24 May 2019, Friday | 04:05am

Australia

Father and son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot

MELBOURNE: A father and son lifesaving team drowned while trying to save a tourist swept out to sea near one of Australia’s most famous sights off the south coast, officials said today.

Strong 6.5 earthquake off Australian coast: USGS

HONG KONG, April 18 — A strong 6.5 earthquake hit off the southern coast of Australia today, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning.

Rugby Australia to fire Folau over anti-gay rant

SYDNEY: Rugby Australia on Thursday said it intends to terminate superstar Israel Folau’s contract over his latest anti-gay rant, throwing the Wallabies’ World Cup plans into disarray.

Facebook to block foreign ads for Australia election

SYDNEY: Facebook will block election advertising from outside Australia ahead of polls next month, in the wake of growing criticism of the social media giant’s role in the spread of disinformation.

Photoshop gaffe embarrasses Australian prime minister with two left feet

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was left red-faced on Wednesday after a family photograph, doctored by his staff, inadvertently left him with two left feet - an embarrassing image as he tries to end missteps months before an election.

Australia closes controversial detention centre

MELBOURNE: Australia announced the closure of Melbourne’s controversial Maribyrnong detention centre on Wednesday, one of several facilities used to lock up immigrants who arrived without pa

Australia PM, Muslim leaders spar over his terror comments

Sydney: Australian Muslim leaders said Wednesday they would boycott a meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison after he said they needed to do more to halt terror attacks in the country.

Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child abuse steps down

SYDNEY: An Australian archbishop who became one of the world’s highest-ranked church officials found guilty of covering up child sex abuse announced Wednesday he will stand down from his official duties.

Sydney suffers through hottest day in 80 years

SYDNEY: A total fire ban remains in place across the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday, after Sydneysiders endured the hottest day in 80 years, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.