Christmas Island

'I can't talk to you Dad, I'm crying too much'

A man jailed for nine years shortly after being deported from Australia told New Zealand authorities he committed crime to pay for his family to …

New Zealand

Christmas Island has harvested its first coffee crop - ABC Rural - ABC News

It is a tropical island paradise known internationally for its unique red crab migration, but Christmas Island locals hope the territory might, in …


Oldham veteran Terry calls for justice - 60 years after devastating 'hell' island nuclear tests

Reporter: Martha Southall <br>Date published: 15 August 2018<p>Veteran Terry Quinlan pictured at the Oldham war memorial with his daughter Ann<p>"We were the …


Anh’s Brush with Fame: Aug 15

This week on <b>Anh’s Brush with Fame</b> the subject is Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis.<i>Anh invites ground-breaking surgeon Associate Professor Munjed</i> …


'My princess': Insta-famous 'Yakiboy' announces the birth of his baby girl - and his nickname for her is a nod to himself

Instagram star Hossein 'Yakiboy' Balapour and his wife have welcomed a baby girl into the world - dubbing her 'Dreamyaki'.<p>The self-proclaimed 'Muslim …

Social Media

Former border force chief says Australia should investigate all deaths in offshore detention

The former head of the Australian Border Force has said all deaths within Australia’s offshore immigration regime should be investigated by an Australian judge or coroner.<p>Roman Quaedvlieg said the current system – where deaths are rarely formally investigated – led to speculation and criticism, and …

Australian News

Fazel Chegeni's escape set off alarms but detention centre guards 'failed to act'

A refugee who scaled fences at an immigration detention centre and died in the Christmas Island jungle triggered two security alarms during his escape but guards failed to act, an inquest has heard.<p>Stateless refugee Fazel Chegeni Nejad, 34, survived being repeatedly tortured in Iran but had a …

Mental Health

Hunger strike looms for the refugee the Australian government sent to Cambodia

He owns and runs a successful business, a restaurant called Middle East Feast which he set up with a loan from Australia, has made friends with …

Middle East

Christmas Island asylum-seeker death inquest told Fazel Chegeni Nejad was deemed 'high risk'

The Federal Government may have breached its own guidelines when it transferred Kurdish-Iranian man Fazel Chegeni Nejad to immigration detention on …

Mental Health

Timeline of Khazaei refugee death


Papua New Guinea

News in 5: Zara Tindall’s second miscarriage; PM’s by-election reflections; Lombok quake kills 14.

– With AAP 1. Zara Tindall reveals that she suffered a second miscarriage before daughter Lena was born. Zara Tindall has revealed she suffered a …


Coroners examine deaths in Australian immigration detention

Deaths inside Australia’s onshore and offshore immigration detention regimes will be examined by coroners on opposite sides of the country this week.<p>On Monday in Queensland the state coroner Terry Ryan will deliver his findings from the inquest into the 2014 death of 24-year-old Iranian asylum …

Australian News

Coroner to examine refugee's death on Christmas Island

Stateless refugee Fazel Chegeni Nejad survived torture in Iran only to later die on Christmas Island.<p>An inquest into his death in November 2015 will …


Grandson of Brit nuclear test veteran dies of cancer at the age of seven

The grandson of one of Britain’s nuclear test veterans has died of cancer at the age of seven.<p>The family of RAF Sgt Roy Kirkland fear that he passed …

Cold War

Micro-wasps take on crazy-ant colonies

Project to save Christmas Island red crabs is working

La Trobe University

Parasitic Wasps Could Save The Red Crabs On Christmas Island

All signs indicate that this plan is working.<p>The Christmas Island red crab population has been savaged by super colonies of yellow crazy ants, an aggressive invasive species that sprays a powerful acid as a defensive mechanism.<p>Now scientists have introduced parasitic wasps to deal with the problem …

South-east Asia

Vocus completes Australia Singapore Cable laying

Four months after laying activities kicked off, the ASC is ready for electronics to be installed.<p>The Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) has been laid, …

Hong Kong

Trump Places White People On The Endangered Species List

July 23, 2018 by Andrew Hall<p><b>Washington DC –</b> President Trump placed heterosexual white people on the Endangered Species List. The commander-in-chief …

Endangered Species

Australia Singapore Cable laying phase complete: Vocus

Single thread days numbered.

Technology (Australia)

Tracey Moffatt's critically acclaimed series displayed at Art Gallery of South Australia in an Australian-first

<b>ADELAIDE</b><b>.-</b> The Art Gallery of South Australia is presenting the first Australian display of Tracey Moffatt’s photographic series Body Remembers and …

Art Galleries

Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 07.20.18

Welcome to the latest edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos …


Confirmed: T-Mobile Adding 50+ More Countries to Free Text and 2G Data!

T-Mobile is sending text messages to subscribers announcing a price increase from $0.20/minute to $0.25/minute for roaming calls from counties …


Threatened species: nine mammals and mountain mistfrog could join extinction list

Ten species could soon be added to Australia’s list of extinct fauna, including a Queensland frog that was last seen in 1990.<p>The federal government’s scientific advisory body is assessing whether to add nine mammals and the mountain mistfrog to its list of native animal species considered extinct …


South Australian doctor among experts in Thailand cave rescue

A South Australian doctor is among the experts involved in the rescue mission to retrieve 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand.<p>Dr Richard Harris, an anaesthetist with more than 30 years of diving experience, flew to Thailand last week.<p>The Adelaide Advertiser reported on …


Essentials Newsletter

Brae takes top spot in Australia’s Top Restaurant Awards<p>Dan Hunter’s ultimate farm-to-table experience Brae has won best restaurant in Australia at …

Travel (Australia)

Australian supermarkets work to prevent 'bag rage' as plastics ban takes effect

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat “bag rage” as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker’s throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores …


Keeping Kids In Detention With Their Parents Is A Recipe For Abuse. Just Ask Australia.

The country’s human rights organizations are warning Americans not to make the same “horrible mistakes.”<p>Since 1994, every single person who has come to Australian shores by boat without a visa ― most of them asylum-seekers ― has been taken to mandatory indefinite detention. Mandatory, as in there …


Plastic waste washes up on Australia's distant shores, rings change at the checkout

SYDNEY (Reuters) - On the palm-fringed beaches of Christmas Island, a speck of land in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia, plastic waste is piling up on the white sand and killing marine life.<p>Flotsam and jetsam, especially plastic bags and one-use containers, cover the shoreline of …

World News

Why Australia's Woolworths has binned plastic bags |

Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia has announced that stores nationwide will no longer provide the free bags. As Kate King reports, it's part of a move to reduce the use of plastic bags after 800 kilograms of plastics and litter were collected off a single beach on the Australian Island Territory …


Nuclear test veteran wants government apology over blasts

<b>A British nuclear weapons tests veteran has called for a government apology after claiming his health was damaged by radiation from the blasts.</b><p>John Ward, 80, from Chesterfield, was sent to Christmas Island, in the Pacific Ocean, in the 1950s to witness atomic and hydrogen bomb explosions.<p>He said …

North Korea