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 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(...)

China’s ambassador to Australia has labelled reports that one million Uighurs are being held in detention “fake news”, seeking to excuse mass incarceration as a deradicalisation measure. Photograph: Lukas Coch AUSTRALIA and New Zealand OUT/EPA

China’s ambassador to Australia has labelled reports that one million Uighurs are being held in detention “fake news”, seeking to excuse mass incarcer(...)

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) has declared a seven-day state of emergency as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfires. Photograph: Dean Lewins/Australia and New Zealand OUT/EPA

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) has declared a seven-day state of emergency as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfire(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street on Friday after the Conservative Party won an electoral landslide.  Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

In his final rally before Thursday’s election, Boris Johnson thanked Conservative activists for working so hard in the difficult conditions of a Decem(...)

 View from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Photograph: Getty

Victims of New Zealand’s deadly volcanic eruption off White Island were covered in ash and appeared to have been badly burned, said a helicopter rescu(...)

A photograph courtesy of Michael Schade, an engineering manager from San Francisco who was one of the tourists who made it off the island just before the eruption. It shows the volcano on New Zealand’s White Island spewing steam and ash minutes after an eruption on Monday. Photograph: Michael Schade/AFP/Getty

New Zealand said on Tuesday that eight people were missing and presumed dead a day after a volcano erupted off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island(...)

A visitors walks by the logo of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 decorated with plants at the ‘IFEMA - Feria de Madrid’ exhibition centre, in Madrid, on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Cop25: What is it? What to look out for? The annual “conference of the parties” (Cop) is the gathering of almost every country on earth on the auspic(...)

“The notion that any child has been hurt as a result of any failings by Westpac is deeply distressing and we are truly sorry,” says chairman Lindsay Maxsted. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Westpac Banking has “unreservedly” apologised after Australia’s financial crimes agency alleged a dozen customers funnelled money to southeast Asian n(...)

 RFS volunteers and NSW Fire and Rescue officers protect the Colo Heights Public School from being impacted by the Gospers Mountain fire near Colo Heights south west of Sydney on Wednesday. Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

Firefighters battled hundreds of bushfires across Australia on Thursday as scores of blazes sprang up in new locations, triggering warnings that it wa(...)

Pedestrians are reflected in a Westpac logo in Sydney. Australia’s financial crime fighting agency has accused the bank of the biggest breach of money laundering laws in the nation’s history. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Australia’s financial crime fighting agency has accused Westpac of the biggest breach of money laundering laws in the nation’s history. It alleges tha(...)

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