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Australian jets may have killed 18 civilians in Mosul air strike, ADF admits

Australian Defence Force officials have admitted between six and 18 civilians were killed in a Mosul airstrike involving Australian jets, but said they could not determine if Australian or allied missiles caused the deaths. The defence minister, Christopher Pyne, described the deaths as “deeply regrettable” but said the 12-month investigation into the strike on 13 June 2017 could not come to a conclusion ...

January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record in January and the summer of extremes continued with wildfires razing the drought-parched south and flooding in expanses of the tropical north. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the January record on Friday as parts of the northern hemisphere had record cold. Australia’s scorching start to 2019 — in which the mean temperature ...

Black Saturday is an Australian tragedy that redefined the way we live with fire

I’d visited the Latrobe Valley a few times before I really took in Hazelwood power station. Of course, I’d seen it. How could anyone miss it? But now I beheld the concrete behemoth, its towering chimney stacks creating their own thin, brown cloud-stream. I was writing about the adjacent town of Churchill, built in the late 1960s as a dormitory suburb for ...

British man and family plead for asylum after hiding in Australia in fear of Russian threats

A British man who leaked financial information about one of Russia’s most powerful politicians is pleading with the Australian government to allow his family to live in the country, despite their claim for asylum having been refused. In 2014 Nicholas Stride provided secret documents to media about the financial dealings of Russia’s former deputy prime minister, Igor Shuvalov, when he ...

Australia Day 2019: Activists hang ‘Abolish Australia Day’ banner in London

An “Abolish Australia Day” banner has been hung from London’s Westminster Bridge in the shadow of the British Houses of Parliament in solidarity with Australian rallies. About 30 protesters held the banner off the bridge as throngs of tourists walked by on a cold and cloudy Friday afternoon. London Australia Solidarity Activism Hub spokeswoman Eda Sehyan says the action is ...

Australia’s Heat Wave Is Taking A Toll On People, Animals, Infrastructure And Land

It’s summertime in Australia, and the country is in the throes of a record-breaking heat wave that has brought suffering to humans, animals and land. Temperatures in the south have soared past 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Australia’s State Emergency Service declared the heat wave a threat to public safety, as an increasing number of Australians have called ambulances and gone to hospitals in Adelaide for ...

‘Intense hot spell’ forecast in run-up to Australia Day

The hot spell about to engulf much of south east Australia is set to be even more blistering with meteorologists having upped their temperature forecasts. Adelaide is now set to hit 44C on Thursday and with parts of Sydney sweltering through a high of 43C on the weekend. Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe said more than 200 fires ...

Australian government mocked over plan to honour Captain Cook with voyage he never made

A replica of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour will circumnavigate Australia to mark its arrival Down Under 250 years ago – despite the fact the voyage never took place. The Australian government is spending 6.7m dollars (£3.7m) on the journey, which is due to set off from Sydney in March 2020 and end in May the following year. But the announcement ...

Indian woman says Australian boss exploited her after her husband got cancer

Harjinder* kept working, even when her pay didn’t come. She kept working even when her husband was diagnosed with liver cancer. The couple is now forced to return to India, despite Harjinder being owed, she alleges, more than $60,000 in unpaid wages. She is worried her husband will not be able to access critical drugs and treatment available in Australia. But ...

Aya Maasarwe: Murdered student’s body flown home from Australia

The family of an Israeli Arab student whose murder has shocked Australia have left the nation with her body, hours after her father gave a moving tribute. Aya Maasarwe, 21, died in Melbourne last week. Police have since charged a man with her rape and murder. Ms Maasarwe’s death has led to much public anger, and renewed debate about women’s safety ...