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New Zealand imports insects to fight plant invader

2017-01-20

New Zealand appears to be taking a calculated risk with its otherwise strict environmental policy by using foreign species to fight an invasive and destructive plant.

Man killed by crocodile in Australia's Northern Territory

2017-01-20

A man has been killed by a crocodile at a river crossing in Australia's Northern Territory.

Three dead, 20 seriously injured after car ploughs into pedestrians in Melbourne CBD

2017-01-20

​A man is in custody after a car intentionally hit several pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD, killing three people and leaving up to 20 with serious injuries.

Australia defends end of MH370 hunt, says investigation continues

2017-01-19

Australian officials defended their suspension of the fruitless deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, insisting on Wednesday that the enormous costs involved played no role in their decision to halt the nearly three-year hunt.

Australia PM Turnbull resists major Cabinet reshuffle as he names new health minister

2017-01-18

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday resisted a major cabinet reshuffle despite his waning poll numbers as he named Greg Hunt the new health minister to replace Sussan Ley, who resigned last week amid an expenses scandal.

Australia Day ad showing girls in hijabs removed after threats

2017-01-18

An Australia Day advert featuring two girls in hijabs in front of an Australian flag has been removed from a Melbourne street after threats were made to the billboard company. The Victoria state government said the company, QMS, received a series of "abusive and threatening" complaints.

MH370 victims’ families outraged as search for missing plane ends after three years

2017-01-18

The Australian government said on Wednesday it was not ruling out a future underwater search for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as families of those on board criticized the decision to suspend the hunt after three fruitless years.

Australian-led search for MH370 suspended after almost three-year joint efforts

2017-01-17

The Australian-led underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been suspended indefinitely, the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Three young foreigners charged with drug smuggling in New Zealand

2017-01-13

New Zealand Customs officers have arrested three young foreign nationals after finding illegal drugs with a street value of 5 million NZ dollars (3.56 million U.S. dollars) in false-bottomed suitcases at Auckland Airport.

Brother-in-law Robert Xie guilty of slaughtering Sydney's Lin family

2017-01-13

Robert Xie, a former surgeon, has been found guilty of murdering five members of a Chinese-Australian family in Sydney, including two children, in a gruesome case that shocked the country.