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 ...

Aussie firefighters say 'megablaze' near Sydney under control

Asia Pacific Jan 13, 2020

Aussie firefighters say 'megablaze' near Sydney under control

Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia's largest "megablaze" under control Monday as wet weather promised to deliver a much-needed respite to areas ravaged by wildfires. New South Wales firefighters said they finally had the upper hand in the fight against the vast Gospers ...