Tasmania Whale Rescue Ends With 108 Saved and Over 300 Dead

SYDNEY, Australia — Wildlife officials in the Australian state of Tasmania began disposing of hundreds of dead pilot whales on Saturday after ending rescue attempts in one of the largest incidents of whale beaching ever recorded globally. In all, rescuers saved 108 out of the 470 whales that landed this week on a wide, remote […]

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Former Rebel Leader Is Elected President of Bougainville

SYDNEY — A former rebel military commander has been elected president of Bougainville, the autonomous region in the South Pacific, electoral officials said on Wednesday, and he is set to lead talks for the territory’s independence from Papua New Guinea. The victory by the former rebel leader, Ishmael Toroama, is a break from the current […]

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Sydney Leathers is furious that Bella Thorne joined OnlyFans

Anthony Weiner’s ex-sexting partner Sydney Leathers makes her living these days on adult site OnlyFans and, like may of the site’s content creators, she’s not happy that Bella Thorne joined the platform. Thorne reportedly made $2 million on the site, and got backlash from some of the site’s X-rated regulars. Leathers sees former Disney star Thorne […]

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To Many Travelers, 2020 Was the Summer of 1965

Last year, Amanda Morgan watched a production of “My Fair Lady” at the Sydney Opera House, drove from Queenstown to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, roamed through lavender fields in Provence and spent a week in Mykonos. She celebrated Christmas in Amsterdam and New Year’s Eve in Paris. When the coronavirus struck the United […]

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China Detains Australian Host for Chinese State TV

SYDNEY, Australia — Investigators in China have detained an Australian journalist who has been a host on Chinese state-run television, the Australian foreign ministry said on Monday, opening up another potential point of friction in testy relations between the two countries. The journalist, Cheng Lei, who has worked on English-language business news for CGTN, the […]

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Christchurch Massacre Sentencing: What to Expect

SYDNEY, Australia — Brenton Tarrant killed 51 people and wounded 40 more at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last year, an act of hate and terrorism unlike anything the remote island country had ever seen. He will be sentenced this week in a courtroom filled with people whose lives he sought to destroy. Mr. […]

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Australia says effective unemployment to exceed 13% by end of September

© Reuters. People walk in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) – Effective unemployment in Australia will climb above 13% by the end of September, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Sunday, as nearly half a million people lose their jobs due to a full lockdown of the country’s […]

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Why Did a Chinese Diplomat Walk All Over People on a Pacific Island?

SYDNEY, Australia — The grainy photograph certainly said something about China and the Pacific: It showed the Chinese ambassador, Tang Songgen, walking over the backs of 30 people on a remote island in the nation of Kiribati soon after he had landed on a grassy airstrip. To some, especially American and Australian officials who helped […]

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Fran Spielman interviews Sydney Roberts, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability

Sun-Times file photo of Sydney Roberts, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability being interviewed by Fran Spielman. Friday, July 19, 2019. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times Of nearly 1,000 complaints filed against Chicago Police officers since the death of George Floyd, roughly 170 had enough supporting evidence to warrant full-blown investigations by the Civilian […]

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Riquna Williams, Sydney Wiese each score 17, Sparks beat Liberty

Riquna Williams and Sydney Wiese each scored 17 points to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 93-78 on Tuesday night. Candace Parker added 16 points for Los Angeles (6-3), which won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Parker also had four assists to move into 14th on the WNBA […]

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Australia central bank warns of GDP hit from Victoria lockdowns

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank on Friday warned that the latest coronavirus containment measures in Victoria state are expected to subtract at least 2 percentage points from national growth in the current quarter. Victoria’s capital of Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, entered a six-week total lockdown on Thursday, shuttering shops and businesses and requiring […]

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Sydney Colson joins Sky just in the nick of time

Sydney Colson, who tested positive for the coronavirus in June, joined the Sky at practice Monday for the first time this season. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images Courtney Vandersloot, who averaged a near career high of 31.5 minutes in the Sky’s first four games, said Sydney Colson’s arrival is “like a breathe of fresh air.” Sky […]

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Taking a Spear Into the Sea, and Washing Anxiety Away

SYDNEY, Australia — Emma Shearman held her speargun and focused on her breathing. In, out, relax, she thought. Deep and steady, as rhythmic as the waves. She plunged into the cold Pacific off Sydney’s rocky coast, holding her breath until she reached a depth of about 30 feet. Quiet and calm, she lifted the gun, […]

