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Australia hunts 2,700 cruise passengers over virus fears

Mar 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Authorities say they deemed the New Zealand-bound Ruby Princess 'low risk' and let passengers spill into the center of the country's most populous city. They later discover that 3 passengers and one of the crew tested positive.

NEW NORMAL. Two tourists are seen in front of the Opera House in Sydney on March 20, 2020, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before to stemm the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. Peter Parks/AFP

Australia testing first suspected case of Chinese virus

Jan 21, 2020 - 2:39 PM

Australia says it would introduce heightened medical screening for travellers arriving in Sydney from Wuhan

TIGHT SECURITY. File photo of the Sydney domestic airport on January 17, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Sydney eases drinking rules to boost nightlife

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Central Sydney's party animals can finally enjoy extended pub hours, giving the city a much-needed nightlife boost

Bushfire threat spreads in Australia as smoke chokes Sydney

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:51 AM

The Country Fire Authority chief tells people living in rural areas to leave for the safety of cities. 'We are saying, 'do not be there, do not be there when a fire occurs, because you will not survive if you are there'

BUSHFIRE. Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 12, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises

Nov 19, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The usually blue skies of Sydney turns a miserable grey, with world-famous landmarks the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge dulled against the skyline

BUSHFIRE SMOKE. The Sydney skyline seen through the bushfire smoke at dawn on November 19, 2019. Photo by Esther Chan/AFP

Sydney, Taiwan kick off global protests for Hong Kong

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Similar rallies are being held in more than 40 cities worldwide as part of a global day of action in support of Hong Kong protests

GLOBAL RALLY. Taiwanese march in the streets outside the parliament in Taipei during a demonstration to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on September 29, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Last Australian state decriminalizes abortion

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Australian legislators from across the political spectrum vote to overturn the laws that date back to 1900 and meant women seeking an abortion in Sydney or elsewhere in the state and their doctors could face up to 10 years in prison

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates hold a protest rally outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on August 6, 2019. Scores of protestors gathered outside the NSW Parliament ahead of debate on Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Citizen 'heroes' stop deadly Australian knife rampage

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) One woman is dead while another is in stable condition after a knife-wielding man attempts to stab people in central Sydney

Chinese warships cause surprise in Sydney Harbor

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Amid heightened concern about Beijing's growing clout and military muscle flexing, the appearance of a Chinese flagged task group and around 700 sailors comes as a surprise

Climate skeptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

May 18, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Amid a groundswell of activism on climate change among his affluent beachside electorate and a strong challenge from ex-Olympian Zali Steggall, Tony Abbott is unable to hold on

'VOTE ABBOTT OUT.' Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows a pro-climate change election sign in Sydney featuring climate change skeptic and former prime minister Tony Abbott ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:23 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Empire State Building in New York, Big Ben in London, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Opera House in Sydney, and others flick the switch for Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the ferris wheel are seen after their lights went out as seen from Sydney's Luna Park for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 30, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

How this startup duo is bringing performance marketing to the PH

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Quanta Digital’s Tristan de Belloy and Sydney Dondon on shifting digital marketing to an e-commerce focus

Tristan de Belloy and Sydney Dondon of Quanta. January 31, 2019

Australian charged with sending dangerous parcels to diplomatic missions

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Police allege Savas Avan sent 38 parcels containing a dangerous substance to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney

File photos from Wikipedia, Shutterstock

Sydney puts on dazzling 2019 fireworks, but gets the year wrong

Jan 01, 2019 - 12:08 PM

More than 1.5 million people packed the harbor front of Australia's largest city and noticed a signage beamed onto one of the Sydney Harbor Bridge's pylons: 'Happy New Year 2018!'

