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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 »

Archbishop Who Covered Up Abuse Sentenced to 12 Months

He failed to report priest's abuse of altar boys

(Newser) - The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children. Newcastle Magistrate Robert... More »

Shark Pulls Woman Off Yacht by Her Finger

The Australian woman is just fine, though

(Newser) - An Australian woman is feeling lucky to be alive after she was reportedly pulled into the water by a shark. According to PerthNow , Melissa Brunning was on a friend's yacht off the coast of Australia's rugged Kimberley region in late May when her group got the opportunity to... More »

'Bag Rage' Kicks In as Stores Enact Plastic Ban

Australia encounters resistance amid away from single-use plastic bags

(Newser) - The move away from plastic bags became abusive and even violent in Australia over the past couple of weeks, Reuters reports. With retailers in most Australian states facing a fine for offering single-use plastic bags as of July 1, major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Coles began the transition early—... More »

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 »

Artist Has Himself Buried Alive in Memorial to Victims

Mike Parr, 73, went underground to make a statement

(Newser) - An Australian artist has been buried alive with a bucket and a book, but don't worry—they plan to dig him out Sunday. More than 3,000 people watched Thursday as Mike Parr, 73, descended a ladder into a 25-foot-square box under a road in Hobart, Australia, for a... More »

Rebel Wilson's Defamation Payout Reduced to a Fraction

Appeals court throws out damages from lost film roles

(Newser) - So much for the record $3.6 million libel payout in Rebel Wilson's successful defamation case against Bauer Media. The publisher of Australia's Woman's Day magazine successfully appealed Thursday to have the damages reduced to about $450,000, arguing Wilson failed to prove she'd lost out... More »

Alleged Poop Jogger Caught With Pants Down, Toilet Paper in Hand

Andrew Macintosh charged with public nuisance in Australia

(Newser) - Desperate crimes call for desperate measures, like waiting outside in the dark to catch an apparently on-trend poop jogger in the act. It's a move that paid off for an Australian man who tired of a jogger pooping on a footpath in his Brisbane neighborhood up to 30 times... More »

Man Gets 12 Years for Malaysia Airlines Hoax Bomb

He forced flight to return to Australia

(Newser) - An Australian judge sentenced a man to 12 years in prison Thursday for threatening to detonate a fake bomb on a Malaysia Airlines flight , terrifying more than 200 passengers and crew. Manodh Marks, 26, forced the plane to turn back soon after takeoff when he screamed that he had a... More »

Valet's Porsche Parking Does Not End Well

Australian hotel worker manages to drive it under another car

(Newser) - A hotel valet had a lucky escape—but the luxury sports car he was trying to park did not. Australian media say the valet somehow drove the soft-top Porsche Carrera under another vehicle Thursday outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. Emergency workers cut the driver out from the Porsche... More »

2 Nations Hold Russia Responsible for Downing Jet

Netherlands, Australia plan to seek legal compensation over MH17 crash in 2014

(Newser) - "The only conclusion we can reasonably now draw is that Russia was directly involved in the downing of MH17," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday—a day after investigators concluded the missile system used to bring the plane down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to the... More »

He Doled Out Hail Marys to Abuse Victim. Now, a Verdict

Archbishop Philip Wilson found guilty of covering up child sex abuse

(Newser) - An archbishop accused of turning a blind eye to the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest has become the most senior Catholic ever convicted of concealing child molestation. An Australian court has found Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, guilty of covering up the abuse in the 1970s, the... More »

Guy Gives Aussie PM the Finger, Gets Arrested

Man apparently thought Malcolm Turnbull pushed ahead of him in the bar line

(Newser) - A man upset that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was being served at the bar before him gave the PM the finger—and ended up arrested and hit with a $190 fine. The unnamed guy (police, amusingly, describe him as "an angry landscaper," per news.com.au ),... More »

Victims' Dad Says Australian Shooter Planned Attack

Aaron Cockman said his father-in-law, Peter Miles, didn't simply ‘snap'

(Newser) - The Australian grandfather who's believed to have gunned down his wife, daughter and grandchildren "didn't snap," according to the grieving father of the slain kids. He was "thinking this through for a long time," Aaron Cockman said, per BBC . Peter Miles, 61, reportedly killed... More »

He Was So Rich He Rented a Whole Brothel. Except He Wasn't

Luke Moore lived high, got caught, then cleared his name

(Newser) - At one point in 2012, Luke "Milky" Moore paid $40,000 to rent himself a brothel for four days. Two years prior, he was penniless, unemployed, and bracing himself for foreclosure. What happened in the interim is the subject of an Esquire piece by David Kushner, who explores the... More »

In Australia Shooting, Kids' Bodies Found in Shed They Lived In

Police confirm victims' identities

(Newser) - A day after Australia experienced its worst shooting since 1996 , police confirmed the identities of the victims found at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington: Cynda and Peter Miles; their daughter, Katrina Miles; and her four children, two boys and two girls who ranged from ages 8 to 13. The New ... More »

Rare Australia Shooting Puts Focus on Famous Gun Laws

7 dead in apparent murder-suicide on farm

(Newser) - Australia is dealing with a rarity in that country—a mass shooting in which seven people are dead . The Australian Broadcast Network reports that the dead are believed to be three generations of the same family: Peter and Cynda Miles, who owned the farm in the southwestern town of Osmington... More »

Australia Outlaws Cash for Purchases Over $7.5K

It's the government's attempt to keep money laundering and tax evasion at bay

(Newser) - Hoping to cripple organized crime and tamp down on tax evasion and money laundering, Australia has announced its latest tactic: not allowing cash purchases over $7,500 for goods and services. The West Australian reports the new rule—which will require consumers to use a check or electronic service such... More »

Australia Suffers Worst Mass Shooting in 22 Years

7 found dead on rural property

(Newser) - A tragic day in Australia: Police say four children and three adults were found dead from gunshot wounds Friday in what is believed to be the country's deadliest mass shooting since 1996. Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters the "horrific incident" happened at a rural... More »

Aussie First Lady Responds to Macron's 'Delicious' Remark

Lucy Turnbull, wife of PM Malcolm Turnbull, was 'flattered' by French leader's descriptor of her

(Newser) - Australia's prime minister said on Thursday his wife was "flattered and charmed" to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as "delicious," a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader's first official visit Down Under. Macron raised eyebrows Wednesday with his description of... More »

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