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Australia Says Chinese Students Are Targets in ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Scams

SYDNEY, Australia — The young woman’s parents in China believed the video was real. It seemed to show their 21-year-old daughter pleading for help somewhere in Australia. She had been out of touch for days. She looked to be in pain, and the perpetrators pointed to only one solution: a six-figure ransom payment. The woman’s […]

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Australia central bank official says new policy measures not under consideration

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New monetary policy measures would come at a cost and are not under consideration at the moment, a senior official at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said on Monday. Responding to questions at a Kanga News webinar, RBA Assistant Governor Chris Kent also reiterated that negative interest rates were not an […]

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Australian Government Sued Over Financial Risks of Climate Change

SYDNEY, Australia — Katta O’Donnell grew up with a fear of fire. As a child, she remembers burning bark falling from the air because of wildfires. This year, she worried that the blazes sweeping across regional Australia, fueled by climate change, could destroy her home outside Melbourne, the same way they had turned thousands of […]

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Australia Treasurer forecasts yawning fiscal deficit on virus-driven stimulus

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Thursday the country’s budget swung into a massive deficit of A$85.8 billion ($61.3 billion) in the year-ended June 2020 due to the government’s fiscal stimulus plan to battle the coronavirus pandemic. The budget deficit is forecast to further expand to $184.5 billion deficit in 2020-21, Frydenberg […]

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Last Qantas 747 departs Sydney for Mojave retirement

2/2 © Reuters. Qantas celebrates departure of last 747 jumbo jet from Sydney Airport, as it retires its remaining Boeing 747 planes early due to the coronavirus disease 2/2 By Jamie Freed SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd’s (AX:) last Boeing 747 jet drew a kangaroo tail in the sky off the Australian coast as […]

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Faced with COVID-19, highest number of Australians tap retirement funds since April

© Reuters. People sit on a bench overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney. By Scott Murdoch and Byron Kaye HONG KONG/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians asked to pull out more than A$5 billion ($3.5 billion) from their pension funds in the first week of July, the highest since the government granted […]

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Australia’s Central Bank Sits Tight as Second Wave Risks Mount

© Bloomberg. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) building stands in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, May 18, 2020. Australia’s central bank decided against buying government bonds last week, the first time that’s happened since it began a quantative easing program in late March that sought to hold down three-year yields in order to lower interest […]

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Rebel Wilson Shows Off Her Weight Loss In Tight Black Leggings During Trip To The Zoo

Rebel Wilson got to be a part of ‘so much fun and cuteness’ during her recent trip to the Sydney Zoo with one of her friends! The actress showed off the results of her ongoing weight loss by wearing tight black leggings. See the pics! Rebel Wilson got in touch with her wild side during her […]

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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

SYDNEY, Australia — Confronting a surge of cyberattacks attributed to the Chinese government, Australia moved to bolster its defenses on Tuesday, promising to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on its ability to take the battle overseas. The investment of 1.35 billion Australian dollars ($930 million) over the next decade is the largest the […]

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Lucky no more? Australia’s golden economy faces long road to virus recovery

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People are seen on the nearly deserted steps of the Sydney Opera House By Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) – Coronavirus has done to Australia what even the global financial crisis couldn’t: abruptly end a record growth run and help trigger a deep recession from which the country will take time to […]

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Sky guard Sydney Colson says she tested positive for COVID-19

Sydney Colson said she tested positive for the coronavirus. | AP Photos Sky guard Sydney Colson announced her positive test result on Twitter Saturday morning. Sky guard Sydney Colson revealed on Twitter Saturday morning that she tested positive for the coronavirus this week. “I do the least and tested positive so I’m tryna see how […]

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Australian Politician’s Home Raided in Chinese Influence Inquiry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian authorities raided the home and office of a federal lawmaker on Friday as part of a sweeping investigation into allegations of a Chinese government plot to manipulate the politics and policy of Parliament. Shaoquett Moselmane, a Labor politician from a Sydney suburb, recently praised China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, for […]

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A Sexual Harasser Spent Years on Australia’s Top Court, an Inquiry Finds

SYDNEY, Australia — For years there were private whispers and warnings from young women about a pattern of abuse by one of Australia’s most powerful men — a judge on the country’s highest court. Now, an internal court inquiry has found that the judge, Dyson Heydon, had indeed sexually harassed at least six young women […]

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