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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia's east coast on Friday, to the relief of exhausted firefighters and farmers battling years of drought, and granting a reprieve to the organisers of next week's Australian Open.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)on Thursday said a record 45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are gravely food insecure following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will have to wait until March for rains heavy enough to bring sustained relief from dry weather that has fuelled deadly bushfires, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's peak tourism body estimated the country's bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$1 billion ($690 million) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors.
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(Reuters) - Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is hoping the end of striker Joelinton's 20-game goal drought will come as a much-needed boost of confidence for the club's record signing.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Severe storms are expected to bring some relief in the coming days from huge bushfires scorching Australia but the heavy downpours could also carry the risk of landslides and water pollution, officials said on Wednesday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham's Hotspur's Argentine midfield duo Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela both scored as Jose Mourinho's side edged past Middlesbrough 2-1 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - As global temperatures soar, Australia could become so hot and dry that the country's residents could become climate refugees, U.S. climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann told Reuters.
FROM NG TZE SHIUNG , Petaling Jaya