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Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river – BBC News

Five Britons, including an 11-year-old girl, are killed alongside an Australian pilot. Source: Sydney seaplane: Six dead as aircraft crashes in river – BBC News

Australia fireworks mishap sends spectators fleeing | Fox News

Unfortunately, a fireworks show at Terrigal Beach in New South Wales, Australia, didn’t proceed as planned. Source: Australia fireworks mishap sends spectators fleeing | Fox News View image on Twitter The Sydney News@thesydneynews Thousands of New Year’s Eve revellers have been evacuated from a beach on the NSW Central Coast after a barge packed with fireworks caught fire. Crowds of people gathered on #Terrigal beach just before the 9pm fireworks display.#NYE2017 An apparent malfunction a few minutes after the show began sent thousands of spectators running for safety, the BBC reported.  

Six dead as seaplane crashes in Sydney ahead of New Year celebrations

Police said they did not know the cause of the crash, but were speaking with witnesses who were in boats on one of the waterways’ busiest days of the year. Source: Six dead as seaplane crashes in Sydney ahead of New Year celebrations

1 body recovered, 36 feared dead in raging Philippine mall fire – NY Daily News

More than two dozen employees are feared to have been trapped in the four-story building in Davao city. Source: 1 body recovered, 36 feared dead in raging Philippine mall fire – NY Daily News

Melbourne car attack: Driver had mental health issues, no terror connection – CNN

The driver of a car which plowed into Christmas shoppers in Melbourne Thursday had a history of drug use and mental health issues, police said. Police said the 32-year-old driver was the sole occupant of the white Suzuki 4WD at the time of the crash. He’s an Australian citizen of Afghan descent who was known to police but only for minor offenses. Source: Melbourne car attack: Driver had mental health issues, no terror connection – CNN

Indonesia earthquake: 6.5 magnitude temblor reported – CNN

Two people were killed and seven others were injured when a strong earthquake hit Indonesia late Friday, authorities said. Source: Indonesia earthquake: 6.5 magnitude temblor reported – CNN

Long-Lost World War II Warship USS Ward Destroyed by Japan Found After 73 Years

On December 7, 1944—three years to the day after the Pearl Harbor attack—the USS Ward was destroyed by Japanese kamikaze aircraft. Source: Long-Lost World War II Warship USS Ward Destroyed by Japan Found After 73 Years

Australia same-sex marriage: MP proposes in parliament – BBC News

Tim Wilson’s moving digression – a reaffirmation – came amid debate on legalising same-sex marriage. Source: Australia same-sex marriage: MP proposes in parliament – BBC News

Mt Agung`s eruptions lead to temporary closure of Bali airport – ANTARA News

The Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised the alert level of Mount Agung from three to four, indicating eruption hazards on and near the volcano. Source: Mt Agung`s eruptions lead to temporary closure of Bali airport – ANTARA News

Red alert warning for airlines as volcano erupts in Bali

Dozens of flights are delayed or cancelled as Mount Ugung sent plumes of ash and steam as high as 13,000ft into the sky. Around 2,000 passengers, mostly from Australia, were stranded at Bali airport after a volcano on the Indonesian island erupted. At least 28 departing or arriving flights were delayed or cancelled as Mount Ugung sent plumes of ash and steam as high as 13,000ft (4,000 metres) into the sky. Source: Red alert warning for airlines as volcano erupts in Bali

Aircraft carrying 11 crashes in Pacific en route to USS Ronald Reagan; 8 recovered, Japan says

Japan is assisting in the rescue on Wednesday and said it recovered eight from the wreckage, but did not specify their conditions. Source: Aircraft carrying 11 crashes in Pacific en route to USS Ronald Reagan; 8 recovered, Japan says

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupts

More than 140,000 people had fled homes before Mount Agung belched smoke 700m above its summit. Nearly 1,600 people died when Mount Agung last erupted in 1963. So far, there have been no changes to flights in the region despite the eruption. Bali volcano: What is it like waiting for an eruption? Indonesia: Volcano nation Source: Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupts

Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63% – BBC News

Rates of the disease rose 63% in five years, led by infections in young heterosexual city dwellers. Source: Australia gonorrhoea cases surge 63% – BBC News

AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare – BBC News

The Airbus A320, carrying 151 people, landed safely at Perth Airport. AirAsia said the flight experienced a “technical issue”. Australian media said it had appeared to lose altitude. “We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting,” one passenger told the local Nine network. Source: AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare – BBC News

Australian Court Says No Guarantee of Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis | World News | US News

FILE PHOTO: A sign stands outside the High Court of Australia in Canberra, Australia, October 15, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray/File photo Reuters Parliament was rocked in August when seven lawmakers, including the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and two other cabinet ministers, said they held dual-citizenship, potentially ruling them ineligible to hold elected office. Source: Australian Court Says No Guarantee of Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis | World News | US News

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