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#illridewithyou: Aussies call for support, tolerance to Muslims amid hostage crisis
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.

15.12.2014 10:16

Dramatic escape: #SydneySiege hostages run for freedom (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
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.

15.12.2014 07:03

​Uber hikes Sydney prices amid hostage crisis, offers free rides after outcry
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).

15.12.2014 06:25

#SydneySiege: 'Islamist' hostage drama in Australia
Police operation at a café in central Sydney, Australia is over after the gunman Man Manis held some 40 hostages for over 16 hours.At least 5 have been injured including a policeman.

15.12.2014 03:52

Gunman takes hostages in Sydney cafe, displays black ‘jihadist’ flag
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.

December 15, 2014 13:48

Wall of fire: Massive blaze swallows 120 hectares, encroaches on Perth (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
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.

14.12.2014 12:44

Dozens of graves, mostly Russian and Serbian, damaged by vandals in Sydney (VIDEO)
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.

12.12.2014 12:40

Celibacy could cause child abuse, landmark Catholic report admits
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.

12.12.2014 06:34

Shirtfront: What Abbott threatened to do to Putin becomes word of year in Australia
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.

10.12.2014 20:15

Former Gitmo detainee David Hicks heckles Australian attorney-general at awards ceremony
David Hicks, a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay for six years, had some choice words for Australian Attorney-General George Brandis at a human rights awards ceremony in Sydney.

10.12.2014 10:22

Australia develops world's most efficient solar panels
​Australian researchers have developed a new method of using commercial solar panels that converts more electricity from sunlight than ever before.

08.12.2014 08:38

Aussie embassies crack down on ‘pest’ tourists, won’t help pay for hookers
Australian embassies have had it with reckless travelers and their bizarre requests for assistance. From evicting roof-dwelling polecats to paying for jet ski repairs, the embassies have heard it all.

06.12.2014 14:50