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Australia: Island country in the southern hemisphere
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 26 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

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Exposed and vulnerable: action needed now to protect Australia's fauna

Roger Lembit is one of the first scientists to make it into the fire ground in NSW’s Blue Mountains.
The Age - Published

'We're in a dark time': Young climate activists remember those killed in bushfires

Students held vigils around Australia on Friday for those killed in the bushfires.
SBS - Published

Videos for Australia


Former Rep. Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison [Video]Former Rep. Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison

Chris Collins, a former U.S. congressman from New York who was an early backer of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to 26 months in prison and fined $200,000 on Friday after pleading guilty to..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 00:58Published

Australia wild fire smoke goes around the world in 10 days [Video]Australia wild fire smoke goes around the world in 10 days

Australia wild fire smoke goes around the world in 10 days

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:26Published

Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke [Video]Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke

British star Johanna Konta says conditions in Melbourne haven't been ideal

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:31Published

Jazz rocks in Singapore to boost title defence [Video]Jazz rocks in Singapore to boost title defence

Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond stiffens his title defence in the second round of the Singapore Open.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:00Published

Street artist creates giant 3D graffiti art [Video]Street artist creates giant 3D graffiti art

Portuguese artist paints 3D graffiti using anamorphic illusions

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 01:08Published

Rain stormoffers temporary reprieve after Australia's devastating fires [Video]Rain stormoffers temporary reprieve after Australia's devastating fires

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:25Published

A solar farm that pulls water from the air [Video]A solar farm that pulls water from the air

The CEO of Zero Mass Water, Cdy Friesen, says his company's tech is harnessing the power of the sun to produce large quantities of clean drinking water, using specialized solar panel technology.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Adam Hills talks about beard conversation with Prince Harry [Video]Adam Hills talks about beard conversation with Prince Harry

Adam Hills spoke about his conversation with the Duke of Sussex at Buckingham Palace ahead of the draw for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Prior to the draw, Prince Harry met the comedian and TV..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:25Published

Rain And Hail Pelt Burning Australian States [Video]Rain And Hail Pelt Burning Australian States

Severe thunderstorms are drenching some regions of Australia suffering from wildfires. According to CNN, the powerful storms are pelting the area with heavy rain and large hail. The storms could bring..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

What Would You Give Up For A Super Bowl Ticket? [Video]What Would You Give Up For A Super Bowl Ticket?

What would you give up to watch your favorite team play live in a Super Bowl? Would you give up a kidney? or your favorite food? or break up with your significant other? Some fans say they would give..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Rain relieves wildfire-ravaged Australia [Video]Rain relieves wildfire-ravaged Australia

The fires have been unprecedented.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Earth's Oldest Solid Material Has Been Discovered [Video]Earth's Oldest Solid Material Has Been Discovered

Scientists say it is stardust from a meteorite found in Australia half a century ago.

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Australia sees rainfall bring relief from scorching temperatures [Video]Australia sees rainfall bring relief from scorching temperatures

Heavy rainfall brings relief to eastern Australia after record temperatures and huge wildfires. The fire danger has been diminished by rain this week in several areas. The first green buds of regrowth..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:36Published

Australia's dinosaur-era pines live on after bushfire rescue [Video]Australia's dinosaur-era pines live on after bushfire rescue

Firefighters collaborate with park services to protect pines from dinosaur period

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 01:41Published

Tennis stars raise money for Australia fire relief [Video]Tennis stars raise money for Australia fire relief

Rally for Relief 2020 brought tennis legends together in aid during Australian bushfire crisis. Ash Rowe reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:06Published

Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighters [Video]Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighters

Ember, a crisis response dog, gets a cuddle during a visit to NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Australia

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:40Published

Australians cheer as rain sweeps across parts of the bushfire-ravaged east coast [Video]Australians cheer as rain sweeps across parts of the bushfire-ravaged east coast

Video obtained by Reuters showed Australians rejoicing as rain fell across Queensland and Canberra.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:02Published

'The moment of crisis has come' - naturalist Attenborough on climate change [Video]'The moment of crisis has come' - naturalist Attenborough on climate change

"The longer we leave it, the more difficult is it going to be to solve the problems," British naturalist David Attenborough said in an interview with the BBC on January 3.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:01Published

Australian bushfires: Blazes taking toll on economy [Video]Australian bushfires: Blazes taking toll on economy

Years of work up in flames - counting the economic cost of Australia's unprecedented bushfire season.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published

Meet 'Taylor': A nose for sniffing out koalas [Video]Meet 'Taylor': A nose for sniffing out koalas

Conservation detection dogs are being trained to search for injured koalas caught in the middle of Australia's bushfires. It's hoped that training more dogs like Taylor could help with moving wildlife..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith announce brand new event series, World Tour [Video]Will and Jada Pinkett Smith announce brand new event series, World Tour

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are to produce a brand new event series titled World Tour, with the first to take place on March 14 in Melbourne, Australia.

