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Royal Prank Call: Radio Station to Donate $500K to Nurse’s Family

Royal Prank Call: Radio Station to Donate $500K to Nurse’s Family

A Current Affair/ABC News(SYDNEY) — The Australian radio station that employed the DJs who prank-called the London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated has cancelled their show and will donate at least $500,000 to the grieving husband and c…

Royal Hoax Tragedy: Australian Radio Station Cancels Show of Prankster DJs

Royal Hoax Tragedy: Australian Radio Station Cancels Show of Prankster DJs

A Current Affair/ABC News(SYDNEY) — The Australian radio show that pulled the prank call on Kate Middleton’s hospital last week has been canceled, according to a statement from Southern Cross Austereo, which owns 2Day FM.
The hosts of the show, Mel G…

Australian Police Urge Motorists to Turn Away from Apple Maps

Australian Police Urge Motorists to Turn Away from Apple Maps

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(VICTORIA, Australia) — It’s been no secret that Apple’s Maps app has its problems, but a police department in Australia has actually gone so far as to say that it is a “life threatening issue.”It seems…

Radio Station Sought Permission to Air Royal Prank; DJs Speak Out

Radio Station Sought Permission to Air Royal Prank; DJs Speak Out

Danny Martindale/WireImage(SYDNEY) — The Australian radio station involved in the phone prank with the London hospital caring for Kate Middleton says it made at least five attempts to obtain permission from the nurses involved to broadcast the taped c…

Red-Tainted Beaches in Australia Close for Testing

Red-Tainted Beaches in Australia Close for Testing

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — Blood red water has stained several Australian beaches, making the popular surf spots resemble something out of a horror movie.Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach and nearby Clovelly Beach have been closed so auth…

Total Solar Eclipse over Australia and Pacific

Total Solar Eclipse over Australia and Pacific

iStockstock/Thinkstock(CAIRNS, Australia) — There was a total eclipse of the sun Tuesday (Wednesday morning over much of its path), visible only from a narrow strip that began in northern Australia and stretched across the southern Pacific. North Amer…

World’s Rarest Whale Found on New Zealand Beach

World’s Rarest Whale Found on New Zealand Beach

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) — It is safe to call spade-toothed beaked whales the world’s rarest whale species — so rare that when a mother and calf became stranded and died on a New Zealand beach in 2010, scientists did not be…

Australian Santas to Dance “Gangnam Style” for Charity

Australian Santas to Dance “Gangnam Style” for Charity

Dana Edelson/NBC/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — Everybody’s been getting in on the act with South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” video, a YouTube sensation. His dance has been mimicked by sports personalities, politicians and even UN Secretar…

Australian Zoo Keeper Stable After Elephant Attack

Australian Zoo Keeper Stable After Elephant Attack

Jupiterimages/Photos.com(SYDNEY) — An Australian zoo keeper is in critical but stable condition after she was crushed by a three-ton elephant during a training exercise.The elephant, known as “Mr. Shuffles,” challenged veteran zoo keeper L…

Passenger Planes Helpful in Locating Missing Yachtsman in Australia

Passenger Planes Helpful in Locating Missing Yachtsman in Australia

Norm Betts/Bloomberg News(SYDNEY) — Passengers on an Air Canada flight to Australia joined in helping an Air New Zealand Airbus in the search for a stranded yachtsman off the Australian coast.  Both jets flew at a lower altitude as the pilots ask…

Dolphins Frolic with Surfers at Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Dolphins Frolic with Surfers at Sydney’s Bondi Beach

Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte(SYDNEY) — You’ve heard of swimming with the dolphins, but how about surfing with the friendly mammals, right in the middle of them?That’s what a group of surfers who dove into the waters off Sydney’s famous B…

Australia Suffers Its Deadliest 24 Hours of Afghan War

Australia Suffers Its Deadliest 24 Hours of Afghan War

Marty Melville/AFP/GettyImages(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Australian forces in Afghanistan suffered their deadliest 24-hour period of the war as five of their troops were killed, three at the hands of an Afghan soldier.Witnesses said that the “insider atta…

Australia Suffers Its Deadliest 24 Hours of Afghan War

Australia Suffers Its Deadliest 24 Hours of Afghan War

Marty Melville/AFP/GettyImages(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Australian forces in Afghanistan suffered their deadliest 24-hour period of the war as five of their troops were killed, three at the hands of an Afghan soldier.Witnesses said that the “insider atta…

Qantas Pulls Order for 35 Boeing Dreamliner Jets

Qantas Pulls Order for 35 Boeing Dreamliner Jets

Qantas(NEW YORK) — Plotting a course through tough economic times, Qantas Airways has delivered a big blow to airline manufacturer Boeing by cancelling dozens of its new Dreamliner passenger jets. “Given lower growth requirement in this uncertain glob…

Australians Drop Their Pants to Protest Lack of Toilets

Australians Drop Their Pants to Protest Lack of Toilets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ADELAIDE, Australia) — Australian beachgoers fed up with a lack of public toilet facilities on their local beaches came up with a very literal way to show their displeasure: by bringing their own toilets to the beach.On Sunday m…

Australian Photographer Captures Out-of-This-World Wedding Photo

Australian Photographer Captures Out-of-This-World Wedding Photo

Lakshal Perera(MELBOURNE, Australia) — No bride likes to be upstaged on her wedding day, but one Australian bride had to share her timeless wedding photo with the galaxy.Melbourne-based wedding photographer Lakshal Perera captured a once-in-a lifetime…

New Zealand Skydiver Survives Plunge

New Zealand Skydiver Survives Plunge

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A skydiver survived plunging to the ground Thursday afternoon after his parachute failed to open at the Motueka Airport on the South Island of New Zealand.Detective John Nicholls of the Motueka Police said in a state…

Melbourne Tops World’s Most Livable Cities List

Melbourne Tops World’s Most Livable Cities List

iStockpoto/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Melbourne, Australia, has hung on to the top spot for the second year in a row in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the world’s most livable cities.Melbourne got a score of 97.5 of 1…

US Men’s Basketball Team Routes Australia

US Men’s Basketball Team Routes Australia

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LONDON) — The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team earned a triple double from LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant scored all 20 of his points in the second half as it routed Australia 119-86, to advance to the semifinals.
The Aus…

New Zealand Officials: Pole-Dancing Prostitutes Wrecking Road Signs

New Zealand Officials: Pole-Dancing Prostitutes Wrecking Road Signs

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Officials in Auckland, New Zealand, are crying foul at the city’s prostitutes who, it’s claimed, are bending road signs out of shape by advertising their wares with al fresco pole-dancing demos…

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