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    Sydney fireworks to go ahead

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 09:43pm on December 29, 2019

    A petition to cancel Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks and use the money to fight bushfires ringing the city has topped 260,000 signatures, but...

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    Nearly 2,000 evacuated as cyclone hammers Fiji

    Agence France-Presse . Wellington | Updated at 10:44pm on December 28, 2019

    Nearly 2,000 people took refuge in emergency shelters and one man was missing after being swept away in floodwaters as Tropical Cyclone Sarai pounded Fiji...

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    Australian PM dismisses reckless calls to curb coal

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 10:36pm on December 23, 2019

    Under-fire Australian prime minister Scott Morrison on Monday rejected calls for ‘reckless’ and ‘job-destroying’ cuts to the country’s vast coal industry in the face of...

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    Australia PM visits beleaguered firefighters

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 02:30pm on December 22, 2019

    Prime minister Scott Morrison visited firefighters battling Australia’s bushfire crisis on Sunday as he apologised for a Hawaiian holiday that ended early after public outrage...

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    Catastrophic conditions as bushfires rage in Australia

    Agence France-Presse . Bargo, Australia | Updated at 10:06pm on December 21, 2019

    A scorching heat-wave intensified bushfires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under ‘catastrophic’ conditions...

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    NZ closes gun buyback

    Agence France-Presse . Wellington | Updated at 10:42pm on December 20, 2019

    A firearms buyback scheme launched in New Zealand after the Christchurch mosque shootings ends on Friday, with gun control groups hailing its success despite opposition...

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    Australian PM shortens Hawaii holiday to face fire crisis

    Agence France-Presse. Sydney | Updated at 02:02pm on December 20, 2019

    Australian prime minister Scott Morrison cut short a Hawaii holiday on Friday following a barrage of criticism for vacationing while his country endured an unprecedented...

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    State of emergency as bushfires rage in Australia

    Agence-France-Presse .  Australia | Updated at 10:27pm on December 19, 2019

    A state of emergency was declared in Australia’s most populated region on Thursday as an unprecedented heat wave fanned out-of-control bushfires, destroying homes and smothering...

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    Australia has its hottest day on record

    Agence-France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 10:38pm on December 18, 2019

    Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heat wave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said...

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    Bodies of some NZ volcano eruption victims yet to be found

    Agence France-Presse . Wellington | Updated at 02:44pm on December 15, 2019

    Search teams returned to New Zealand’s volcanic White Island on Sunday but there was no sign of two bodies still unaccounted for after last week’s...

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