Climate extremes threaten Australia’s wine industry

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Jan 15 : Winemakers in Australia’s oldest growing region fear a ruined harvest after heavy rainfall, while vineyards in the country’s west are under threat from bushfires, undermining efforts to recover from a near decade-long run of lower exports. Just weeks out from the 2016 harvest, the contrasting events highlight the […]

Severe weather in Sydney kills one, disrupts flights

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Jan 14 : Severe thunderstorms in Sydney today killed at least one person and injured another, police said, with winds of 122 kmph lashing Australia’s busiest airport, besides ripping down power lines and closing roads. A man was killed and a woman passenger suffered critical injuries when a falling tree crushed […]

Australian police say operation underway at Sydney Opera House

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Jan 14 : A police operation was underway at the Sydney Opera House today, police said, with at least one ferry leaving the area cancelled and media reporting that people were being cleared away from the site. A police spokeswoman said an operation was going on but could not provide any […]

Australia knocks back Washington over more help against Islamic State

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Jan 14 : Australia today said that it had denied a request from the United States for a greater military commitment against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq made in the wake of the November attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Australia, a staunch ally of the United States […]