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Second pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

Melbourne - A second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia, officials said Friday, adding that the disease was acquired overseas and there was no public health risk.

Australia mulls helping orphans of Islamic State couple

Sydney - Australia said Thursday it will "carefully consider" if it can help the orphans of an Islamic State fighter and their Sydney-born mother, who both reportedly died in Syria, warning the children could pose a threat later in life.

Freed Australian hostage vows to carry on Burkina work

Ouagadougou - An elderly Australian humanitarian worker kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso said Monday after her release that she hoped to be reunited with her husband and "continue" their medical work in the country.

Rise in number of suspected jihadists blocked from leaving Australia

Sydney - The rate at which suspected jihadists are being blocked from departing Australia has doubled in the past year, a report said Sunday, amid a government crackdown of its nationals travelling to Iraq or Syria to fight.

Freed Australian hostage returns to Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - An elderly Australian woman kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso arrived in Ouagadougou Monday after being freed following mediation by neighbouring Niger, which is now trying to secure her husband's release.

Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

Sydney - Australian church leaders Thursday said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific camp, vowing to defy the government's harsh immigration rules.

Australian court dismisses challenge to offshore refugee detention

Sydney - Australia's highest court Wednesday opened the way for hundreds of asylum-seekers to be transferred to a remote Pacific outpost, including women allegedly sexually assaulted there, when it dismissed a challenge to a hardline immigration policy.

Australian IS recruiter reported dead

Sydney - Australia's most senior recruiter for the Islamic State group in Syria, who was reportedly linked to an alleged plot to attack Anzac Day commemorations, has been killed, local media said Sunday.

Australian schools evacuated, in lockdown after 'threats'

Sydney - Thousands of students were evacuated from schools in two Australian states Friday following hoax bomb threats, with local media saying they could be linked to similar scares in Europe.

Australia PM sets elections for second half

Melbourne - A confident Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said elections would be held between August and October but, after a period of political turmoil, warned he would not hand out sweeteners for voters.

Chinese ship to join Australia-led search for MH370

Sydney - A Chinese ship is set to join the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370, Australia's deputy prime minister said Friday, as the jet's fate remains a mystery almost two years after it vanished.

Australia raids homes of 'doctor in Islamic State video': reports

Sydney - Police have raided two Melbourne homes in counter-terrorism operations, with reports Friday linking them to an Australian man who appeared in a slick Islamic State propaganda video last year.

Serbian hermit inherits fortune, gives it away: Report

Belgrade - An elderly hermit living in a mud hut in the Serbian mountains inherited a fortune from her estranged husband in Australia -- but swiftly gave it all away to live off her meagre pension, local media reported.

Arrests in Burkina Faso attack probe, Italy lays wreath for boy

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso police were questioning several people on Wednesday, including four seen talking to the jihadist gunmen who killed 30 people after storming a top hotel and a cafe in the capital, a security source said.

Australian couple kidnapped by jihadists in Burkina Faso: Islamist group

Ouagadougou - Two Australians have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso, officials said Saturday, as a Malian Islamist group said the couple were in the hands of Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Heart-warming kangaroo picture wasn't what is seemed

Sydney - This week a photograph of a male kangaroo cradling its dying mate in apparent mourning went viral. Was this simply anthropomorphism? Yes, says a leading biologist and it's just about sex.

Self-harm at Australia detention centres once every two days: Report

Sydney - Self-harm by asylum-seekers being held at Australia's offshore detention centres takes place on average once every two days, a report said Saturday, with some prospective refugees swallowing poison, cutting themselves and attempting suicide.

'Racist' video game pulled after uproar over killing Australia Aborigines

Sydney - A video game allowing players to kill Australian Aboriginals has been removed from mobile stores after more than 50,000 people signed an online petition against the "racist" app.

Canadian pilot dies after falling into Antarctic crevasse

Sydney - A Canadian helicopter pilot has died after plunging 20 metres (66 feet) down a crevasse when he landed on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica, Australian officials said Tuesday.

Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

Perth - Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

Two dead as firefighters battle huge Australia bushfire

Perth - Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

Losses mount from west Australian bushfire

Perth - The number of homes lost in a bushfire in Western Australia rose on Saturday to 121, as officials admitted the emergency was not yet over with three people still unaccounted for.

Female pilot lands in Sydney after epic journey from Britain in 1942 aircraft

Sydney - Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor on Saturday completed her epic flight from Britain to Australia, landing her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman in Sydney.

Op-Ed: DJ's Top 5 interviews with actors and comedians from 2015

It wasn't just singers and musicians who put time aside for Digital Journal in 2015. A number of very familiar faces from stage and screen also granted us exclusive interviews. Here are five of the best.

Adelaide victorious in thrilling encounter in the Big Bash

A brilliant century from Travis Head ensured that it was the Adelaide Strikers who brought in the new year in stunning fashion with a victory over the Sydney Sixers by five wickets at the Adelaide Oval.

Klinger masterclass as Perth defeat Melbourne in the Big Bash

Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh stole the show for the Perth Scorchers as they defeated the Melbourne Renegades by 10 wickets in Melbourne, becoming the first opening pair in BBL history to bat out the entire innings.

Acid leak likely from derailed Australian freight train

Sydney - Tens of thousands of litres of sulphuric acid may have leaked from a freight train that derailed in Australia’s outback, police said Tuesday.

Essential Science: Artificial light disrupts wallaby reproduction

Perth - Humans are steadily "lighting up" the natural environment. However, new evidence shows artificial light disrupts animals' normal rhythms. This affects both defensive and mating behaviors.

Freight train carrying sulphuric acid derails in Australia

Sydney - A freight train carrying 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid has derailed in Australia, with a two-kilometre exclusion zone around the remote accident site in Queensland in place Monday.

Australia braces for new heatwave as residents return to charred homes

Melbourne - Residents returned on Sunday to charred homes after a Christmas Day bushfire in southern Australia destroyed more than 100 properties, with firefighters bracing for a new heatwave forecast in the lead-up to the new year.
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