Strong 6.6 quake hits off northwest Australia (Guardian)

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northwest Australia Sunday, shaking buildings over a wide area but causing no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The shallow quake hit early Sunday afternoon 10 kilometers under the Indian Ocean 203 kilometers (126…

Sperm donor is child’s legal father, Australian court rules (BBC)

An Australian sperm donor is the father of an 11-year-old girl because it was understood he would be involved in her life, the nation’s top court has ruled. The man had fought to stop the girl’s biological mother and her…

Australian wins lottery using numbers from a dream (BBC)

A man in Australia has scooped a $1m (£536,000) lottery prize after dreaming the winning numbers 13 years ago. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he had dreamt the numbers one night and had been playing them ever…

Edinburgh International Festival launches 2019 programme (Chinadaily)

Edinburgh International Festival returns for its 73rd year on August 2 – 26, 2019, bringing the best of theatre, music and dance from across the world to Scotland’s capital. The programme features 93 events, with 293 performances across 17 venues…

UK man arrested fleeing Australia on jet ski, police say (BBC)

A British man wanted on drugs charges has been arrested off a remote island in Australia while trying to flee the country on a jet ski, authorities say. The 57-year-old was taken into custody on Saibai Island, just 4km (2.5…

Australia threatens to jail social media executives over terror images (Punch)

Australia warned social media giants Tuesday that executives could be jailed if they fail to quickly remove extremist material from their platforms. Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with a number of tech firms Tuesday — including Facebook, Twitter and Google…

Cardinal Pell guilty of sexual offences (BBC)

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of sexual offences in Australia, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction. Pell abused two choir boys in the rooms of a Melbourne cathedral in 1996, a jury found.…

Manchester City set to add third-tier Chinese club to global portfolio (Guardian)

Manchester City’s owner is set to announce the purchase of the Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu, the latest acquisition to a growing portfolio of clubs around the world. The City Football Group (CFG) has been searching for a project in…

Australia to revive island detention centre (BBC)

Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be…

Australia records hottest month ever (BBC)

Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January, with average temperatures exceeding 30C (86F) for the first time. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the extreme heat was “unprecedented” during the country’s summer period. At least five January days were among…

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