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HYAMS BEACH, Australia (Reuters) - On any other January week, tourists would be jostling for space on the bright white sands of Australia's Hyams Beach.
EDEN, Australia/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The peak summer holiday period should bring boatloads of cruise-ship passengers and other holiday makers to the Australian coastal town of Eden, with visitors thronging stores like Lynn Baxter's newsagent.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's government is sticking firmly to a position that there is no direct link between climate change and the country's devastating bushfires, despite public anger, the anguish of victims and warnings from scientists.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures on Tuesday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted.
PETALING JAYA: Age is just a number for birthday boy Azizulhasni Awang, who is going stronger than ever and poised to become the first Malaysian cyclist to feature in four Olympic Games.
THE fireworks of Jan 1 heralded not just a new year but a new decade. English Premier League footballers were preparing for the next game in the crowded festive fixture list.
STRYDENBURG/GROBLERSHOOP, South Africa (Reuters) - A severe drought is threatening South Africa's wildlife industry, with game farmers keeping fewer animals and tourists visiting game lodges in smaller numbers.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bushfires across Australia's east coast are set to pile on more pain for the country's dairy industry, already hurt by a prolonged drought, as processors in one of the world's largest exporters face tightening milk supplies.
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian officials took advantage of better weather on Monday to reopen roads blocked by wildfires and move some people to safety although thick smoke stalled rescue efforts and hundreds of people remained stranded.
BANGKOK: There is no risk to public health from consuming water whose salinity levels have shot up because of intrusion of saltwater in the city's supplies, the health authority said. The Department of Health, however, advised caution for people in the high-risk group.