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Australia's 'Last Unspoilt Paradise' Is Anything But

Researchers find 414M pieces of plastic debris on remote islands

(Newser) - Study after study has illustrated the insane amount of plastic clogging up our planet. But a new one focusing on Australia's Cocos Islands suggests we still may have greatly underestimated the problem. Researchers surveyed 88% of the total landmass of the remote islands considered "Australia's last... More »

Another Country Hit by Populist Wave

Australians reject candidate who sought to reduce fossil fuels

(Newser) - Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders, the AP reports. Opposition Labor Party leader... More »

He Wasn't Just a World Leader, He Held a Drinking Record

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke is dead at 89

(Newser) - A former Australian prime minister by the name of Bob Hawke died Thursday, and the 89-year-old is getting due consideration for his four terms as prime minister from 1983 to 1991. But Hawke also has an unusual entry on his resume, especially for a world leader—he's in the... More »

Appropriately Named Dog Helps Find a Gold Nugget

Discovery by 'Lucky' and his Australian family out for a Mother's Day stroll is worth about $25K

(Newser) - Not a bad Mother's Day morning: A family out for a stroll in Australia found a 20-ounce gold nugget estimated to be worth more than $24,000. "I actually walked right past it but my daughter pretty much kicked it as she was walking," the dad, who... More »

Australia's $50 Bill Has a Typo. Nobody Noticed for Months

In fairness, you need a magnifying glass to spot 'responsibilty'

(Newser) - When Australia's new $50 banknote was unveiled last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation predicted readers would not be able to spot all the birds on it. Turns out, there is something more interesting to spot—a typo, even if you need a magnifying glass to see it. See a... More »

Egg Bounces Off Aussie PM's Head

Woman charged with common assault

(Newser) - Australia's prime minister was hit on the head with an egg and a woman was knocked off her feet Tuesday during a protest ahead of a general election next week. The egg appeared to strike Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the back of the head then bounce off without... More »

44 Pounds of Meth Delivered to 'Quite Elderly' Couple

They received package in error

(Newser) - An elderly couple in Australia who received a large quantity of methamphetamine in error decided to contact police instead of going the Walter White route. Police say the couple mistakenly signed for a parcel sent to their west Melbourne home that turned out to contain around 44 pounds of the... More »

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... More »

Why Poisoned Sausages Fall From the Sky in Australia

An effort to cull 2M cats is underway

(Newser) - People around the world were quick to oppose Australia's plan to cull 2 million feral cats by 2020, with many going online and signing petitions in hopes of saving their furry friends. That was 2015. With 2020 approaching, Jessica Camille Aguirre takes a long look at where things stand... More »

Someone Hacked These Scooters. Now They're Offending People

At least 8 Lime scooters in Brisbane, Australia, have been yanked for making sexual comments

(Newser) - Not your everyday electric scooter feature: a built-in voice-over that blurts out sexually charged and otherwise objectionable remarks. Gizmodo reports that's what some riders apparently got in Brisbane, Australia, where at least eight scooters from the transportation rental company Lime have already been yanked from circulation after someone hacked... More »

Sri Lankan Official: the 'Worrying Factor' About Suspects

Defense minister says it appears many bombing suspects lived, studied abroad

(Newser) - The Islamic State has claimed credit for helping suicide bombers pull off the Easter weekend attacks in Sri Lanka, and the nation's defense minister is now citing a "worrying factor" about them. "Most of them are well-educated and come from middle- or upper-middle class [families], so they... More »

Father and Son Lifesavers Die While Rescuing Tourist

Australian pair's boat flipped

(Newser) - Lifesavers across Australia paused for a minute's silence Monday to honor a father and son who died while trying to rescue a tourist on Easter Sunday. Ross Powell, 71, and son Andrew, 32, both volunteer lifesavers, drowned after their boat was flipped in heavy surf conditions, the BBC reports.... More »

The Deer a Man Kept as a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

Family is 'devastated' after rare attack in Australia

(Newser) - A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife in critical condition Wednesday. Paul McDonald, 47, went to feed the animal—a cross between a red deer and an elk—when it attacked him inside an enclosure on the couple's property in Moyhu, Victoria, reports ABC News... More »

This Time, Dingoes Didn't Get the Baby

Aussie dad fought off animals to save son

(Newser) - Rescue personnel say a father fought off several dingoes to save his 14-month-old son from one of the wild dogs that was dragging the boy from their camper van on an Australian island early Friday. The boy had deep cuts on his head from the attack on Fraser Island in... More »

One Punch Kills Doctor, Brings 10 Years in Smoking Quarrel

It's Australia's first conviction under one-punch law

(Newser) - A May 2017 confrontation over smoking in a non-smoking area outside a Melbourne, Australia, hospital resulted in the death of a cardiothoracic surgeon and a minimum 10-year sentence for the man who killed him with a single punch. Joseph Esmaili became the first person to be sentenced under Victoria's... More »

Lone Survivor of WWII Massacre Kept Another Dark Secret

'History detective' reveals Aussie nurses were raped before being killed by Japanese troops

(Newser) - Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole survivor of a horrific World War II massacre, in which 21 of her fellow Australian army nurses were forced into the ocean and machine-gunned by Japanese troops on Indonesia's Bangka Island. Now, "history detective" Lynette Silver has added another terrible piece to the... More »

Cops: Their Truck Was Bombed—Because of a Honk

'Grievance-fueled violence' follows incident in McDonald's drive-thru

(Newser) - A couple honked at a female driver they thought might hit their vehicle in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Australia on Feb. 22. The next day, the windows of their Ford Ranger pickup were smashed, reports the Sun . Less than two weeks later, a bomb placed beneath the truck exploded.... More »

Man Sues for $1.3M Over Boss's 'Stinky' Farts

Australia's David Hingst says supervisor harassed him before he was laid off

(Newser) - Can regular farting equal bullying? An appeals court in Australia will have to decide based on a nearly $1.3 million lawsuit filed in 2017 by the former employee of a construction company, who refers to his ex-boss as "Mr. Stinky." David Hingst, a 56-year-old former engineer of... More »

NZ Minister Will 'Confront' Erdogan's Mosque Shooting Comments

NZ prime minister tells reporters foreign minister will 'set the record straight'

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said during a campaign rally that Turkey would make sure the suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings pays if New Zealand does not—and on Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her country will not let those comments go unadressed, Reuters... More »

The Suspect Had a Bow and Arrow. The Victim, Just His Phone

Aussie man's device saves him during attack in New South Wales

(Newser) - Ways you can use your cellphone to keep safe: Set up a list of "in case of emergency" contacts, turn on the "locate my phone" feature so you can be tracked down if you ever go missing, hold your device up like a shield if someone ever goes... More »

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