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Teen Charged With Terrorism in Sydney Church Stabbing

Injured bishop says he forgives attacker

(Newser) - A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing two Christian clerics during a Sydney church service has been charged by police with terrorism offenses. Authorities said the stabbing was declared a terrorist act because of the teenager's suspected religious motivation and because the boy traveled up to 90 minutes from his...

PM: 'Bollard Man' Hero Can Stay in Australia Indefinitely

French construction worker confronted knifeman

(Newser) - One of the heroes in Saturday's stabbing spree at a mall in Sydney, Australia has been told he is welcome to stay in the country for as long as he wants. French citizen Damien Guerot became known as "Bollard Man" after he was seen on video confronting attacker...

In Sydney, a Second High-Profile Stabbing Attack
15-Year-Old Arrested
in New Sydney Stabbing

15-Year-Old Arrested in New Sydney Stabbing

Suspect allegedly wounded a bishop, at least three other churchgoers in live-streamed service

(Newser) - The alleged assailant arrested in Monday's church stabbing in Sydney, Australia, is 15 years old, reports the BBC . Police say the teen stabbed a bishop and at least three other people during a live-streamed service, but none of the injuries are life-threatening. Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, ordained by the...

Sydney Cops Identify Suspect in Mall Stabbing Spree

Investigators say 40-year-old has a history of mental illness

(Newser) - Police in Australia on Sunday identified the assailant who fatally stabbed six people at a busy Sydney shopping center before a police officer fatally shot him. New South Wales Police said that Joel Cauchi, 40, was responsible for the Saturday afternoon attack at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Bondi Junction,...

Biden on Assange: I'm 'Considering' Australia's Ask

The WikiLeaks founder's native country wants the US to drop its extradition bid

(Newser) - The US has been trying to extradite Julian Assange for more than a decade, a move that his native Australia has long opposed. President Biden on Wednesday told reporters he is "considering" Australia's request to drop the case. The BBC reports Australia's parliament in February passed a...

Magpie Who Bonded With Dog Is Seized
Magpie Who Bonded
With Dog Is Seized

Magpie Who Bonded With Dog Is Seized

Aussie caretakers fight to reunite social media stars Peggy and Molly

(Newser) - A magpie taken in as a chick stole the hearts of millions of people around the world who were warmed by the bird's unlikely friendship with its Aussie caretakers' bull terrier. But caretakers Juliette Wells and Reece Mortensen say their hearts have been torn apart in having to surrender...

Paparazzo Says Taylor Swift's Dad Punched Him
No Charges for
Taylor Swift's Dad

Australia: No Charges for Taylor Swift's Dad

Scott Swift had been accused of assaulting photographer after Taylor's Australia tour ended

(Newser) - Taylor Swift's dad won't have to deal with any trouble Down Under. Australian police said on Tuesday that Scott Swift won't be charged following accusations that he assaulted a paparazzo. TMZ confirms the decision by New South Wales Police came after an investigation into Ben McDonald's...

Dad's Attempt to Move Snake at Day Care Turns Tragic

Australia's Jerromy Brookes dies after being bitten by suspected eastern brown snake in Townsville

(Newser) - Its name may sound boring enough, but the eastern brown snake is one of the world's deadliest. That's why when Australia's Jerromy Brookes found out there may have been one nestled in a Queensland child-care center this week, he rushed in to retrieve it—a move that...

Museum Fights to Keep Exhibit That Discriminates Against Men
Museum Sued Over
Women-Only Exhibit

Museum Sued Over Women-Only Exhibit

Artist Kirsha Kaechele, Australia's MONA museum argue this type of discrimination is fine

(Newser) - Women lounge on a phallus-shaped couch, sipping champagne delivered by male butlers. They're surrounded by curtains of silk and some of the museum's most coveted artworks from names like Pablo Picasso. Excepting the butlers, there are no men allowed. This interactive art exhibit which opened at the Museum...

On 4th Day, a Break for Family Stuck in Flooded Outback

Rescuers reach group of 7, including a celebrated artist and member of nomadic family

(Newser) - "Bush savvy" though they are, fears for a family of seven lost in the Australian outback had mounted Wednesday with what was initially no sign of the group for a fourth day. Three elderly people and four children ages 7 to 17 had set out in two vehicles around...

