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Australia PM Turnbull's conservatives win tight election  Malcolm Turnbull has declared victory for his conservative coalition in last week's closely fought general election Papua New Guinea moves to block more student protests  The University of Papua New Guinea has obtained an injunction to stop protests after people were hurt when a demonstration turned violent Collaroy Beach 'loses 50m' after Australia storm  Exclusive homes located on Sydney's Collaroy Beach are in danger of collapsing after high tides and huge waves caused severe erosion for a second night Australia storm leaves three dead and homes in danger  Three people are confirmed dead after massive storms flooded rivers, uprooted trees and tore into beaches along Australia's east coast Australia shark attacks: New killing feared off Perth  A 60-year-old woman diver has died after apparently being taken by a shark, the second such attack off western Australia in six days Shark bites off Australian surfer's leg  Ben Gerring, 29, is in a critical condition after a shark bit off his leg at a beach near Mandurah, south of Perth Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north  Scientists say mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef Woman fails to save friend in Australian crocodile attack  Police say a woman struggled in vain to drag her friend from a crocodile's jaws during a late night swim off a northeast Australian beach   Cyclone Winston wreaks destruction in Fiji Map of Viti Levu Fiji  Authorities in Fiji are assessing the damage after the most powerful storm left at least five people dead New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016  Countries around the world are marking the New Year, with festivities currently under way across Asia Christmas blaze guts Australia homes  A Christmas Day bushfire in Australia has destroyed at least 53 homes in Victoria state, officials say 'Major disturbance' and fires at Christmas Island detention centre  Inmates have lit fires at Australia's Christmas Island detention centre in a 'major disturbance' that is yet to be resolved, say government officials Tony Abbott was ousted by his party  Australia is set to swear in Malcolm Turnbull as its new prime minister, after Tony Abbott was ousted by his party in a leadership challenge MH370: Abbott says 'baffling mystery' closer to being solved  Tony Abbott has said the mystery of Flight MH370 is closer to being solved, after Malaysia announced that a fragment was part of the missing plane PM Tony Abbott urges regional action against IS  Australian Prime Minister has urged Asia Pacific nations to fight jihadist groups, saying Islamic State (IS) has global ambitions Indonesia executions: Australia recalls ambassador  Australia has recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men were executed for drug smuggling Australian teens held over alleged terror attack  Police in Australia say they have foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out an attack at a World War One centenary event Pam 'wiped out' Vanuatu development  Cyclone Pam has 'wiped out' development in Vanuatu, its president said, amid ongoing concern over residents of the Pacific nation's outlying islands Race to aid Vanuatu cyclone victims  Aid agencies are stepping up efforts to reach remote communities hit by Cyclone Pam which tore through the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu   Dozens feared dead after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu Map of Vanuatu Melanesia  The death toll from a category five tropical storm that has hit islands in the South Pacific could run into the dozens, the UN's relief agency says Australia to toughen citizenship laws  Australia is to toughen citizenship laws and tackle those inciting hatred under new measures targeting domestic extremists, Tony Abbott has said Inquest hears of Sydney siege deaths  The start of an inquest into the Sydney cafe siege has heard that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by fragments from a police bullet or bullets Eight children found in Australian home  Police said a 34-year-old woman had been taken to hospital with stab wounds but was stable Abbott pays tribute to siege dead  Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has paid tribute to the two hostages who died in the Sydney café siege Gunman takes hostages in Lindt café Map of Martin Place Sydney Australia  At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in Sydney. Pictures on TV a black flag with Arabic writing


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 3 dead, including gunman, after raid ends Sydney hostage situation. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian also known for sending hate mail to the families of fallen soldiers, was holed up with the captives


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2014 Nov.27   Huge clean-up after Brisbane storm  A huge clean-up operation is under way in the Australian city of Brisbane after a severe storm swept across south-east Queensland 2014 Nov.26   Australia batsman Phil Hughes dies  Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes has died in hospital, two days after being hit on the head by a ball 2014 Nov.15   Ukraine crisis: Russia under pressure at G20 summit  Russia has been rebuked by Western leaders about its role in the Ukraine crisis, at a G20 summit in Australia 2014 Nov.14     G20 summit: World leaders meet in Brisbane   The two-day summit, attended by the US, Chinese and Russian leaders among others, will focus on promoting growth

