Australian articles

Surfer critical after shark attack in Byron Bay

Canberra: A surfer was in critical condition after he was attacked by a shark at a popular beach in New South Wales state. Emergency services were deployed to the Byron Bay after the 41-year-old surfer was attacked early Sunday morning, reports Xinhua news agency. The victim suffered leg injuries but managed to return to shore on


Australia signs contract to build 12 submarines

Canberra: The Australian government on Monday announced the signing of a A$50 billion ($35 billion) agreement with the French Naval Group for the construction of its new fleet of 12 Attack class submarines. In a “defining moment for the country”, the submarines “will help protect Australia’s security and prosperity for decades to come and also deepen

Australia probing role of China-based hackers behind Parliament attack

Sydney: Australian security agencies are reportedly probing the role of China-sponsored cyber criminals behind last week’s security breach of Parliament’s computing network. According to a report in ABC News on Sunday, it took less than an hour after the the first report of the cyber attack for suspicion to fall on China. The Chinese Embassy in

UNSW Sydney marks India’s Martyr’s Day with Gandhi Oration

Sydney: UNSW Sydney, one of Australia’s world-class universities, joined the Indian community and business leaders to commemorate Indias Martyrs Day – the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhis assassination on January 30, 1948 – at the annual Gandhi Remembrance Ceremony and Gandhi Oration. Launched in 2012, the Gandhi Oration is delivered by a person whose life work exemplifies

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Amnesty steps in for Aussie refugee soccer star jailed in Thailand

Bangkok: The Amnesty International on Monday (Feb 4) urged Thailand not to extradite Bahraini footballer Hakeem al Araibi to his home country. “The Thai authorities should stop all proceedings related to this absurd, cruel and cynical extradition request,” said Katherine Gerson, Amnesty’s representative in Thailand. The Bahraini authorities have sought Al Araibi’s extradition, who is a

Australian professor, sister found dead in Argentina

Buenos Aires: The remains of an Australian university professor and her sister have been found buried at the home of a family relative in Argentina, days after they were reported missing, the media reported on Monday. Authorities said Pirhya Sarusi and Lily Pereg, both Israeli nationals, had visited Sarusi’s son Gil Pereg before their disappearance and

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Roads melting as Australian heat wave drags on

Canberra: Australia’s heat wave dragged into its sixth day on Friday, with roads melting and heat records broken. The six days from January 12 to 17 were all within Australia’s 10 hottest days on record, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. At Wauchope, 373 km north of Sydney, bitumen was reported melting on the main highway,

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20-year old charged with murder of Israeli student in Melbourne

Melbourne: A man who was arrested in connection with the murder of an Israeli student in  Melbourne city has been charged with murder and rape, police said on Friday. Twenty one-year-old La Trobe University exchange student Aiia Maasarwe’s body was found in the city’s Bundoora suburb on Wednesday morning, reports Efe news. “Homicide Squad detectives have arrested

What is to be blamed for childhood cancer?

Sydney: A team of researchers has thrown light on the community beliefs about what causes cancer in children, an area which remains understudied, finds a latest research. “Few childhood cancers are attributed to genetics or environmental factors, so when children are diagnosed with cancer, families often wonder ‘why me/why us’?” said lead author Janine Vetsch, postdoctoral