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Burned out remains sit on a plot of land after a bushfire went through an area, in Wingello, New South Wales. Photograph: EPA

Two more people were missing in remote parts of the Australian state of New South Wales as rain and cooler temperatures brought some welcome relief to(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AFP

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was lambasted and mocked on social media for politicising a beefed up defence-force response to the nation’s (...)

 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

Smoke billows from a fire burning at East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Photograph: Handout/EPA

The navy began evacuating thousands of people stranded in tourist towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday as the escalating bush fire disaster an(...)

An image made from video shows a  koala drinksingwater from a bottle given by a firefighter in Cudlee Creek, South Australia.  Photograph: AP

Australian authorities said on Friday they are focused on protecting water plants, pumping stations, pipes and other infrastructure from intense bushf(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison touring  bushfire-affected areas   west of Sydney, New South Wales.  Photograph: EPA/Wolter Peeters

Australia’s embattled prime minister has defended his government’s climate policy as authorities warned that the wildfires crisis could fester for mon(...)

A firefighter sprays water on a fire moving closer to a home in Blackheath, New South Wales state, Australia on SundayPhotograph: Twitter via AP.

Firefighters battling wildfires in Australia made the most of cooler weather on Sunday to access badly burnt towns and contain blazes before the expec(...)

 Fire burns a home in Buxton, New South Wales.  Photograph: EPA

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a rare public apology on Friday and cut short a Hawaiian vacation in response to mounting public anger(...)

Officials said authorities were investigating whether the attack at the naval air station (Nas) in Pensacola, Florida was terrorism-related. Photograph:  Patrick Nichols/US navy/AFP via Getty

An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom building at the naval air station (Nas) in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning, a U(...)

A guard stands by at the Nimitz Gate of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii shortly after a sailor fatally shot two civilians at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photograph: Ronen Zilberman/AFP/Getty

A sailor shot three civilians, killing two of them, before taking his own life at Pearl Harbor, just days before thousands were scheduled to gather at(...)

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