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Australia fire death toll at 3 as damage tops $44 mln

Adelaide - Australians were counting the cost of bushfires Friday, with officials saying a volunteer firefighter died from a suspected heart attack while battling an eastern blaze and a southern inferno razed at least 35 homes.

Canadian 'dinosaur' discovered in 1845 rebranded as a Dimetrodon

A fossil found in Canada two centuries ago believed to be from a dinosaur has now been found to be a creature called a Dimetrodon. These large beasts actually pre-date dinosaurs by millions and millions of years.

Australia firefighters battle deadly inferno

Adelaide - Firefighters on Thursday searched burnt-out cars and homes after a devastating "Armageddon-like" blaze in Australia left two dead and 16 in hospital after raging across a 40-kilometre (25-mile) front.

David Haye to face Mark De Mori in return fight on Jan. 16

After almost four years of inactivity, former heavyweight champion David Haye of Great Britain will return to the ring on January 16 against Mark de Mori of Australia at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London.

Man who called himself Phuc Dat Bich admits name was a hoax

This story is a bit of a mind phuc, if you will pardon the word. An Australian man of Vietnamese roots posted an account on Facebook of his ongoing trials and tribulations due to his name: Phuc Dat Bich. But he now says the whole thing was a hoax.

Australia to use drones to track sharks from the air

Sydney - Testing of aerial drones to track the movements of sharks in Australian waters began Wednesday as the government admitted there was "no easy way" to protect swimmers from the predators.

Australia PM says no global support for troops on the ground in Syria

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday there was no global support for a US-led ground force to destroy the Islamic State group, which he called fundamentally weak with "more Twitter accounts than fighters".

New report finds climate change will increase world poverty

A newly published report from the World Bank Group finds climate change will dramatically increase the number of the world's impoverished people. Published as an eBook, the news it heralds is bad but it is also, the report says, preventable.

'Blue dragon' is a sight to behold — But its sting is potent

A blue dragon sea slug washed ashore in Queensland, Australia recently, and Lucinda Fry, a Facebook user captured the sea creature on video as she took a closer look.

At least 12 on Australian terror watchlist

Sydney - Australian officials said Monday they were aware of 12 men or boys in the community who they believe could commit an act of terror, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull convened a national security meeting.

Study: Pre-diabetes on rise and 1 in 3 will develop diabetes

A combined research effort from the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has made helpful findings in the field of diabetes. It discovered half of adults at age 45 have developed prediabetes.

Heart-warming video as 101-year-old B.C. woman plays in snow

The views of a rather simple video posted online Friday are, like the white stuff does in a heavy snowfall, piling up. It's not much on the surface, just a woman playing in snow. What is making it interesting is her age.

Polar bear population being reduced by climate warming in Arctic

A report released yesterday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) paints a rather dismal picture for the future of polar bears. The report says their numbers may be dramatically reduced, thanks to global warming.

Man with world's most unfortunate name gets banned on Facebook

A Vietnamese-Australian man by the name of Phuc Dat Bich cannot understand why people laugh at his name and why Facebook keeps blocking his account. What he doesn’t get is what the name sounds like when read phonetically. It turns out it was a prank.

Japanese whaling co. fined $1 million by Australian Federal Court

Japanese whaling company Kyodo has been fined $1 million by Australia's Federal Court for allegedly hunting minke whales inside a whale sanctuary, but there's scant chance it will be paid.

Op-Ed: Aussie motorized picnic tables — DUI while you drink?

Perth - Perth police were less than thrilled to have two tables driving down their roads yesterday. Ten guys, glued to their drinks apparently, were spotted swanning majestically down the main road in the town of Scarborough.

Australian bushfires leave four dead in 'day from hell'

Perth - At least four people died in bushfires raging out of control in parts of Western Australia, authorities said Wednesday, with a shocked local community lamenting the "day from hell".

Whale watchers: Humpbacks returning to Salish Sea in big numbers

This may be the year of the humpback as one of the world's largest whales is being seen in record numbers in the West Coast's Salish Sea. Whale watchers and marine biologists regularly record sightings of new whales and humpbacks are topping the list.

Britain's Prince Charles wraps up Australia visit

Sydney - Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla wrapped up their tour of Australia and New Zealand in Perth Sunday, attending a church service with prayers for victims of the Paris attacks.

Tigers, piranhas may join crocodiles as Indonesian prison guards

Jakarta - The recent story about crocodiles being used as guards over drug convicts in Indonesia has a new twist. Those nasty crocodiles may have co-workers alongside them — tigers and piranhas.
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