Tag: Australia

Convicted Australian cardinal moved to new prison after drone incident –...

Pell is the most senior Catholic official worldwide imprisoned for child sex offences.

Australia strengthens bushfire defences as economic, environmental costs mount

Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures on Tuesday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted.

Smoke stalls rescues as Australia plans for next fiery onslaught

Australian officials took advantage of better weather on Monday to reopen roads blocked by wildfires and move some people to safety although thick smoke stalled rescue efforts and hundreds of people remained stranded.

Australia’s bushfires turn neighbouring New Zealand’s skies bright orange

The bushfires in Australia have killed 24 people, destroyed more than 1,500 homes and burnt through more than 5.25 million hectares (13 million acres) since September.

‘Too late to leave’: Bushfires out of control across southeast Australia

Bushfires burned dangerously out of control on Australia's east coast on Saturday, fuelled by soaring temperatures and strong winds that had firefighters battling to save lives and property.

Twelve dead, several missing as Australia counts the cost of devastating...

Bushfires have destroyed more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres) and new blazes are sparked almost daily by extremely hot and windy conditions and, most recently, dry lightning strikes created by the fires themselves.

Residents, holidaymakers urged to leave Australian region as fire conditions worsen

"We've got some deteriorating weather conditions over the coming days, particularly Monday and worsening through to Tuesday," said the NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons.

Photos: Christmas around the World

From the Arctic region to the Tiera del Fuego, Christmas is celebrated all around the world.

Giant fire near Sydney may burn for weeks as people struggle...

"We need flooding rain to put these fires out. That's really what is going to stop it," said the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. "These will take many weeks to put out."

Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as Australian bushfire smoke blankets city

Strong winds stoked more than 100 fires across Australia's east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings...