Media mogul Rupert Murdoch hands over empire to son Lachlan

Rupert Murdoch will step down as chairman of his global media empire, handing the post to son Lachlan, Fox Corp and News Corp announced Thursday

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Australian doctors find live parasitic worm in woman's brain

A parasitic roundworm typically found in snakes has been pulled "alive and wriggling" from a woman's brain in a stomach-churning medical first, Australian doctors said Tuesday

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Global warming predicted to cost Australia billions

Global warming could cost Australia’s economy hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming decades if workplaces cannot adapt to soaring temperatures, a government report said yesterday.

Father, five children dead in Australia house fire

Five boys and their father were killed after fire ripped through a house in Australia's Queensland state early on Sunday, police said

Australian man charged with sex crimes against 91 young girls

An Australian former childcare worker sexually abused 91 young girls in a "chilling" spate of crimes across 15 years, police said Tuesday after charging him with 1,623 separate offences, including rape

51 whales dead after mass stranding in Australia

Dozens of pilot whales have died just hours after stranding themselves on a beach in Western Australia, authorities said yesterday.

Aussie sailor, dog rescued after two months lost at sea

An Australian sailor and his dog have been rescued after two months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, surviving the ordeal by drinking rainwater and snacking on raw fish.

Caterpillar’s ‘traumatic’ venom traced to bacteria

A prickly American caterpillar’s trauma-inducing venom can punch a hole in cells thanks to a mechanism inherited 400 million years ago from bacteria, a team of Australian scientists said yesterday.

Ardern receives NZ top honour

Former prime minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday received one of New Zealand’s top honours, recognising her efforts for leading the country through the Covid-

Australia to create marine park the size of Spain

Australia plans to create a marine park almost the size of Spain around remote islands off its southeast coast, the government announced yesterday.

Magnitude 7.1 quake strikes east of New Caledonia

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck yesterday in the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey said, a day after a major quake hit the same area.

‘Mini kangaroos’ hop back in South Australia

The brush-tailed bettong -- a rare, very cute marsupial resembling a rabbit-sized kangaroo -- is bouncing back on the South Australian mainland, more than 100 years after disappearing from the region.

Australia to ban recreational vaping in e-cig crackdown

Australia today proposed to tighten e-cigarette laws, including introducing new controls on import and packaging to stamp out vaping especially among kids, in the biggest crackdown on the tobacco industry in more than a decade..The federal government will take steps to ban all disposable v

Australia buying more missiles to counter China

Australia launched its biggest defence overhaul in decades yesterday, vowing to turn a military that is “no longer fit for purpose” into a fighting force that could deter China or any would-be foe.

World War II shipwreck of SS Montevideo Maru found in South China Sea

Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles said on Saturday that the wreck of a Japanese merchant ship, sunk in World War Two with 864 Australian soldiers on board, had been found in the South China Sea, ending a tragic chapter of the country's history.

Australia bans TikTok on govt devices

Australia said yesterday it will ban TikTok on government devices, joining a growing list of Western nations cracking down on the Chinese-owned app due to national security fears.

Three dead as quake strikes PNG

At least three people were killed after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook a remote region of northwestern Papua New Guinea before dawn yesterday.

Deep ocean currents heading for ‘collapse’

Rapidly melting Antarctic ice threatens to dramatically slow deep-water currents in the world’s oceans, scientists say, impacting the spread of fresh water, oxygen and life-sustaining nutrients for centuries.