Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. ...

Australia raises with Iran imprisoned Australian academic

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday she had raised with her Iranian counterpart the fate of an imprisoned Australian-British academic after a report that the woman h...

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. ...

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors. Modern governmen...

Australian PM's leadership criticized during wildfire crisis

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — As his country burned, Australia's prime minister was cursed and jeered out of a town, called an “idiot,” a “moron” and worse, and skewered at home and abroad for his dismis...

Storms bring relief and danger to Australian wildfires

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns...

Boungainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The South Pacific region of Bougainville has voted in a referendum declared on Wednesday to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. ...

Vote counting starts in Bougainville independence ballot

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ballot counting started in the South Pacific region of Bougainville on Tuesday in a referendum on whether the islanders want to become the world’s newest nation by gaining i...

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Tuesday 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Th...

Police searching Outback for missing woman find body

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police found a body on Wednesday they suspect is the only casualty among three people who became stranded in the arid central Australian Outback almost two weeks ago. ...

Australia's highest court agrees to hear cardinal's appeal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his l...

Australia defeated party urged to keep strong climate policy

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An opposition review of the Australian conservative government's shock election win has urged the dispirited Labor Party to stick with strong policies on climate change. ...

Swedes used towels, rope on shark bite victims in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two Swedish nurses say they used towels and rope to stop the bleeding from two British men's injuries in a shark attack on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. ...

Farrow books sells across Australia despite legal threat

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ronan Farrow's new book is being sold in Australia despite threats of defamation lawsuits that the Pulitzer-winning journalist believes led some Australian retailers to drop...

Tens of thousands join climate protests before UN summit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies on Friday as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change began ahead of a U.N. summit in New Y...