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2014 Oct.5   The search for MH370: Next phase gets underway  The GO Phoenix search vessel arrived in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean and started its search Monday morning

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2014 Sep.11   Australia elevates terrorism threat level  The government elevated it terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by ISIS supporters

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2014 Jun.25   Search shifted for Malaysia plane  Hunt for missing #MH370 Malaysian plane shifts farther south in Indian Ocean following new data analysis - Australia

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2014 May.28   Missing plane 'not in ping zone'  The area where acoustic signals thought linked to the missing Malaysian plane were detected can now be ruled out as the final resting place

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2014 Apr.29   Firm claims to have found commercial airliner wreckage  A private company declared that it has found what it believes is wreckage of a plane in the ocean, but leaders of the search are dismissing the claim 2014 Apr.27   Missing plane's search area to be expanded  Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 has finished scouring the initial search area far off the Australian west coast 2014 Apr.13   Flight MH370: Submersible to begin undersea search  Teams searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are to deploy a submersible Bluefin-21 drone for the first time   Solomon Islands hit by another strong earthquake  The magnitude-7.7 quake struck at 11:36 p.m. local time Sunday, with an epicenter 328 kilometers (204 miles) southeast of Honiara 2014 Apr.12       Long search for missing jet looms as pings go silent   After a week of optimism over four underwater signals believed to be coming from the missing Malaysian plane, the sea has gone quiet 2014 Apr.10   Abbott confident over plane signals  Australian leader Tony Abbott says authorities are confident that signals heard in the Indian Ocean are coming from the 'black box' flight recorders 2014 Apr.9   Malaysia plane search teams relocate signals  Australian officials are confident they are searching in the right area for the missing jet after more signals were detected in a 17-mile area 2014 Apr.8   Missing plane: Search 'regains recorder signal'  Teams searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have reacquired signals that could be consistent with 'black box' flight recorders   Missing plane MH370: Teams scour sea for signals  Teams searching for the plane say they will wait for further contact with signals picked up over the weekend before using a submersible 2014 Apr.7   Plane MH370 search has 'best lead so far'  An Australian vessel searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected signals consistent with those from 'black box' flight recorders 2014 Apr.6       Malaysia Airlines searchers say more pings consistent with black boxes   The Australian official said that a search ship had detected more signals consistent with those emitted from aircraft cockpit voice and flight data recorders   Ships racing toward site of latest lead in Malaysia Airlines search  Three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean offered new hope Sunday in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet 2014 Apr.5   Malaysia missing plane search China ship 'picks up signal'  A Chinese ship searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean has picked up a pulse signal, Chinese media say 2014 Apr.3   Underwater search begins for MH370  Search teams have begun using towed pinger locators to hunt for the black box of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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2014 Mar.29   New MH370 navy search draws blank  A Chinese and an Australian ship have failed to identify remains from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after their first day in a new search area 2014 Mar.28   Plane 'spots objects' in new area  Five planes spot unidentified objects in a new area of the Indian Ocean being searched for missing flight MH370 2014 Mar.27   Search for Malaysia plane shifted  The search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been moved following a 'new credible lead', Australian officials say 2014 Mar.26   More than 120 objects spotted in plane search  New satellite images provided by a French defense firm show 122 objects floating in the Indian Ocean, not far from other satellite sightings 2014 Mar.25   Search for Malaysia plane resumes  The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has resumed after weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean improved 2014 Mar.21   Indian Ocean search for missing jet enters 3rd day  Planes were scouring the desolate southern Indian Ocean for a 3rd day for possible parts of missing Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks   No sign of Malaysian airliner on day 2 of search off Australia  Australian authorities had called off their search for the day for two mystery objects that may or may not be parts of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 2014 Mar.20   Australia suspends search for possible plane debris  Darkness put an end to the search for two objects captured on satellite and described as possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 2014 Mar.19       Australia sees possible plane debris   Two objects have been seen that could possibly relate to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Australian PM Tony Abbott has announced
 Two pieces of debris possibly linked to Malaysia flight MH370 seen off Western Australia. Malaysia deploys six navy ships, three helicopters to join MH370 search in southern Indian Ocean


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2014 Jan.2   All 52 passengers rescued from ship trapped in Antarctic ice  After 10 days stranded far from home, all passengers from a ship stuck in ice have now been transferred by helicopter to an Australian icebreaker
 The Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in unusually thick ice


