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World Jan 16Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees
Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote gorge in the Blue Mountains a week before a massive wildlife bore down.
World Jan 08Storms bring relief to Australian wildfires, but also raise concerns
Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes.
World Nov 11Australian state declares an emergency due to wildfires
Fires in New South Wales state have claimed three lives, destroyed more than 150 homes and razed more than 1 million hectares (3,800 square miles) of forest and farmland since Friday.
World Oct 02Australia says it’s unlikely to give U.S. internal diplomatic communications
It was revealed this week that Trump had asked world leaders for help in Attorney General William Barr's investigation into how the Russia investigation began.
World Sep 20Students lead climate change protests across the world
Many of the protesters are children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike."…
World Aug 21Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell
A unanimous jury in December found Pope Francis' former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne's St. Patrick's Cathedral more than two decades ago.
World Jun 06Prosecutors say Australian cardinal’s convictions should stand
The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse will spend his 78th birthday in an Australian prison on Saturday as three judges consider whether to overturn his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a…
World Jun 05Australian Cardinal Pell appeals child sex convictions
Pell's lawyer argued for more than five hours that the five verdicts against Pell were "unsafe and unsatisfactory" and should be overturned.
World May 18Australia’s ruling coalition elected to surprise third term
Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national…
World Mar 13Australian cardinal Pell sentenced to six years for child sex abuse
The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral.