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

Tennis/Australian Open: Federer hopes to repeat last year’s form

“I think the most important thing for me moving into this year is to be ready in the mind,” says Roger Federer during a sponsorship event with fans in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year that will begin on Monday.

Multiple ‘hazardous material’ events reported in Melbourne, consulates evacuated

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Several foreign consulates in Melbourne were evacuated on Wednesday as Australian officials noted they were responding to multiple ‘hazardous material’ events in the city.

The Australian Federal Police said that police and emergency services were examining suspicious packages delivered to the foreign consulates.

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Moment man attacks cops with knife after burning car in Melbourne

One person has been killed and two others wounded as a knife-wielding man went on a rampage in a busy street in central Melbourne. Police have opened a counter-terrorism probe following the assault. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9i7h

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ShowBiz Minute: CMT, Weinstein, Royals

(18 Oct 2018) Country women lift each other up at CMT Artists of the Year; Prosecutors disclose more misconduct by Weinstein case detective; Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet school children and lifeguards on Melbourne beach. (Oct. 18)

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Thick toxic smoke billows after explosions at Melbourne factory

Clouds of toxic smoke were billowing over Melbourne’s West Footscray, after a series of explosions early on Wednesday morning set a storage facility on fire. At least 140 firefighters were combatting the blaze & have managed to contain the fire. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9dcz

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