Australia and Oceania

Crowded Australian koala colony may lead to cull

MAY 29 (Reuters) — An overcrowded colony of about 1,000 koalas in Australia is being assessed this week for possible ill health, in a survey that could lead to a cull, raising objections from animal welfare lobbyists. Australian media reported that the Victorian state government is concerned many of the koalas may be undernourished because the colony at Cape Otway has grown even as the supply of the koalas’ staple diet of manna gum leaves has […]

Australia recalls ambassador to Indonesia after executions

APRIL 29 (Reuters) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday (April 29) he was recalling the nation’s ambassador to Indonesia in protest against the execution of two Australian drug smugglers. Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad along with six other drug convicts from several countries shortly after midnight on Wednesday, local media said. “These executions are both cruel and unnecessary. Cruel because both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran spent some […]

Man bitten by a crocodile on Australian golf course

  A 75-year old man was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing golf on Tuesday (April 14) at the Palmer Sea Reef course in Port Douglas in far north Queensland, Australian media said. The man was identified as John Lahiff. The attack happened when he went to retrieve a ball from water on the 11th hole, Australian media added. “I didn’t see the croc sunbaking just on the edge of the water, […]

Rescue efforts fail to save 12 stranded pilot whales in Western Australia

A pod of pilot whales that became stranded on the rocks in Bunbury harbour in Western Australia have died before they could be rescued, local media reported. The pod of 20 long-finned pilot whales was spotted on Monday (March 23) morning, starting a rescue effort involving volunteers and Department of Parks and Wildlife staff lasting several hours, reports said. “Often in these events and these incidents it takes a while to gear up and get […]

Australia, New Zealand prefer Ilonggo workers

ILOILO CITY, February 6(PIA) — Employers from Australia and New Zealand prefer to hire Ilonggo workers, according to the City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here. In a media interview, Ma. Elena Benitez, City PESO manager, said that the Australia New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines, Inc. chooses to recruit Ilonggos because of their positive work attitude. “Ilonggo workers are dedicated to work and they really listen during trainings,” she said. She […]

Mother arrested for killing of 8 children in Australia

(Reuters) — The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia’s tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday (December 20) for murder. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman is under police guard in hospital, where she was taken on Friday (December 19) with stab wounds. She has not yet been formally charged. “Ah look, at the moment as I said, she’s awake, she’s lucid and […]

Sydney police probes cafe siege; 3 dead after police storms into Lindt cafe

Police in Sydney launch an investigation on Tuesday (Dec 16) after three people died, including the gunman and two hostages, when officers stormed a Sydney cafe to end the siege. Police will investigate whether the two hostages were killed by the gunman or died in the cross-fire, police said. “Because this is a critical incident investigation, we will have close liaison with the coroner and we will be working on behalf of the coroner to make sure this investigation […]

Suspect in Sydney cafe siege caught on camera

A man reported by local media to be a suspect involved in the Sydney cafe siege was caught on camera on Monday (December 15) by Australian TV channel Seven Network, Reuters reported. Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney’s financial district, but there could be more. Police locked down the center of the country’s biggest city on Monday after an armed man walked into […]

Hostages being held inside central Sydney cafe by suspected Islamic State militants

Hostages were being held inside a central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, local television showed on Monday (December 15), raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants. Australia, which is backing the United States and its escalating action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, is on high alert for attacks by radicalized Muslims or by home-grown fighters returning from fighting in the Middle East. Part of Martin Place, home to […]

Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia over Ukraine

(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions. The Russian official told Reuters that Putin planned to skip a working session on Sunday at the two-day summit in Brisbane and bring forward his departure because he needed to attend meetings in Moscow. Russia denied it was involved in a recent escalation of military […]