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2013 Nov.18   Indonesia anger at Australia spy row  Indonesia's president says ties with Australia have been 'damaged' by reports that Canberra spied on his phone calls and those of his ministers

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2013 Oct.23   Australia bush fires: Worst may be over  Firefighters battling blazes that menaced the western suburbs of Sydney, are concerned about Thursday's weather conditions 2013 Oct.20       Fears Australia blazes could merge
Map of Lithgow New South Wales Australia  Bushfires in New South Wales could merge to form a massive blaze, the fire commissioner has said as teams battle fires across the state 2013 Oct.17   Australia wildfires raze homes  Australian fire fighters are battling a series of major wildfires in New South Wales, with fears that hundreds of homes have been destroyed

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2013 Sep.7   Tony Abbott sweeps to Australia win  The opposition has crushed the governing Labor party in a general election that has returned the Liberal-National coalition to power
 Early projections show Labor winning 55 seats compared with the coalition's 91


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2013 Jun.26   Rudd sworn in as Australian prime minister  Kevin Rudd returned as prime minister of Australia on Thursday, three years after being replaced in the office by his then-deputy Julia Gillard

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2013 May.9   2 cruise line passengers missing off Australian coast  Authorities launched a search Thursday after two passengers went missing overnight when the Carnival Cruise ship Spirit docked in Sydney

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2013 Jan.27   Flooding hits eastern Australia  Three people have died and hundreds of homes are under water after heavy rain brought flooding to parts of the Australian state of Queensland 2013 Jan.7     Heat and wind fan Australia fires   High winds and record temperatures have fanned fires in south-east Australia, as the prime minister warned of a 'very dangerous day'

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2012 Jun.21   Ship with about 200 aboard capsizes off Australia  A ship carrying about 200 people capsized in the waters between Australia and Indonesia. A merchant ship was diverted to the scene

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2012 Feb.2       More than 200 rescued after ferry sinks   The Australian authorities have been helping Papua New Guinea with rescue efforts after the ship, the MV Rabaul Queen, sank off Cape Fortification

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2011 Oct.30   Qantas resuming flights  Qantas resumes flights after an independent tribunal orders a permanent end to the industrial dispute with union members 2011 Oct.29   Labour row grounds Qantas flights  The Australian airline Qantas is grounding all international and domestic flights with immediate effect due to an industrial dispute 2011 Oct.10   NZ ship oil spill 'significant'  Efforts to recover oil from a ship carrying nearly a half million gallons of heavy fuel that ran aground after striking a reef
 Up to 10 times more oil than originally estimated is now thought to be leaking from a cargo ship


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2011 Aug.3     Bomb squad helps teenager  Bomb-squad officers have freed an 18-year-old girl who was inside a house in Sydney with a bomb that was reportedly strapped to her body

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2011 Jun.20   Ash cloud grounds Australian flights  An ash cloud is drifting around the world for a second time after spewing from a Chilean volcano more than two weeks ago
 All scheduled international flights in and out of Sydney and Melbourne were cancelled. Virgin Australia's New Zealand flights were cancelled indefinitely
2011 Jun.11   Chile volcano affects NZ flights  Flights to and from Tasmania and parts of New Zealand have been cancelled as ash from a volcano erupting in Chile drifts across the region

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2011 Mar.2   'No more survivors' from NZ quake  No more survivors of the earthquake in Christchurch, are likely to be found and the task is recovery, not rescue, say relief officials.

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2011 Feb.23   Hopes fade for NZ quake missing  Hopes are fading of finding survivors beneath collapsed buildings in the aftermath of earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch 2011 Feb.22   City in ruins after quake kills at least 75  Rescue teams continued to search for survivors after a powerful earthquake rocked downtown Christchurch, killing scores of people, toppling buildings 2011 Feb.21     Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
Map of Christchurch New Zealand
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets
 The quake caused widespread damage and several power outages, particularly in the city of Christchurch. The epicentre was 40 kilometers west of Christchurch. The hypocentre was at a shallow depth of 10 km
2011 Feb.2   Powerful cyclone slams into Queensland  More than 170,000 homes are without power after a massive cyclone slammed into the already flood-ravaged northern Australian state

