Australia unveils $11.4 billion in virus outbreak stimulus

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday put forward a $17.6 billion (US $11.4 billion) stimulus package meant to stave off a recession due to the impact of the virus outbreak on its economy. ...

Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Devastated after again being targeted at school for his dwarfism, a sobbing Quaden Bayles repeatedly told his mother that he wanted to die. The 9-year-old Au...

Abbott says top Malaysian leaders suspected pilot of MH370

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the “top levels” of the Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 almost ...

Some flee, others restock before Australia's wildfires grow

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of tourists fled Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore fur...

Australia sending aid by sea to towns cut off by wildfires

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that destroyed homes and sent thousands of residents and holidayma...

Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town's waterfront

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Wildfires burning across Australia's two most-populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions Tuesday and were feared to have destroyed many prope...

Australian cities snuffing fireworks as fire danger worsens

PERTH, Australia (AP) — New Year's Eve fireworks in Australia’s capital city have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building Monday for Sydney’s ...

Australia backs compensation for overstretched firefighters

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister announced Sunday financial support for some volunteer firefighters in New South Wales, the state worst hit by wildfires ravaging the nation, as autho...

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger accelerated Satu...

Sizzling temperatures hit Australia as wildfires persist

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A code red was issued in South Australia on Friday as temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) in the state’s capital, while firefighters battling wildfires in New ...

Australia firefighters brace for extreme heatwave at weekend

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Firefighters battling wildfires in Australia’s most populous state attempted to make headway Thursday amid favorable conditions, before an "extreme heatwave" hits embattled are...

Wildfire-ravaged areas of Australia get holiday relief

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Areas of Australia that have been ravaged by deadly wildfires experienced temporary relief on Wednesday, but oppressive conditions are expected to return this weekend. ...

Australia battles 'catastrophic' wildfires as PM rushes home

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most populous state was paralyzed by “catastrophic” fire conditions Saturday amid souring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires also ravaged the country’...

2 firefighters die, 3 hurt as wildfires ravage Australia

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two volunteer firefighters died Thursday while battling wildfires ravaging Australia’s most populous state, forcing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cut short his family holida...

Australia's most populous state declares wildfire emergency

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia's most populous state of New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency Thursday as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfires. Arou...