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Australians Leave Homes as Heat, Winds Escalate Fire Danger

EDEN, Australia — Thousands of people fled their homes and helicopters dropped supplies to towns at risk of nearby wildfires as hot, windy conditions Friday threatened already fire-ravaged southeastern Australian communities. Lake Tahoe Basin Managemen...
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Australian PM’s Leadership Criticized During Wildfire Crisis

CANBERRA, Australia — As his country burned, Australia's prime minister was cursed and jeered out of a town, called an “idiot,” a “moron” and worse, and skewered at home and abroad for his dismissive response toward climate change. “I think it’s done lastin...
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Australia Sending Aid to Wildfire Towns as Death Toll Rises

PERTH, Australia — Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. “I...
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Australian Court Upholds Sex Abuse Verdict of Cardinal Pell

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates de...