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Aussie kids take stolen car on 1,000-kilometer road trip

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:59 AM

A 14-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old girl go on a road trip across the Australian outback, taking cash and packing fishing rods in a vehicle belonging to one of their families

ROAD TRIP. The journey of 4 Aussie kids started in Rockhampton. Shutterstock photo

'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

About half of Australia's 25-million strong cattle herd is bred in Queensland state, and graziers say the floods – described as a once-a-century event – could devastate their industry

FLOODS. A handout photo from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) shows the flooding in Townsville. Photo by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/AFP

'Unprecedented' flooding to hit northeast Australia

Feb 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'It's basically not just a one-in-20-year event, it's a one-in-100-year event,' says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

This recent undated handout picture provided by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and received by AFP on February 3, 2019 shows floodwaters as they rush over the Aplins Weir in Townsville after days of torrential rain. - Once in a century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of further downpours over the next few days. (Photo by Handout / QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES / AFP) / ---- EDITORS NOTE - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Queensland Fire and Emergency Services" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

In a first in Australia courts, man jailed for assisting wife's suicide

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

An Australian court sentences a man 10 years in prison for helping his wife commit suicide so he could access her life insurance, in what the judge calls a precedent-setting case

Australia unveils starfish-killing robot to protect Barrier Reef

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Software will enable the bot to detect crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and "instigate an injection which is fatal" to the predators. The injection is harmless to other reef creatures.

RANGERBOT. This undated handout photo received on August 31, 2018 from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows scientist Matthew Dunbabin with the new RangerBot on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland. Photo by Anthony Weate/ Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

Rappler Talk with Peter Greste: Strong journalism in the age of strongmen

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Currently a journalism professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, Greste was arrested by the Egyptian authorities for terrorism-related charges for his work as a journalist in 2013

Filipina scientist wins prestigious 'Women in Science' fellowship in Australia

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Dr Jacquiline Romero, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, is recognized as an Australian Fellow of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her work on quantum alphabets

FELLOW. Dr Jacquiline Romero is one of the Australian Fellows of the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Screenshot from YouTube

Cerita relawan Indonesia di Masjid Gold Coast

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Warga Indonesia berlomba mendulang pahala di Negeri Kangguru pada bulan Ramadan

Suasana Gold Coast Mosque saat memasuki waktu Ssalat Asar, di Queensland, Australia. Masjid tersebut berdiri sejak tahun 1996, dengan lahan hasil hibah dari keluarga Pakistan. Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/Antara

Australian who killed 8 children avoids charges

May 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The Queensland Mental Health Court found an Australian mother who killed 7 of her children and a niece could not be held criminally responsible as she had suffered a psychotic episode from an undiagnosed mental condition

Big clean-up under way in flood-ravaged Australia

Apr 03, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The Insurance Council of Australia estimates the damage bill could reach Aus 1 billion US 770 million

SUBMERGED. This handout from the Queensland Police Service taken on March 29, 2017 shows flood waters submerging part of a highway near the Cyclone Debbie-hit Bowen area in Queensland. Queensland Police Service

Australia floods still rising, police search for missing

Apr 02, 2017 - 8:10 PM

At least two people are dead and several missing due to the powerful Cyclone Debbie

AFTERMATH. This handout taken and received from Michael Barnes of Rotorwing Helicopters on March 31, 2017 shows an aerial view of the flooding in the northern New South Wales town of Lismore after the area was hit by Cyclone Debbie. Photo by  Michael Barnes / Rotorwing Helicopters/ AFP

Australia floods still rising with 2 dead, 4 missing

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from a string of towns in Queensland and New South Wales as the floods move south towards Ballina

AUSTRALIA FLOODS. This handout taken and received from Michael Barnes of Rotorwing Helicopters on March 31, 2017 shows an aerial view of the flooding in the northern New South Wales town of Lismore after the area was hit by Cyclone Debbie. Photo by Michael Barnes/Rotorwing Helicopters/AFP

Torrential rain, floods hamper Australia cyclone relief

Mar 30, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a tropical low as it tracks southeast but continues to pack damaging wind gusts and dump huge amounts of rain with Brisbane now in the firing line

BOATS ASHORE. This handout photo taken and released by Jon Clements on March 29, 2017 shows boats washed up at the marina on Hamilton Island after the area was hit by Cyclone Debbie. Jon Clements/AFP

Australia's Port of Melbourne sold for $7.3B

Sep 19, 2016 - 4:58 PM

An Australian led consortium with Chinese investment wins a 50 year lease on the nation s biggest container and cargo port for Aus 9 7 billion US 7 3 billion the latest maritime asset to be privatized

PRECIOUS CARGO. A file photo taken in Melbourne on August 31, 2004 shows a container ship being unloaded at the Port of Melbourne. William West/AFP

Australia's ruling conservatives struggle to form government

Jul 02, 2016 - 4:17 PM

4th UPDATE 76 seats are needed to rule outright in the 150 seat House of Representatives but there was a swing against the government as vote counting went deep into the night