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2011 Jan.12     Brisbane flood levels reach peak   The city of Brisbane has woken to widespread flooding, although the peak level is a meter lower than feared
 Dozens of suburbs and thousands of properties are inundated. The death toll went up to 15; dozens more reported missing. In Brisbane a 24-year-old man was killed after being sucked into a storm water drain as he tried to check his father's property
2011 Jan.4   City Rockhampton hitting flood peak  Flood preparations in the inundated Australian city of Rockhampton are being put to the test as river Fitzroy levels hit their peak 2011 Jan.1   Australia facing 'biblical' flood  A senior official has warned of the economic impact of flooding in Queensland, describing the disaster as one of 'biblical proportions'

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2010 Dec.28     Flood chaos forces mass evacuations  North-eastern Australia's worst flooding in decades is continuing to cause chaos across the region
 1,000 people have been evacuated, including the entire population of the town of Theodore. The cost of the damage is expected to top AU$1bn, including losses of sunflower and cotton crops
2010 Dec.19   Up to 48 Dead in Christmas Isl. Shipwreck  Australian authorities raised the death toll of asylum-seekers killed in a shipwreck to 48, possibly more than half of the passengers on the boat 2010 Dec.14     'Many drown' in asylum shipwreck   Many people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers crashed into rocks on Australia's Christmas Island

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2010 Nov.25   Boys found alive after 50 days at sea  Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, rescued by a tuna ship near Fiji. 500 people were held a memorial service for them 2010 Nov.23   Mine: 'No survivors' after second blast  All 29 miners trapped in a coal mine in New Zealand are believed to be dead after the ignition of gases in mine meant a rescue was very unlikely
 There had been no contact with 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons and a South African - since the first explosion
2010 Nov.18   Miners missing after explosion  Two miners have emerged from a coal mine following an underground explosion on New Zealand's west coast
 An explosion rocked the Pike River mine, on west coast between Greymouth and Reefton
2010 Nov.4   Qantas grounds Airbus A380  Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet indefinitely after part of a plane's engine cover fell off in flight

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2010 Sep.6   Key Australia MP backs opposition  Bob Katter, one of three independent MPs who hold the balance of power in parliament has said he will support opposition leader Tony Abbott 2010 Sep.3   7.0 quake strikes near Christchurch  A powerful predawn earthquake struck on Saturday, sending people into the streets as windows exploded and buildings crumbled

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2010 Aug.21   Australia set for hung parliament  Neither of the two main rivals likely to win the 76 seats needed for an outright majority. PM Julia Gillard vowed that she would 'keep fighting'
 Predictions: 73 seats for the opposition coalition, 72 for ruling Labor, one for the Greens and four independents


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2010 Jul.16   New Australian PM to call for elections  Prime Minister Julia Gillard was expected on Saturday to call for a national election, according to her office

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2010 May.14   Australia hails solo yachts girl  Australians have gathered around harbour to welcome back Jessica Watson, 16, from her record round-the-world sailing adventure

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2010 Apr.3   Alert over oil leak on Great Barrier Reef  The Shen Neng I, a Chinese ship, has run aground off north-eastern Australia, sparking an alert of an oil leak into the Great Barrier Reef

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2009 Oct.7   Tsunami warning in south Pacific  A warning has been issued for 11 nations in the south-west Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, after a 7.8 earthquake off Vanuatu

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2009 Sep.29   85 deaths reported after quake  A tsunami warning for the South Pacific was called off hours after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake was recorded near American Samoa
 A tsunami triggered by a strong quake has killed at least 65 people in Samoa and more than 20 in American Samoa; at least another 145 people have been injured


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2009 Aug.3   Australia detains terror suspects  Police have arrested four people after uncovering what they say was a plot to launch a suicide attack on an army base

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2009 Feb.9       Toll from bush fires claimed 181
Map of Victoria Australia
  Some people died in their cars trying to escape the fires. Some of the fires in the state of Victoria were started deliberately
 The Victorian bushfires are a series of bushfires that were ignited on 7 February 2009, resulting in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 500 people injuried. The fires have destroyed at least 1,834 homes in towns north-east of Melbourn. The fires have left an estimated 7,500 people homeless


