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Australia becomes a whole lot bigger after UN ruling

Australia, already the world's largest island, has just become substantially larger. A United Nations commission has ruled that the country can expand its continental shelf by nearly a million square miles.

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Jakarta torch relay is scaled down as Canberra puts up wall of steel

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

In the latest stage of the Olympic torch's fraught progress around the world, it has been paraded through a heavily guarded sports stadium in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, in front of 5,000 invited guests, mainly children.

Aboriginal stolen children 'were used in leprosy tests'

Thursday, 17 April 2008

The Australian government has launched an investigation into claims that aboriginal children seized from their parents during the 1920s and 1930s were secretly used as guinea pigs for leprosy treatments.

New Zealand flash flood kills six pupils

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Six high school pupils and their teacher were swept to their deaths in a freak flash flood at a wilderness gorge in New Zealand.

Boy tells how he tried to save friend killed by shark

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

An Australian schoolboy braved bloodied seas yesterday to try to save his friend who had been mauled by a shark off a popular beach while the pair were bodyboarding.

Shark kills boy off Australian coast

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

A shark attacked and killed a 16-year-old boy today while he and a friend were bodyboarding off Australia's eastern coast, officials said.

Assault with a prickly weapon

Monday, 7 April 2008

A New Zealand man has been accused of assaulting a boy by throwing a hedgehog at him.

Koalas in danger

Sunday, 6 April 2008

The future of the koala, perhaps Australia's best-loved animal, is under threat because greenhouse gas emissions are making eucalyptus leaves – their sole food source – inedible.

Australian wrestles 8-foot saltwater crocodile to save wife from its jaws

Friday, 4 April 2008

A woman grabbed by a crocodile as she stood on a riverbank in Australia's Northern Territory was rescued by her husband, who wrestled with the reptile and poked its eyes, forcing it to release her from its jaws.

Husband gouges croc's eyes to save wife

Thursday, 3 April 2008

A man rescued his wife from the jaws of a crocodile in remote northern Australia by jumping on its head and poking its eyes, the couple said today.

Kangaroos win second reprieve from mass slaughter

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Four hundred kangaroos on Australian Defence Department land have won a last-minute reprieve, after a public outcry at a planned mass slaughter.

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