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January 20, 2020

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Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia

Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia

Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas.Major bushfires continued to rage in regions of the south and southeast of the country that have so far

Rain brings joy for Australian firefighters, farmers

Rain brings joy for Australian firefighters, farmers

Drought-breaking storms dumped desperately needed rain on some bushfire-ravaged parts of eastern Australia on Friday, while giving joy to many farmers who have faced losing precious livestock and crops.The rains gave exhausted firefighters a boost in battling

Australia to lose billions as bushfires deter tourists

Australia to lose billions as bushfires deter tourists

Australia will lose billions of dollars in tourism revenue as international visitors cancel trips in droves due to bushfires raging across the country, an industry body forecast Friday.The number of travellers booking visits to Australia has fallen 10-20 perce

Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?

Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?

A week ago, koalas at an Australian wildlife park were in the path of raging bushfires. On Friday, they were soaking wet and being carried to safety from flash floods.Months of drought that have contributed to Australia's catastrophic bushfire season have thi

Rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage

Rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage

Heavy rain fell on bushfires in eastern Australia Friday for a second straight day, offering further relief from a months-long crisis, but dozens of blazes remained out of control.This week's wet weather has given exhausted firefighters a major boost in battl

Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire, say insurgent sources

Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire, say insurgent sources

The Taliban have offered a brief ceasefire to the US, two insurgent sources said Thursday, a move which could allow for the resumption of talks seeking a deal for Washington to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.Washington has for weeks been calling on the milit