Australia battles 130 bush fires as conditions worsen

Asia Pacific Nov 17, 2019

Australia battles 130 bush fires as conditions worsen

Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and gusty winds further raised fire danger on both coasts of Australia on Sunday as the country already battles more than 130 bush fires and firefighters work day and night trying to contain them. Western Australia declared catastrophic fire ratings for ...

Field for 24-team Euros filling out

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Field for 24-team Euros filling out

The Netherlands, Germany and World Cup finalists Croatia expanded a list of big hitters to qualify for Euro 2020 on Saturday as the trio booked their places at next summer's finals. Austria also made it through to the tournament, which kicks off in Rome on ...

Asia Pacific Nov 16, 2019

China blocks critical Australian intelligence chairman

Australia's parliamentary intelligence committee head, who has previously criticized Beijing, said he had been blocked from entering China due to his "frankness about the Chinese Communist Party." Andrew Hastie warned several months ago that the world's approach to containing China's rise resembles the "catastrophic failure" ...

Iranian author asylum-seeker tastes freedom in New Zealand

Asia Pacific Nov 15, 2019

Iranian author asylum-seeker tastes freedom in New Zealand

A Kurdish-Iranian refugee who penned a book on a mobile phone while being held in an Australian detention camp said Friday he was celebrating life "as a free man" in New Zealand. Award-winning author Behrouz Boochani is in Christchurch to attend a literary festival and ...

Australia wildfires renew anger over climate change

Asia Pacific Nov 14, 2019

Australia wildfires renew anger over climate change

Unprecedented wildfires in eastern Australia have turbocharged demands that the conservative government do more to tackle climate change and have rekindled an ideological fight over the science behind the blazes. The huge fires have affected communities up and down the east coast, killing four people ...