Australia

Online New Year’s Threats Prompt Australian Arrest

SYDNEY —  Australian counter-terror officers arrested a 40-year-old man at Sydney Airport, after he disembarked from a flight from London, and charged him with making online threats “relating to New Year’s Eve” festivities in Sydney, police said Friday. The arrest follows police raids across the southern city of Melbourne a week ago, which authorities said foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot ...

Man filmed ‘fishing’ in floods amuses Australia

An Australian man has found instant fame after being filmed pretending to fish during flash floods in Melbourne. Video of Paris Diaz Jordanou hamming it up for news crews has been viewed more than five million times since Thursday. In the footage, Mr Jordanou is heard yelling “I’ll catch him” as a car begins to float in floodwaters. Social media ...

South China Sea tensions drive fishermen to Australia

The South China Sea dispute ripping Asia apart has landed in Australian waters, with authorities facing a surge in illegal Vietnamese fishing off northern Australia – a problem experts say is costing the country “millions”. About 150 illegal Vietnamese fishermen in 10 vessels have been arrested in Australian waters since March compared to none in 2015. With the Chinese coast guard excluding fisherman from the waters it claims around ...

Anger at death of Manus refugee in Australia

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says the death of a man medivacced from Papua New Guinea to Australia is yet another casualty of the systematic neglect that characterises Manus Island, and offshore detention. Sudanese refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed collapsed at the Australian run detention centre on Manus Island and was evacuated to hospital in Australia last week. Australia’s Department ...

Australia: Rebecca Doub

Sunny and 100 degrees doesn’t exactly spell Christmas. But as Rebecca Doub ventured into the sizzling grasp of Melbourne, Australia, she was thrown into a kind of “Christmas in July” in December paradox. “I have to admit it’s been a little strange hearing songs like ‘White Christmas’ while we have the windows rolled down in the car because it’s so ...

Australia fines Valve $2.2 million over its Steam refund policy

Australia’s federal court has fined Valve AUD$3 million (USD$2.2 million) after ruling that the company breached consumer law when it didn’t offer refunds between 2011 and 2014. This is the maximum fine requested by Australia’s competition regulator and it’s 12 times more than Valve itself suggested it should pay, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Justice James Edelman said he ...

Pakistan sensed Australian panic at Gabba Test

Pakistan smelled some Australian panic in Brisbane and are a transformed cricket side after their first Test near-miss. Opener Sami Aslam said they were brimming with confidence heading into the Boxing Day Test. After collapsing for 142 in the first innings at the Gabba, the tourists were outstanding after being set 490 for an unlikely win. They only fell 39 ...

Australia thwarts Christmas Day bombing plot

Police in Australia have detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in the heart of the country’s second-largest city, officials said Friday. The suspects had been inspired by ISIS and planned attacks on Melbourne’s Flinders Street train station, neighbouring Federation Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said. The arrests came after someone hijacked ...

Chinese suspects charged after $60m cocaine shipment seized off Australia

Ten Chinese nationals have been charged with drug smuggling in Australia after officials said they found a stash of cocaine worth more than $60m on their ship. Last week, the Australian defence force intercepted the 50m former research vessel off the coast of Tasmania and escorted the boat to Hobart. During a subsequent search, police found 186kg of cocaine on ...

Australia’s 10 most dangerous stretches of highway revealed

Three parts of Queensland’s Pacific Motorway have been ranked among the 10 most dangerous stretches of highway in Australia. The Australian Automobile Association released its Australian road assessment program report on Wednesday, pinpointing the locations of crashes that led to 15,339 casualties and more than 900 deaths on Australian highways between 2010 and 2014. Nine of the 10 most dangerous ...

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