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Motorist who killed 3, injured 20 in Melbourne CBD previously known to police

2017-01-20

A young child is among three people who were killed by a motorist who ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD on Friday afternoon.

Acquired taste: Australia toasts return of national spread Vegemite to local ownership

2017-01-20

Vegemite, the salty yeast-based spread beloved by Australians, is returning Down Under after decades of US ownership.

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.