The federal government is trying to deploy officials into the locked down Chinese city of Wuhan where around 400 Australian citizens have registered for evacuation from the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus.
North Queensland communities are bracing for more torrential rain, while the state's southwest is baking in another summer heatwave.
Welfare recipients could soon be required to report their actual fortnightly earnings to Centrelink, instead of providing a calculation based on their wage and hours worked.
The daughter of a western Sydney business owner brutally murdered in his workshop in 1995 says her father's death remains difficult to accept.
Over 30,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in southeast Brazil that also killed 54 people and left 18 missing.
The pilot of Kobe Bryant's ill-fated helicopter was flying too low to be monitored in fog, air traffic controller recordings show, as coroner's investigators said they had recovered three bodies from the crash site and were searching for more remains.
Ten students currently flying back from China will spend two weeks in quarantine at their Brisbane boarding school to manage any risk of them spreading the deadly coronavirus.
A massive fire that killed at least eight people and destroyed dozens of boats in an Alabama marina spread so rapidly by the wind that "we didn't have time to do nothing," said one resident who survived but lost his brother in the cold water.
A Queensland MP is livid about a fake health warning telling people to stay away from Brisbane suburbs with large Chinese populations due to the coronavirus threat.
Unidentified gunmen have shot dead two protesters in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya after security forces began a crackdown on months-long demonstrations against the country's largely Iran-backed ruling elite.