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Cops: Man Killed Kangaroo in 'Abhorrent' Video

Melbourne man could get 2 years in jail

(Newser) - A Melbourne resident has been arrested for what environmental officials say was a "particularly abhorrent" case of animal cruelty. In a video viewed millions of times on the Chinese social media service QQ, the man can be seen using a hunting knife to kill a wounded Eastern gray kangaroo... More »

Huge Amount of Meth Found Stashed in Floorboards

Haul had street value of $680 million

(Newser) - Police in Australia discovered a record-breaking amount of meth stashed under floorboards, but they didn't need to rip up a floor: The 2,000-pound haul was discovered in a shipment of 70 boxes of wooden floorboards in a Melbourne warehouse, the BBC reports. Two Melbourne men, ages 53 and... More »

A Peaceful Snooze on a Plane, Then an Explosion

Woman's headphones caught fire as she flew from Beijing to Melbourne in February

(Newser) - A flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australia, turned terrifying last month when a woman's headphones exploded midflight, burning her hands, face, and hair, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The unidentified woman had dozed off a couple of hours into the Feb. 19 flight while wearing the headphones, and per... More »

10 Best Cities for Students

After 5 years on top, Paris is dethroned

(Newser) - A French city has been replaced by a French Canadian one at the top of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking , a list of the best cities in the world for international students, based on university rankings, employment, affordability, and—for the first time this year—student opinions. To be... More »

A Storm Hit, Then 800 People Couldn't Breathe

4 deaths blamed on 'thunderstorm asthma' in Australia

(Newser) - Four people are dead after an intense thunderstorm in Australia—but flooding or even lightning aren't to blame, reports the Age . In a rare case of "thunderstorm asthma," strong winds near Melbourne on Monday sent massive amounts of rye grass pollen into the air, making it difficult... More »

Pilot's Typo Sends Plane on a Very Wrong Path

Flight from Sydney to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne instead

(Newser) - Data entry errors are often harmless enough, unless you happen to be an international pilot punching in your longitude before a flight. Then, they get interesting. As Australia's 9News.com reports, an AirAsia flight crew learned this lesson when it attempted to fly from Sydney to Malaysia—only to... More »

World's 10 Most Livable Cities

Tough break, America

(Newser) - Maybe Donald Trump is … right? Monocle just released its annual list of the 25 most livable cities in the world, and the first American city (Honolulu) doesn't even show up until number 23. Skift reports the rankings are based on things like architecture, safety, and public transportation. American... More »

Teen Allegedly Plotted Attack on Cops With Kangaroo Bomb

Aussie prosecutors say he was inspired by ISIS

(Newser) - April 25 is usually a day of solemn remembrance in Australia for those who've taken part in the country's wars, but this year's ceremonies may have come perilously close to being marred by a teen bent on terror. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Sevdet Besim plotted an attack to... More »

The 5 Most Livable Cities in the World

Head for Australia (Melbourne is No. 1), Canada, or Austria

(Newser) - "Civil unrest, acts of terror and violence" around the world are compromising the livability of cities around the globe, per a new ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit that surveyed 140 cities. The report notes even cities in North America have suffered, some from the turmoil caused by the... More »

Cop Tries to Shake Terror Suspect's Hand, Is Stabbed

Australian police then kill Numan Haider, 18

(Newser) - Australian police shot and killed a terror suspect after he stabbed two officers yesterday, officials say. The suspect has been identified as Numan Haider, an 18-year-old Australian whose passport had been canceled amid terror concerns, the AP reports. Officers were concerned he was planning to behead police, cover their bodies... More »

Woman Checks Facebook, Misses End of Pier

Tourist almost drowned, but saved her phone

(Newser) - If she had been able to type fast enough, a young Taiwanese woman's Facebook status update would have read "I am falling off a pier." Police in Melbourne, Australia, say the tourist was so engrossed in her smartphone that she walked straight off a pier and almost... More »

5 Hot Events You Can Attend Next Year ... via Cruise Ship

From Mardis Gras to Carnival and beyond

(Newser) - Cruises are about more than just eating as much as possible, lounging by the pool, and wandering around port cities. As Fox News reports, they can also get you to some of the biggest events of the year. A sample:
  • Australian Open: One of the four annual Grand Slam tennis
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Top 10 Most Livable Cities

Melbourne is No. 1, again

(Newser) - Need a new hometown? Pack your stuff and head to Melbourne. The Australian metropolis offers a prosperous economy, a hugely successful culinary scene, and access to top-notch sporting events. It ranked No. 1 (for the second year in a row) as the most livable city in the world in the... More »

Sheep Fall From Sky After Crash

No humans injured in weird Melbourne accident

(Newser) - Imagine, for a moment, that you're driving down the highway some night, minding your own business, when suddenly hundreds of sheep fall from the sky and smash into your windshield. That's what happened to motorists in Melbourne yesterday, as a truck carrying 400 sheep crashed and tipped over... More »

Melbourne Ousts Vancouver as Top Place to Live

Australia and Canada dominate the list

(Newser) - Dear readers, we have a question for you: Why don’t you live in Canada or Australia? Because apparently those are the world’s bestest places to live, according to an annual study from the Economist Intelligence Unit , which rates cities from around the world based on factors like political... More »

World's Most Liveable City Is...

Vancouver, for the fifth straight year

(Newser) - Looking for a new place to hang your hat? Consider Vancouver, which tops the list of the world’s most liveable cities for the fifth year running, Reuters reports. The annual survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks cities on stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, and... More »

Stroller Hit by Train, Baby Fine

Driver's quick reaction saves Aussie boy

(Newser) - A 15-month-old baby managed to escape with only minor cuts and bruises after his stroller tumbled onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train in Melbourne, Australia. The driver, who jammed on his brakes immediately and pulled the baby out from under the train, was praised for... More »

2,500 Atheists Gather in Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention thought to be largest meeting of godless ever

(Newser) - If ever there was a group unafraid of a vengeful lightning bolt, it's the 2,500 atheists converging on Melbourne—likely the largest concentration of godless thinkers ever. The Global Atheist Convention says it doesn't intend to proselytize, and in fact discourages any “missionary zeal." Still, the convention... More »

'Aussie Fritzl' Charged With Raping Daughter for 30 Years

Man accused of keeping daughter captive, fathering 4 children with her

(Newser) - An Australian man has been charged with rape and incest after allegedly raping his daughter for more than 30 years and fathering four children with her, Reuters reports. The man was arrested after the victim contacted police and told them she had been kept a prisoner in their home in... More »

Aussies Bust Islamist Terror Plot

(Newser) - Australian security forces today busted an Islamist terror outfit that was planning to attack an army base in retaliation for the country’s involvement in Muslim countries, the Australian reports. An undisclosed number of Australians of Somali and Lebanese descent were arrested in the sweep, which centered around the southern... More »

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