Credit: Bang Media World     Duration: 00:56Published

Prehistoric pines survive Australia bushfires [Video]Prehistoric pines survive Australia bushfires

Australia's Wollemi Pines survived the dinosaurs, and now firefighters have nursed them through the country's worst bushfires in generations to live another day. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighers [Video]Support dog brings smiles to Australia firefighers

Ember, a crisis response dog, gets a cuddle during a visit to NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters in Australia

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:40Published

 

Korina thought she had the flu. But Australia’s 'hidden killer' soon left her a quadruple amputee

Korina Valentine thought she had the flu, but instead, a deadly bacterial infection was taking hold of her body. The young mother is now a quadruple amputee and wants to spread awareness about the..
SBS - Published

Australia town mourns volunteer firefighter fallen in bushfires

Firefighters, family and the small Australian town of Holbrook hailed fallen volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul a hero in a solemn funeral on Friday, as long awaited rains started to extinguish some..
Reuters - Published

More than 1,000 university scholarships set aside for bushfire-hit students

More than 1,000 university scholarships will be set aside for students affected by Australia's bushfires.
SBS - Published

Native plants can flourish after bushfire, but there’s only so much hardship they can take

Encouraging Australia's unique plants to bounce back from these unprecedented fires requires targeted funding and actions to restore ecological communities, including seed banking.
SBS - Published

Australia's bushfire-stricken east welcomes drenching rain

Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia's east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought, but the city of Melbourne braced for another wave..
Reuters - Published

From Australian bushfire ashes, a community rises in solidarity

For two weeks, builder Rod Dunn has been living at a showground in a borrowed caravan, wearing an old coat donated by a friend.
Reuters - Published

Australia, Iran discuss plight of detained academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has spoken to her Iranian counterpart to once again raise the plight of Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who is jailed in Tehran.
SBS - Published

'Moment of crisis' for earth: Sir David Attenborough takes aim at Australia's climate approach amid warning

David Attenborough has called on China to lead the world on climate change and reduce its carbon emissions, saying the moment of crisis has come.
SBS - Published

Sir David Attenborough hits out at Australia's climate platform amid global 'moment of crisis'

David Attenborough has called on China to lead the world on climate change and reduce its carbon emissions, saying the moment of crisis has come.
SBS - Published

Early tests raise hopes new drug could help lower rates of miscarriages

In Australia, one in four pregnancies ends in a miscarriage.
SBS - Published

Search dog Taylor a bushfire-hit koala's best friend

Taylor, a 4-year-old English springer spaniel, has been among the hard working rescuers during Australia's bushfire crisis.
Reuters - Published

Bushfire smoke covers our cities. This is exactly what you’re inhaling

Smoke from recent bushfires has shrouded major Australian cities. So, what are we actually inhaling?
SBS - Published

Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

Australia's peak tourism body estimated the country's bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$1 billion ($690 million) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back..
Reuters - Published

Australia seen waiting till March for sustained rains to douse bushfires

Australia will have to wait until March for rains heavy enough to bring sustained relief from dry weather that has fueled deadly bushfires, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Australian bushfires wipe out historic surf board collection

White cinders, a few fins and melted board skins are all that remain of Australian surfer David Ford's 260-strong collection of irreplaceable vintage surfboards.
Reuters - Published

Firefighter unions split on need for royal commission into Australia's bushfire crisis

Professional and volunteer firefighters have called on drought minister David Littleproud to support a royal commission into this summer’s horrific fires, a day after the United Firefighters Union..
SBS - Published

Australian government used public funds to target marginal electorates: auditor

Australia's conservative government used a A$100 million ($69 million) sport development fund to target votes in marginal electorates ahead of an election last year, the country's independent auditor..
Reuters - Published

Australian man released from jail after trying to find missing children in Japan

An Australian journalist was given a suspended sentence after trying to find his children in Japan.
SBS - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Thunderstorms sweep across Australia's bushfire-ravaged east coast

Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept across parts of Australia's east coast on Thursday, bringing hope that some of the fierce bushfires razing the country will be extinguished - or at least slowed.
Reuters - Published

Emma from The Wiggles uses Auslan to help deaf children access theatre

A former Paralympian, a Wiggle and an internationally acclaimed artist have teamed up to produce a ground-breaking theatre production that is specially designed for Australia's deaf community.
SBS - Published

New theatre show encourages deaf children to learn to dance

A former Paralympian, a Wiggle and an internationally acclaimed artist have teamed up to produce a ground-breaking theatre production that is specially designed for Australia's deaf community.
SBS - Published

Australian student expelled from North Korea says he was kidnapped from dorm

An Australian student who was briefly detained in North Korea last year over spy charges said he had been kidnapped by secret police and forced to make a false confession, according to an article..
Reuters - Published

Ground-breaking theatre production designed for Australia's deaf community

A former Paralympian, a Yellow Wiggle and and an internationally acclaimed artist have teamed up to produce a ground-breaking theatre production designed for Australia's deaf community.
SBS - Published

This French firefighter fought the Amazon blaze, he’s shocked by our bushfires

A team of five French firefighting experts are in Australia to provide support in the bushfire crisis. But the experienced team say they've never seen fires like this before.
SBS - Published

