The Ireland resident and former Sydney Rose visits home in the midst of the bushfires: AUSTRALIA AS A COUNTRY MIGHT HAVE BEEN COLONISED, SHE WRITES(...)

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 (...)

Burned out remains sit on a plot of land after a bushfire went through an area, in Wingello, New South Wales. Photograph: EPA

Two more people were missing in remote parts of the Australian state of New South Wales as rain and cooler temperatures brought some welcome relief to(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AFP

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was lambasted and mocked on social media for politicising a beefed up defence-force response to the nation’s (...)

  A firefighter works to contain a small bushfire, which closed the Princes Highway, near Ulladulla, Australia, on Sunday.  Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler con(...)

A wildfire near Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday. The country’s east coast is dotted with apocalyptic scenes on the last day of the warmest decade on record in Australia. Photograph: (State Government of Victoria/New York Times

Thousands of people swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the g(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison touring  bushfire-affected areas   west of Sydney, New South Wales.  Photograph: EPA/Wolter Peeters

Australia’s embattled prime minister has defended his government’s climate policy as authorities warned that the wildfires crisis could fester for mon(...)

A firefighter sprays water on a fire moving closer to a home in Blackheath, New South Wales state, Australia on SundayPhotograph: Twitter via AP.

Firefighters battling wildfires in Australia made the most of cooler weather on Sunday to access badly burnt towns and contain blazes before the expec(...)

 Fire burns a home in Buxton, New South Wales.  Photograph: EPA

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a rare public apology on Friday and cut short a Hawaiian vacation in response to mounting public anger(...)

Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree,  north of Sydney. Photograph: Peter Parks/ AFP

More than 100 fires are raging across Australia’s east coast on Tuesday with dozens of them running out of control. At least 170 houses have been des(...)

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