POLLS. Voters cast their ballot papers at Mount Alexander College in Travancore, suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 02 July 2016. Photo by Tracey Narmy/EPA

Australian state buys cattle station to help Barrier Reef

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Run off from the cattle station carries sediment to the reef damaging it further

epa05346453 A handout picture made available by NASA on 05 June 2016 shows an image taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using powerful lens to photograph three reefs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, seen from space, 15 October 2015. The photo area spans about 15km of the 2,300km reef system. Reefs are easy to spot from space as the iridescent blues of shallow lagoons contrast sharply with the dark blues of deep water. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on Earth, with more than 3,000 separate reefs and coral cays. It is also one of the most complex natural ecosystems, with 600 types of corals and thousands of animal species from tiny planktons to whales. EPA/NASA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Death toll from Australian storm rises to 4

Jun 07, 2016 - 5:10 PM

In Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman says they ve experienced the worst flooding in 40 years and it s likely to get worse

epa05349412 Floodwater flotsam decorates playground swings at a park in Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia, 07 June 2016, as the Meander River flow recedes. More than 100 people have been rescued by helicopters across Tasmania in what Premier Will Hodgman says are the worst floods in the state in 40 years. EPA/BOB IDDON AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

East Australian coast lashed by freak storm

Jun 05, 2016 - 3:58 PM

The wild storm struck New South Wales after wreaking havoc in Queensland state with an intense low pressure system bringing heavy rains gales and rough seas

DARK AND DREARY. People take a walk in the storm conditions in Sydney on June 5, 2016. William West/AFP

How fossil fuels destroy biodiversity

Apr 13, 2016 - 11:01 AM

If the Philippines continues to depend on fossil fuels it will undoubtedly worsen the conditions of wildlife in the country and subsequently our well being as a society

Graphic by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Images courtesy Shutterstock.

Worst bleaching on record for Great Barrier Reef – scientists

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:26 AM

Aerial surveys of Australia s Great Barrier Reef have revealed the worst bleaching on record in the icon s pristine north

An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. James Cook University/EPA

Pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

Feb 10, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The woman became infected with the Zika virus abroad according to Australian officials

epa05138467 A picture dated 30 January 2016 showing the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in San Jose, Costa Rica. Costa Rica's Health Ministry announced on 31 January 2016, that as part of efforts to combat the Aedes Aegypti that transmits zika, dengue and chikunguna, it plans to use a bacteria to attack it. The bacteria called 'spinosad' (Saccharopolyspora spinosa) is applied as a pill in water tanks large, natural or not, where mosquito breeding is suspected. A panel of WHO-appointed experts is to meet 01 February 2016 to advise WHO chief Margaret Chan whether the situation should be classified as a so-called public health emergency of international concern, as was the case with Ebola. EPA/Jeffrey Arguedas

PAL flies to New Zealand starting December 2

Nov 27, 2015 - 6:56 PM

PAL will operate a 4 times a week service to Auckland New Zealand via Cairns Queensland Australia

ATTRACTION. Used as a set in the movie trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,” the Hobbiton is one of New Zealand's  most popular tourist destinations. Philippine Airlines (PAL) is flying to New Zealand starting December 2, 2015. Image courtesy of PAL

Death toll rises to 6 in Australian floods

May 03, 2015 - 3:13 PM

Numerous communities remain isolated as flood warnings continue following heavy rains in Australia

Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

Apr 27, 2015 - 12:47 PM

UPDATED The family of Tyrone Sevilla presents a petition signed by more than 120 000 people to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton s electoral office in Brisbane

UP FOR DEPORTATION. Maria and Tyrone Sevilla. Image from the Change.org petition page

Australia's north battens down for Cyclone Nathan

Mar 19, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Tropical Cyclone Nathan currently a Category 3 storm is tracking back towards the Cooktown area some 260 kilometers 160 miles from popular tourist destination Cairns

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Nathan off the Queensland, Australia coast on March 18, 2015. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Fears over plastic-eating coral in Australia's Barrier Reef

Feb 24, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The scientists found that when they placed corals from the reef into plastic contaminated water the marine life ate plastic at rates only slightly lower than their normal rate of feeding on marine plankton

The Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Australia clears up after 'devastating' twin cyclones

Feb 21, 2015 - 4:42 PM

Tropical cyclones Lam and Marcia hit different parts of Australia leaving a trail of destruction in the continent

DAMAGE. A kid stands infront of their damaged home in John St, Yeppoon, Queensland after tropical cyclone Marcia hit their area. EPA/KARIN CALVERT

Australia warns of 'calamity' as massive cyclone roars ashore

Feb 20, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to cause significant damage after being upgraded to a category 5 the most severe

TROPICAL CYCLONE MARCIA. A kitesurfer makes the most of strong winds and choppy seas caused by Cyclone Marcia, near Yeppoon, central Queensland, Australia, 19 February 2015. Nathan Paull/EPA

Australia's northeast braces for double cyclone hit

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:14 AM

A pair of tropical cyclones bears down on northeastern Australia and emergency officials warn residents to take shelter ahead of torrential rain and flooding destructive winds and massive seas

