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I’ve barely slept since Cyclone Debbie hit my home on Airlie Beach in northern Queensland on Monday night. I’ve been through a few cyclones in my 14 (...)

A boat is washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland’s far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. Photograph: Dan Peled/EPA

Residents of Australia’s cyclone-battered tropical north east have emerged from their homes to find roofs lying in their yards, boats flung on to rock(...)

The Tasmanian tiger is thought to have died out some 80 years ago. Photograph: Paul Popper/Getty Images

“Plausible” possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in north Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have(...)

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(...)

File image of Justin Bieber performing in Dublin. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A man who allegedly posed as Justin Bieber online to solicit explicit images from children - including up to 20 from the UK - has been charged with mo(...)

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(...)

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