Australia

Mother admits murdering children by driving into Australian lake

A mother has admitted killing three of her children by driving them into a lake in southern Australia. Akon Guode, 37, killed one-year-old Bol and four-year-old twins Hanger and Madit in Melbourne’s south-west in 2015. Another child, six-year-old Alual, was

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Marlin drags fisherman into remote waters off Australia

A lone fisherman survived by treading water for six hours after being dragged into the sea by a marlin off Western Australia. The angler hooked the large fish about 30 nautical miles (55km) off the remote North West Cape on

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Man arrested over New Year’s Eve ‘threats’ in Sydney, police say

Australian anti-terror police have charged a man for making threats against Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. The 40-year-old man was arrested at Sydney Airport on Thursday after arriving on a plane from London. The alleged threats were made on social

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Police seize 1,100kg in Australia’s ‘largest cocaine bust’

Fifteen men have been charged after police said they made the biggest cocaine bust in Australia’s history. The drugs, with an estimated street value of A$360m (£212m; $258m), were uncovered after a police investigation over more than two years. Police

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Australia flood: Six found safe after record rainfall

Six missing people have been found safe after record rainfall caused floods in Australia’s outback. Northern Territory police had been “seriously concerned” for the group amid what meteorologists called a twice-a-century weather event. Four of the six were rescued by

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Perpetual Loyal wins Sydney to Hobart race in record time

The gruelling Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been won in record time. Perpetual Loyal finished the 628 nautical miles (1,163km) in one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds – almost five hours faster than the previous course

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Australia’s Coogee beach bans alcohol after Christmas party

Alcohol will be banned at a popular Sydney beach all summer after a Christmas party resulted in a build-up of 15 tonnes (15,000kg) of rubbish. More than 10,000 people flocked to Coogee beach on Christmas day, leaving bottles, cigarette boxes

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Australia flood: Six missing following record rainfall

Six people are missing after record rainfall caused floods in Australia’s outback and forced the temporary closure of a famous national park. The six, including an infant, have not been heard from since Christmas Day. They are thought to have

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Melbourne Christmas Day ‘terror attack’ foiled, say Australia police

Australian police say they have foiled a “multi-mode” terror attack planned for Melbourne on Christmas Day. Five men are in custody after early-morning raids on Friday, Victoria Police chief Graham Ashton said. Mr Ashton said the threat involved “use of

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Australian Christian Lobby ‘car bomb’ not politically motivated, police say

A van filled with gas bottles has been driven into the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) headquarters in Canberra. Australian Capital Territory Police said the incident was not “politically, religiously or ideologically” motivated. The 35-year-old driver suffered serious burns after the

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Codeine becomes prescription-only medicine in Australia

Painkillers containing codeine will require a prescription in Australia from 2018 amid concerns over misuse. Under current laws, codeine can be obtained in compound form in over-the-counter painkillers and cough medicines. But Australia’s drug regulator believes the risk of addiction

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MH370: Plane ‘not likely to be in search area’, say investigators

Experts leading the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have said the plane is unlikely to be found in the current search area, and recommended looking further north. No trace of the plane has been recovered in the southern Indian

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Bali policeman’s widow rejects ‘donation’ from accused killer

The widow of a policeman allegedly murdered in Indonesia has rejected a “donation” from his accused Australian killer. Wayan Sudarsa’s body was found on Bali’s Kuta beach on 17 August with head and neck wounds. Sara Connor, 46, and her

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Japanese tourist dies at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

An elderly Japanese woman has died while snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, in the fourth tourist death at the Australian attraction in a month. The 75-year-old was pulled from the water on Tuesday at Moore Reef, about 45km (30

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New Zealand passport robot tells applicant of Asian descent to open eyes

A New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photograph rejected when facial recognition software mistakenly registered his eyes as being closed. Richard Lee’s attempt to renew his passport was blocked after he submitted the picture to an online

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