This image of Tropical Cyclone Lam making landfall in Australia's Northern Territory was taken on Feb. 18 at 01:05 UTC by NASA's Terra satellite. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Australia's Barrier Reef 'risks becoming dumping ground' – WWF

Feb 09, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Australia s Great Barrier Reef could be severely damaged if the government does not completely ban the dumping of dredge waste in the World Heritage listed waters

ENDANGERED. The Great Barrier Reef may find itself in the UNESCO list of endangered world heritage sites. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Shock state election rout piles pressure on Australian PM

Feb 01, 2015 - 12:41 PM

The demise of the Liberal National coalition LNP in Queensland elections held Saturday January 31 piles further pressure on Tony Abbott

UNDER PRESSURE. In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during the Australia Day celebrations in Canberra, Australia, 26 January 2015. Wayne King/EPA

WHO: Countries must plan for 'common' mental disorders

Oct 15, 2014 - 9:04 AM

The World Health Organization WHO identifies depression suicide autism and dementia as priorities in tackling mental health challenges – disorders that countries health care systems need to plan how to handle

Australian who worked with Ebola victims tested for virus

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:24 PM

UPDATED Queensland state chief health officer Jeanette Young says the 57 year old volunteer Red Cross nurse developed a low grade fever on Thursday morning and went to Cairns Hospital where she was put into isolation

The emergency department entrance of Cairns Hospital in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia, 09 October 2014. Cleo Fraser/EPA

Koala survives terrifying ride clinging to car

Jul 28, 2014 - 3:45 PM

The Australia Zoo wildlife hospital said Timberwolf the koala latched onto the bottom of a car as it sped away with the family inside not knowing they had a marsupial on board

KOALA SELFIE. A koala takes a 'selfie' using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia, 03 April 2014. Wild Life Sydney Zoo/EPA

Australian family hit by both MH17, MH370 tragedies

Jul 18, 2014 - 6:50 PM

An Australian family lost members in both the MH17 crash and the missing MH370 flight

CRASH SITE. A picture taken on July 18, 2014 shows the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a day after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

The long, slow march of 'biofortified' genetically modified food

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Research into biofortified food has looked at boosting levels of important micronutrients in rice banana cassava and corn but progress has also been slow

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

Australia skydiving plane crash kills 5

Mar 22, 2014 - 11:33 AM

UPDATED A pilot and four skydivers were on board; a worker at the airfield says it is the worst ever fatality accident they have suffered at Caboolture

Time running out for Great Barrier Reef – scientists

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Report: If we don t increase our commitment to solve the burgeoning stress from local and global sources the reef will disappear

ENDANGERED WORLD WONDER. The Great Barrier Reef may find itself in the UNESCO list of endangered world heritage sites. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

'Lost world' discovered in remote Australia

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:55 AM

A team of scientists discovers the 3 new species as well as a host of other interesting species that may also be new to science

NEW SPECIES. Leaf-tail gecko. Photo by Conrad Hoskin/James Cook  University

3 Filipinos killed in Australia car crash

Jun 04, 2013 - 6:32 PM

The Filipinos car smashes into a road train in Queensland Australia

Military called in as deadly floods batter Australia

Jan 29, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Australia ramped up its military response to deadly floodwaters rising in the country s sodden northeast Tuesday January 29 which have killed four people and displaced or isolated tens of thousands

INUNDATED. Floodwaters race across the Oxenford - Tamborine road on Australia's Gold Coast on January 28, 2013 as severe floods swept through two states. AFP PHOTO / Brett Faulkner

3 dead, dozens trapped in Australia floods

Jan 28, 2013 - 8:11 AM

Three people were dead and dozens trapped on the roofs of their homes in northeastern Australia Monday January 28 as severe floods swept through two states

Australian study arrests HIV progress to AIDS

Jan 16, 2013 - 3:23 PM

David Harrich from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research said he had successfully modified a protein in HIV that the virus needed to replicate and instead made it inhibit virus growth

MODERN DAY SCOURGE. The HIV virus. (Photo credit: C. Goldsmith/public domain)

Australian scientists discover deep sea corals

Jan 03, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef have discovered corals at depths never before thought possible with a deep sea robot finding specimens in waters nearly as dark as night

Sky-gazers in awe of total eclipse

Nov 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM

Sky gazers in northern Australia donned protective glasses as the clouds parted Wednesday November 14 to allow them to witness one of nature s greatest phenomena a total eclipse of the sun

ECLIPSE DOWN UNDER. The Diamond Ring effect is shown following totality of the solar eclipse at Palm Cove in Australia's Tropical North Queensland on November 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD

Thousands to watch rare total eclipse in Australia

Nov 12, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Tens of thousands of people were flocking to Australia s tropical north Monday November 12 to watch a rare total solar eclipse a phenomenon officials say has not been seen in the region in 1 300 years

Rappler Army: The morning of May 5

May 05, 2012 - 12:53 PM

Rapplers around the world sent in photos of how their Saturday morning looked like from where they were