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Charge dropped for Aussie who ‘mooned’ queen

A man who allegedly flashed his buttocks at Queen Elizabeth IIduring her visit to Australia last year had a charge of wilful exposure against him dropped. Sydney man Liam Warriner, 22, was arrested in October and charged with exposing himself as the British monarch, who is also head of state in Australia, passed by…

Charge dropped for Aussie who ‘mooned’ queen

BRISBANE, Australia — A man who allegedly flashed his buttocks at Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Australia last year had a charge of wilful exposure against him dropped. Sydney man Liam Warriner, 22, was arrested in October and charged with exposing himself as the British monarch, who is…

Woman survives after her bungee cord rips

A 22-year-old Australian is happy to survive after her bungee cord ripped, causing her to splash into the Zambesi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. According to Australia’s Channel 9 news, Erin Langworthy described her frightening New Year’s Eve experience, as she swam to safety by remembering tips…

Tiny wires could usher new computer era

WASHINGTON — Scientists said Thursday they have designed tiny wires, 10,000 times thinner than a human hair but with the same electrical capacity as copper, in a major step toward building smaller, more potent computers. The advance, described in the US journal Science, shows for the first time that wires…

US, Australia, NZ ‘disappointed’ on Japan whale hunt

The United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands said they were “disappointed” over the start of Japan’s annual whale hunt off Antarctica and warned against violent clashes. Japanese ships operating in the icy waters of the Southern Oceanhave in recent years faced interference from the US-based militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd, with repeated…

Australia elects world’s first intersex mayor

The country of Australia has made history, electing the world’s first openly intersex mayor. Tony Briffa was declared the winner of the Hobsons Bay mayoral race last weekend, overcoming a glitch on his website announcing his victory a day before the election. Briffa, who says that he is “not male…

Ancient super-predator eyes found in Australia

Australian scientists on Thursday hailed the discovery of a pair of insect-like eyes belonging to a freakish prehistoric super-predator which trawled the seas more than 500 million years ago. Measuring three centimetres (1.2 inches) across and with a whopping 16,000 individual lenses the fossilised eyes, from a huge shellfish-type creature…

Ancient super-predator eyes found in Australia

Australian scientists on Thursday hailed the discovery of a pair of insect-like eyes belonging to a freakish prehistoric super-predator which trawled the seas more than 500 million years ago. Measuring three centimetres (1.2 inches) across and with a whopping 16,000 individual lenses the fossilised eyes, from a huge shellfish-type creature…

Australia expands sanctions on Iran

SYDNEY — Australia expanded sanctions against Iran to restrict business with the country’s petroleum and financial sectors as concern mounts over Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme. Britain, Canada and the United States slapped fresh sanctions last month on Iran following a UN agency report that strongly suggests the country is…

Australia plans world’s largest marine reserve

The Australian government has said it plans to establish the world’s biggest marine protection zone to safeguard a huge swathe of the Coral Sea, a biodiversity hotspot brimming with life. The proposed Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve off the northeast coast of Australia would cover about 990,000 square kilometres (380,000…

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