hometown of Macksville, Australia, 03 December 2014. Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Australia: Jihadists targeting PM, parliament

Sep 19, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The statement comes after hundreds of police officers staged a major pre dawn anti terror operation across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at the University of Mumbai's Convocation hall in Mumbai on September 4, 2014. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Australia foils ISIS 'demonstration killings' plot

Sep 18, 2014 - 7:11 AM

UPDATED The operation which spanned numerous suburbs in Sydney and Brisbane comes barely a week after the country raised its terror threat level to high for the first time in a decade

Police and other law enforcement agencies cordon off a street as forensic experts collect evidence inside a house in the Guildford area of Sydney on September 18, 2014. Saeed Khan/AFP

World's oldest sperm found in Australia

May 14, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Australian scientists have unearthed fossil sperm complete with sperm nuclei from an ancient species of shrimp in Queensland

ostracod sperm RENATE MATZKE-KARASZ, LUDWIG-MAXIMILIAN UNIVERSITY AND THE GEO-BIO-CENTER

Extinct 'Godzilla' platypus found in Australia

Nov 05, 2013 - 3:02 PM

A giant extinct species of the platypus with powerful teeth has been discovered in Australia

EXTINCT SPECIES. This undated handout image shows an artist impression released by Peter Schouten of a newly discovered species of an extinct platypus, Obdurodon tharalkooschild, discovered in Queensland and a photo (inset) released by Rebecca Pian showing the tooth of the platypus. AFP / Peter Schouten / Rebecca Pian

Australia firefighters start to gain upper hand

Oct 25, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Firefighters are strengthening containment lines around several major blazes in a 9 day bushfire emergency

BLAZES. A volunteer firefighter holds onto his helmet as he surveys the damage in the Mt. York fire area on October 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/William WEST

Australia fires flare as military blamed, pilot killed

Oct 24, 2013 - 4:09 PM

The pilot of a water bombing aircraft died after crashing on Thursday

FIGHTING FIRE. A helicopter drops water to douse a fire in the Blue Mountains on October 24, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

Australia fire threat eases as military blamed

Oct 24, 2013 - 8:44 AM

Answers are sought after the military was blamed for starting a huge blaze

BLAZES. A volunteer firefighter holds onto his helmet as he surveys the damage in the Mt. York fire area on October 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/William WEST

New blazes as Australia firefighters battle tough conditions

Oct 23, 2013 - 12:27 PM

The crisis enters its 7th day with 59 fires were raging across the state of New South Wales 19 of them uncontained

MAN VS FIRE. New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service crews protect a property on Bulgamatta Road in the township of Berambing in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, 22 October 2013. EPA/Dan Himbrechts

Australia merges major wildfires to manage infernos

Oct 22, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Firefighters have been battling wildfires across the state of New South Wales since they flared in high winds and searing heat last week

FIGHTING THE FLAMES. New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters strengthen containment lines on the Darling Causeway near the township of Bell in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, 21 October 2013. EPA/Dan Himbrechts

Australia crews battle to contain wildfires

Oct 21, 2013 - 9:05 AM

UPDATED New South Wales declared a state of emergency on Sunday amid the state s worst fire disaster in 20 years

DANGEROUS WILDFIRE. NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer puts out a fire near the Monky Creek Cafe in the town of Bell, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, NSW, Australia, 20 October 2013. EPA/Paul Miller

Parts of Australia facing worst bushfire threat in 40 years

Oct 20, 2013 - 1:24 PM

More than 200 homes have already been destroyed and another 120 damaged by the wildfires which broke out across New South Wales

Bushfires ravage communities in Australia

Oct 18, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Bushfires ravaged communities destroying hundreds of homes in southeastern Australia

BUSHFIRE. A house destroyed by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains on October 18, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD

'Substantial' damage feared in Australia wildfires

Oct 17, 2013 - 3:16 PM

Seven major blazes were burning across the state of New South Wales fanned by high erratic winds in unseasonably warm weather

Cooler conditions help firefighters fight Australia bushfires

Sep 11, 2013 - 10:55 AM

63 fires were still burning in Australia s most populous state but a significant drop in temperatures and easing winds proved a welcome relief

FIGHTING FLAMES. Firefighters at work on Sanctuary Drive as a bushfire comes within meters of homes at Windsor Downs near Richmond, Sydney, 10 September 2013. EPA/Dean Lewins

Australian climate on 'steroids' after hottest summer

Mar 04, 2013 - 1:13 PM

The Australian summer over 2012 and 2013 has been defined by extreme weather events across much of the continent including record breaking heat severe bushfires extreme rainfall and damaging flooding

This handout picture taken late on January 8, 2013 and provided by New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW Rural Fire Service) on January 9, 2013 shows trees burning and smoke billowing from a fire along the Princes Highway at Deans Gap in the Shoalhaven area in New South Wales. AFP PHOTO / NSW Rural Fire Service

Military called in as deadly floods batter Australia

Jan 29, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Australia ramped up its military response to deadly floodwaters rising in the country s sodden northeast Tuesday January 29 which have killed four people and displaced or isolated tens of thousands

INUNDATED. Floodwaters race across the Oxenford - Tamborine road on Australia's Gold Coast on January 28, 2013 as severe floods swept through two states. AFP PHOTO / Brett Faulkner

3 dead, dozens trapped in Australia floods

Jan 28, 2013 - 8:11 AM

Three people were dead and dozens trapped on the roofs of their homes in northeastern Australia Monday January 28 as severe floods swept through two states

Australian observatory survives wildfire

Jan 14, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Telescopes at a global space research facility appear to have survived a devastating Australian inferno that destroyed 12 nearby homes and damaged several buildings on the site

This handout aerial picture taken on January 14, 2013 and provided by Rural Fire Service (RFS) of New South Wales shows the group of buildings at the Siding Spring Observatory, a remote global research facility in New South Wales, surrounded by burnt and smoldering ground after a fire raged through the night, fueled by hot, strong winds, damaging parts of the facility. AFP PHOTO / NSW Rural Fire Service

High-tech 'nerve center' for Australia wildfire response

Jan 13, 2013 - 1:21 PM

As dozens of unpredictable bushfires break out in Australia s extreme heat military style operations are in full swing at a nerve center that harnesses state of the art technology allied to the power of social media

This photo taken on January 11, 2013 shows a general view of the state operations centre at the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Sydney with its large digital screen (R) tracking bushfires around Australia's most populous state. As dozens of wild and unpredictable bushfires break out in Australia's extreme heat military-style operations are in full swing at a state-of-the-art "nerve centre" in populous New South Wales state. AFP PHOTO / Madeleine COOREY

Australia firefighters race to beat heat spike

Jan 10, 2013 - 8:35 AM

Australian firefighters were racing against the clock to bring a series of blazes under control Thursday January 10 before a forecast spike in temperatures brings the risk of more infernos

This handout picture taken late on January 8, 2013 and provided by New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW Rural Fire Service) on January 9, 2013 shows trees burning and smoke billowing from a fire along the Princes Highway at Deans Gap in the Shoalhaven area in New South Wales. AFP PHOTO / NSW Rural Fire Service

Australia bushfires rage in 'catastrophic' conditions

Jan 08, 2013 - 10:21 AM

Bushfires raged across Australia s most populous state Tuesday January 8 fanned by intense heat and high winds in catastrophic conditions that have put thousands of firefighters on high alert