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Devastating ‘mini-tornado’ hits Australian city

A devastating “mini-tornado” tore through the city of Townsville on Tuesday, ripping roofs off houses, bringing down power lines and injuring nine people as wild weather pounded northern Australia. The Queensland State Emergency Service said it had received dozens of calls for help, with nine people needing treatment, mostly for…

Thousands of toads killed in annual Aussie hunt

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s annual cane toad cull was Monday declared a success by organisers who said that more than 14,000 of the noxious pests had perished as a result. North Queensland’s “Toad Day Out” saw volunteers in Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns collect the pests in plastic bags on…