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Australian firefighters try to control bushfires ahead of hot days

08 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE Firefighters in eastern Australia used easing weather conditions on Sunday to bring bushfires under control ahead of forecast of soaring temperatures for next week.

Giant fire near Sydney may burn for weeks as people struggle to breathe

07 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE A giant bushfire on the edge of Sydney, which has blanketed the city in smoke causing a spike in respiratory illnesses and the cancellation of outdoor sports, will take weeks to control but will not be extinguished without heavy rains, firefighters said.

Samoa says almost 90% of people vaccinated against measles after deadly outbreak

07 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.

Giant fire near Sydney may take weeks to be put out

07 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE A giant blaze that has blanketed Sydney, Australia's largest city, in a hazardous smoke may take many weeks to put out, fire services said late on Friday, with the whole region fighting nearly 100 wild fires and expectations that the worst is yet to come.

Australia's New South Wales rolls out mobile phone detection cameras

01 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE The Australian state of New South Wales, home to the country's largest city Sydney, rolled out mobile phone detection cameras on Sunday, hoping to cut the number of fatalities on its roads by a third over two years, transport authorities said.

CORRECTED-Australia's New South Wales rolls out mobile phone detection cameras

01 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE, Dec 1 The Australian state of New South Wales, home to the country's largest city Sydney, rolled out mobile phone detection cameras on Sunday, hoping to cut the number of fatalities on its roads by a third over two years, transport authorities said.

Samoa measles cases, deaths more than double over past week

01 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE The number of suspected cases of measles on the Pacific island of Samoa has more than doubled over the past week to 3,530 and deaths related to the outbreak rose to 48 from 20 a week ago, the country's Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

Australia's Weeks says hope helped him survive Taliban captivity

01 Dec 2019

MELBOURNE Timothy Weeks, the Australian academic released by the Taliban in November after being kept hostage for more than three years, said on Sunday that hope helped him survive the ordeal.

New Zealand gun owners stage protest over tighter controls

30 Nov 2019

MELBOURNE A group of about 50 New Zealand firearm owners protested further gun reforms on Saturday, sounding a note of discord over the tightening of the country's gun laws after the mass shooting in Christchurch in March that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Australia moves closer to compulsory child abuse reporting by priests

30 Nov 2019

MELBOURNE Australia's top attorneys agreed on Friday to standardise laws across the country forcing priests to report child abuse revealed to them during confessions in a move that could widen a schism between the church and the government.

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