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China sends ships after satellite spots possible Malaysian Flight MH370 debris

Perth (Australia) (AFP) – China released Saturday a new satellite image of a large floating object possibly linked to missing Malaysian Flight MH370, boosting search efforts as anger with the pace of the operation boiled over among Chinese relatives in Beijing. The grainy photo taken on March 18 released by…

Australia on pace for hotter, longer bushfire season

Australia will suffer more days of extreme heat and a longer bushfire season as greenhouse gases force temperatures to continue rising, a new report warned Tuesday. The joint study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures across Australia were, on average, almost…

Australia plans to use drones to patrol borders: report

Australia plans to buy seven giant unmanned drones for Aus$3 billion (US$2.7 billion), potentially to help patrol its borders, a report said on Saturday. The unmanned aircraft, with the wingspan of a 737 passenger jet, would primarily be used by the……

Australia seizes $162 million in meth hidden in Chinese kayaks

Authorities in Australia have seized Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China and arrested four Taiwanese nationals, police said Wednesday. The 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney’s container port.…

Aussies ban Olympic team from traveling into Sochi city center

Australian competitors at the Winter Olympics face travel restrictions in and around Sochi, it was revealed on Sunday by team chiefs wary of the tense security situation in Russia. Australia is sending a record 60 athletes to the Games, which run from……

Australia claims ‘substantial’ progress on reef protection

Australia said it had made "substantial" progress on UNESCO benchmarks for protection of the Great Barrier Reef Sunday in a report aimed at staving off a world heritage downgrade. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said a progress report delivered to the……

Firefighters battle blazes in scorching Australia

Lightning strikes ignited more than 250 fires across southeast Australia overnight, officials said Wednesday, as firefighters battled to put out the flames and the country sweltered under a heatwave. In Victoria state, where catastrophic firestorms……

Scientists: Vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath ocean floor could sustain future generations

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia’s Flinders University, said that an estimated 120,000 cubic miles of low-salinity water had been found buried beneath…

Australia police, central bank websites hacked

The websites of the Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia have been the victims of an apparent cyber attack, with reports Thursday blaming Indonesian hackers. The AFP called the attack “irresponsible”, and said whoever was to blame could face prosecution. “These attacks are irresponsible, and will not…

Snake on plane grounds flight from Australia to Japan

A tiny snake as slender as a pen forced the grounding of a Japan-bound Qantas flight in the Australian city of Sydney overnight, stranding hundreds of passengers. The non-venomous reptile, about 8 inches long, was found near the doorway of a Boeing 747-400 bound for Tokyo on Sunday night, a…

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