Rod McGuirk

  • president Oct 30, 2019

    Hundreds of Koalas Feared Dead in Australian Wildfires

    Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia’s east coast. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said she hoped wildlife carers would be allowed to begin their search of the fire zone for survivors on Thursday. The fire was started by a lightning strike on Friday in a forest in New...

  • Chairman Aug 30, 2019

    Australia Lowers Great Barrier Reef Outlook to ‘Very Poor’

    The government agency that manages Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals’ condition from “poor” to “very poor” due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s condition report, which is updated every five years, is the latest bad news for the 345,400 square kilometer (133,360 square miles) colorful coral network off the northeast...

  • Twitter Aug 13, 2019

    Bystanders Pin Sydney Stabbings Suspect With Milk Crate, Chairs

    A knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness is suspected of slaying a woman in a downtown Sydney apartment before wounding another woman nearby and attempting to stab other people Tuesday while yelling “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” police and witnesses said. Police have not labeled the rampage an act of terrorism, although the 21-year-old assailant — who...

  • China Jul 4, 2019

    Australian Student Released in North Korea Says ‘I’m OK’

    An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea described his condition to reporters in Beijing on Thursday as “very good,” without saying what happened. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been released hours earlier following intervention from Swedish diplomats Wednesday, and had been taken to the Australian Embassy in...

  • Associated Press May 18, 2019

    Australia’s Ruling Coalition Elected to Surprise Third Term

    Australia’s ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison compared his Liberal Party’s victory for a third three-year term to the births of his...

  • Twitter Apr 26, 2019

    Sri Lanka Catholics Cancel Sunday Masses After Bombing

    Catholic churches in Sri Lanka canceled all Sunday Masses until further notice over fears of more attacks from Islamic State-linked extremists, and the military said its soldiers in the eastern part of the country exchanged gunfire Friday night with suspects believed linked to the Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told journalists that church officials had seen a leaked security document...

  • United States Mar 26, 2019

    Australian Party Accused of Asking US Gun Lobby for Money

    Australia’s prime minister on Tuesday accused an influential minor political party of trying to “sell Australia’s gun laws to the highest bidders” by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was responding to an Al Jazeera documentary that reported One Nation party officials Steve Dickson and James Ashby flew to the United States for meetings with...

  • head Mar 25, 2019

    ‘Egg Boy’ Teen Defends Egging Anti-Muslim Australian Senator

    An Australian teen known around the world as “Egg Boy” conceded on Monday that egging a far-right senator was not the right thing to do, but said the gesture united a world reeling from a white supremacist’s alleged massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand. Will Connolly, 17, gave his first television interview since becoming an online hero among many...

  • Facebook Mar 25, 2019

    New Zealand to Probe Role of Spies, Guns in Mosque Attacks

    New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will examine what roles guns, social media and spy agencies played preceding the attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that it would hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry, the country’s highest form of investigation. “While New Zealanders and Muslim communities around...

  • United States Mar 17, 2019

    New Zealand Citizens Open to Gun Reform After Massacre

    The New Zealand leader’s promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her Cabinet will consider the details of the changes on Monday. She has said options include a ban on private ownership of semi-automatic rifles that were used with devastating effect...

  • judge Mar 13, 2019

    Cardinal Pell Sent to Prison For Abusing 2 Boys in Australia

    The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral in a crime the judge said showed “staggering arrogance.” Cardinal George Pell must serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he is eligible for parole, according to the judge’s order. The five...

  • director Mar 3, 2019

    5 Years Later, Malaysia Open to Proposals to Resume MH370 Hunt

    Malaysia’s transport minister said Sunday that the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the hunt for Flight 370, as families of passengers marked the fifth anniversary of the jet’s mysterious disappearance. Ocean Infinity mounted a “no cure, no fee” search for the plane in the southern Indian Ocean...

  • judge Mar 1, 2019

    Dozens of Journalists Accused of Breaching Gag Order on Pell

    An Australian state prosecutor has sent letters threatening to charge media organizations and dozens of journalists with breaching a gag order that banned reporting of Cardinal George Pell’s convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys, lawyers said Thursday. Reporting in any format accessible from Australia of details of the former Vatican economy chief’s convictions in a Melbourne court in...

  • chief executive Nov 6, 2018

    Man Dies in 3rd Shark Attack Off Australia Island in 7 Weeks

    A shark killed a man in an island harbor on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on consecutive days in September in a spate of attacks that has left authorities struggling to explain an apparent escalation in danger in an internationally renowned vacation destination. The 33-year-old victim, Daniel Christidis, was among 10 friends who set out from...

  • actress Oct 19, 2018

    Prince Harry Raises Invictus Games Flag Over Sydney Harbor

    Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Friday to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

  • Twitter Sep 12, 2018

    Newspaper Reprints Controversial Cartoon of Serena Williams

    A cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great has been partially reprinted on the front page of the Melbourne-based newspaper that initially published it. The Herald Sun newspaper printed an edited portion of the cartoon — featuring 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams jumping on a broken racket during her dispute...

  • director May 29, 2018

    Australia Holds Hope MH370 Will Be Found as Last Search Ends

    Australia said it held out hope Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 would one day be found as the last search of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean where it was believed to have been lost was scheduled to end on Tuesday. Malaysia said last week the search by Texas-based company Ocean Infinity would end on Tuesday after two extensions of...

  • Associated Press Apr 17, 2018

    US, UK Say Russia Targets Internet Hardware for Espionage

    Washington and London on Monday jointly accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage. The two governments said the Russian operations, which allegedly involve planting malware on internet routers and other equipment, could also lay the foundation for future offensive cyberattacks. A joint statement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI...

  • ACTOR Apr 7, 2018

    Russell Crowe’s ‘Gladiator’ Costume, Other Movie Props Up for Sale

    A 128-year-old Italian violin that Russell Crowe learned to play in a few months before he starred in the 19th century war drama “Master and Commander” stole the show among movie memorabilia on offer at the Oscar-winning actor’s auction on Saturday. The rare instrument by Leandro Bislach sold for 135,000 Australian dollars ($104,000), the highest price for movie-related offerings among...

  • head Mar 26, 2018

    UN Food Agency Boss Warns of Migrant Crisis Triggered by ISIS’ Spread to Africa

    The head of the United Nations food agency warned Monday that the relocation of Islamic State group members from the Middle East to Africa could trigger a massive new European migrant crisis. David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, said many of the militants who fled Syria amid the collapse of the Islamic State group’s self-described caliphate had...

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