App guides Melbourne’s blind away from obstacles | AFP

An app for the visually impaired uses GPS navigation and beacon technology to help the blind in the city of Melbourne to avoid hazards such as large construction sites and busy intersections.

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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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Rain or shine: how to predict the weather | AFP Animé

Videographic on weather forecasting. Hopes of containing Australia’s months-long bushfire crisis rose Tuesday with heavy rain forecast, but toxic smoke in Melbourne disrupted warm-up events for the year’s first tennis Grand Slam.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Melbourne meth bust: Customs agents charged in Australia record drug seizure | AFP

Australian Border Force agents in April found 1.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine and 37 kilograms of heroin in vacuum-sealed packages hidden inside stereo speakers shipped from Thailand to Melbourne in the country’s largest ever onshore seizure of the drug “ice”.

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Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia | AFP

Extinction Rebellion activists gather in Melbourne, Australia to kick off a fortnight of global civil disobedience demanding governments take urgent action on climate change.

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Cardinal George Pell loses appeal on child sex abuse charges | AFP

Convicted paedophile cardinal George Pell has an appeal against his child sex abuse charges rejected by an Australian court. Once the Vatican’s third-ranking official, 78-year-old Pell was sentenced this year to six years in jail for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys at a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s. SOUNDBITE

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Inferno hits chemical factory in Australia, around 100 firefighters battle to contain it

About 100 firefighters were on Friday battling to contain a huge fire burning at a factory in Melbourne, Australia. Authorities warned residents to seek shelter indoors from the smoke, according to local media.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire. No injuries have been reported.

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Aussies jump into river with flying devices

Clinging onto an assortment of homemade aircraft with cardboard wings, Star Wars spacecraft imitations and balloons, gleeful Australians plunge off a ramp to enjoy a split-second moment in the air — before dipping into the Yarra River during the annual Birdman Rally at the Moomba Festival in Melbourne.

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

A court has found Australian Cardinal George Pell guilty on one count of sexual abuse and four counts of indecent assault of two boys at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s. Pell was convicted at a retrial on December 11, but a wide-ranging suppression order from the presiding judge had prevented the media from reporting even the existence of court proceedings and the ensuing trials since May. The order was lifted during a court hearing on Tuesday when prosecutors decided against proceeding with a planned second trial dealing with separate allegations against Pell dating from the 1970s.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi makes a triumphant return to Australia landing in Melbourne, ending a two month ordeal that saw him jailed in Thailand and threatened with forced return to his native Bahrain.. IMAGES of Hakeem al-Araibi’s arrival

Australian demo urges Thailand to free refugee footballer

People carrying placards and posters gather at Federation Square in Melbourne to call on Thailand to release a refugee footballer who has been held for more than two months on an extradition request from Bahrain. Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini footballer who was granted refugee status and residency in Australia, was arrested in Thailand in late November while on vacation with his wife.

Osaka celebrates Australian Open win at Brighton Beach

Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates her Australian Open champion at Melbourne’s Brighton Beach after beating Petra Kvitova in a three-set thriller that also gives her the world number one ranking. IMAGES