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.