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A Sleepy Giant Seal Helped Foil an International Drug Smuggling Operation in Australia

A Sleepy Giant Seal Helped Foil an International Drug Smuggling Operation in AustraliaThe seal just wanted to sleep in peace



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Detained writer urges Australia to help free him from China

Detained writer urges Australia to help free him from ChinaA Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing on suspicion of espionage since January has urged Australia to maintain diplomatic pressure for his release. “I implore the prime minister to help me go home as soon as possible,” Yang, 54, said in the statement provided to The Associated Press by Feng Chongyi, an academic who was detained in China for two weeks in 2017 while researching human rights lawyers. Yang was taken into custody upon arriving in southern China’s Guangzhou from New York on Jan. 19 with his wife, Yuan Xiaoliang, and his 14-year-old stepdaughter.



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Pentagon in talks with Australia on rare earths plant: official

Pentagon in talks with Australia on rare earths plant: officialThe push comes as China threatens to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals found in fighter jets, tanks and high-tech consumer electronics. China is the world’s largest processor and producer of the minerals accounting for more than 80 percent of global processing capacity.



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A 'raft' of volcanic rock the size of Manhattan is floating toward Australia

A 'raft' of volcanic rock the size of Manhattan is floating toward AustraliaThe "raft" was captured by NASA Earth Observatory days after an underwater volcano 130 feet deep may have erupted near the island of Tonga.



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A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizard

A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizardA 72-year-old man was seriously injured after attempting to break up a fight between his pet dog and a giant Goanna lizard.



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Bystanders leap into action and subdue a man suspected of killing a woman, stabbing others in Australia

Bystanders leap into action and subdue a man suspected of killing a woman, stabbing others in AustraliaA knife-wielding man is suspected of slaying a woman in Sydney, Australia. Bystanders used a milk crate and chair to restrain him.



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Surgical plate found inside stomach of 4.7m long crocodile in Australia

Surgical plate found inside stomach of 4.7m long crocodile in AustraliaAn Australian crocodile farmer who found an orthopaedic plate inside a crocodile's stomach said on Thursday he had been told the surgical device was from a person's body and had been contacted by relatives of missing people anxious for clues. Koorana Crocodile Farm owner John Lever found the plate inside a 4.7-metre (15-foot- 5) croc called M.J. during an autopsy in June at his business near Rockhampton in Queensland state. He initially wasn't sure if the unusual find had been part of an animal or human. But he said since making photos of the plate public, he had been told it was a type used in human surgery. Lever estimated that M.J. was 50 to 70 years old when he died. M.J. could have eaten the bone that the plate had been attached to by six screws 50 years ago, he said. All remnants of human tissue attached to the plate had been long digested before M.J. died several months after losing a fight with another croc. Koorana Crocodile Farm owner John Lever found the plate inside MJ Lever is continuing to make inquiries in the hope of discovering what decade the type of plate was used and perhaps who it had belonged to. "I wouldn't call it an investigation, we're making inquiries because we're fascinated by this whole thing," Lever said. "Obviously this crocodile has chomped on something and that plate has been left in its stomach complete with screws." Lever bought M.J. from a farmer in Innisfail, 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), north of Rockhampton, six years ago. Sometime earlier, M.J. had been trapped in the wild. Crocodiles are protected in Australia and are only trapped if they are a threat to humans. "We've had a couple of people get in touch with us about their relatives that have gone missing in the northern Queensland area and they're anxious to find out – there's been nothing heard of these people, they've just disappeared," Lever said. "We'll certainly keep these people informed of any new news that we can get." MJ the crocodile was estimated to be 50 to 70 years old when he died The last fatal crocodile attack in Australia was in October when a woman was snatched while gathering mussels with her family in a waterhole in a remote part of the Northern Territory. The last fatal attack in Queensland was a year earlier, when a 79-year-old dementia patient was killed after wandering from a nursing home at Port Douglas. The crocodile population has exploded across the country's tropical north since the 1970s. Because saltwater crocodiles can live up to 70 years and grow throughout their lives – reaching up to 7 meters (23 feet) in length – the proportion of large crocodiles is also rising.



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Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leave

Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leaveAustralia’s government on Wednesday called on China to allow an Australian child and his Uighur mother to leave the country, days after co-signing a letter denouncing Beijing’s treatment of the Muslim minority. China has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in tightly controlled Xinjiang region, in the country’s northwest. Sadam Abdusalam has campaigned for months for his Uighur wife, Nadila Wumaier, and their son Lutifeier, whom he has never met, to be allowed to come to Australia.



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Powerful earthquakes strike in Indonesia and Australia

Powerful earthquakes strike in Indonesia and AustraliaSunday's earthquake was one of the most powerful ever to hit western Australia.



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Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in Australia

Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in AustraliaA Dutchman completed an epic 95,000 kilometre (59,000 mile) journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change. Wiebe Wakker drove his retrofitted station wagon nicknamed “The Blue Bandit” across 33 countries in what he said was the world’s longest-ever journey by electric car. The trip from the Netherlands to Australia took just over three years and was funded by public donations from around the world, including electricity to charge the Bandit, food and a place to sleep.



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