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Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, smoke rises from a wildfire near Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Winds that were fanning wildfires and showering embers on threatened communities eased late Wednesday, after scores of Australians evacuated their homes in mountains west of Sydney. AP

A military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have ravaged Australia’s most populous state over the past week, investigators said Wednesday.

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Thousands isolated by Australian floodwaters

Sydney residents shelter under umbrellas as early morning rain falls while walking along Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour on January 29, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

Thousands of people on Australia’s east coast were cut off by floodwaters on Sunday, with the heavy rain claiming two lives as extreme thunderstorms damaged homes and brought down trees in Sydney.

Posted: February 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Milder temperatures ease Australian wildfire fears

In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service a wildfire near Deans Gap, Australia, crosses the Princes Highway Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Firefighters are battling scores of wildfires in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuate national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level. (AP Photo/NSW Rural Fire Service, James Morris)

Temperatures cooled from record highs across much of southern Australia on Wednesday, reducing the danger from scores of wildfires that have blazed for days.

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »