Hail, floods and dust hit Australia amid raging wildfires

Asia Pacific Jan 20, 2020

Hail, floods and dust hit Australia amid raging wildfires

Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country's southeast. A hail storm in the national capital Canberra on Monday damaged public ...

Sakakibara siblings set course for Tokyo 2020

Olympics Jan 17, 2020

Sakakibara siblings set course for Tokyo 2020

by Anna Watanabe

When it came time for Sydney-based brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara to decide which country they would represent as athletes, the Olympic hopefuls were spoiled for choice. Born in Australia's Gold Coast to a Japanese mother and British father, and having ...

Two SDF planes arrive in Australia to help fight bush fires

National Jan 16, 2020

Two SDF planes arrive in Australia to help fight bush fires

Two Air Self-Defense Force planes arrived at an air base on the outskirts of Sydney on Thursday to assist in fighting unprecedented and deadly bush fires across the country. ASDF Col. Masashi Ota, who is leading the mission, told reporters upon arrival that he is ...

Australian fires turn historic surfboard collection to cinders

Asia Pacific Jan 16, 2020

Australian fires turn historic surfboard collection to cinders

White cinders, a few fins and melted board skins are all that remain of Australian surfer David Ford's 260-strong collection of irreplaceable vintage surfboards. The hand-crafted boards, some dating back to the 1960s, were destroyed by bush fires that swept through Ford's property over New ...

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to wildfire smoke

Tennis Jan 15, 2020

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to wildfire smoke

Qualifying rounds for the Australian Open were delayed Wednesday as toxic smoke from widespread bushfires continued to choke Melbourne, throwing the Grand Slam's schedule into chaos. The decision to suspend the action followed heavy criticism when players were affected by hazardous conditions after play was ...