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They Left to Sail Around the World. It Was Bad Timing

Aussie family of 5 stranded at sea on yacht during coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - An Australian family of five sailing around the world is "suddenly stateless" amid the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. 9News reports on the plight of Craig and Dianna Sparks and their 10-year-old triplets—Lawson, Oscar, and Avalon—who pushed off from Brisbane 10 months ago in their... More »

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Released From Hospital

'They're feeling a lot better,' son says

(Newser) - The world's most famous coronavirus patient is no longer hospitalized. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have been released from the hospital in Australia where they had been undergoing treatment since testing positive for the virus last week, the BBC reports. A rep says the two 63-year-olds are now... More »

From Australian Quarantine, Tom Hanks Starts an Uproar

How much Vegemite he spread on his toast has Australia buzzing

(Newser) - He might be America's dad, but Tom Hanks has managed to trigger genuine Australian horror amid his coronavirus quarantine with wife Rita Wilson: In a post CNET says "channels Mister Rogers," the 63-year-old actor tweeted a picture Sunday that showed a stuffed kangaroo holding a mini Australian... More »

Family Buys 12 Years of Toilet Paper by Mistake

Now the Janetzki family is finding a way to give back

(Newser) - Think you've stocked up on toilet paper? Well, there's an Australian family that bought a 12-year supply back in February before coronavirus worries even struck the country—and they did it by mistake, USA Today reports. Haidee Janetzki says she made a slight error when ordering the TP... More »

Hanks Gives Health Update Using Famous Movie Quote

Actor cites 'League of Their Own' on his, wife Rita Wilson's illness

(Newser) - Now that we've all gotten over the shock of the "world's most famous coronavirus patient" —Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson—a reassuring update from Down Under from the actors themselves. Per the Hollywood Reporter , the couple is in isolation in an Aussie hospital, but they'... More »

Tom Hanks, Wife Test Positive for Coronavirus

Couple were diagnosed in Australia

(Newser) - Tom Hanks is now the world's most famous coronavirus patient. The actor and wife Rita Wilson have been diagnosed with the virus in Queensland, Australia, where he was set to start filming a Baz Luhrmann movie about Elvis Presley on Monday, Deadline reports. "We felt a bit tired,... More »

Coveted Toilet Paper Goes Up in Smoke in Australia

Firefighters save half the truck's load, as coronavirus fears inspire a run on TP

(Newser) - Apparently worried about being told to stay home to avoid spreading the new coronavirus, Australians have been buying toilet paper as fast as stores can stock it. So a fire on a semi-trailer rolling through Brisbane this week was especially concerning. But the load wasn't a total loss, Australia'... More »

He Got Away From the Cops, But Not From the Guy in Sandals

Queensland police hoping to thank Good Samaritan who brought down alleged car thief

(Newser) - An Australian dog walker used his arm as a clothesline as he brought down an alleged car thief who'd smashed into two police vehicles, narrowly missing an officer, on Thursday. A chase began around 8:30am as officers tried to apprehend the driver of a stolen Toyota Hilux utility... More »

Jewelry Thief's Tool of Choice: Fishing Rod

In the end, man made off with Versace necklace worth $800

(Newser) - A man managed to steal a Versace necklace from a high-end store in Australia without ever stepping foot inside. That's because the unknown assailant's tool of choice was a fishing rod. "It's quite bold … I've not seen someone use a fishing rod to commit... More »

$475K Was Raised for His Disney Trip. He's Not Going

Quaden Bayles, who has dwarfism, intends to donate the funds instead

(Newser) - Quaden Bayles, the subject of a viral video showing the toll of relentless bullying, won't be going to Disneyland after all. Though comedian Brad Williams launched a GoFundMe page with that goal in mind—it has since raised $475,000—the family of the Australian 9-year-old with dwarfism instead... More »

Bullied Boy Wanted to Die, Celebs Rallied to His Defense

Hugh Jackman, Enes Kanter among them

(Newser) - "Give me a knife, I want to kill myself," a 9-year-old boy with dwarfism sobs in a heartbreaking video shared Tuesday by the boy's mother in an effort to raise awareness about bullying, which she says he suffers daily. Quaden Bayles of Queensland, Australia, is hopefully feeling... More »

She Fell Out of Burning Car: 'He's Poured Petrol on Me!'

Ex-rugby player, wife, their 3 young children die after car fire in Brisbane, Australia

(Newser) - A former rugby player for the New Zealand Warriors, his wife, and their three young children have died after a car fire, and Australian police say they're now treating the site of the deadly blaze as a crime scene. Per the Australian, via the New York Times , witnesses who... More »

GM Is Pulling Out of 3 Countries

Firm is withdrawing from Australia, NZ, Thailand

(Newser) - General Motors has decided to pull out of Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments. The move raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job losses, the AP reports. The company said in a statement Sunday... More »

Royal Accuser: Megxit Is a 'Cover-Up'

Simon Dorante-Day, 53, also says his parents are Prince Charles and Camilla

(Newser) - A man living in Australia says he's the secret love child of Prince Charles and Camilla and wants a DNA test done to prove it, the Sun reports. Simon Dorante-Day, 53, claims his adoptive grandparents Winifred and Ernest once worked as the royal gardener and cook, and informed him... More »

Woman Dies During Dessert-Eating Contest

Australian, 60, has seizure while eating lamington cakes

(Newser) - A jokey tradition turned tragic when a 60-year-old woman died during a dessert-eating contest to celebrate Australia Day. The woman was eating lamingtons—a sponge cake topped with chocolate and coconut—when she appeared to have a seizure, reports the BBC . People at the Hervey Bay hotel in Queensland performed... More »

KFC Sorry for Ad in Which Boys Gawk at Cleavage

No word on whether 15-second ad will be pulled in Australia

(Newser) - KFC has apologized over a "sexist" ad released in Australia, showing two young boys gaping at a woman in a low-cut top. The woman is seen adjusting her top while looking at her reflection in the tinted window of a parked car, which suddenly slides down to show the... More »

3 American Firefighters Die in Australia 'Fireball' Crash

Aerial water tanker went down in New South Wales

(Newser) - Three Americans died Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia's southern New South Wales state, officials say. Coulson Aviation in Oregon said in a statement that one of its C-130 Lockheed large air tankers was lost after... More »

Wiggle Recovering After Cardiac Arrest at Fundraiser

Greg Page sang for 90 minutes before collapsing

(Newser) - One of the original Wiggles, Greg Page, is recovering in a Sydney hospital after collapsing during a show to raise money for groups fighting the Australian wildfires. The cause was cardiac arrest, the BBC reports. The children's band's Twitter account said Page, the band's original lead singer,... More »

Here Are the 10 Best Nations on Earth

According to new rankings out by 'US News & World Report'; the US moves up one spot

(Newser) - This is the fifth year US News & World Report has put out its "Best Countries" report, and one country has dominated every year but one. Switzerland is tops again for 2020, as it was in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The magazine, which worked with the BAV Group and... More »

Firefighters Save World's Only 'Dinosaur Trees'

Australian wildfire almost wiped out Wollemi Pines

(Newser) - Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials say. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote gorge in the Blue Mountains a week before... More »

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