Tag: Australia

Ready for a 19-Hour Flight? Tests to Start on New York-to-Sydney Route

LONDON — The Australian airline Qantas is preparing for what could become the world’s longest direct commercial flights — around 19 hours nonstop to Sydney from New York and London — with three test runs to monitor the effects of so-called ultra-long-haul journeys on the body. Some 40 people including pilots, crew members and passengers […]

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On the Way to the Show: Solange Knowles Announces Residency at Sydney Opera House

Solange Knowles performs during the runway during the Kenzo Menswear Spring Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 23, 2019 in Paris, France.Photo: Thierry Chesnot (Getty Images) “Cranes in the Sky” … and cranes down under. Solange Knowles is giving the people of Australia what they want and need! According to […]

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Cardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Conviction Is Upheld

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian court on Wednesday upheld the sexual abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty in a criminal court in the church’s child sex abuse crisis. The cardinal, 78, once an adviser to Pope Francis, was sentenced to six years in prison in March. “He […]

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She Studies Sea Snakes by the Seafloor

Six to eight million years ago, a snake related to swamp snakes or tiger snakes slithered into the sea. Over evolutionary time, descendants of that snake developed flattened paddle tails, an ability to breathe through the skin and a valve to stop water from entering the lungs. Today these creatures live their entire lives in […]

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How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. SYDNEY, Australia — The vast, untapped coal reserve in northeastern Australia had for years been the object of desire for the Indian industrial giant Adani. In June, when the Australian authorities granted the company approval to extract coal from the […]

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This Land Is a Sanctuary for Aboriginal Women. Bulldozers May Soon Come.

DJAB WURRUNG COUNTRY, Australia — For dozens of generations, this serene stretch in the highlands of southeastern Australia has been a sanctuary for the women of the Djab Wurrung people, where babies were delivered in the hollows of majestic birthing trees and the placentas were planted nearby to imbue saplings with their spirit. “This is […]

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The Battle for Hong Kong Is Being Fought in Sydney and Vancouver

MELBOURNE — As the police deploy tear gas against protesters on the streets of Hong Kong, another battle is raging less visibly: the one for narrative control. After weeks of asserting that the unrest had been orchestrated by foreign “black hands,” Chinese officials on Monday accused protesters of showing the first signs of “terrorism.” Such […]

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Recycling Is in Crisis. Could These Innovations Be the Answer?

MELBOURNE, Australia — Since China stopped accepting much of the world’s recyclable waste last year, many countries have been faced with the challenge of how to deal with their own trash. In some places, plastic, paper and other scraps have been put in landfills or stockpiled, and fires at recycling centers have underlined the environmental […]

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To Save Tiny Penguins, This Suburb Was Wiped Off the Map

PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia — It’s a magical sight: Just as the light begins to vanish, thousands of tiny penguins waddle out of the surf on an island in southeastern Australia, then head up the beach and along well-worn paths toward their burrows. The “penguin parade” has been a major attraction since the 1920s, when tourists […]

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When Rape Onscreen Is Directed by a Woman

“Whore!” The word came sailing out of a man’s mouth after a screening of Jennifer Kent’s latest movie, “The Nightingale,” at the Venice Film Festival last year. At first Kent thought the livid viewer must be joking: The heroine of “The Nightingale,” an Irish convict in 1820s Tasmania, is called a whore by her tormentors […]

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Australia Debates: Communist Party China the New Nazi Germany?

Yves here. The headline is plenty provocative, but as the post indicates, this idea has become a hot topic in the Intelligence Committee in Australia’s Parliament, and Australia has reason to be attentive. Before you consider the point of view to be hyperbolic, consider this take from an ex-McKinsey colleague: I’ve been to China often, […]

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What Vietnam Veterans Think of the New Film About Their War

It’s been 53 years since the Battle of Long Tan, and Harry Smith, 86, remembers it all — the torrential rain that obscured his view of his soldiers and the men they were facing, the relentless echo of bullets and artillery that shredded the ground around them and the smell of cordite in the air. […]

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U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests

HONG KONG — The United States on Wednesday issued an advisory warning people about traveling to Hong Kong, urging visitors to “exercise increased caution” because of “confrontational” protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The alert by the State Department comes two days after a general strike and widespread demonstrations shook the city, and as Chinese […]

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The Gambling Investigation Scrutinizing Xi Jinping’s High-Rolling Cousin

SYDNEY, Australia — When Australian federal agents searched a private jet with high-stakes gamblers at a coastal resort airport in 2016, they were seeking proof of international money laundering. They didn’t find enough evidence for an arrest, but on board they identified a businessman accused of ties to Chinese crime syndicates — and Ming Chai, […]

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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading experts on artificial intelligence. He and other experts have released a report outlining the promises, and ethical pitfalls, of the country’s embrace of A.I. Recently, Dr. Walsh, 55, has been working with the Campaign to Stop Killer […]

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Chinese Nationalists Bring Threat of Violence to Australia Universities

BRISBANE, Australia — The Chinese nationalists disrupting pro-Hong Kong democracy rallies at the University of Queensland arrived 300 strong, with a speaker to blast China’s national anthem. They deferred to a leader in a pink shirt. And their tactics included violence. One video from the scene shows a student from Hong Kong being grabbed by […]

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Brett Whiteley Partied With Bob Dylan. Now His Life Is an Opera.

SYDNEY, Australia — Before Brett Whiteley died from a heroin overdose at 53 — alone, in a dingy motel room on the New South Wales coast — he lived like a rock star. He was Australia’s hedonist hero, a painter of grand and voluptuous canvases who hung out with Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Dire […]

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Australia is creating a unit to scrutinize Facebook and Google’s algorithms

(Reuters) – Australia said it would establish the world’s first dedicated office to police Facebook and Google as part of reforms designed to rein in the U.S. technology giants, potentially setting a precedent for global lawmakers. The move tightens the regulatory screws on the online platforms, which have governments from the United States to Europe […]

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What We Know About the Couple Murdered in Northern Canada

Chynna Deese kisses Lucas Fowler on the cheek. Photo via Facebook.  This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. One week ago, a road worker was making his way down a British Columbia highway when he discovered the bodies of two tourists. The bodies were that of Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lucas […]

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