Australian Twitter users have shown their support for their Muslim neighbors with a spontaneous campaign, offering to ride with them on buses and trains, or give them a lift to work to ensure their safety as the Sydney hostage situation continues.
Dramatic footage and images were shot of several hostages escaping the besieged Lindt Café in central Sydney. The tense stand-off between Australian police and a gunman lasted over 16 hours and came to an end when police stormed the café.
A red-faced ridesharing service Uber is offering free rides to commuters in Sydney after sparking public anger online by raising its prices in Australia’s largest city due to the developing hostage crisis in the central business district (CBD).
A police operation is underway at a café in central Sydney, where up to 40 hostages are being held by an armed attacker and a black flag with Arabic inscriptions can be seen. Australia is contributing to the US-led operation against the Islamic State.
Towering flames near Perth, Western Australia (population 1.5 million) prompted the evacuation of homes on Sunday. Water-bombing helicopters and several fire crews battled the fire through the day, which has yet to be contained.
At least 76 graves, mostly Russian and Serbian, have been damaged by vandals in a Sydney cemetery. The incident, already condemned by Moscow, happened a day before Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s official visit to Australia.
Obligatory celibacy could have contributed to child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, a group of Australian archbishops has admitted, becoming the first-ever Catholic institution to publicly acknowledge the potential link.
The Australian National Dictionary Center has named “shirtfront” the word of the year. The term gained popularity when the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott talked of his plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit.