Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

Australia remains identified as missing backpacker

Australian police say preliminary DNA testing has identified remains of a French backpacker who disappeared five months ago. Erwan Ferrieux, 21, went missing along with a British backpacker, Hugo Palmer, north of Sydney. Mr Palmer, 20, remains unaccounted for. Authorities believe the pair may have drowned while swimming at a beach. Bones recovered from the […]

New Zealand holds first gun buyback event in wake of Christchurch shooting

Dozens of Christchurch gun owners have handed over their weapons in exchange for cash in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events. Police say they paid more than NZ$200,000 New Zealand (€119,000) to 68 gun owners in the first couple of hours of the Saturday event. Politicians in the country hastily introduced legislation […]

Mass bird deaths in suspected Australia poisoning

More than 60 birds have died after “falling from the sky” in a suspected case of poisoning in South Australia, rescuers say. The animals – two species of corella – were discovered near a sports ground in Adelaide on Tuesday and Wednesday. At least 57 of the birds were long-billed corellas, which is a protected […]

Three dead after catamaran overturns off Australia

Three people have died after a catamaran overturned off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. Emergency crews said an emergency beacon was activated on the vessel in seas near Newcastle, 160km (100 miles) north of Sydney, on Thursday. Another two people – a man, 40, and a girl, 16 – were rescued after being […]

WATCH: The dramatic moment a 'baby gender reveal' stunt goes badly wrong

Police in Australia have released footage of a gender reveal stunt that went badly wrong. A car performing ‘burnouts’ on a rural road on the Gold Coast suddenly bursts into flames. Emitting blue smoke, the gender reveal initially seems to be going smoothly and onlookers cheer. But the reveal takes a dark turn when the […]

Australian gulls carry antibiotic-resistant bugs

Seagulls all over Australia are carrying superbugs resistant to antibiotics, scientists say. Silver gulls are carrying bacteria such as E. coli, which can cause urinary tract infections, sepsis and blood infections. The research has raised fears that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria- similar to superbugs which have hit hospitals – could infect humans and other animals. Scientists […]

Rugby coach defends choice of player with abuse charge

The All Blacks head coach has faced criticism for arguing domestic abuse is not a gendered issue while justifying his decision to pick a player charged over domestic violence to his rugby championship squad. Sevu Reece was charged with “male assaults female” – the New Zealand legal term for spousal abuse – after injuring his […]

Statue honours footballer’s stand against racism

A statue of the moment an Aboriginal Australian football player stood up to racists has been unveiled in Perth. Nicky Winmar’s team St Kilda had just won a match against Colingwood in 1993 when he made the iconic gesture that would go down in sports history. Rival fans hurled racist abuse at Winmar – so […]

'A really open guy' – Appeal for information on Irishman (30) missing in Australia

AN Irishman backpacking in Australia has been reported as missing. The Irish Consulate in Sydney have appealed for information on the whereabouts of Declan Whales. Mr Whales (30) is understood to have been backpacking in Australia in recent months. A police report on his disappearance was made in Ryde, a suburb of Sydney – nearly […]

Missing Australian student Alek Sigley released from detention in North Korea

An Australian student who was detained in North Korea has been released and has safely left the country, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday. Alek Sigley, 29, who was studying in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, had been missing since June 25. Alarm was raised when the normally active social media user ceased […]