AUSTRALIA. New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Same-sex penguin couple become parents

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Gentoo male penguins Sphen and Magic are happily 'taking turns caring for their baby chick,' say workers of the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

COUPLE. This screen grab taken from recent undated handout video released on October 26, 2018 by the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium shows the two male gentoo penguins who have paired up as a "same-sex couple" at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Photo Handout/Sea Life Sydney Aquarium/AFP

Deposed Australia PM Turnbull set to quit parliament this week

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:54 AM

His departure will trigger a by-election for his Sydney seat, potentially on October 6

TURNBULL. In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 3, 2016. File photo by William West/AFP

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

Surfers mad at plan to curb boardriding on Sydney's Bondi beach

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The proposed rules force all surfers to the southern end of the 900-meter-long beach, where waves are usually bigger and dangerous rip tides more frequent

LIFE IS A BEACH. This file photo taken on February 24, 2016 shows a surfer heading into the sea on Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Bogut says goodbye to NBA, vows to win in Australia

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The former NBA player is described to be the 'game-changer' in Australia's National Basketball League

GOOD BYE. Australian Andrew Bogut leaves his last NBA team, the Los Angele Lakers, to pursue his career back home. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Large bushfire burns near homes on Sydney outskirts

Apr 16, 2018 - 12:11 PM

The blaze burns through more than 2,430 hectares (6,005 acres), with some locals evacuated from their homes

BUSHFIRE. Photo taken on April 15, 2018 shows a bushfire burning at Wattle Grove, south of Sydney. Photo by Carlos Coutinho/AFP

I'm so sorry: 5 memorable sporting apologies

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Here are 5 high-profile incidents of athletes apologizing

ADMISSION. Photo illustration showing a woman watches on her computer as Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping while competing professionally in the sport, as seen from Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Australia warns Southeast Asia of high-tech terror threat

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says the use of the "dark web" by extremists and other criminals was a spiralling problem

TERROR THREAT. Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton gives opening remarks for the Counter Terrorism Conference at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney on March 17, 2018. Photo by Rick Rycroft / POOL / AFP

Unbeaten Kerber looks to extend winning streak

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Angelique Kerber overcomes Venus Williams on her road to becoming world number one again

RETURN. Angelique Kerber hits a return to Venus Williams at the Sydney International tennis tournament. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) 1.5 million people packed the city’s foreshore to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house

CELEBRATION. This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows New Year fireworks illuminating the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Sydney New Year's Eve 'rainbow' fireworks to fete gay marriage

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore: 'This (rainbow waterfall) is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that 4 out of 5 Sydneysiders said a resounding 'yes' to marriage equality'

CELEBRATION. This file photo taken on January 1, 2017 shows New Year fireworks illuminating the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Mariya Takahashi tops defending champ to win 2017 SEA Games judo

Aug 27, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Mariya Takahashi aged 16 dethrones the 5 time gold medalist in her SEA Games debut

GOLDEN DEBUT. Fil-Japanese judoka Mariya Takahashi overcomes defending champion Surattana Thongsri of Thailand to deliver another gold medal for the Philippines. Photo by POC-PSC Media

Cebu Pacific to start daily Manila-Sydney flights

Jul 22, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Cebu Pacific holds a seat sale for the Manila Sydney route for one week in July with prices as low as P9 100

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Menikmati tiga hari di Sydney

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:33 PM

Simak itinerary untuk 3 hari perjalanan di Sydney Australia

Sydney Opera House, salah satu landmark kebanggaan kota Sydney, Australia. Foto oleh Yetta Tondang/Rappler.

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal oil and gas to drive cars and power plants

EARTH HOUR. The ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Top-ranked Kerber stunned by Russian teen at Sydney International

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina upsets Angelique Kerber in straight sets at the Sydney International

UPSET. Daria Kasatkina of Russia hits a return to Angelique Kerber of Germany in their women's singles second round match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on January 10, 2017.  GLENN NICHOLLS / AFP

PSL: Cargo Movers cruise past Cignal to clinch Grand Prix semis spot

Nov 27, 2016 - 9:15 PM

F2 Logistics avoids an elimination scare and will next face number two seed Petron in the semifinals

CARGO MOVED. F2 Logistics will cash with Petron in the semifinals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Why I speak only Filipino to my American baby

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:00 PM

What I hope my daughter will get someday: an understanding of where I am from of where she too is from

