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Australian police seize black box in raid on virus-hit cruise ship

Sydney - Australian police have raided the coronavirus-stricken Ruby Princess cruise ship and seized its black box, they said Thursday, as part of a criminal investigation after thousands of passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney and 15 later died of th...

Cardinal Pell accuser 'accepts' acquittal

Sydney - A former choirboy who accused Australian Cardinal George Pell of molesting him said Wednesday he accepts the top Vatican cleric's acquittal, but urged survivors of child sex abuse to keep coming forward.

Cardinal Pell: Parishioner, prisoner and divider of public opinion

Sydney - After 12 months in jail and years of fighting child abuse allegations, Cardinal George Pell won his freedom on Tuesday -- but the former Vatican treasurer will likely divide public opinion for the rest of his life.

Timeline of Cardinal Pell's child sex abuse case

Sydney - Here is a timeline of the rise, fall and acquittal of Cardinal George Pell:- Priesthood -Born in 1941, Pell grew up in rural Australia and, inspired by his devout Catholic mother, chose a career in the church.

Cardinal Pell freed after winning appeal over child sex abuse

Lara - Cardinal George Pell was released from prison Tuesday, hours after Australia's High Court quashed his conviction for child sex abuse, bringing an end to the most high-profile paedophilia case faced by the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Pell to walk free from Australian jail after winning appeal

Brisbane - Cardinal George Pell's historic child sex abuse convictions were quashed by Australia's High Court on Tuesday, paving the way for the senior Catholic cleric's release from prison.

Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: scientists

Brisbane - Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said Tuesday in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism.

Virus-stricken cruise ship docks near Sydney

Port Kembla - A cruise ship that has accounted for a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths in Australia was allowed to dock near Sydney on Monday after 200 crew members began exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.

Disgraced Cardinal Pell awaits appeal verdict

Brisbane - Cardinal George Pell will learn whether his appeal against child sex abuse convictions has been successful Tuesday, when Australia's High Court hands down its judgement.

Op-Ed: Australia cautiously doing well in pandemic

Sydney - Australia is called the Lucky Country for many reasons. This time, it’s because we seem to have dodged a few bullets from this virus. Our infection rate is very low, and we’ve only just now hit 37 deaths after a few weeks.

Australia police to probe cruise ship virus deaths

Sydney - Australian police on Sunday launched a criminal investigation after thousands of passengers were allowed to disembark a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Sydney and 10 later died of the illness.

No port in a storm: Australia tells virus-stricken cruise ships to go home

Sydney - Australia insisted Friday it would not let the crew of multiple virus-stricken cruise ships into the country, slapping aside suggestions it was falling short on legal and moral obligations.

Bondi Beach virus testing targets backpackers

Sydney - Australian health officials set up a coronavirus testing clinic on Sydney's Bondi Beach Wednesday, as concern grew that COVID-19 was spreading among backpackers in the popular tourist destination.

Aussie Lamborghini driver blames speeding on coronavirus

Sydney - An Australian allegedly caught driving a Lamborghini at nearly twice the speed limit in Sydney claimed he was rushing to hospital to be tested for coronavirus, police said Wednesday.

Sixty Australian newspapers to stop printing

Sydney - Rupert Murdoch's Australian flagship media group News Corp announced Wednesday it will stop printing around 60 regional newspapers, as the troubled sector received a fresh blow from a COVID-19 advertising downturn.

Aussie drinkers told to limit daily booze buying

Sydney - Hard-drinking Australians were told Tuesday to limit themselves to buying just 12 bottles of wine and two cases of beer a day as a coronavirus lockdown saw panic buying of alcohol.

Passengers to leave Australia after days stuck on cruise ship

Perth - Hundreds of cruise ship passengers were due to board flights for Germany on Sunday, after spending days stranded at sea off the West Australian coast in a stand-off with authorities.

Aussie local election goes ahead despite virus threat

Sydney - People in the Australian state of Queensland were urged to vote in local elections on Saturday or face a fine of Aus$133 ($80), as polls went ahead despite most citizens being encouraged to stay home to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Australian outback fears crush of virus refugees: minister

Sydney - Vigilantes in some Australian outback towns have reportedly slashed tyres of those fleeing coronavirus hotspots in the big cities, according to a government minister who urged calm on Friday.

Meet Ian Thorpe: Nine-time Olympic medalist, Australian swimmer Special

Nine-time Olympic medalist and former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe chatted with Digital Journal about his competitive swimming career, latest endeavors, and the recent decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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