Fighting forest fires | AFP Animé

Videographic on wildfires. Australian firefighters warned they were in “uncharted territory” as they struggled to contain more than a dozen out-of-control bushfires across the east of the country on Friday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Carnival atmosphere at the Melbourne Cup horse race | AFP

Australian gelding Vow and Declare won the coveted Aus$8.0 million (US$5.5 million) Melbourne Cup at a packed Flemington on Tuesday as revelations about the grim fate of retired racehorses were put to one side as punters streamed through the turnstiles.

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ShowBiz Minute: BTS, Rush, US Box Office

Seoul police investigating BTS member over traffic accident; Australian publisher appeals Geoffrey Rush’s defamation payout; “Terminator: Dark Fate” is No. 1 in the U.S., but it’s no winner. (Nov. 4)

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England and Australia clash in jousting ‘Ashes’ | AFP

Competing for the jousting version of ‘the Ashes’, English and Australian knights clash on horseback and break lances in a tournament of the medieval sport, with the Aussies coming on top in the inaugrual edition.

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French adventurer uses solar power to cross an Australian desert | AFP

French adventurer, Charles Hedrich, embarks on a mission to cross Australia’s Simpson Desert in a 100 percent solar-powered buggy.

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Former Australian sniper now champions all women anti-poaching in Zimbabwe | AFP

Damien Mander didn’t care about the environment as a child – he was a hunter and liked the admiration it brought. Today, Damien is a vegan and heads up the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. After being in the Australian special forces and spending time in Iraq in the private security sector he went looking for renewed purpose – and he found it wildlife conservation. His all female Akashinga rangers make global headlines as they rework this once all-male profession.

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Dolly Parton planning faith-based medley for CMAs

Country icon Dolly Parton is going to perform a medley of faith-based songs for the CMA Awards, including a duet she recently recorded with Australian duo for KING and COUNTRY. (Oct. 23)

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Wikileaks: Demonstration outside UK court hearing on Assange extradition | AFP

People demonstrate outside Westminster Magistrate Court in London as the UK examines whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be released from prison as he fights extradition to the United States. The 48-year-old Australian has been in custody at the high-security Belmarsh prison in southwest London since being dramatically dragged from Ecuador’s embassy in April. He could be sentenced to spend up to 175 years in a US prison if convicted on all charges filed under the US Espionage Act. IMAGES

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives in court for extradition hearing | AFP

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrives for his first in-person court appearance since he was moved to London’s Belmarsh prison from Ecuador’s embassy in April to determine whether he can be released from prison as he fights extradition to the United States. The 48-year-old Australian has been in custody at the high-security Belmarsh prison in southwest London since being dramatically dragged from Ecuador’s embassy in April. He could be sentenced to spend up to 175 years in a US prison if convicted on all charges filed under the US Espionage Act. IMAGES

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‘Incredibly rare’ monkey born at Australian zoo | AFP

One of the world’s rarest monkeys has been born at an Australian zoo. The male Francois’ Langur with its distinctive orange fur was born at Sydney’s Taronga zoo last week. Only 3,000 of the monkeys are estimated to live in the wild.

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Thousands of bees use back of car as nest

Bees have bombarded the Australian city of Adelaide with swarms making their temporary homes on vehicles. (Sept. 26)

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Trump welcomes Australia PM to White House

President Donald Trump says in a welcoming ceremony for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that “today we celebrate the long-cherished and unwavering friendship between the United States and Australia.” (Sept. 20)

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US President Trump greets Australian PM at the White House | AFP

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania greet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny Warren at the White House as they arrive for an official visit, which will include a state dinner with the US President. IMAGES

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Trump to host Australia’s P.M. at state dinner

Tables are being set with green and gold at the White House, where President Donald Trump will host Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a state dinner on Friday night. (Sept. 20)

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Nicole Kidman walks red carpet in Toronto to present “The Goldfinch” | AFP

Australian star Nicole Kidman walks the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), to present her latest film: “The Goldfinch”, an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel.

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Australian mother fights to save her son from his opioid addiction

Australian mother Deb Ware is in a race to save her son from a crippling addiction to opioids. Sam Ware’s addiction began after a doctor prescribed him opioids following a simple wisdom tooth extraction. He has now survived more than 60 overdoses in 12 months. Deb has spent three years waging a lonely war against a system that made pharmaceutical opioids cheap and easy to get for Australians.

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Pain, depression and addiction for Australian woman prescribed avalanche of opioids

Like in the U.S., the problem has hit the country’s poorest areas the hardest. One region of Tasmania _ Australia’s poorest state _ has more opioid prescriptions than people. Carmall Casey was suffering from crippling knee pain when doctors gave her an opioid. She said the first patch on her skin, it felt like heaven. But the agony eventually returned, so the doctor upped the dosage. The side effects were hell _ depression, anxiety, panic attacks. And her pain got worse.

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Australian man’s horror as friend died from opioid addiction

Matthew Tonkin came back to Australia from Afghanistan “broken and addicted to opioids” says his childhood friend. Ivo Kinshela blames Matthew’s tragic death on a loose drug regulations that allowed him in six months to see 24 doctors and get 23 different medications from 16 pharmacies __ and he got 27 prescriptions just for oxycodone.

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Pain, depression and addiction for Australian woman prescribed avalanche of opioids

Like in the U.S., the problem has hit the country’s poorest areas the hardest. One region of Tasmania _ Australia’s poorest state _ has more opioid prescriptions than people. Carmall Casey was suffering from crippling knee pain when doctors gave her an opioid. She said the first patch on her skin, it felt like heaven. But the agony eventually returned, so the doctor upped the dosage. The side effects were hell _ depression, anxiety, panic attacks. And her pain got worse.

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Australian man’s horror as friend died from opioid addiction

Matthew Tonkin came back to Australia from Afghanistan “broken and addicted to opioids” says his childhood friend. Ivo Kinshela blames Matthew’s tragic death on a loose drug regulations that allowed him in six months to see 24 doctors and get 23 different medications from 16 pharmacies __ and he got 27 prescriptions just for oxycodone.

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Australian PM in East Timor for referendum anniversary | AFP

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives in East Timor’s capital, Dili, to attend the 20th anniversary of the country’s UN-backed referendum which paved the way for it to become an independent nation. Morrison is also slated to mark a maritime border treaty that could unlock billions in offshore oil and gas revenue in East Timor. IMAGES

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