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All 60 aboard New Zealand tourist boat rescued from fire

January
18
,
2016
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — All 60 people forced overboard after their tourist boat caught fire Monday off the coast of New Zealand have been rescued, according to authorities. Police spokeswoman Kim Perks said the fire aboard the vessel...

Woman attacked on Australian creek bank by leaping crocodile

January
14
,
2016
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PERTH, Australia — Authorities say a 68-year-old woman is in a stable condition in an Australian hospital after a crocodile lept from a creek and bit off part of her arm. Government official Peter Carstairs said on Thursday the woman was...

Malaysian military officer pleads guilty to indecent assault in New Zealand diplomatic case

November
30
,
2015
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand after earlier leaving the country under the protection of diplomatic immunity pleaded guilty Monday to indecent assault. Muhammad Rizalman Ismail faces...

Sea hunt for MH370 shifts to where British pilot believes airliner made controlled ditching

November
23
,
2015
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CANBERRA, Australia — The deep sea hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot has calculated that the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard,...

Australian court fines Japanese whalers for continuing hunt off Antarctica despite court ban

November
18
,
2015
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SYDNEY, Australia — An Australian court fined a Japanese whaling company 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) on Wednesday for violating a court order that it stop hunting whales in an area off Antarctica. Federal Court Justice Jayne...

Man charged with slaying of mom who was found in Australian forest far from daughter's remains

October
29
,
2015
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SYDNEY, Australia — A man was arrested in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in an Australian forest 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) from where her daughter's body was discovered dumped in a suitcase, police said...