Australia judge probed for saying incest `may be accepted`

An Australian judge will be investigated for his "appalling" comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday.

Australian Labor great Neville Wran dies aged 87

Former Australian state premier Neville Wran has died at the age of 87, prompting tributes from both sides of politics today for the man who led New South Wales in the 1970s and 80s.

Australian state premier quits over wine `memory fail`

A leading Australian politician resigned today after admitting to a "massive memory fail" when he told a corruption inquiry he never received a bottle of wine worth USD 2,780.

Snow hampers search for missing Indo-Canadian in Australia

After resuming search operations November 25 for the Indo-Canadian man who went missing in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), police said they have to contend with a large amount of snow.

Australia firefighters start to gain upper hand

Firefighters in Australia took advantage of lighter winds on Friday to get on top of a nine-day bushfire emergency as officials said the military could be liable for compensation after starting one of the worst blazes.

Australia fires flare as military blamed for blaze, pilot killed

Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for eight days across the state of New South Wales that have destroyed more than 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point.

Bushfires in Australia still raging but major threat averted

The firefighter officials battling the wildfire in the state of New South Wales in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney said that the worst fears from the blazes are over but the crisis are far from over yet.

Australian state faces new bushfire emergencies

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is facing three new bushfire emergencies with two fires burning near Newcastle and one in the Blue Mountains as extreme weather conditions remain in the state, local media reported Wednesday.

Bushfires in Australia: Major fire threat averted for today

Authorities on Wednesday said that people in Blue Mountains region can return to their home as a possible fire threat for the day has been averted.

Australia merges blazes in wildfire battle

Firefighters today deliberately merged two major blazes in southeastern Australia in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

Australia`s bushfire insurance claims hit $96 mn

At least 900 bushfire claims have been lodged with the Australian insurers so far, with losses of more than 100 million Australian dollars ($96 million), the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said Tuesday.

Bushfires push Australian region in state of emergency

Australian region of New South Wales is in a state of emergency following over 56 bushfires burning across the state, of which 12 are reportedly out of control.

New South Wales Blue Mountains fires could merge into one: Report

Adding fuel to the concerns sparked by Australian bushfires across New South Wales, the fire commissioner has warned that three fires could merge into one, worsening the situation, reports said.

Australian bushfire: State of emergency declared in New South Wales

The huge wildfire in Australia’s most populous state New South Wales is set to worsen as the hot weather and strong winds is expected to spread the fire across the region.

Unparalleled danger from Australian bushfires: Officials

Australian fire crews stepped up containment efforts around several major wildfires Sunday with the weather forecast to deteriorate and officials warning of "unparalleled" danger from the worst conditions in 40 years.

Australian wildfire: Military exercise caused Lithgow blaze?

About 200 houses have been destroyed in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney after the huge wildfire in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales.

Severe bushfires rage across Australian state

Dozens of bushfires are still burning out of control across Australia`s state of New South Wales, with thousands of local residents spending night in evacuation centres.

Man of Indian descent acquitted of murdering father

An Australian court acquitted a 21-year-old man of Indian descent of murdering his father.

Australia wildfires not yet contained fully

The scores of wildfires that destroyed over 100 homes and other buildings in southern Australia have reduced after temperatures cooled from record highs, officials said on Wednesday.

Southeast Australia battles ‘catastrophic’ wildfires

Southeast Australia was bracing for "catastrophic" fire conditions in several areas amid frantic efforts by fire officials to douse wildfires spread across the region.