Wildfires rage in Australia amid searing heat

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across south-east Australia today as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to “catastrophic” conditions in some areas.

Speight's try ends Brumbies hoodoo

The ACT Brumbies snapped a 10-year losing streak in Sydney yesterday when they beat the New South Wales Waratahs 19-15, boosting their hopes of a place in Super Rugby's post-season play-offs.

Relief as Queensland studies cyclone damage

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded in Australia pulled houses apart and snapped power poles as it ripped across flood-sodden Queensland state Thursday but didn't kill anyone.

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Australia's new PM claims mining tax victory

A breakthrough in the bitter row between the Australian government and the mining industry over a controversial new tax on resources has paved the way for an early general election.