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Needles Keep Appearing in Australian Strawberries

#SmashAStrawb aims to support local growers amid investigation

(Newser) - Australia's "Smash a Strawberry" campaign can be easily misinterpreted if one isn't up to date on Australian slang. Here, "smash" refers to devouring a strawberry, rather than turning it into mush. Some might prefer to do the latter, however, after at least 100 reported cases of... More »

Australia Issues Scary Warning on Strawberries

Consumers are reporting finding needles inside them

(Newser) - Reports out of three Aussie states have strawberry lovers checking their fresh fruit carefully. The BBC and ABC Australia report that sewing needles have been found embedded in strawberries, from six different brands, that came out of supermarkets in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria, per NSW police. Queensland Health... More »

Artist Who Drew Serena Cartoon: 'World's Gone Crazy'

Mark Knight says controversial drawing 'had nothing to do with race'

(Newser) - The Australian cartoonist widely condemned for drawing what critics say is a racist caricature of Serena Williams says the world has "gone crazy." Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight told an interviewer Monday that his cartoon was an accurate representation of Williams' meltdown during her US Open loss to... More »

Woman Finds Out High Heels Are Bad Drug-Smuggling Aid

Missouri's Denise Woodrum is headed to an Australian jail

(Newser) - A Missouri woman was sentenced Thursday to 7.5 years in jail in Australia, where she'd traveled with various cocaine-stuffed items, including a pair of high heels. Denise Woodrum, 51, pleaded guilty in January to the illegal import stemming from her arrival at Sydney Airport last August with 756... More »

Australia to Chelsea Manning: You're Not Welcome

New Zealand is still deciding whether to let her in

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning won't be permitted to enter Australia for a speaking tour scheduled to kick off at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday after that country's Department of Home Affairs deemed the American classified document leaker failed to meet character requirements. While the Australian government won't address... More »

Police Said It Was Suicide. Then She Saw the Letter

How Lee-Anne Cartier revealed her brother's death was really murder

(Newser) - "We had nothing else to go on," Lee-Anne Cartier tells the BBC . Her brother, Phil Nisbet, was found dead in his truck in May 2009, and police pegged it as a suicide. A toxicology report revealed high levels of an antihistamine he was knowingly allergic to, and Cartier... More »

Australia Gets Its 5th Prime Minister in 5 Years

Scott Morrison wins after Liberal party rebellion

(Newser) - In the 35 years between 1975 and 2010, Australia had five prime ministers—the same number it has now had in the last 5 years. The latest to enter the revolving door is Scott Morrison, who emerged triumphant Friday after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by his own party, the... More »

Aussie Leader to Rivals: Show Me 43 Names, and I'll Go

Malcolm Turnbull issues defiant challenge as he fights to keep his job during party revolt

(Newser) - Australia's government is in turmoil as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fights for his political life because of a challenge from within his own ruling party. The battle has resulted in a tense showdown: Turnbull says he's willing to step down if the majority of Liberal Party lawmakers—the... More »

Teen Hacks Apple, Has Excellent Folder Name

Australian 16-year-old saved stolen files in one called 'hacky hack hack'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old kid in Australia managed to hack into Apple's computer systems multiple times over the course of a year and steal secure data, and the best part of the story is the name of the folder in which he saved instructions and stolen files on his laptop: "... More »

Australia Reels Over Senator's Call for a 'Final Solution'

Fraser Anning was speaking of Muslim migration

(Newser) - An Australian's senator's use of the term "final solution" has gone over about as well as you'd expect, which is to say, very poorly. Fraser Anning floated what the New York Times calls the "Nazi euphemism for genocide" on Tuesday during his first speech to... More »

Cops Probe Town of 11 People After Disappearance

Police investigate Larrimah, Australia, after day laborer Paddy Moriarty and his dog vanish

(Newser) - Everyone in the town of Larrimah is under investigation for the disappearance of Paddy Moriarty—and that means all 11 people. Authorities are poking around this dusty Australian pitstop after Moriarty, a day laborer, vanished along with his dog one night last December, the New York Times reports. Top suspects... More »

Cops: Famed Botanist Killed by Own Daughter

But suspect's lawyer says Australia's Mary White, 92, 'had no enjoyment of life'

(Newser) - An environmental scientist bestowed the Order of Australia was killed by her own daughter in the aged-care facility where she lived with dementia, according to police. Mary White was found dead in her room at the Warrigal aged-care home in Bundanoon, New South Wales, on Sunday. Police now allege her... More »

Guy Stumbles on Evidence of Mega-Shark That Ate Whales

Schoolteacher Philip Mullaly found the shark teeth in Australia

(Newser) - Imagine strolling down the beach and discovering a razor-sharp tooth from a shark twice the size of a Great White. Well, meet Philip Mullaly: "It was an awesome creature, it would have been terrifying to come across," the amateur fossil hunter and schoolteacher tells the New York Times... More »

An Aussie State Is 100% in Drought. Kangaroos Are in Trouble

Country lifts restrictions on shooting kangaroos, who are fighting livestock for pasture

(Newser) - Australia's most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday, and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years. Much of Australia's southeast is struggling with drought. But... More »

Singer Pink Cancels Shows, Enters Australian Hospital

Her publicist says the pop star is suffering from a viral infection and dehydration

(Newser) - Pink was admitted to a hospital in Australia on Monday with a virus, forcing her to cancel a second show, per the AP . The pop star is in the country as part of her world tour for the album "Beautiful Trauma," but a Sydney stop was canceled Friday.... More »

Pope Accepts Resignation of Disgraced Archbishop

Australian acknowledges 'growing level of hurt'

(Newser) - After repeatedly insisting that he would remain in his position until the appeals process was exhausted, the most senior Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse has resigned. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was sentenced to 12 months of... More »

New Zealand's Acting PM: Australia Needs New Flag

Winston Peters says Australia 'copied' the design

(Newser) - New Zealand's prime minister has been on maternity leave for little more than a month , and her acting PM is already picking a fight with Australia over the countries' very similar flags. "We had a flag that we've had for a long time, copied by Australia, and... More »

Selfie-Taking US Missionary Dies in Cliff Fall

Photos show Gavin Zimmerman close to rock edge

(Newser) - Gavin Zimmerman promised to take lots of photos from a whale-watching lookout in Australia so he could share them with friends back home in Utah. He won’t get the chance. Before finding a cellphone with photos of Zimmerman close to a cliff edge, authorities pulled the lifeless body of... More »

Ex-Racing Champ Makes 'Incredible' Find in Outback

Larry Perkins discovers explorer's gear, lost a century ago

(Newser) - Larry Perkins once preferred the racetrack. But for the last six years, the retired Formula One driver has been cruising around the Australian Outback, following the footsteps of explorers. What he found on his latest venture, 18 months in the making, might crown all his other achievements. Winning car races... More »

A Low-Key, Enraged Comic May Have Just Broken Standup

Hannah Gadsby unleashes in her new show, 'Nanette'

(Newser) - Hannah Gadsby is a quiet, tea-loving comic whose new Netflix show Nanette is being hailed as the next big thing. She's also simmering with rage and ready to quit the business, Indie Wire reports. Onstage in her homeland of Australia, the gay performer eases people in with a few... More »

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