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The last know combat veteran of the First World War has died at the age of 110, his family said today.

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Australia's reviled immigration-detention system appeared on the brink of breakdown yesterday, with police braced for a fifth night of riots at one centre, unrest spreading to others and an asylum-seeker found hanged in his room – the fourth such suicide in a year.

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Shell oil exploration threatens one of the world's great wonders

Anglo-Dutch conglomerate applies for permit to drill just 30 miles off World Heritage-listed coral reef in Western Australia

Australia: Great white sharks kill deep-sea diver

A deep-sea diver has been killed by sharks in a rare attack off southern Australia.

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Australian PM weeps for flood victims

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, fought back tears yesterday as she addressed parliament and spoke about the string of natural disasters that have struck the nation this year.

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Firefighters in Western Australia have been battling wildfires which have razed 4,000 acres around Perth and destroyed at least 40 homes, as the east coast recovers from a cyclone and record flooding.

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A wildfire has destroyed around 60 homes in the outskirts of the Western Australian capital of Perth.

Australian wildfire destroys over forty homes

A wildfire that tore across the outskirts of an Australian city destroyed at least 41 homes and damaged another 19.

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