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Teen's Legs Severed at His 18th Birthday Party

Australian train driver pelted with rocks after accident

(Newser) - Police in Australia are investigating a gruesome train accident that left a man who had been celebrating his 18th birthday clinging to life after both his legs were severed above the knee. Alcohol appears to have been a major factor: Police say that after they were called to the scene... More »

Aussie Girl, 10, Survives Shark Attack

Or maybe a mackerel; officials aren't sure about source of hand injury

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl was attacked by what may have been a shark off Australia's east coast and suffered an injury to her hand, officials said today. Paramedics were called to a beach at Lennox Head, 120 miles south of Brisbane, after receiving a report the girl had been bitten... More »

Sydney Battles Worst Fires in 'Living Memory'

1 killed in New South Wales blazes

(Newser) - The Australian state of New South Wales is grappling with wildfires that have decimated homes and killed a man. Nearly 100 fires have taken hold, with 34 still out of control yesterday, firefighters said, per CNN . Hundreds of homes may have been destroyed already, they noted. Some 200 square miles... More »

Huge Dust Storm Rains Down Lightning

...as Australia battles wildfires, high winds, and a cyclone

(Newser) - Australia's heat-and-wildfire devastation produced one set of iconic photos yesterday; here's another. A tug boat worker snapped shots of a massive thunderstorm laden with red dust as it moved out toward the Indian Ocean, The West Australian reports. "We were steaming along in the boat just before... More »

Australia Finally Nabs Its Most Wanted Man

The wilderness survival expert spent 7 years on the lam

(Newser) - Australia's most wanted man, who eluded capture for seven years by hiding in dense forests, was captured and charged with murder today, ending a frustrating and at times violent hunt, police said. Malcolm Naden, 38, was heavily bearded, barefoot, and wearing muddy clothes when New South Wales police found... More »

Teen Slain by Facebook 'Friend': Cops

Nona Belomesoff, 18, was lured online, found in creek bed

(Newser) - Australian police are urging Facebook members to make themselves less readily identifiable in real life after an 18-year-old woman was found murdered, allegedly by a "friend" from the website. Nona Belomesoff's body was discovered in a creek bed Friday night. Christopher James Dannevig, 20, has been charged with murder... More »

Aussies Find 'Extinct' Bell Frog

Amphibian was thought to be wiped out in 1970s by fungus

(Newser) - The yellow-spotted bell frog was thought to be wiped out in the 1970s when a deadly fungus invaded its native Australian habitat—until now. That’s right—the “extinct” species has been discovered in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, alive and well. “It was quite amazing,... More »

5 Guilty of Plotting Aussie Terror Attacks

Jihadists convicted of planning mass killings after 10-month trial

(Newser) - Five men have been convicted of conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks in Australia using guns and home-made explosives. The men, busted in raids in Sydney, were accused of plotting attacks to force the government to change its Middle East policy. One of the men trained at a terror camp... More »

Hiker Safe After 12 Days Lost in Aussie Hills

(Newser) - A British teenager is recovering in the hospital after an afternoon trip that turned into a 12-day ordeal in the Australian wilderness, the BBC reports. Jamie Neale, 19, got lost in the Blue Mountains and survived by eating seeds and grass, and sheltering under logs amid freezing temperatures. His son... More »

Cops Seek Help With Grisly Murder Case

Australian police seek leads in grisly murder

(Newser) - Australian police, frustrated by the lack of leads in the 2008 murder of a Chinese immigrant, have released photos showing the 34-year-old’s grisly death, Reuters reports. Chen Liu was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-powered nail gun before his body was dumped in a... More »

Aussies Snap Over Shark Terror

Series of attacks mars Australia's summer

(Newser) - A series of shark attacks in Australia has triggered a summer of terror and a national debate over whether it makes sense to continue to protect one of nature's most implacable predators. Three people were attacked in a single 48-hour period last month, reports Time. All that was found of... More »

Kangaroo Cull Canceled

Hopping mad protesters win reprieve for Canberra 'roos

(Newser) - Hundreds of kangaroos living on a former Australian naval base have won a stay of execution, the Independent reports. Plans to cull the animals met with a public outcry, and protesters vowed to form a human shield to protect the 'roos. The animals have been grazing heavily on grassland at... More »

Australia to Apologize to Aborigines for Stolen Kids

Children were abducted to 'assimilate' them

(Newser) - More than 100,000 Aborigine children were abducted from their parents and placed in  Australian orphanages and foster homes in a century-long campaign to assimilate them into European culture. Now new Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd will apologize for the abductions, carried out between 1869 and 1969, reports the Times... More »

Floods Swamp Eastern Australia

Thousands stranded after storms batter coast

(Newser) - Thousands on the east coast of Australia have been isolated by flooding from heavy rains, the BBC reports. Thunderstorms and overflowing rivers have battered the northeast parts of New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, and the southern parts of Queensland; both have been declared natural disaster zones.... More »

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