Love in the time of Trump

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The reasons I fought to stay in this country – its diversity its reproductive health rights its marriage equality its opening its doors to the poor huddled masses – all are put at risk

Jokowi pada WNI di Sydney: Situasi di Tanah Air aman

Nov 06, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Meski membatalkan kunjungan ke Australia Jokowi menyampaikan pada WNI di Sydney melalui konferensi video bahwa kondisi di Indonesia aman

Jokowi (tengah) saat melakukan video konferensi dengan WNI di Sydney, pada 6 November 2016. Foto dari Twitter/@Jokowi

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Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Pro-ISIS groups in PH, gender equality, Apple sales | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

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4 PH terror groups link up with pro-ISIS fighters in region

Oct 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

A Jakarta based think tank warns of cross border extremist operations citing the Davao City bombing in September as proof of these linkages in Southeast Asia

EVIDENCE OF LINKAGES. Jakarta-based think tank IPAC says the bombing of a night market in Davao City is evidence of linkages between Mindanao extremist groups with foreign jihadists. Rappler file photo

Engine shut down as smoke fills cabin of Jetstar flight

Sep 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The captain decided to shut down one of the engines as a precaution and divert the aircraft to Brisbane says a spokesman for the Australian budget airline

Airbus A320 file photo from Wikimedia Commons

Sydney Opera House set for acoustic upgrade

Aug 11, 2016 - 10:51 PM

The refurbishments in the concert hall will involve the installation of a new acoustic ceiling specially designed acoustic reflectors automated draping and a 3D surround sound system

epa05331507 The sails on the Sydney Opera House are seen lit with an art installation called Songlines, during the official opening night of Vivid Sydney, Australia, 27 May 2016. Australia's ancient songlines are to be projected across the sails of the Sydney Opera House from 27 May untill 18 June and is the first Indigenous-themed Lighting the Sails at Vivid Sydney featuring the work of six renowned Indigenous artists Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine OAM, Reko Rennie, Gabriella Possum, Donny Woolagoodja and the late Gulumbu Yunipingu. EPA/SAM MOOY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

'Killing Fields' reporter Sydney Schanberg dead at 82

Jul 10, 2016 - 12:06 AM

The award winning journalist who chronicled the Khmer Rouge s brutal rise to power in Cambodia in the 1970s is dead at age 82

Crown wins approval for Sydney casino aimed at Asian gamblers

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Crown Sydney Hotel Resort will be a 6 star property worth over 1 billion

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Apr 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

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From Sydney to Paris, landmarks go dark for 10th Earth Hour

Mar 19, 2016 - 8:46 PM

UPDATED Momentum towards climate action is building in the wake of the global climate talks in Paris last year says Earth Hour s global executive director

EARTH HOUR IN MANILA. A boy plays with available light from an amusement park ride during Earth Hour in Pasay City, Philippines, 19 March 2016. Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia – immigration minister

Feb 21, 2016 - 3:14 PM

The decision comes after a public outcry among advocates against the harsh immigration policy

Security scare at Sydney Opera House

Jan 14, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Sydney s iconic Opera House was cordoned off in a security scare sparked by information on social media

This general view shows the central business district behind the iconic Opera House in Sydney on September 17, 2015. Peter Parks/AFP

Singapore Airlines adds flights, launches new destination

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:07 PM

SIA increases flight frequencies to Bangkok Colombo Milan Rome Sydney Ahmedabad Mumbai and adds Düsseldorf to its network

ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS. An Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be operated from Singapore to Bangkok, adding nearly 2,000 seats per week on the route. Photo from Singapore Airlines website

Qantas to add more Manila-Sydney flights during holiday season

Sep 10, 2015 - 4:27 PM

The Australian carrier says it is waiting for regulatory approval to operate the 5th weekly Manila Sydney service permanently

STRONG DEMAND. Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans says the Manila-Sydney route is experiencing strong demand from customers. Background photo from Wikipedia

Police probe Mel Gibson's 'angry tirade' at Australian photographer

Aug 24, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Kristi Miller a photographer for Daily Telegraph says the actor aggressively confronted her when she took photos of him