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Cash-strapped UN food agency reduces help to Syrian refugees

2015-07-03 12:48

The United Nations' food agency is cutting back on assistance to thousands of Syrian refugees after an appeal for a ceasefire to enable Syrians feed themselves went unheeded, World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin says.

Man mauled by shark in Australia, 2nd attack this year

2015-07-02 13:28

A man has been attacked by a shark on Australia's east coast, close to where a Japanese surfer was killed earlier this year, rescue officials say.

Gay marriage pressure builds on Australian government

2015-07-02 10:13

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has brushed off mounting pressure for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage from within his conservative coalition, saying he was more focused on the economy and security.

Smoking ban sparks riot at Australian prison

2015-06-30 13:10

Prison staff at a maximum security prison in Melbourne have been evacuated after hundreds of inmates protested against a smoking ban at the facility.

American who vanished in Australia 5 years ago found alive

2015-06-30 10:17

An American tourist who vanished from northern Australia five years ago, with his kayak found submerged near a beach, has been discovered alive by police investigating a burglary.

Oz, NZ to play day-night Test with pink ball

2015-06-29 20:38

Australia and New Zealand are to play the first ever day-night Test with a pink ball when they meet at the Adelaide Oval later this year.

Australia tightens rules on foreign ownership

2015-06-29 11:58

Australia has tightened rules requiring overseas investors to declare holdings of agricultural land in order to strengthen oversight.

Some corals can adapt to warmer climate

2015-06-25 21:12

Some coral species are better at adapting to climate change than others, and they may be able to pass their hardy DNA onto the next generation, a study says.

Mom begs Australia to help daughter, grandchildren flee ISIS

2015-06-24 14:51

The mother-in-law of one of Australia’s most notorious ISIS fighters has pleaded for the government to help her "desperate" daughter and five grandchildren flee the Middle East, saying she made "the mistake of a lifetime".

Australian fishermen lure rare monster shark

2015-06-24 09:06

Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping 6.3m basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.

 

Cities pick up climate slack

2015-07-02 23:22

Many cities and provinces are taking a leading role, driven by necessity, in efforts to arrest galloping global warming.

Dog eats dead owner's leg

2015-07-02 10:41

Police checking on a home in suburban Australia found the body of a man whose leg had been gnawed to the bone by a dog, a report says.

Australia prison riot ends with police assault

2015-07-02 05:49

Three hundred prisoners who rioted in a Melbourne jail ahead of a smoking ban, are back in their cells after police stormed the compound with tear gas and water cannon.

Rare case of wallaby fostering tree kangaroo in pouch

2015-06-30 10:36

Australian zookeepers say they had successfully fostered an orphaned tree kangaroo with a surrogate wallaby in a rare case after its mother was crushed by a branch.

'Babbler' birds use primitive language - study

2015-06-30 09:30

A bird in Australia is able to string together sounds and mix them up in order to communicate different meanings to others, a skill previously attributed only to humans, researchers say.

Sydney's crazy housing market no mere craze

2015-06-29 15:00

Outlandish property prices make daily headlines in Sydney - a peeling 1900s three-bed with no kitchen sink for $2m, a parking space in Kirribili for A$120 000.

Super 15 semis set to be tense

2015-06-27 04:00

The first of the semi-finals of the Super 15 series will be between the Hurricanes and Australia's Brumbies.

Record heroin seizures off East Africa

2015-06-25 18:41

A record 1.5 tons of heroin have been seized off East Africa's coast since last month, according to United Nations figures, showing the growing importance of the route to international traffickers.

Australian warship seizes half a ton of heroin

2015-06-24 11:01

An Australian warship patrolling in the Middle East has seized a haul of 581kg of heroin with an estimated street value of more than half a billion US dollars, a naval official says.

Australia allowed to strip extremists' children of citizenship

2015-06-24 08:08

The Australian government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of Australian citizenship under controversial legislation introduced into parliament.

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