Australian experts monitor potential spread of SARS-like virus closely

A Chinese tourist arriving in Bangkok was infected with a mysterious coronavirus, prompting fears of an outbreak.
SBS - Published

Australia softens climate change rhetoric as bushfires, and voters, rage

Three years ago, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, then Treasurer, brandished a lump of coal in parliament as a totem of how the ruling conservative coalition planned to keep the lights on and..
Reuters - Published

'We’ve never dealt with fires like that': Veteran French firefighters shocked by Australia’s bushfires

A team of five French firefighting experts are in Australia to provide support in the bushfire crisis. But the experienced team say they've never seen fires like this before.
SBS - Published

Australians 'may become climate refugees' as global temperatures soar: US expert

A visiting US climatologist says it's" conceivable that much of Australia simply becomes too hot and dry for human habitation".
SBS - Published

Australian $35 billion French submarine contract is already nine months late: report

Australia's A$50 billion ($35 billion) submarine order with French shipbuilder Naval Group is running nine months late and the defense department cannot show that A$396 million already spent on the..
Reuters - Published

Firefighters are urging Scott Morrison to rethink federal royal commission into bushfires

Australian firefighters are urging the prime minister not to call a national inquiry into the bushfire crises, saying there's plenty of recommendations to use.
SBS - Published

Australia's science minister calls for end to debate over whether climate change is real

Karen Andrews has called for the urgent threat of the bushfire crisis to be heeded, saying arguing about whether climate change is real is a waste of time.
SBS - Published

Firefighters reject Scott Morrison's national bushfire inquiry

Australian firefighters are urging the prime minister not to call a national inquiry into the bushfire crises, saying there's plenty of recommendations to use.
SBS - Published

The sheer number of animals killed in Australia’s bushfires could collapse entire ecosystems

Conservationists and scientists fear bushfires that have ravaged parts of Australia have had a catastrophic impact on flora and fauna.
SBS - Published

Collapse of ecosystems feared as number of animals killed in bushfires predicted to be 'brutal'

Conservationists and scientists fear bushfires that have ravaged parts of Australia have had a catastrophic impact on flora and fauna.
SBS - Published

Australia’s policies on asylum seekers and media freedom criticised in new human rights report

A new report on human rights has taken Australia to task over a range of issues, including media freedom and Indigenous rights.
SBS - Published

News coverage of Australian bushfires highlight Murdoch family rift on climate

The younger son and daughter-in-law of News Corp Executive Chairman and Fox Corporation Co-Chairman Rupert Murdoch took aim at both organizations' coverage of climate change, widely viewed as a..
Reuters - Published

Is the summer of our economic growth over?

A decade ago, The Economist editorialised about the Australian economic miracle, how we were at our best in a crisis but otherwise took less than full advantage of prosperity.
The Age - Published

Onus on GPs to report elder abuse as ageing population soars

Australian GPs are being put on high alert to look for signs of elder abuse and enact safety plans for older patients they suspect are in danger.
The Age - Published

Australia's $50 billion submarine program hit by nine-month delay

The Department of Defence cannot demonstrate the $396 million it has spent designing future submarines has been effective, the national audit office has found.
SBS - Published

Asia-Pacific nations urge 'big brother' Australia to take lead on climate change

Climate change is taking centre stage at a gathering of Asian-Pacific nations in Canberra with one delegate calling for Australia to take more leadership against the "existential threat".
SBS - Published

Fire species decimation will be 'brutal'

Conservationists and scientists fear bushfires that have ravaged parts of Australia have had a catastrophic impact on flora and fauna.
SBS - Published

Strict character test used to deport thousands from Australia doesn’t apply to refugees: Court

Refugees who have been refused a visa or had their visa cancelled on character grounds could now challenge the government’s decision.
SBS - Published

Australia 'open for business' as cool change eases bushfire threat

Australia on Tuesday urged international tourists to put aside concerns about raging bushfires after the United States downgraded a travel warning, even as thick smoke disrupted preparations for the..
Reuters - Published

Pilot brought aerobatics to Australian skies

Keith Fitton was instrumental in starting the Australian Aerobatic Club.
The Age - Published

Factbox: Companies feel the heat as bushfires choke Australia

A number of Australian companies have flagged damages or potential losses from bushfires, which have claimed the lives of 28 people and destroyed more than 2,500 homes, as the continent experiences one..
Reuters - Published

Australia's massive fires could become routine, climate scientists warn

Bushfires ravaging Australia have provided a foretaste of the kinds of conditions that could become normal unless the world moves rapidly to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases driving global..
Reuters - Published

Sydney council cancels Australia Day fireworks 'out of respect' for bushfire victims

A western Sydney council has cancelled it's annual Australia Day fireworks out of respect for those affected by Australia's devastating fires.
SBS - Published

Melbourne smothered in smoke as Australian bushfires burn despite cool change

Australia's devastating bushfire season is far from over despite cooler weather this week, Victorian state officials warned on Tuesday as Melbourne was blanketed by hazardous smoke.
Reuters - Published

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