FILE PHOTO: A plane releases fire retardant over forest during bushfires in South Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia November 12, 2019 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Video taken November 12,2019. IAIN BREW via REUTERS

State of emergency declared as bushfire threatens Australian capital

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday, as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel…

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Cows stand in the field with bushfire burning in the background, in Kangaroo Island, Australia January 9, 2020 in this still image obtained from social media. PAUL STANTON – PAUL’S PLACE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY/via REUTERS

“Get out”: Australians urged to flee as huge bushfires revitalize

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as soaring temperatures and erratic winds were…

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Australian authorities warn bushfire reprieve will be over soon

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities warned people on Wednesday to prepare for another wave of evacuations as temperatures in the country’s southeast began to rise after a days-long cool spell,…

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Australia begins damage assessment amid temporary respite from bushfires

Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have…

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Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

Thousands of Australians forced from their homes by rampaging bushfires now find themselves stuck in makeshift camps, fearful for the future and turned refugees in their own country. On golf…

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The sky glows red as bushfires continue to rage in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia, December 31, 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. Jonty Smith from Melbourne/via REUTERS

Thousands trapped on Australian beaches by dangerous bushfires

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands swarmed to beaches on Australia’s east coast on Tuesday to escape fierce wildfires bearing down on several seaside towns, as the government readied naval vessels and…

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Firefighters tackle a bushfire to save a home in Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 9, 2019 as they try to contain dozens of out-of-control blazes that are raging in the state of New South Wales.

Australia bushfires leave three dead, at least 150 homes lost

Catastrophic bushfires in eastern Australia have killed at least three people and forced thousands from their homes, with the death toll expected to rise as firefighters struggle towards hard-to-reach communities….

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Jurin to attend RCEP in a bid to form world’s biggest trading bloc

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to attend a ministerial conference on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Beijing later this week, in a…

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Some awed Australian pundits have declared Prime Minister Scott Morrison a campaigning ‘legend’

Australian PM heads to church, football after ‘miracle’ election win

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked his fellow Pentecostal churchgoers on Sunday after a miraculous election victory that defied years of unfavorable opinion polls and bruised a…

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Much of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet has resigned or gone into virtual hiding during the campaign because of their unpopularity.

Australia’s conservative government moves into election-winning position

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Liberal-led conservative government is in position to win the national election with more than half the votes counted on Saturday, media projected, though it is unclear…

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Bill Shorten’s Labor party has been tipped for victory in the Australian election.

Australians vote in first ‘climate election’

Australians flocked to the polls Saturday capping a bitterly fought election that may be the first anywhere decided by climate policy. Between 16 and 17 million people are expected to…

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Bahraini footballer detained 60 days awaiting extradition to Bahrain  

The Criminal Court today ordered a former Bahraini national footballer detained for 60 days pending an extradition process after the Bahraini government had requested his extradition to face charges of…

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Hun Sen slams the opposition CNRP’s election boycott a “stupid act”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party’s election boycott a “stupid act” and a miscalculation”. Days after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party claimed landslide victory…

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