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24,000 ducks destroyed in Australia after bird flu

Some 24,000 Australian ducks were being destroyed Wednesday after testing positive for a low pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, an outbreak which has prompted poultry export bans in parts of Asia. The Australian Chicken Meat Foundation said the outbreak of the strain of avian influenza appeared to be confined to two…

‘Multiple’ fatalities in Australian nursing home blaze

SYDNEY — A number of elderly people were killed Friday and many more injured when a fire ripped through a nursing home in western Sydney, emergency services said. Up to 90 firefighters, a large number of police and paramedics raced to the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in the early hours…

Australia pressured to act on Assange extradition

Lawyers and the mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday ramped up pressure on the Australian government to intervene over his extradition to Sweden, saying he will not get a fair trial. Assange, who is Australian, on Wednesday lost a bitter legal battle to block his being sent from…

28 die in Papua New Guinea’s worst plane crash

Papua New Guinean officials were Friday trying to piece together how a passenger plane crashed in dense forest, killing 28 people — but leaving four survivors — in the nation’s worst air disaster. The survivors were the Australian and New Zealand pilots, a flight attendant, and a passenger believed to…

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