Cops Find Bodies of Gay Couple After Officer Confesses

Australian man charged is a former boyfriend of one of the victims

(Newser) - Australian police on Tuesday found the bodies of a couple shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend , who happened to be a police officer, hours after he admitted to killing and hiding them on a rural property, reports the AP . The remains of former TV reporter Jesse Baird, 26, and his...

Celeb Blogger-Turned-Cop Charged With Double Murder

Australian officer Beaumont Lamarre-Condon accused of killing TV presenter, boyfriend

(Newser) - Police in Sydney, Australia, are investigating an alleged double murder that they believe was committed by one of their colleagues. Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, 28, has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of his ex-boyfriend, TV presenter Jesse Baird, and Baird's new partner, Luke Davies, a Qantas flight...

Taekwondo Instructor Charged With Killing Student, Parents

Australian suspect showed up at hospital with multiple wounds

(Newser) - A hospitalized taekwondo instructor was charged Thursday with three counts of murder for the deaths of a 7-year-old student and the boy's parents in Sydney, Australia. Lawyers for Kwang Kyung Yoo, 49, appeared on his behalf in the Parramatta Local Court hearing, but did not apply for Yoo to...

On Valentine's Day, a Big First for Australia

No other prime minister has gotten engaged while in office before Anthony Albanese

(Newser) - Who knows how many people proposed or got hitched this past Valentine's Day , but one name in particular stands out: Anthony Albanese, Australia's first prime minister to get engaged while in office, reports Reuters . "She said yes," Albanese wrote on X after his successful ask, showing...

16K Animals Stranded on Ship After Red Sea Attacks

'Animal torture' slammed after live export ship forced to return to Australia

(Newser) - Around 16,000 Australian sheep and cattle have been stuck on a cargo ship for almost a month—and despite the concerns of animal welfare advocates, their ordeal appears to be far from over. The animals, 14,000 sheep and 2,000 cattle, are on board the MV Bahijah, which...

Bloody Scene of Shark Attack Was 'Completely Surreal'

Woman suffers serious leg injuries after rare ambush in Australia's Sydney Harbor

(Newser) - A rare shark attack in Sydney Harbor has a victim recovering from serious injuries. The AP reports that the woman was swimming off of Elizabeth Bay on Monday evening when she encountered a suspected bull shark. The woman, identified by Sky News as 29-year-old Lauren O'Neill, was in the...

'Hercules' Is Bigger Than a Baseball, Will Try to Kill You

Biggest male specimen of world's most venomous spider found in Australia

(Newser) - Wildlife experts Down Under are likely thrilled at their latest acquisition from a scientific standpoint, but mostly everyone else is keeping a healthy distance. The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby now has among its ranks the largest male specimen of the world's most venomous arachnid , a Sydney funnel-web spider...

Court: Wife, 62, Can Have Dead Man's Sperm Retrieved

But the Western Australia woman can't use it

(Newser) - A 62-year-old Australian woman has been allowed to remove sperm from her dead husband—but not use it. The Guardian reports the unnamed woman's husband, 61, died at home on Dec. 17 and his body was transported to a Western Australia hospital. But after Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital declined...

Husband Held in Road Death of Australian Star Cyclist

Retired Olympian Melissa Hoskins was struck by a vehicle

(Newser) - Melissa Hoskins, an Australian two-time Olympic track cyclist and former world champion, was killed Saturday night when she was struck by a vehicle in Adelaide. Her husband, Rohan Dennis, has been charged in the case, ABC Australia reports. Hoskins, 32, set a world record in 2015 as part of Australia'...

Shark Kills 15-Year-Old Surfer in 'Startling' Trend

It's South Australia's 3rd fatal shark attack since May

(Newser) - A 15-year-old surfer was killed by a suspected great white shark off South Australia on Thursday in the state's third fatal shark attack since May, the AP reports. Khai Cowley was fatally mauled off Innes National Park's remote Ethel Beach, a popular surfing spot at the tip of...

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