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Will Ziebell

Strong winds stoke bushfires on Australia's east coast

Aug 19 2018

MELBOURNE Strong winds intensified bushfires burning across much of the Australian state of New South Wales on Saturday, with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) upgrading warnings on three of more than 70 fires to emergency level.

Australia boosts aid by A$1.8 billion for drought-hit farmers

Aug 19 2018

MELBOURNE Australia's federal government announced on Sunday a A$1.8-billion (1.03 billion pounds)increase in funding for drought-afflicted farmers, with parts of the country's east coast suffering the driest conditions in living memory.

Australia announces extra $140 million aid package for drought-hit farmers

Aug 05 2018

MELBOURNE Australia on Sunday announced a A$190 million ($140.56 million) aid package for drought-afflicted farmers as much of east coast suffers the worst dry spell in living memory.

Australia forms task force to guard elections from cyber attacks

Jun 09 2018

MELBOURNE Australia has established a security task force to guard against cyber attacks and interference in elections, the government said on Saturday, amid concerns foreign powers are meddling in domestic affairs and ahead of five elections next month.

Customers angry after National Australia Bank hit by technology outage

May 26 2018

MELBOURNE National Australia Bank on Saturday suffered what it described as a "nationwide outage" to some of its technology systems, leaving customers unable to access banking services or withdraw money.

Carrot-addicted kangaroos hopping mad at tourists

May 03 2018

MELBOURNE Kangaroos are one of Australia's biggest tourist draws, but visitors to one park are getting more than they bargained for.

Australian hotelier Meriton manipulated TripAdvisor ratings - court

Nov 10 2017

SYDNEY, Nov 10 The Australian hotel operator owned by billionaire Harry Triguboff deliberately withheld unhappy customers' details from travel review site TripAdvisor to avoid bad reviews, a court found on Friday.

Australia museum, IBM launch frog-count app for a deep dive into pond population

Nov 09 2017

SYDNEY An Australian museum has teamed up with computer giant International Business Machines Corp to count the country's native frog population, and they want amphibian enthusiasts to jump on board.

Hundreds queue up in Sydney for Apple iPhone X launch

Nov 02 2017

SYDNEY, Nov 3 Hundreds of people queued up outside Apple Inc's store in central Sydney early on Friday to be the first in the world to get their hands on the new iPhone X, a turnaround from more lacklustre launches for the past two iterations of the phone.

World News

As U.S. sanctions near, Europe fails to protect Iran deal

At a meeting in Washington after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, a senior U.S. official told European diplomats that their efforts to save the deal by protecting EU investment in the Islamic republic were pointless.