Australia and Oceania

Second pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — A second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia, officials said Friday, adding that the disease was acquired overseas and there was no public health risk. The confirmation comes after a pregnant …

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Man charged with allegedly attacking two female backpackers in Australia

COORONG NATIONAL PARK, Australia (Reuters) — A man was charged with the alleged rape, assault and attempted murder of two female foreign backpackers on Wednesday (February 10), local media reported. The attack happened on a remote stretch of beach at …

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Australia set to legalize cultivation of medical cannabis

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Australia is expected to legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes with a bill introduced to parliament on Wednesday (February 10), the first step towards doctors eventually prescribing it to patients with chronic …

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Report card on aboriginal Australian paints bleak picture

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday (February 10) said that the government was failing to meet a number of goals aimed at improving the lot of its embattled aboriginal population as he released its tenth …

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Australian court paves way for deportation of infant asylum seekers

Australia’s High Court threw out a challenge to the country’s offshore immigration detention camps on Wednesday (February 3), clearing the way for the deportation of dozens of infants born in Australia to detained asylum seekers. The court rejected a legal …

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Severe storm causes flash flooding in Geelong

Buildings were damaged and cars submerged on Wednesday (January 27) as a severe storm caused flash flooding in the Victorian city of Geelong. Local media reported that the State Emergency Service (SES) received almost 500 calls for help with 18 …

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Authorities to review anti-corruption unit after match-fixing scandal

Tennis officials on Wednesday (January 27) launched an independent review into their anti-corruption practices after allegations the sport’s watchdog, the Tennis Integrity unit (TIU), had been ineffective in stamping out corruption in the game. The announcement at the Australian Open …

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Australian Foreign Minister, condems “horrific attacks” in Jakarta

Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop condemned the attacks that took place in Jakarta on Thursday (January 14), and has offered assistance if Indonesia asks for it. “I confirm that the Australian Government condemns these horrific attacks and that we stand …

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Australian police say operation underway at Sydney Opera House

A police operation was underway at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday (January 14) , police said, with at least one ferry leaving the area cancelled and media reporting that people were being cleared away from the site. A police …

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Australia knocks back Washington over more help against Islamic State

Australia on Thursday (January 14) said that it had denied a request from the United States for a greater military commitment against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq made in the wake of the November attacks in Paris that …

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Australian fire crews tackle fire burning through 150,000 tyres at tyre yard

Fire crews were called in to tackle a fire on Monday (January 11) at a tyre yard that saw 150,000 up in flames, creating a smoke plume visible from Melbourne’s central business district kilometers away. Staff from the yard and …

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Freight train carrying sulphuric acid derails in Australia’s outback

A freight train loaded with sulphuric acid derailed on Sunday (December 27) near Julia Creek in Australia‘s outback. Local media reported the 26-carriage train carrying about 200,000 liters as having come off the tracks and spilling small amounts of acid …

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