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Elation, Then Anguish in the Outback

2nd survivor found after 3 go missing in Alice Springs area; remains of 3rd believed found

(Newser) - Days after an Australian woman was rescued in the Outback after being lost for nearly two weeks, some good news and bad news on her two missing companions. Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, was found alive Sunday and treated for dehydration and exposure, with no sign of 40-year-old Phu Tran and 46-year-old... More »

She Lied on Her Resume, Lost More Than Her Job

Australia's Veronica Theriault is now losing her freedom, too

(Newser) - She got the government job, and then a jail sentence. Veronica Hilda Theriault of Australia will spend the next year in jail after lying on the resume she submitted to land the role of chief information officer in South Australia's Department of the Premier and Cabinet in 2017, reports... More »

After 12 Nights Lost in Outback, Woman Gets Her Miracle

Tamra McBeath-Riley rescued, but her 2 companions are still missing

(Newser) - An Australian woman is thankful she's now safe and sound after a nearly two-week ordeal lost in the Outback, but the search continues for her still-missing companions. The BBC and ABC Australia report Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, set out on Nov. 19 with her partner, 46-year-old Claire Hockridge, their friend,... More »

Koala Who Touched World's Heart Has Died

Lewis, rescued from Aussie bushfire, had burns that were just too much to overcome

(Newser) - As wildfires ravage significant sections of Australia, a small moment of hope emerged last week after a woman saved a koala from a tree in bushland that had gone ablaze. The video of Toni Doherty's rescue went viral , and the story made headlines around the world. Now, per the... More »

Qantas Tests 19.5-Hour Flight

London-Sydney flight equaled distance record airline set in 1989

(Newser) - Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19.5-hour non-stop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London’s... More »

'Catastrophic' Warning an Aussie First as Fires Rage

Fire officials portend 'most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen'

(Newser) - Australia is on fire, and it's getting worse. Over the weekend, it was reported that New South Wales, the country's most populous state, was dealing with dozens of wildfires that killed at least three people and destroyed more than 150 homes. On Monday, 60 fires were still ablaze,... More »

Aussie PM: 'Devastating' Fires Are 'Absolutely Chilling'

100-plus wildfires blaze across New South Wales and Queensland, killing 3 and injuring dozens

(Newser) - Wildfires razing Australia's drought-stricken east coast have left three people dead, several missing, and dozens injured, with over 150 homes destroyed, officials said Saturday. Around 1,500 firefighters were battling more than 70 fires across Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, with the most intense in the... More »

Shark Bites 2 Tourists on Great Barrier Reef

One man lost a foot

(Newser) - A shark bit off a British tourist's foot and mauled another British tourist's leg on Tuesday as the men snorkeled on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, officials say. The men, aged 22 and 28, had been on a snorkeling tour in the Whitsunday Islands when they were attacked,... More »

Australia Has Interesting Idea for Those Who Watch Porn

Subject them to face scans, Department of Home Affairs suggests

(Newser) - Australians who watch adult content online might want to make note of a new plan suggested by the country's Department of Home Affairs. The department suggests that facial recognition technology be used to scan the faces of would-be porn viewers, confirming they are adults before allowing them to view... More »

Strip-Searches of Protesters Renew Issue in Australia

17-year-old says she told officers her age

(Newser) - More than 20 people arrested during climate protests earlier this month were strip-searched by Brisbane police, a practice that's an issue in Australia. "I said I'm 17, can you strip-search me?" a female demonstrator told the Guardian Australia . "They said actually it doesn’t matter."... More »

Kmart Pulls Costume From Shelves

Chain apologizes after petition over child bride costume tops 500 signatures

(Newser) - Attention, Kmart shoppers: The child "Bride Costume" will no longer be available in Australia after a petition accused the store of supporting child marriage, People reports. "Tell Kmart this is beyond inappropriate and offensive and that they have a social responsibility to pull this item off their shelves... More »

Tourists Rush to Climb Sacred Rock While They Still Can

Ban on climbing Uluru, Australia takes effect Saturday

(Newser) - The sandstone monolith in the heart of the Australian Outback is called Uluru, not "Ayers Rock," Aboriginal leaders say—and as of Saturday, tourists will no longer be allowed to climb it. The Anangu people consider the 1,140-foot tall rock formation sacred and have long urged people... More »

Australian Newspapers Publish Redacted Front Pages

Move is part of campaign against government secrecy

(Newser) - Australia's major newspapers published redacted front pages on Monday in a coordinated campaign to highlight government secrecy that is often justified on national security grounds. Rival media businesses first banded together to fight for press freedom in June after police raided the Canberra home of a News Corp. journalist... More »

Man Checking Home's Security Camera Spots 'SOS' in Driveway

Woman lost in Aussie bush for 3 days stumbled on empty vacation home being monitored remotely

(Newser) - Deborah Pilgrim wasn't too lucky when she wandered away from her friends during a camping trip outside Adelaide over the weekend—the 55-year-old ended up losing track of where she was in the Australian bush and vanished for three days. Where her luck changed for the better, per NBC... More »

New Cameras Have One Goal: Catch Drivers on Phones

Australia's New South Wales may be the first to employ the technology

(Newser) - Australia's most populous state is trying to get people to put down their phones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance says his is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by... More »

Swift Cancels Concert After #NupToTheCup Campaign

The singer was pressured by an animal-rights group

(Newser) - Looks like Taylor Swift won't be performing in Australia this year after all. The "Shake It Off" singer canceled a planned Nov. 5 show at Australia's Melbourne Cup after facing pressure from animal rights activists, CNN reports. Swift was initially gung-ho about her only Aussie show, saying... More »

Hiker Drags Himself for 2 Days After Waterfall Plummet

Considering everything that went wrong, Neil Parker is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - "This is not a nice way to die." That was all Neil Parker could think as he dragged himself along the ground on Australia's Mount Nebo after getting injured during a weekend hike. Luckily, the 54-year-old lived to tell the tale of his two-day ordeal, which began... More »

Dozens of Vials of Bull Semen Explode in Fire

The containers were worth thousands, went up in flames at Australia lab

(Newser) - An Australia building that was destroyed by fire in the wee hours of Tuesday housed a cattle breeding laboratory—and more than more than 100 cryogenic cylinders filled with bull semen, worth thousands of dollars, exploded during the blaze. Yarram Herd Services has for two decades provided artificial insemination, breeding... More »

'Magpie Swooping Season' Claims a Life

Australian man dies after being startled off his bicycle

(Newser) - Australia is in the midst of what's known as "magpie swooping season," per 7News , and it's no joke. Authorities in Wollongong, south of Sydney, say a 76-year-old bicyclist died after a bird dove at him and caused him to crash into a fence post, reports the... More »

Rooster Attack Kills Woman Collecting Eggs

Peck hit a varicose vein, study finds

(Newser) - A woman gathering eggs in Australia was killed when a rooster pecked repeatedly at her leg, striking a varicose vein. The vein hemorrhaged, according to a study in Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology , and she collapsed and later died. Two small lacerations on her leg were found during an autopsy,... More »

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