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For King Charles' Birthday Honors, a Beheaded Statue

Monument in Australian city of Melbourne is now headless on King's Birthday holiday after vandalism

(Newser) - King Charles III was born in November, but on the second Monday of June, many states in Australia celebrate King's Birthday to pay tribute to the monarch's arrival on Earth. The celebration in Melbourne, however, got off to a bit of a dark start, after someone vandalized a...

Scientists Find Evidence of 'Age of Monotremes'
Scientists Find Evidence
of 'Age of Monotremes'

Scientists Find Evidence of 'Age of Monotremes'

A diversity of platypus-like creatures roamed Australia some 100M years ago

(Newser) - There are exactly five existing egg-laying mammals, or monotremes: the platypus and four echidna species, all native to Australia and New Guinea. According to new research, they're the last survivors of a diverse set of species that roamed the southern continents during the time of the dinosaurs. The Lightning...

World's Rarest Album Heads to Museum

Australia's Mona museum to air portion of Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin'

(Newser) - Members of the public have a rare opportunity to hear the rarest album in the world. The Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, of which only one two-CD copy exists, is currently on loan to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania, Australia. Over...

Billionaire's Attempt to Hide Portrait Blows Up in Her Face

Vincent Namatjira's portrait of Gina Rinehart might now be destined for Times Square

(Newser) - Australia's richest woman just met the Streisand effect . Unhappy with a portrait of her featured in the National Gallery of Australia, mining billionaire Gina Rinehart sought to have it removed, the Guardian reports. But the portrait is not only staying put, it's now been shared by media around...

'Fluffy' Won't Leave Her Car, So Woman Just Drives With It
'Fluffy' Won't Leave Her Car,
So Woman Just Drives With It

'Fluffy' Won't Leave Her Car, So Woman Just Drives With It

'Fluffy' being a poisonous red-bellied black snake that 4 separate snake handlers can't remove

(Newser) - A venomous snake that Lisa Kournelis believes has been living in her SUV since March apparently has no intention of leaving—and so the Aussie woman now simply throws on protective gear and drives around with it. Kournelis tells ABC Australia she thinks a red-bellied black snake snuck into her...

Pilot Shrugs Off Scary 'Textbook' Emergency Landing

No injuries reported after small plane's landing gear failed at Australia's Newcastle Airport

(Newser) - A small aircraft made an emergency landing in Australia on Monday after its landing gear failed. The AP and 9News report that the twin turboprop Beechcraft Super King Air flown by 53-year-old pilot Peter Schott, with two passengers on board, took off from New South Wales' Newcastle Airport around 8:...

Woman Denies Killing In-Laws With Poisonous Lunch

Erin Patterson of Australia allegedly served deadly mushrooms

(Newser) - A woman accused of serving her ex-husband's family poisonous mushrooms pleaded not guilty in an Australian court on Tuesday to three charges of murder and five charges of attempted murder, per the AP . Erin Patterson, 49, appeared briefly in Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court by video link from a Melbourne...

Australian Police Fatally Shoot Teen After Stabbing Attack

Authorities see no ties to alleged extremist network in Sydney

(Newser) - A 16-year-old boy armed with a knife was shot dead by police after he stabbed a man in the Australian west coast city of Perth, officials said Sunday. The incident occurred in the parking lot of a hardware store in suburban Willetton on Saturday night, the AP reports. The teen,...

After Church Stabbings, Teens Planned to Attack Jews: Police

4 boys plotted to buy guns, attack Jewish people, police say

(Newser) - Four teenagers plotted to buy guns and attack Jewish people days after a bishop was stabbed in a Sydney church, according to police documents cited in news reports on Monday. Five teens, aged 14 to 17, were charged in a Sydney court on Thursday last week with a range of...

In Australia Mass Whale Stranding, a Better Than Usual Outcome

More than 100 pilot whales returned to sea, while 29 died on shore

(Newser) - More than 100 long-finned pilot whales that beached on the western Australian coast Thursday have returned to sea, while 29 died on the shore, reports the AP . Ships and a spotter plane were monitoring the rescued whales in case they returned to shore, said wildlife officer Pia Courtis. "So...

Elon Musk Says Australia's Ban on Stabbing Video Is Censorship

Australia's PM says Musk is just an 'arrogant billionaire'

(Newser) - Australia on Monday banned X from allowing users to access graphic video from last week's stabbing attack at a Sydney church , at least temporarily, and Elon Musk responded by accusing the country of censorship. Australia's internet watchdog, the eSafety Commission, had already blocked Australian users from accessing video...

Scientists Attempt to Pull a Jurassic Park on Extinct Animal

Tasmanian tigers haven't been seen alive since the '30s, but Australians want to change that

(Newser) - Australia's thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian tiger, was deemed extinct in 1986, 50 years after the last known living one died in captivity. But the animal means so much to locals that people still spend significant time and money searching for them in the wild. And while there...

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...

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