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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...

Katie Crew Forced to Sign Scientology Censor Pact

(Newser) - Holy scientology, Batman! The film crew on Katie Holmes' newest movie are being forced to sign pacts agreeing not to ask the scientology convert about her religion, reports the Australian Herald Sun. The Batman Begins actress, hubby Tom Cruise and daughter Suri are in Melbourne taking in the sights and...

It's Lights Out for Earth Hour

(Newser) - Earth Hour is under way. The annual event in which cities around the world dim their lights for an hour at 8:30pm local time kicked off in Sydney, Australia, the Age reports. China's Bird's Nest stadium, London's Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Vatican, and the Empire State Building...

Jet Tail Hits Australian Runway on Takeoff

Passengers terrified, but no one hurt in Emirates plane's Melbourne liftoff

(Newser) - The tail of an Emirates jetliner carrying more than 225 people slammed into the runway as it took off from Melbourne, Australia, last night, sending smoke into the cabin and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. No one was hurt, but passengers described being terrified after learning something...

Aussie Arson Suspect Was Volunteer Firefighter

He's accused of lighting a fire that killed 21 people

(Newser) - The first suspect to be charged in one of the Australian blazes that killed as many as 300 people has been identified as a 39-year-old volunteer firefighter, reports the Times of London. He's accused of igniting a fire that killed 21 people 100 miles east of Melbourne. The suspect's identity...

300 Feared Dead in Australia Fires

Task Force begins investigation

(Newser) - More than 300 people may have died in the devastating bushfires that have torched 850 square miles of southeast Australia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. While the official death toll stands at 173, an official warned that number would rise “steeply” as rescuers discover more bodies. Several people are...

Serena Wins Aussie Open

Beats Russia's Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 for 10th Grand Slam

(Newser) - Serena Williams routed Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 today to win the Australian Open for her 10th Grand Slam title and a return to the No. 1 ranking. It was total domination for the second-seeded Williams, who looked at ease in winning back-to-back majors—she won the US Open championship in...

Nadal Makes Aussie Open Final

Wins in longest match in tournament history

(Newser) - Top-ranked Rafael Nadal outlasted fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4 today to reach the Australian Open final after the longest match in the tournament's history. The fans were riveted as the left-handed Davis Cup teammates went at each other for 5 hours and 14...

Williams Sisters Win Aussie Doubles Crown

Beat Hantichova and Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3

(Newser) - Serena and Venus Williams won their eighth Grand Slam women's doubles title today, beating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3 in the Australian Open final. The Williams sisters, seeded 10th, were untroubled as they served out the first set in just 38 minutes on center court....

Aussie Dad Hurls Girl to Her Death

Man in custody battle tosses 4-year-old off bridge at rush hour

(Newser) - An Australian man has been charged with fatally throwing his 4-year-old daughter off a bridge during Melbourne's rush hour, the BBC reports. Arthur Freeman, 35, tossed the girl 190 feet into a river this morning as hundreds of cars passed. Freeman, said to be suicidal, is believed to be in...

Hero Pup Protects Kittens in Burning House

'Leo the Lion-Hearted' revived by firefighters as family of 7 escapes raging fire

(Newser) - A terrier pup in Australia is due for a bravery medal after refusing to abandon a box of kittens trapped in a blazing house over the weekend, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun. Leo the Lion-hearted—as he’s been dubbed—was carried from the blaze and resuscitated by firefighters, who...

Aussie Pardoned 86 Years After Execution

New tests reveal evidence flaw that went undetected in 1921

(Newser) - An Australian man hanged for raping and murdering a 12-year-old girl has been pardoned 86 years after his execution, Reuters reports. Hairs found in his bed that were said to belong to the victim weren’t hers, recent tests showed. The attorney general said the case was a warning against...

Unseeded Tsonga Crushes Nadal

French phenom roars into Australian Open final in straight set upset

(Newser) - ESPN's Bonnie Ford called it the "Tsonga Tsunami": a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 wipeout of world #2 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals which stunned the tennis world Thursday in Melbourne. Using a wide array of shots to score winners from everywhere on the court, Tsonga made Nadal -whose...

Serena Bounced in Australia

No. 3 ranked Jankovic knocks off the defending champ in straight sets

(Newser) - Third-ranked Jelena Jankovic ended the run of defending champion Serena Williams today in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4, reports the AP. Williams, who had cruised through her first four matches without losing so much as a set, appeared sluggish chasing down shots and lost some speed on...

Phelps Wins Fourth Gold, Third Record

"Michael is just out of reach." bronze medalist Laszlo Cseh of Hungary said.

(Newser) - Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal and his third world record at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne today, this time in the 200-meter individual medley. At  1:54.98, Phelps was .86 seconds under than the old record -- also his.

Phelps Shatters Butterfly Record

(Newser) - Michael Phelps set another record at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne today, becoming the first man to break the 1:53 barrier in the 200-meter butterfly, and producing the biggest time drop in the event in 48 years. "I feel like a 12-year-old," the 21-year-old said,"...

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