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Shark Kills Australian Surfer, Fifth Attack Victim in 10 Months

Shark Kills Australian Surfer, Fifth Attack Victim in 10 Months

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A massive hunt is on for a 15-foot great white shark that killed a surfer, the fifth shark-attack victim off the Western Australia coast in recent months.
Australian surfer Ben Linden, 24, was killed in a sudden attack Saturday. W…

6.2-Magnitude Quake Shakes New Zealand’s North Island

6.2-Magnitude Quake Shakes New Zealand’s North Island

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the western coast of New Zealand’s North Island on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The agency said the tremor struck 35 miles south southwe…

Woman Ordered to Pay $10K for Disparaging Boss

Woman Ordered to Pay $10K for Disparaging Boss

Hemera/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — An appeals court has ordered an Australian woman to fork over $10,000 after she sent a disparaging email calling her then-supervisor “dishonest” and other colorful things.Tracy Adams was ordered to pay the five-…

Inquest Rules Australian Woman’s Baby Was Stolen by Dingo

Inquest Rules Australian Woman’s Baby Was Stolen by Dingo

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — “Maybe the dingo ate your baby” is one of the more famous lines delivered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character Elaine in the sitcom Seinfeld, referencing the 1988 movie A Cry in the Dark.It turned out the movie was based …

VIDEO: Rare Giant Squid Spotted in Australia

VIDEO: Rare Giant Squid Spotted in Australia

File photo. (Reinhard Dirscherl/WaterFrame/Getty Images)(SYDNEY) — A rare giant squid being eaten by an 8-foot shark off the Australian coast has been caught on video and spread around the Web.The squid, measuring nearly 10 feet, is filmed floating al…

Neil Armstrong Recalls Apollo Moon Landing in Rare Interview

Neil Armstrong Recalls Apollo Moon Landing in Rare Interview

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, in the Lunar Module Eagle after finishing mankind’s first walk on the moon, July 21, 1969. (NASA/Newsmakers)(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon 43 years ago, has …

KFC Must Pay $8.3M to Family of Brain-Damaged Girl

KFC Must Pay $8.3M to Family of Brain-Damaged Girl

KFC/Hemera/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — The family of a girl who was left brain-damaged after eating a chicken wrap at a KFC restaurant was awarded $8.35 million ($8 million Australian) Friday by an Australian court.Monika Samaan, then 7, and her family becam…

US, Japan Reach Deal on Moving Marines Out of Okinawa

US, Japan Reach Deal on Moving Marines Out of Okinawa

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The U.S. and Japan have reached an agreement to move 9,000 Marines off the southern island of Okinawa.The proposal, which is part of the Obama administration’s larger push to beef up security in Asia, was announced by b…

Thieves Steal Penguin, Swim With Dolphins at Seaworld

Thieves Steal Penguin, Swim With Dolphins at Seaworld

ABC News (QUEENSLAND, Australia) — The weekend may have been hazy for two Brits and an Aussie, but the trio woke up to a displaced penguin, a bad hangover and serious legal troubles.The three drunk friends allegedly made a Queensland, Australia SeaWor…

Texting Pilot Nearly Caused Jet to Crash

Texting Pilot Nearly Caused Jet to Crash

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — An airplane captain distracted by incoming text messages on his cell phone was the reason a flight from Australia to Singapore had to abort a touch-down just 500 feet from the tarmac, an investigation has found.&nbsp…

Texting Pilot Nearly Caused Jet to Crash

Texting Pilot Nearly Caused Jet to Crash

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — An airplane captain distracted by incoming text messages on his cell phone was the reason a flight from Australia to Singapore had to abort a touch-down just 500 feet from the tarmac, an investigation has found.&nbsp…

Australia’s Military Leaving Afghanistan Ahead of Schedule

Australia’s Military Leaving Afghanistan Ahead of Schedule

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Coalition troops are heading home from Afghanistan one year earlier than scheduled but they won’t be American soldiers.Australia, one of Washington’s most dependable allies in the war, has announced that it…

Marines Land in Australia to Help Counter China’s Influence

Marines Land in Australia to Help Counter China’s Influence

Greg Wood-Pool/Getty Images(DARWIN, Australia) — Two hundred U.S. Marines arrived in northern Australia Wednesday, the first deployment of an estimated 2,500 troops the Pentagon has promised to bolster American presence in the region.President Obama m…

Swimsuit Model Accused of Heading International Drug Ring Captured

Swimsuit Model Accused of Heading International Drug Ring Captured

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — The international swimsuit model accused of being the mastermind of a worldwide drug ring run out of a Hollywood apartment has been arrested in Australia after skipping out on bail over a month ago. Simone Farrow, who wa…

Investment Banker Pleads Guilty in Fake ‘Collar Bomb’ Extortion Plot

Investment Banker Pleads Guilty in Fake ‘Collar Bomb’ Extortion Plot

Comstock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) — An investment banker pled guilty Thursday to charges he broke into a Sydney, Australia, mansion and strapped a fake “collar bomb” around an 18-year-old girl’s neck in a failed extortion attempt.Paul Douglas Peters, 51, ap…

Runaway Goat Causes Chaos in Australia

Runaway Goat Causes Chaos in Australia

Photodisc/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — The mystery surrounding a runaway goat that snarled traffic and shocked onlookers in Melbourne, Australia, Monday remains even after the goat’s capture.Drivers and passersby first spotted the billy goat out…

Australian PM Rescued from Angry Group

Australian PM Rescued from Angry Group

Offiice of the Prime Minister/Australia(CANBERRA, Australia) — Police rescued Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard from a crowd of angry activists on Thursday.Gillard was literally dragged off her feet by riot police when she was confronted by abou…

Beer Cooler, Beacon Save Shipwrecked Fishing Group

Beer Cooler, Beacon Save Shipwrecked Fishing Group

Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — When friends Scott Smiles and Rick Matthews set out on a fishing trip with their 11-year-old sons off the coast of Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, they had no idea the cooler used to carry their drinks, along wi…

Kangaroo Attack: 7-Year-Old Girl Barely Escapes with Her Life

Kangaroo Attack: 7-Year-Old Girl Barely Escapes with Her Life

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia) — A seven-year-old girl suffered cuts and bruises on her face, arms and back after she was attacked by a kangaroo while playing near a picnic area in New South Wales, Australia.Makayla McEvoy was play…

Hybrid Sharks Found off Australia

Hybrid Sharks Found off Australia

Mirko Zanni/Getty Images(QUEENSLAND, Australia) — In the waters off the eastern coast of Australia, marine scientists report a first: 57 cases in which two species of shark are interbreeding. The local Australian black-tip shark is mating with its glo…

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