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AUSTRALIA – Headphones catch fire mid-flight

AUSTRALIA – Headphones catch fire mid-flight

SYDNEY – Australian authorities will investigate why a pair of battery-powered headphones caught fire two hours into a flight between Beijing and Melbourne, blackening and blistering a female passenger’s face and hands. The woman was sleeping and listening to music about two hours into the trip when she heard an explosion. “As I went to […]

Five killed in Australian plane crash

Five killed in Australian plane crash

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘Yoga saved my life’

AUSTRALIA – ‘Yoga saved my life’

SYDNEY –– Trapped beneath his three-ton excavator in a watery pit, Daniel Miller survived by a nose. The Australian man spent hours contorting his body to keep his head barely above the muddy water before rescue teams arrived to free him. It happened Tuesday when Miller, 45, was riding his excavator around his property 180 […]

AUSTRALIA – Man runs over pedestrians killing four

AUSTRALIA – Man runs over pedestrians killing four

MELBOURNE –– A baby being pushed in a pram was among four people killed when a driver deliberately ran over pedestrians in a busy street in central Melbourne. Photos from the scene showed wreckage of the baby’s pram atop the car’s bonnet, as emergency workers attended to injured people nearby on the ground. At least […]

AUSTRALIA – Man and daughter found after month at sea

AUSTRALIA – Man and daughter found after month at sea

ULLADULLA –– A New Zealand man and his six-year old daughter missing at sea for more than a month have landed in Australia after sailing their small, damaged yacht across the treacherous 2,000 kilometres (1,241.7 miles) Tasman Sea. Alan Langdon, 46, and his daughter Que had planned a short journey from Kawhia to the Bay […]

AUSTRALIA – Four killed in theme park accident

AUSTRALIA – Four killed in theme park accident

CANBERRA – Four people were killed at Australia’s largest theme park Tuesday when a ride malfunctioned, police said. Two men, ages 35 and 32, and two women, ages 42 and 38, were pronounced dead by police following the incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. Police were called […]

Dinosaur footprints found on Aussie beach

Dinosaur footprints found on Aussie beach

BROOME –– Everyone knows you have to watch out for sharks on Australian beaches –– but what about dinosaurs? A 130-million year old dinosaur footprint has been found among the seaweed and surf on popular Cable Beach near the town of Broome, Western Australia. Bindi Lee Porth said she was collecting seashells when she felt […]

Eagle tries to grab Aussie boy

Eagle tries to grab Aussie boy

ALICE SPRINGS –– A wedge-tailed eagle tried to fly away with a terrified boy at a popular wildlife show in central Australia. A crowd of stunned onlookers watched the enormous bird latch its talons on to the screaming boy’s head during a show at Alice Springs Desert Park. Witnesses said the bird attempted to pick him […]

LEBANON/AUSTRALIA – TV crew arrested over attempted kidnapping

LEBANON/AUSTRALIA – TV crew arrested over attempted kidnapping

BEIRUT –– An Australian television crew is among several people arrested in Beirut on suspicion of being involved in an attempt to kidnap two children. Four members of the crew, from the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program, were among nine people detained last week, Lebanese Internal Security said. Those arrested are alleged to have been […]