Tag Archives: Australia

Australia Prime Minister Defends Response to Fires

New South Wales Rural Fire Service said 150 fires were active     By SHONAL GANGULY and STEVE McMORRAN Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Cooling temperatures and calmer winds brought some relief Sunday to Australian communities raked by wildfires, but ...

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U.S. Sends Firefighters to Australia

They include hotshot and helicopter crew members     Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crew of 20 veteran firefighters based in California will head to Australia on Monday to help battle the country’s out-of-control wildfires that have killed ...

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Fire Threats Intensify in Australia

Death toll in the wildfire crisis is now up to 23   By SHONAL GANGULY and STEVE McMORRAN Associated Press YDNEY (AP) — A father and son who were battling flames for two days are the latest victims of the ...

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Australian PM Jeered While Seeing Wildfire Damage

Locals yelled at him, made obscene gestures and called him an “idiot”     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison was confronted by angry residents who cursed and insulted him Thursday as he ...

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Australia Sends Military to Help Wildfire Towns

Wildfire death toll rises     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent ...

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Some Flee Before Australia Wildfires Worsen

Should I stay or should I go?     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of tourists fled Australia’s wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on ...

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Wildfire Traps Thousands at Australian Town’s Waterfront

Residents fled as winds pushed an emergency-level wildfire toward their homes     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Wildfires burning across Australia’s two most populous states on Tuesday trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic ...

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Sydney Allows New Year’s Fireworks as Wildfire Risk Worsens

Pressure had built for spectacle to be scrapped before New South Wales Rural Fire Service approved event     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sydney will set off its iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks after being ...

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Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires

About 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have burned nationwide     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing ...

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Australia Prime Minister Announces Paid Leave for Volunteer Firefighters

Labor party has pressed the government to consider compensation     PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s beleaguered prime minister announced Tuesday that volunteer firefighters from the federal public sector will receive paid leave entitlements in a move to help contain ...

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