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Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017. Photograph: iStock

A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark in waters off Australia’s tropical northeast coast on Thursday, an ambulance official said, the second atta(...)

 Strawberry punnets in a supermarket in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Erik Anderson/EPA

The Australian government will introduce new penalties for food contamination in the wake of the strawberry contamination scare, which ministers and p(...)

A  handout photo showing  Cyclone Debbie approaching the coast of Queensland, Australia. Photograph: Debbie

Howling winds, heavy rain and huge seas pounded Australia’s northeast on Tuesday, damaging homes, wrecking jetties and cutting power to thousands of p(...)