Around 150 firefighters were expected to work overnight into Sunday to bring the 80-100 hectare blaze under control, says the Department of Fire and Emergency Services District.
Canberra insists Google and Facebook should pay media organisations instead of blocking their content.
Cricket Australia apologises to Indian team as International Cricket Council begins investigating allegations that visiting players were subjected to racial abuse by spectators at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the second line in the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, would change from "For we are young and free" to "For we are one and free."
In most countries around the world, New Year celebrations will happen under heavy virus restrictions. Many are not allowed to go outside or attend house gatherings.
Australia’s financial watchdog says $1.8 billion were transferred from Rome to Australia over seven years, but a senior Vatican official insists the See does not have that kind of money to make such transfers.
Store doors, walls, bridges, sidewalks and subway cars are canvases expressive street artists are using to colour New York.
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the event will start on February 8, three weeks later than scheduled.
The often brutal 1,163-kilometre bluewater classic was due to start on Boxing Day, but with parts of Sydney locked down after a new cluster of Covid-19 cases, it was cancelled.
A state of natural disaster has been declared for 30 days as emergency services rush to provide food and clothing to the worst affected areas.
Fiji has issued a nationwide lockdown and declared a state of natural disaster as Cyclone Yasa barrels towards the island nation.
The country secured enough vaccines to inoculate all of the country's five million people, with two new agreements signed with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Novavax.
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