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World 31 Jan 2020 | 5:36 PM

State of emergency declared in Canberra amid threatening bushfire

SYDNEY (BERNAMA): Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday (Jan 31), as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel a large bushfire beyond the control of firefighters.

World 26 Jan 2020 | 1:35 PM

Tragedy of bushfires cloud Australia Day celebrations

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia Day celebrations on Sunday saw thousands of people flock to beaches and music festivals, but festivities were clouded by the tragedy of bushfires which have killed 33 and destroyed hundreds of homes.

World 26 Jan 2020 | 10:08 AM

Heavy rains dampen fires in Australia's Queensland state, cause flooding

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's bushfire-stricken state of Queensland saw heavy rainfalls on Sunday dampening some of the fires that have razed 2.5 million hectares (1.2 million acres) of land since September, but the wet weather caused major flooding.