Australians rally to help healthcare workers amid pandemic | AFP

Australian community groups use social media to help medical workers and those in isolation amid the new coronavirus outbreak across the country, packing meals and offering support networks in Melbourne.

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Australian beaches locked down as virus cases pass 1,000 | AFP

Sunbathers, surfers and tourists have been banned from Bondi Beach on Saturday in efforts to contain the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 1,000 people in Australia. The temporary measure comes after photos were shared online showing mostly young beachgoers packed together despite non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people being forbidden.

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Tom Hanks released from hospital after virus quarantine | AFP

Tom Hanks has been released from the Australian hospital where he was in isolation since testing positive for the coronavirus last week. Australia has so far confirmed nearly 400 cases of the coronavirus.

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ShowBiz Minute: Wilson, ACM Awards, Box Office

Australian TV journalist who met with Rita Wilson has virus; Academy of Country Music postpones awards show amid virus; Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years. (March 16)

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ShowBiz Minute: Weinstein, Hanks, CinemaCon

Weinstein gets 23 years in sentence hailed by accusers; Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson in Australian hospital with new virus; Las Vegas movie exhibition CinemaCon canceled due to virus. (12 March)

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Aussie croc wrangler joins Indonesia bid to save tyre-tied reptile | AFP

An Australian television personality has thrown his hat in the ring to help capture a giant Indonesian crocodile and remove a motorcycle tyre stuck around its neck. Matt Wright, host of National Geographic’s “Monster Croc Wrangler” show, was on the island of Sulawesi Thursday with a team using traps baited with duck, a drone and even a harpoon in a bid to reel in the reptile. from Matt Wright’s fellow crocodile wrangler Chris WilsonNΒ°1OZ68M

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First Celebrity Crush: Rose Byrne

Actress Rose Byrne names the fellow Australian she β€˜adored’ in her youth. (Feb. 12)

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Australian reporter screams as snake strikes mic

An Australian reporter said Thursday she was terrified after a snake draped around her shoulders repeatedly struck at her microphone. Sarah Cawte had the snake wrapped around her as she did a snake safety report. (Feb. 6)

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Small businesses struggle to recover from Australian fires | AFP

For small firms along Australia’s southeast coast, the tourist influx during the December and January summer holidays is a critical period. But this year, trade has been hard hit by devastating bushfires, and some people have lost their businesses altogether.

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Three American firefighters die as fires resume in Australia | AFP

Australian firefighters tackle a house on fire near Moruya in New South Wales. High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled an outbreak of new blazes across several areas in eastern Australia, ending a period of respite following several days of rains and cooler weather. Three American crew helping to battle Australia’s devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.

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Three American firefighters die as fires resume in Australia | AFP

Australian firefighters tackle a house on fire near Moruya in New South Wales. High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled an outbreak of new blazes across several areas in eastern Australia, ending a period of respite following several days of rains and cooler weather. Three American crew helping to battle Australia’s devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.

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Australian army reservists assist in bushfire prevention battle | AFP

Australia’s first compulsory call-up of army reservists occurred at the start of January as bushfires raged across southeast Australia. A barracks of about a hundred reservist soldiers was set up in the fire-ravaged town of Cobargo in News South Wales state on almost two weeks ago, where they have been cutting down dangerous trees, clearing roads and helping locals clear up after the devastation.

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Downpour triggers flash floods at Australian zoo | AFP

Staff at the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales spring into action after the park is inundated with heavy rain, bringing some relief after months of catastrophic bushfires.

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Australia firefighters save rare trees from ruin

Australian authorities say a specialist firefighting team was able to help save prehistoric pine trees from wildfires which burned nearby. (Jan. 16)

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The race to save animals on Australia’s fire-ravaged wildlife haven | AFP

On an Australian island famed for its unique and abundant wildlife, rescuers are racing to save rare animals in a bushfire-ravaged landscape. The charred forest floor on Kangaroo Island is littered with corpses of animals incinerated by the blazes that swept through two weeks ago.

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Federer, Nadal lead stars swinging rackets for bushfire relief | AFP

Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal announce they have jointly donated Aus$250,000 (US$172,000) for Australian bushfire relief at a charity fundraiser in smoggy Melbourne. They were joined by a who’s who of the tennis world, including Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Downey Jr. wants ‘Dolittle’ to inspire ‘cohabitation and conservation’

Actor and executive producer Robert Downey Jr. talks about the synchronicity between the release of “Dolittle” and the idea of “cohabitation and conservation” in the wake of the Australian fires. (Jan. 13)

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