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2008 Feb.20   US missile hits 'toxic satellite'  The US has successfully struck a disabled spy satellite USA 193 with a missile fired from a warship in waters west of Hawaii 2008 Feb.12   Australia apologizes to Aborigines  The government apologized for years of 'mistreatment' that inflicted 'profound grief, suffering and loss' on the country's Aboriginal people

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2008 Jan.10   Everest legend Edmund Hillary dies  Sir Edmund Hillary gained worldwide fame after he and guide Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest

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2007 Nov.24   Rudd: I will be prime minister for all  Opposition leader Kevin Rudd greeted jubilant supporters, as he promised changes in environmental, education and workplace policies
 Conservative Prime Minister Howard officially conceded that the Labor Party had gained a majority of seats in parliament . Rudd, 50, is the head of center-left Labor Party.


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2007 Jul.6   Live Earth concerts kick off  24-hour global concert series to raise awareness about climate change got a traditional Aboriginal welcome
 150 artists will be performing over 24 hours in 9 cities, including London and Washington. Live Earth is organized by former US VP Al Gore


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2007 Apr.19   'Ghost yacht' found  Emergency services have launched a search for the 3-man crew of a yacht found drifting off the North Queensland coast 2007 Apr.1   13 dead from tsunami  2 earthquakes and a tsunami hit the western part of the island-chain nation. 10 to 20 people were missing
 The quake measured 8.0. Some villages had been completely wiped out. The worst affected area is the town of Gizo. The earthquake was felt in the capital, Honiara


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2006 Dec.4   Military 'takes control of Fiji'  The military commander of Fiji Cmdr Frank Bainimarama has announced he has taken over control of the country
 Bainimarama had assumed executive powers and dismissed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. Bainimarama had repeatedly expressing anger at the way the prime minister had proposed legislation to offer an amnesty to responsible for a 2000 coup. Cmdr Bainimarama urged the population not to be intimidated


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2006 Oct.25   Cleric in dress furore  Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali was saying that some women are attracting sexual assault by the way they dress

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2006 Sep.4     'Croc Hunter' died in stingray attack  Steve Irwin enthralled audiences around the world with his wildlife adventures
 The tape shows Irwin pulling the barb left by a stingray's tail from his chest moments before his death Irwin was regarded by Australians as a national treasure


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2006 May.8   Trapped miners rescued  Brant Webb and Todd Russell have been rescued from a gold mine after being trapped underground for 2 weeks
 Prime Minister Howard: the rescue was a 'wonderful demonstration of Australian mateship'. Initial accident on 25 April caused when a tremor dislodged rocks. Rescuers took a week to bring them out. Larry Knight, a 3rd miner died.


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2005 Dec.26   Media magnate Kerry Packer dies  Australia's richest man has died peacefully at the age of 68 at home among his family 2005 Dec.12   Second night of riots  Violence triggered by race tensions has hit Sydney for a 2nd night, with youths damaging cars and shops

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2001 Feb.9   U.S. sub, Japanese trawler collide  Submarine accidentally hit and sank fishing school vessel. 9 people missing

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2000 Sep.15       Olympic Games open
  Organizers thrilled the 110,000 spectators and an 4 billion TV viewers with a spectacular opening ceremony
 Australian Governor General Sir William Deane declared the games officially open. 12,697 performers , including some Aborigine women, take part in the ceremony. Golfer Greg Norman carried the torch across the spectacular harbor bridge to bring the Olympics down under

before year 2000
May. 20, 1956     First American hydrogen bomb dropped over Bikini atoll
Map of Bikini Atoll Marshall Islands Micronesia
  A nuclear weapon that uses the energy from a primary nuclear fission reaction to compress and ignite a secondary nuclear fusion reaction
May. 29, 1953     Sir Edmund Hillary reaches top of Mt. Everest Map of Everest Nepal
  A New Zealand mountaineer and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit
Jun. 7, 1942       Battle of Midway Island ended Map of Midway Atoll Hawaii Hawaii
  The United States Navy decisively defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy
Dec. 7, 1941       Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Map of Pearl Harbor Hawaii Hawaii  The surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base led to the U.S. entry into World War II Apr. 28, 1789   Mutiny on the Bounty  Aboard the Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty in the south Pacific, odisaffected crewmen seized control of the ship from their captain Jan. 26, 1788     First British convicts settled in Australia  There were 775 convicts on board six transport ships. They were accompanied by officials, members of the crew, marines, the families