Edition:
United Kingdom

Colin Packham

Australians ordered to flee flames as fires rage in east and west

10:02am GMT

SYDNEY Australian officials on Wednesday ordered residents and tourists to get out of the way of fast-approaching flames as firefighters struggled to contain more than 150 bushfires raging on both the east and west coasts. | Video

Aircraft combats Sydney blaze as Australians reel from bushfires

12 Nov 2019

SYDNEY Fires raged across a swathe of Australia's east coast on Tuesday, destroying more homes and shrouding Sydney in smoke from a blaze authorities fear they will be unable to control until next week. | Video

'Leave now': Australians urged to evacuate as 'catastrophic' fires loom

11 Nov 2019

SYDNEY Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia's east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming "catastrophic" fire conditions. | Video

Australia offers drought ravaged farmers up to $688 million in cheap loans

07 Nov 2019

SYDNEY Australia will offer farmers hurt by drought up to A$1 billion ($688.10 million) in cheap loans, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as the government seeks to curb rising discontent from rural voters.

Australia to offer farmers hurt by drought up to $688 million in cheap loans, grants

06 Nov 2019

SYDNEY, Nov 7 Australia will offer farmers hurt by drought up to A$1 billion ($688.10 million) in cheap loans and grants, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce on Thursday, as the government seeks to curb rising discontent from rural voters.

Australian trade minister arrives in China amid rising tensions

05 Nov 2019

SYDNEY Australia's Minister for Trade, Simon Birmingham, on Tuesday became the highest-ranking Australian official to visit China in a year, as Canberra attempts to ensure that cooling diplomatic relations do not hinder trade.

Australia rains: Dancing in the street, not so much down on the farm

04 Nov 2019

SYDNEY The heaviest rains in years have fallen across parts of Australia's east coast, bringing relief to some struggling livestock farmers, although the showers are not likely to break a drought that has crippled the country's grains sector.

Australia and China vow to work on repairing bilateral relationship

04 Nov 2019

SYDNEY Australia and China said they will work together to repair their bilateral relationship, tarnished by allegations that Beijing has committed cyber-attacks and has attempted to interfere in Canberra's domestic affairs.

REFILE-GRAINS-Corn edges lower, harvest delay concerns set to drive weekly gain of 1%

01 Nov 2019

SYDNEY, Nov 1 U.S. corn futures fell on Friday, though the grain was poised to finish the week in positive territory, as concerns over potential further delays to harvesting crops supported prices.

Hazardous smoke blankets Sydney as winds fan Australia bushfires

31 Oct 2019

SYDNEY Sydney was wreathed in hazardous smoke on Thursday as strong winds fanned dozens of bushfires across Australia's east coast, prompting health warnings for the city that is home to more than 5 million people and the state of New South Wales (NSW).

World News