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Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies, Leaves 'Incredible Legacy'

Puan, longtime resident of Australia's Perth Zoo, had 54 descendants around the world

(Newser) - Australia knew her as the "Grand Old Lady" of Perth Zoo, and the world, via Guinness World Records , knew her as the oldest known Sumatran orangutan on Earth. Sadly, Puan had been suffering of late from age-related issues, and so she was euthanized on Monday at the age of... More »

A Mystery Powder Arrived in the Mail. It Almost Killed 9

Backpackers hospitalized Tuesday in Australia in state of 'agitated delirium'

(Newser) - Nine backpackers from four countries were sent to hospitals in Australia this week, including at least three who were on life support Wednesday, after snorting a white powder sent through the mail. Seven men and two women, ages 21 to 25, snorted a white powder they assumed was cocaine around... More »

Fliers: Crew's Screams Caused Panic During Emergency

'They just went hysterical' on AirAsia flight from Australia to Bali

(Newser) - Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight from Australia to the holiday island of Bali described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling after their airliner lost cabin air pressure and rapidly descended. Flight QZ535 returned safely on Sunday to Perth airport, where many... More »

Archaeologists Trying to Find Legendary King's Body

'It's like 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander' all rolled into one—except this story is real'

(Newser) - Almost exactly 580 years ago, King James I of Scotland was murdered by a group of conspirators in a sewer tunnel beneath a monastery as he attempted to escape, recounts the BBC . Stabbed dozens of times, he is said to have died in a pool of his own blood. His... More »

2nd Aussie in a Week Killed By Shark

60-year-old woman killed while diving as her companion escapes

(Newser) - A diver was killed by a large shark off the west Australian coast on Sunday in the country's second fatal attack in less than a week, reports the AP . The 60-year-old woman was diving with a man at a popular dive spot in the northern Perth suburb of Mindarie... More »

Crowd Shoves Train Off Trapped Man

A little teamwork saves the day at Australian train station

(Newser) - A guy who fell into the gap between a train and the platform during this morning's rush hour in Perth, Australia, was rescued by none other than his fellow commuters, reports ABC News Australia . Video footage shows the passengers working in tandem to shove the train off him, then... More »

Longest Basketball Shot Ever?

Perth trick-shot artists make one from 320 feet high

(Newser) - Some trick-shot artists from Australia are destined for the Guinness record book after sinking a basketball shot from the astonishing height of 321 feet, reports the West Australian . Kyle Nebel, a 21-year-old member of the How Ridiculous troupe, launched it from a Netherlands skyscraper and found nothin' but net. It... More »

Australia Mints One-Ton Coin

Face value is $1M, but it's worth more than 50 times that

(Newser) - Australia's Perth Mint has created the world’s biggest gold coin—more than a ton of 99.99% pure gold, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The coin’s face value is $1 million Australian dollars—just over $1 million American—but it’s worth more like $57 million American.... More »

Man Catches Fire After Tasering

(Newser) - A man who was threatening to burn down a house suffered burns to his arms and upper body when police shot him with a taser. Police in the Western Australian capital of Perth resorted to the taser in an effort to arrest the 44-year-old after he had spread fuel throughout... 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 »

Aussie Vanishes in Shark's Jaws

Was longtime advocate of shark protection

(Newser) - A missing Australian snorkeler looks to have been the victim of a brutal shark attack, the Guardian reports. Bystanders saw a dorsal fin and a struggle before the water turned red and the man disappeared off western Australia; his tattered wetsuit surfaced later.  An aerial search later spotted a... More »

Perth to Name New Theater for Ledger

Actor's hometown plans fitting tribute to native son

(Newser) - A new performing arts center in Perth, Australia, will bear the name of Heath Ledger, marking the first time the late actor's name will be formally commemorated, the West Australian reports. Ledger "was always supporting young actors in whatever ways he could," said the premier of Western Australia.... More »

Aussie Man's Life Fetches $2M on eBay

Offer includes house, job, and friends of once-heartbroken man

(Newser) - An Australia resident may rake in over $2 million after he put his life—including his house, job, and friends—for sale on eBay, the Western Australian reports. The deal, which the man says hatched when his wife left him, comes complete with a jet ski and motorcycle. The reserve... More »

Australian Lesbians Get Life for Murder

Lovers, one with vampire fixation, kissed over dying 16-year-old

(Newser) - In a case that has gripped Australia since 2006, two lesbian lovers—one with a vampire fixation—were sentenced to at least 24 years in prison today for murdering a teenage girl, the West Australian reports. They bludgeoned and strangled the girl and kissed over her body, taking video on... More »

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