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Americas: thousands evacuated, as El Nino triggers worst flooding in decades

Flooding misery continues in the US, with hundreds forced from their homes in Missouri because of rising waters in rain-swollen rivers.<p>Scores of buildings have been engulfed in the state and sections of a major highway have been closed.<p>It is the worst flooding Missouri has seen in two decades. At …


Storm-chasing photographer James Smart thrilled with National Geographic tornado picture win

A self-taught Melbourne photographer says he never expected his shot of a Colorado tornado to take out the high-profile National Geographic 2015 …


Tuvalu battered by heavy rains, strong winds as Pacific island nations brace for Cyclone Ula

Residents in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu are cleaning up after gale-force winds and pounding rain uprooted trees, ripped off roofs and …

Air Canada flight diverted after heavy turbulence injures 21

An Air Canada flight en route from Shanghai to Toronto diverted and landed in Calgary after severe turbulence injured 21 passengers. It was not …

New Year's Eve: Millions around the world welcome 2016 with fireworks amid heightened security concerns

Millions of people around the world have welcomed the arrival of 2016 with parties and fireworks, although security concerns have disrupted …

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As it happened: Australia rings in 2016 with parties, fireworks

Australians have ushered in the new year, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering for fireworks displays around the country.<p>Look back to see …

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ISIL claims fatal bomb attacks in Kurdish area of Syria

ISIL has claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on three restaurants in a predominately Kurdish area in northeast Syria, close to the Turkish border.<p>As many as 30 people have been killed with scores injured in the city<br>of Qamishli.<p>A local church said that 13 of the victims were Christians.<p>Kurdish …

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New Year 2016: Australians flock to fireworks displays around the country to celebrate

New Year's Eve revellers were well behaved with police praising crowd behaviour after more than 1 million people packed into Sydney and Melbourne to …

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Dazzling new year fireworks in Sydney welcome 2016 – video

Around 1.6 million people witness the 2016 New Year fireworks display in and around Sydney harbour, Australia. The display featured a multicoloured firework “waterfall” cascading off the Harbour Bridge and pyrotechnic effects in the shapes of butterflies, octopuses and flowers


Australia rings in new year, with Sydney's spectacular firework display at the forefront

More than a million revellers gathered at Sydney’s top vantage spots to ring in the new year under the glow of a multimillion-dollar fireworks display.<p>The display involved more than 7 tonnes of fireworks, while a ceremony honouring Sydney’s Indigenous peoples was held before the show began.<p>Set to a …


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NYE 2016: How Australia celebrated

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Victoria bushfires not yet under control, new blazes sparked by lightning

Victorian fire crews are using this weekend's milder conditions to fight bushfires still burning along the state's surf coast.<p>Fire authorities said …

Bushfires Victoria: Great Ocean Road towns evacuated as fire hits coast homes

The warning advises residents it's too late to leave.<p>The Great Ocean Road remains closed from Torquay to Skenes Creek.<p>Holidaymakers and residents …

Food rations bring respite to South Sudanese forced to live in swamps

Leer, in South Sudan, hadn’t seen this much life in a long time. The town – or what is left of it – had been largely deserted since May, when fresh violence forced residents from their homes.<p>On 15 December, however, tens of thousands emerged from their hideouts in nearby swamps to receive their …


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Trump dominates GOP field heading into 2016

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump seems set to end 2015 as the dominant force in the race for next year's Republican nomination for president, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz now a clear -- yet distant -- second after a strong debate performance, a new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has found.<p>Trump tops …