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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern:  said the suspect had sent a “manifesto” to her office nine minutes before the attacks. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty

New Zealand’s cabinet will meet on Monday morning to begin work to change gun laws, as the county continued to grapple with Friday’s attacks in Christ(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media in Sydney, after  a gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: EPA

Brenton Tarrant, the Australian man reported to have been detained as the key suspect in the Christchurch terror attacks, was not known to the authori(...)

British synchronised swimming duet Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe attempt their routine in a pool filled with plastic. Photograph: Nigel Davies / PA

Image of the week: Green routine It’s hard enough being a synchronised swimmer without having to attempt a full routine in a pool laden with plastic (...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

A cyberattack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, prime m(...)

Water bombing helicopters have been regularly deployed in recent weeks in an attempt to put out bushfires in Tasmania.  Photograph: Heath Holden/Getty Images

The calendar finally ticked over into February last week, officially ending the hottest January Australia has ever seen. This is a sobering fact, give(...)

Beachgoers  at Bondi Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, which saw temperatures over 40 degrees, and drought conditions. Photograph: AAP Image/Ben Rushton/via Reuters

Australia endured its hottest month on record in January, with sweltering conditions expected to persist through April, the country’s weather bureau s(...)

Ireland cricket international George Dockrell at the North County’s cricket grounds

Brexit, to many, is just not cricket but the backstop certainly is. The old cricket term, a fielding position, has taken on a new associati(...)

Singer Little Pattie, Patricia Amphlett, will receive an award for a career that saw her shoot to fame in the 1960s and perform across Australia and the US

The first Australian mayor to give a formal apology for the Aboriginal genocide, and a singer who shot to international fame, are among the Irish-Aust(...)

A roadside fire-danger sign signals severe and warns of a total fire ban in Melbourne on Friday. Photograph:  Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Searing 47 degree temperatures, power failures and fires afflicted southern Australia on Friday, with one blaze creating a smoke cloud so large it beg(...)

Beachgoers cool off at Bronte Beach in Sydney as heatwave conditions swept across the state last week. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

We are greeted this January morning with the familiar smell of acrid smoke everywhere outside. We’ve become used to the thrumming sounds of waterbombi(...)

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