Aussie zoo animals try to beat the heat

Sea lions eating frozen ‘fishcicles’, echidnas munching on frozen food treats, elephants enjoying a swim and giraffes drinking cool water. These are some of the ways animals at a Sydney zoo are trying to keep cool amid a severe heatwave in Australia.

A million dead fish cause environmental stink in Australia

As many as a million fish are believed to have died along the banks of a major river system in drought-battered eastern Australia, and authorities are warning of more deaths to come.

Saudi embassy official wishes asylum seeker’s phone was taken

Saudi embassy charge d’affaires Abdulilah al-Shouaibi remarks at a meeting that Thai authorities should have confiscated Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s “cell phone instead of her passport”, after she galvanised a global campaign with her social media savvy. The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said, as the Twitter-led campaign to grant her asylum edged towards resolution.

Saudi woman seeking asylum leaves airport

(7 Jan 2019) An 18-year-old Saudi woman who was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia for asylum to escape alleged abuse by her family on Monday left her airport hotel room for temporary admission into Thailand. (Jan. 7)

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Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish ‘invasion’

Highly venomous jellyfish have stung more than three thousand people on Australia’s north-eastern shores in just a few days, forcing the closure of several beaches.

India fans celebrate historic Test series win

Indian fans are jubilant after their cricket team reinforced their status as the world’s number one by winning a historic first-ever Test series in Australia.

Saudi woman barricades herself in Thai Hotel

(7 Jan 2019) A Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia barricaded herself in an airport hotel in the Thai capital on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun has sent out desperate pleas for help over social media. (Jan. 7)

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Australia swelters in record-breaking heatwave

Australia’s vast continent is sizzling through extreme heatwave conditions this week, with temperatures reaching record highs and emergency services on high alert for bushfires.

Japanese react to Tokyo’s decision to resume commercial whaling

Japanese people react to the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling next year, which has already sparked criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia.