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Canberra named Australia's roadkill capital for third year following hundreds of collisions with kangaroos

CANBERRA (Bernama): Canberra has been named the roadkill capital of Australia for the third consecutive year after about 200 collisions between drivers and animals were reported in 12 months, Xinhua news agency reports, quoting insurance company data.


Australian prosecutors seek jail for media over Pell trial coverage

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian prosecutors are seeking jail and fines for dozens of journalists and media outlets for alleged contempt of court over their coverage of Cardinal George Pell's child sex abuse trial last year, a court summons showed on Tuesday.


Australia to launch inquiry into embattled public broadcaster

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will hold an inquiry into the crisis-ridden public broadcaster ABC following allegations its chairman succumbed to political pressure by calling for the removal of a senior journalist.


NZ's Minister for Women gives birth to baby boy after cycling to hospital

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced on Wednesday that she had delivered her first child, a baby boy, after cycling to hospital and becoming the country's second member of the government, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to give birth this year.


Top-ranked Australian university hit by Chinese hackers - media

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's top-ranked university on Friday said it had spent several months fighting off a threat to its computer systems, which media said had been compromised by Chinese hackers.


New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern gives birth to baby girl

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first child, a girl, on Thursday, Ardern said in a posting on Instagram.


China to Australia: Remove "coloured glasses" to get ties back on track

BEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should remove its "coloured glasses" to get relations back on track with major trading partner China, the Chinese government's top diplomat Wang Yi has told his Australian counterpart on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Argentina.


China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea-Australian media

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military in the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported on Friday, citing Australian defence officials.


U.S. inspects Chinese-funded Vanuatu wharf ahead of military exercise

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States has conducted a survey of a Chinese-funded wharf in Vanuatu ahead of a military exercise by U.S. forces planned for the South Pacific later this year, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Saturday.