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Australia to hold wide-ranging inquiry into disastrous bushfires

SYDNEY: Australia will hold a wide-ranging inquiry into the causes of recent bushfires that killed 33 people and razed an area the size of South Korea, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday. Australia has for months been battling hundreds of

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Heavy rains bring both relief and new dangers to bushfire-hit Australia

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY: A four-day downpour across Australia’s east coast has brought relief after months of devastating bushfires and years of drought, but also widespread storm damage and forecasts of more wild weather to come. The weekend drenching represented the biggest sustained

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Australia welcomes drought-easing drenching, even as it brings floods

SYDNEY: The east coast of Australia welcomed the heaviest drenching in years today, dousing some of the country’s most damaging and long-running wildfires and easing a drought that has crippled farming across two states. Sydney alone had seen more than

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Australia receives a bittersweet bushfires reprieve with floods, cyclone

SYDNEY: Many Australians were experiencing a bittersweet break from the threat of bushfires today, with heavy rain deluging many areas and a tropical cyclone forecast to hit the country’s northwest over the weekend. The Bureau of Meteorology issued severe thunderstorm

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‘Black summer’: Aussie PM leads tribute to bushfire victims

SYDNEY: Australia suspended Parliament today to honour the victims of a national bushfire crisis that has killed 33 people, as more than 100 fires remained ablaze across the country’s east coast. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has received public criticism

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Bushfire smoke blows into Australia’s capital as fire threat eases

MELBOURNE: Bushfires eased near Australia’s capital Canberra today as temperatures dipped, but officials warned heavy smoke was set to blow into the city with a shift in the wind. While a fire continued to burn out of control southwest of

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State of emergency declared in Canberra amid threatening bushfire

SYDNEY: Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions today, as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel a large bushfire beyond the control of firefighters. Andrew Barr, Chief Minister for

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Australia readies for more bushfires with temperatures set to soar

SYDNEY: Australian officials today warned communities in hard-hit eastern states to strengthen bushfire defences as soaring temperatures and strong winds were set to return, threatening to reignite some blazes and start fresh ones. Since September, Australia has been battling bushfires

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Bushfires: Australia yet to respond to help offer – DPM

PUTRAJAYA: Australia has yet to respond to Malaysia’s offer of assistance in dealing with the continent’s worst ever bushfire crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said. She said with the current situation in Australia, the

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Australia mourns US firefighters as probe into plane crash begins

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY: Firefighters in Australia held a minute’s silence today for three US colleagues killed in a plane crash as investigators began scouring the accident site in remote bushland. The premier of New South Wales (NSW) state, where the C-130 Hercules

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