Gulf Times - Australia
With hugs, kisses and a drag duo, border between Australia's two largest states reopens

With hugs, kisses and a drag duo, border between Australia's two largest states reopens

Australia's two biggest states reunited in emotional scenes on Monday as the border - shut for only the second time in 101 years due to the coronavirus pandemic - reopened and the first flights since July landed in Sydney from Melbourne.

Man dies in shark attack off Australia's west coast

Man dies in shark attack off Australia's west coast

A man has died after being bitten by a shark at a beach popular with tourists on Australia's northwest coast, authorities said Sunday.

Australian special forces 'unlawfully killed' 39 in Afghanistan

Australian special forces 'unlawfully killed' 39 in Afghanistan

Australia's elite special forces ‘unlawfully killed’ 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners, including summary executions as part of initiation rituals, according to evidence in a searing military inquiry now being referred to a special war crimes prosecutor.

Tokyo reports record daily virus cases, outbreak locks down Australia

Tokyo reports record daily virus cases, outbreak locks down Australia

Daily coronavirus cases in Tokyo and South Korea hit fresh highs on Wednesday, as pollution-cloaked New Delhi struggled with rising cases and Australia reported a highly contagious virus strain ...

Australia back on outbreak alert as state reports jump in virus cases

Australia back on outbreak alert as state reports jump in virus cases

The Australian state of South Australia reported 14 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a dramatic increase from the previous day, prompting the country's other states to tighten internal borders and amid concerns of a new virus hot spot.

Australia scraps plans to allow foreign students back

Australia scraps plans to allow foreign students back

Australia will not allow foreign students to return as Canberra prioritises the return of locals stuck overseas, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Laser-guided lightning may help prevent wildfires

Laser-guided lightning may help prevent wildfires

Small, portable laser pointers could be used to guide lightning strikes, with a study suggesting the technology may prevent bolts from sparking wildfires, a researcher told AFP Thursday.

Australia records no new Covid-19 cases for first time in five months

Australia records no new Covid-19 cases for first time in five months

Australia recorded no new daily coronavirus community infections on Sunday for the first time in nearly five months, health officials said, paving the way for further easing of social distancing restrictions.

Melbourne lockdown lifted after zero new virus cases recorded

Melbourne lockdown lifted after zero new virus cases recorded

Australia's second-biggest city will this week exit its coronavirus lockdown following nearly four months under onerous restrictions, authorities announced Monday, after no new daily cases or deaths were recorded.

Australia to lift cap on citizens returning as thousands left stranded

Australia to lift cap on citizens returning as thousands left stranded

Australia will slightly lift the cap on the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return each week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as local Covid-19 cases slow to single digits.

Lucky baby anteater escapes birds, falls from tree into care of Australian zoo

Lucky baby anteater escapes birds, falls from tree into care of Australian zoo

A lucky echidna puggle, or baby spiny anteater, that survived an attack by birds and fell from a tree is taking its first steps as zoo keepers in Australia hand-feed the young mammal.

Australia evacuates crew from coronavirus infected livestock vessel

Australia evacuates crew from coronavirus infected livestock vessel

Australian officials were evacuating workers from a Kuwaiti-flagged livestock ship docked off the country's west coast on Tuesday after at least half the 52 crew tested positive for Covid-19.