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For Australia's Biggest City, It's COVID 'Freedom Day'

Sydney ends lockdown after more than 100 days

(Newser) - Shops of all kinds were bustling in Australia's largest city on Monday for the first time in more than 100 days. Sydney lifted restrictions for fully vaccinated residents after reaching the milestone of having 70% of adults fully dosed, reports the AP . A post at New Scientist describes it...

Fugitive of 30 Years Surrenders Because Pandemic Life Sucks

Homeless and jobless, Darko Desic was done sleeping on an Australian beach

(Newser) - An unfortunate consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many people have been turned out of their homes. Fortunately for Australian authorities, one of those people is a 29-year fugitive who decided he'd rather have a roof over his head, even if it was in prison. Darko Desic had...

Australia Brings in Military to Enforce Sydney Lockdown

PM unveils 4-step plan to reopen country

(Newser) - In Australia's biggest city, the fight against a COVID outbreak that spread from an unmasked airport limo driver is not going well. The five-week Sydney lockdown was recently extended for another month and with case numbers remaining stubbornly high, the military is being called in to enforce restrictions, CNN...

Australia's Biggest City Will Be Locked Down for Another Month

South Korea, Thailand report record numbers of new COVID cases

(Newser) - Australia’s largest city, Sydney, will remain in lockdown for another month. The New South Wales state government announced that the lockdown of the city of 5 million would last at least until Aug. 28, after reporting on Wednesday 177 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the AP reports....

This Is One of the Weirder COVID Penalties Yet

In Australia, 2 naked sunbathers were spooked by a deer, then fined by police

(Newser) - In the annals of COVID rule breaches, this one is tough to beat for weirdness. Police near Sydney, Australia, say two naked sunbathers on a beach were spooked by a deer and ran into the nearby bushland before calling for help, reports the BBC . Police rescued the men, then promptly...

Sydney Now in 'Scariest Period' of Pandemic

Delta variant has infected dozens, including New South Wales government minister

(Newser) - Sydney is going through one the "scariest" times of the pandemic as a cluster of the highly contagious Delta variant infects more people, an Australian state leader said on Thursday. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she tested negative for the coronavirus after state Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall...

Light Plane Carrying Baby Makes Emergency Landing

Pilot, wife, and 1-year-old son were unharmed after plane experienced engine trouble over Sydney

(Newser) - Beachgoers along the northern Sydney shoreline got quite a surprise Wednesday as they strolled along the sand. Per the Guardian , one eyewitness told a radio station it was around 2pm local time at Collaroy Beach, with "not a cloud in the sky," when an odd sight suddenly floated...

Sydney Man's Surprise Case Prompts New Restrictions

Man tests positive for a variant linked to India, but how that happened is unclear

(Newser) - After a month without local transmission, Australia's largest city is warning of undetected coronavirus cases after a man in his 50s tested positive Wednesday. Authorities don’t know how the Sydney resident became infected with a variant first detected in India, per Reuters . The sample matches that of a...

How Very 2020: 'Reverse Waterfalls' Caught on Camera
Now Waterfalls
Are Flowing the
Other Way
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Now Waterfalls Are Flowing the Other Way

At least off the coast of Australia, where high winds wreak havoc with flowing water

(Newser) - Aerial footage out of Australia shows something bizarre—waterfalls pouring over cliff edges and flying back up from whence they came, LiveScience reports. In one magical case, a rainbow even forms amid the spray. There's an explanation, of course, which involves strong winds and heavy rains that have...

Brother's Perseverance Helps Bring Arrest in 1988 Killing
He Plunged From Cliff in 1988.
32 Years Later, an Arrest
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He Plunged From Cliff in 1988. 32 Years Later, an Arrest

Police in Australia make arrest in death of American mathematician Scott Johnson

(Newser) - Police in Australia have made an arrest in a high-profile cold case that has strong ties to the US. In 1988, a young American mathematician named Scott Johnson died after a plunge from a cliff in Sydney. Now, police in New South Wales have arrested a 49-year-old man in Johnson'...

Sydney: 'We Can't Cancel' Show Despite Conditions

The city's NYE fireworks display will likely go on

(Newser) - Cancel its world-famous New Year's Eve fireworks show? No way, say Australian officials, despite concerns about holding the event while over 100 wildfires rage across the country, CNN reports. Under pressure to cancel, Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was "moved by the outpouring of support...

4 'Heroes,' Milk Crate Take Down Stabbing Suspect

1 dead, 1 injured following Tuesday's chaotic scene in Sydney

(Newser) - Two women were stabbed—one fatally—in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, before a male suspect was tackled by "the highest order of heroes." Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said four men chased a man seen with a butcher knife in the city center around 2pm local time before apprehending...

Cops: Guy Busted With $140M in Meth Had a 'Very, Very Bad Day'

Van said to have crashed into parked police cars was carrying a lot of meth

(Newser) - If you're going to be driving around with $140 million worth of meth, what definitely falls under the "you had one job" category is to avoid getting pulled over by the cops—or crashing into a couple of cop cars. This week, one man in Sydney, Australia, allegedly...

Giveaway for Plane Bomb Plot: His Bag Was Too Heavy

Khaled Khayat convicted in 2017 plot in Australia after trying to smuggle bomb in meat grinder

(Newser) - A man tried to blow up a plane carrying 400 people with a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder but was reportedly thwarted because his bag was too heavy to be checked in. The BBC reports Khaled Khayat, 51, was convicted by a jury Wednesday in Australia, where he was...

Staffers Drag Women Outside After They Take 8 Shots Each, Collapse

Sydney restaurant has now been penalized over November incident

(Newser) - A Sydney restaurant served two women eight shots of liquor apiece in 40 minutes—then, when they collapsed, staff and other patrons carried them outside (as one of them vomited) and left them there. The incident took place in November, but is making headlines now due to officials sanctioning Gangnam...

Pilot's Maneuvers 'Inexplicable' in Fatal Crash

Plane was half a mile off course when it made sudden turn north of Sydney

(Newser) - A Sydney Seaplanes aircraft carrying six people "should not have been where it was" when it crashed in Australia on New Year's Eve, leaving no survivors, the company's CEO says. The DHC-2 Beaver carrying Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins and family members, along with pilot Gareth Morgan,...

Sydney Just Had Its Hottest Day in 80 Years

It reached 117 degrees in Australia

(Newser) - Even as much of the United States remains in a deep freeze, temperatures on the other side of the world are reaching near-record highs. In Sydney, Australia, the thermometer topped out at 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday, falling just short of the record-setting 118 degrees that struck the city back...

7 Have Died in This Plane—in 2 Crashes

1996 incident preceded New Year's Eve crash near Sydney

(Newser) - When a seaplane crashed near Sydney on New Year's Eve, killing the pilot, a British businessman, and his four family members, it was, in a sense, deja vu. According to the Sydney Morning Herald , a pilot died when the same aircraft crashed in 1996 in Armidale, more than 250...

6 Women Accidentally Wear Identical Dresses to Wedding

'No we are NOT the bridesmaids'

(Newser) - Debbie Speranza was surprised when she met up with her cousin at a Sydney wedding reception recently and they were wearing the same dress. But both women were even more surprised when they kept bumping into other women also in the same dress—a total of six women at the...

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...

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