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 A C-130 Hercules plane from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service dropping fire retardent to protect a property during an operation to douse bushfires on January 10th. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP

A Canadian-owned C-130 Hercules air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires in Australia’s alpine region on Thursday, killing all three of its crew, (...)

Tourists are seen taking pictures of Sydney Harbour in the rain on January 17th,  in Sydney. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia’s east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought(...)

Image obtained from the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment shows a firefighter checking a Wollemi Pine branch in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, offic(...)

Heavy rain falls ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Darrian Traynor/Getty

Up to 50mm of rain has fallen across parts of New South Wales and Victoria, dampening bushfires even as dozens more continue to burn. Fire-hit region(...)

The fires could rage in Australia for a couple more months. But the greater fears must be longer term.

The book The Lucky Country was written about Australia in the 1960s, and since then the label has stuck. For anyone slogging their way through a Briti(...)

The Dunns Road fire crowns the tops of trees near Maraglem, on Friday. The relentless fires have burned over 6 million hectares, killed at least 24 people and destroyed some 2,000 homes.  Photograph: Matthew Abbott/The New York Times

Surrounded by hills burned black as soot, with homes flattened and cattle decimated, Australians in the country’s east on Friday confronted a new roun(...)

A tree burns from the inside out hours after the fire front had passed in Bundanoon, Australia. Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

Today is a wet and cool day in Melbourne, nothing remarkable about this except that it is summer, and we’re in the middle of the most horrific bushfir(...)

An injured koala rests in a washing basket at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in the Parndana region on Wednesday.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Australian authorities warned people on Wednesday to prepare for another wave of evacuations as temperatures in the country’s southeast began to rise (...)

“You would have found [virtue signallers] upbraiding people for agonising over a blazing Notre Dame while children were being bombed in Idlib.” Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

In all the tributes to Marian Finucane, the quality that probably crystallised her was fairness. To her, no human being – not even bankers, developers(...)

Plant operators of the Australian military use a backhoe to clear fire-damaged trees from the great Alpine road between Bairnsdale and Omeo in Victoria. Photograph: Getty Images

Bolstered by cooler weather and desperately needed rain, exhausted firefighters in Australia have raced to shore up defences against deadly wildfires (...)

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