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Boy Survives Spider Bite With Record Dose of Antivenom

The spider is now helping to replenish stocks

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy in Australia survived a bite from one of the world's deadliest spiders thanks to a quick-thinking dad—and a record-breaking amount of antivenom. Matthew Mitchell was working with his father in a shed at their home around 60 miles north of Sydney when he was bitten... More »

5 Killed as Plane Crashes Into Mall

4 Americans, Aussie pilot die in Melbourne crash

(Newser) - An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in Melbourne, police say. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the... More »

15 Years Later, Woman Scours Outback for Slain Lover's Body

'Pete lost his life on that night, but I lost mine, too,' says Joanne Lees

(Newser) - It was crime that shocked Australia: A British man shot dead in the wild outback of the Northern Territories by a man who then abducted his girlfriend. She managed to escape and hide in the scrub for hours as the killer stalked her with a dog. Now, 15 years later,... More »

First Came a 'Catastrophic Collapse,' Then a Tsunami

Evidence of 300K-year-old landslide found off Australia

(Newser) - More than 300,000 years ago, a massive chunk of rock broke off from Australia's continental shelf, triggering the largest undersea landslide ever known, per Science Alert . But scientists only know this thanks to a chance discovery. Researchers were mapping the Queensland Trough, a basin next to the Great... More »

He Kept His Nose Above Water Long Enough to Live

Daniel Miller says a yoga position saved his life after accident

(Newser) - A lucky Australian man credits a yoga pose with saving his life. Daniel Miller was working with an excavating machine in a dam on his remote property Wednesday when the ground gave way. Trapped beneath the machine's roll bar, Miller sank into the muddy bog up to his nostrils.... More »

2 Parents to Trump: No, Our Kids Didn't Die in Terror Attack

With no evidence, Trump includes deaths on terrorism list

(Newser) - Two Australian parents are blasting President Trump for including the incident that killed their children on his list of 78 terror attacks he contends weren't properly covered by the media, USA Today reports. British tourists Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, and Tom Jackson, 30, were stabbed to death at an Australian... More »

Shocking Scale of Priest Sex Abuse in Australia Revealed

7% of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children

(Newser) - A staggering 7% of priests in Australia's Catholic Church were accused of sexually abusing children between 1950 and 2010, a lawyer said Monday as officials investigating institutional abuse across Australia revealed for the first time the extent of the crisis. The statistics were released during the opening address of... More »

McCain Slyly Slams Trump in Statement to Australia

Senator assures nation that he and the rest of the US stand behind alliance

(Newser) - John McCain is reaching out to Australia after President Trump's angry phone call with the nation's prime minister. In a statement released Thursday, McCain said that he had called Australia's ambassador to the US to express his "unwavering support for the US-Australia alliance," Politico reports.... More »

Trump Had Furious Talk With Aussie Leader

He slams 'dumb deal' on refugees

(Newser) - Disputes with Iran and Mexico in the early days of the Trump administration may have been predictable—but not many people predicted a clash with Australia. The disagreement became public Wednesday when the Washington Post reported that President Trump's phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday... More »

In Dark Slice of History, Teens Forced Gay Men Off Cliffs

Australian police now probing deaths from as long ago as 1976

(Newser) - For nearly two decades, Scott Johnson's death had been labeled a suicide. The 27-year-old's naked body was found Dec. 10, 1988, on a cliff overlooking Sydney's northern beaches, with his clothes folded above. His brother didn't buy it, and in 2005 he developed an alternate theory:... More »

Woman Loses Her Mind After Seeing Woman Wearing Veil

Australian screams that the Muslim student should take her niqab off

(Newser) - "It's illegal," a woman can be heard yelling in a video. "I see her looking so scary" and "I don't know what she carry." The only thing unlawful was the woman's own behavior. The Sydney Morning Herald reports an unnamed 35-year-old was... More »

Actor Shot Dead Filming Music Video

'Several firearms were discharged during a scene by several actors'

(Newser) - Police are investigating a deadly shooting during the filming of a music video for Aussie hip-hop band Bliss N Eso. The actor was shot in the chest during filming Monday afternoon inside a Brisbane bar, the BBC reports. The band was not present at the time and it's not... More »

3 Dead, 20 Hurt After Car Mows Down Pedestrians

Cops say Melbourne incident isn't terror-related

(Newser) - A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, police say. Officials said the incident had no links to terrorism. The chaos began in the early afternoon, after a man was seen driving... More »

After Years Without Mate, Shark Makes Her Own Babies

It's the first time a shark has switched from sexual to asexual reproduction

(Newser) - Australia's Reef HQ aquarium had hoped to scale back its shark breeding program. Its female sharks had other ideas. Over the course of six years, Leonie the zebra or leopard shark had produced more than two dozen offspring before she was separated from her mate in 2012. But in... More »

After Falling Ill, Family Learns New House Was a Meth Lab

Experts say the contamination should be treated similarly to lead, asbestos

(Newser) - There's a reason people cleaning up former meth labs only enter in head-to-toe protection: the environments are extremely toxic, and drug residues can linger on porous and non-porous surfaces alike for months and even years. That's according to a case study published in a Centers for Disease Control... More »

In Viral Video, News Anchor Berates Colleague Over Top

Aussie news reporters go at it over wardrobe

(Newser) - Never wear white after Labor Day or, if you're an Australian newscaster, on the same day that your co-worker is. Nine Network's Julie Snook found this out the hard way when she was verbally attacked while the cameras were rolling (but before they went on the air) by... More »

Dad and Daughter Turn Up After 27 Days at Sea

They disappeared from New Zealand ahead of a custody hearing

(Newser) - A father disappeared from New Zealand with his 6-year-old daughter shortly before a custody hearing, then survived a weeks-long sea journey with a broken rudder. Alan Langdon showed up Wednesday in Australia after 27 days at sea aboard a homemade, 19-foot boat, the Times of London reports. According to the... More »

Dad in Australia's 'Dingo Took My Baby' Case Dies

Michael Chamberlain, then-wife wrongly convicted in daughter's death

(Newser) - It's a phrase synonymous with "the dog ate my homework." But for years, Michael Chamberlain tried to convince the world that it was true, that in the reported words of his former wife, "the dingo took my baby." He died Monday at age 72 of... More »

60 Injured in Crowd Crush at Music Festival

All expected to survive

(Newser) - Sixty people were injured at an Australian music festival in the crush of a crowd trying to leave a performance, the AP reports. None of the injuries at the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Victoria state were life-threatening, but 19 people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries,... More »

For Whopping Fee, You Can Ring in the New Year Twice

PrivateFly's 12-hour flight from Sydney to LA makes it possible

(Newser) - It's that time of year again when most of us swill cheap champagne from plastic glasses and the ultra-rich board the world's fastest long-range private jet so they can ring in the New Year twice. For a measly $184,500, you and 17 of your nearest and dearest... More »

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