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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(...)

Safe passing distance:  A new Bill tackling the issue  is being published by Ciarán Cannon TD and Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New laws making it an offence for drivers to pass cyclists too closely will be introduced in coming months, Fine Gael has said. Under the proposed ne(...)

The wreckage of a small plane on Middle Island, located near the Queensland township of Bundaberg, Australia. Photograph: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service/Reuters

An Irish woman remains in critical condition with a head injury following a plane crash in Queensland, Australia, on Tuesday. Four people were aboard(...)

Rescue workers assist people  stuck in the Arkham Asylum roller coaster ride at the Warner Bros. Movie World theme park in Gold Coast, Australia on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Twenty people were trapped for almost two hours at the top of a roller coaster ride at a theme park on Australia’s Gold Coast on Wednesday, said emerg(...)

The aftermath of a light plane crash in Australia, in which an Irish woman was injured. Photograph: RACQ Lifeflight

An Irish woman is in critical condition in hospital after a light plane crash in Australia that claimed the life of a British woman. The women, bot(...)

Family adventure holidays The big trend for family holidays in 2017 is adventure and activity-based breaks, including camping, cycling and theme-p(...)

The male saltwater crocodile was discovered sunning itself in the backyard of a local house on Karumba’s waterfront Esplanade . File photograph: iStock

Locals in a small north Queensland fishing town in Australia improvised with rubbish bins and hay bales to corral a 3.5m crocodile who wandered into t(...)

This article forms part of a new series for Irish Times Abroad on the opportunities worldwide for Irish healthcare workers. Although she misse(...)

Flowers at a memorial out the front of Dreamworld on November 9th, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Australia’s Dreamworld theme park will permanently shut a water ride on which four people were killed last month, owner Ardent Leisure Group said on W(...)

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