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A diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Two consecutive mass bleaching events have affected a 1,500km stretch, leaving only the reef’s southern third unscathed. Photograph: AFP/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/Greg Torda

Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have cau(...)

A car is parked at the police station in Roma, Australia, after a British backpacker who was driving it was  rescued by police. Photograph: AAP Image/APN Western Star via AP

The British backpacker who was allegedly held captive and repeatedly raped and beaten in an ordeal lasting more than a month in Australia has been rel(...)

Woman told police she had been held captive by a man she had met at a party in Cairns. Photograph: APN Western Star/AP

A British backpacker was allegedly held captive in Australia and repeatedly raped in an ordeal lasting two months. The 22-year-old woman was found wi(...)

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We asked globetrotters, as well as booking agents at Usit and Trailfinders, for their advice on how to make your budget stretch while travelling. A(...)

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis speaks during a press conference in Brisbane on Sunday. Mr  Brandis commented on charges laid against five men who allegedly wanted to use a small boat to reach Indonesia and then to join the so called Islamic State terrorist group  in Syria. Photograph: EPA

Australian police have charged five men suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join Islamic State via a journey that would start in a small moto(...)

The interior of a boat, which Australian police have seized, is seen in Cairns  on Tuesday in this still image taken from video. Australian police have detained five men suspected of planning to sail a small boat from the far north to Indonesia and the Philippines en route to joining Islamic State in Syria. Photograph: Reuters

Australian police have detained five men suspected of planning to sail a small boat from the far north to Indonesia and the Philippines en route to j(...)

A mourner at a floral tribute near a house in which eight children were stabbed to death in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, on Sunday. Photograph

An Australian mother has been charged with the murder of eight children, seven of them hers, two days after their bodies were found in a home in the (...)

Joanne O’Donnell with Sam (4) and Ben Wallace (13) at home in Killaloe, Co Clare. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

‘Would you go back?” It’s the definitive question in post-holiday conversations. To answer “no” suggests your holiday was far from perfect – although,(...)

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