World’s oldest known message in a bottle found on Australian beach The oldest known message in a bottle was found on an Australian beach 132 years after being thrown from a German ship in the Indian Ocean as part of an experiment to track currents, experts said.

Sailors aboard the German boat Paula placed the message into a gin bottle as they made their way from Cardiff to Makassar, Indonesia, as part of an experiment looking at ocean currents. Photo: ©KymIllman.com/PA Wire Sailors aboard the German boat Paula placed the message into a gin bottle as they made their way from Cardiff […]

Australia wildfires destroy dozens of homes and kill livestock Wildfires have razed dozens of homes in southeast Australia, cut power to thousands more and killed livestock.

Smoke rises from a destroyed home after a bushfire swept through the town of Tathra, located on the south-east coast of New South Wales in Australia Photo: AAP/Dean Lewins/via Reuters Independent.ie NewsdeskTwitterEmail March 19 2018 7:13 AM 0 Comments Australia wildfires destroy dozens of homes and kill livestock Independent.ie Wildfires have razed dozens of homes […]

Tourists killed in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef A helicopter carrying American tourists has crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers and injuring another two, police said.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Photo: Getty Images Independent.ie NewsdeskTwitterEmail March 22 2018 10:25 AM 0 Comments Tourists killed in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef Independent.ie A helicopter carrying American tourists has crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers and injuring another two, police said. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/australasia/tourists-killed-in-helicopter-crash-on-great-barrier-reef-36732041.html https://www.independent.ie/migration_catalog/article25073004.ece/4fa42/AUTOCROP/h342/1301_barrierreef_g Email […]

Australia becomes latest country to expel Russian diplomats in show of support for UK Australia has become the latest country to expel Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

President Vladimir Putin. Photo: AP Independent.ie NewsdeskTwitterEmail March 27 2018 6:42 AM 0 Comments Australia becomes latest country to expel Russian diplomats in show of support for UK Independent.ie Australia has become the latest country to expel Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain over the Salisbury nerve agent attack. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/australasia/australia-becomes-latest-country-to-expel-russian-diplomats-in-show-of-support-for-uk-36747822.html https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/article36747603.ece/63894/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-03-27_wor_39629454_I1.JPG Email […]

Sun shield to protect Great Barrier Reef Scientists in Australia have developed an ultra-thin “sun shield” that could float on the water in the Great Barrier Reef to protect coral from further bleaching.

A handout photo from the Australian Institute of Marine Science shows live coral in sun shield trials. An ultra-fine biodegradable film some 50,000 times thinner than a human hair could be enlisted to battle degradation of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo: AFP/Getty Images Daniel Pearlman March 28 2018 2:30 AM 0 Comments Sun shield to […]

Party girl who faked cancer to get donations from friends and family jailed for ‘despicable’ scam A 24-year-old in Australia pretended to have cancer and swindled over €23,000 from her parents and friends in a “despicable” scam to fund her…

Hanna Dickenson, then 19, convinced her parents she only had weeks to live Photo: Facebook Jonathan Pearlman April 12 2018 8:34 AM 0 Comments Party girl who faked cancer to get donations from friends and family jailed for ‘despicable’ scam Independent.ie A 24-year-old in Australia pretended to have cancer and swindled over €23,000 from her […]

WATCH: ‘It sent shivers down our spine’ – Police release CCTV footage of ‘possessed’ broom Police in Australia have released CCTV footage of spooky goings on in one of their station car parks which they claim ‘sent shivers down their spine’.

Independent.ie NewsdeskTwitterEmail April 16 2018 8:38 AM 0 Comments WATCH: ‘It sent shivers down our spine’ – Police release CCTV footage of ‘possessed’ broom Independent.ie Police in Australia have released CCTV footage of spooky goings on in one of their station car parks which they claim ‘sent shivers down their spine’. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/australasia/watch-it-sent-shivers-down-our-spine-police-release-cctv-footage-of-possessed-broom-36810267.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article36810250.ece/0e879/AUTOCROP/h342/cctv_2.jpg Email Police […]

Pope’s treasurer charged in sex abuse crisis is being targeted to punish other clerics, lawyer tells court A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis told an Australian court on Tuesday that Cardinal…

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offence charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance on Friday. (AP) Australia Cardinal Charged April 17 2018 6:38 AM 0 Comments Pope’s treasurer charged in sex abuse crisis is being targeted to punish other clerics, lawyer tells court Independent.ie A […]

Mother who sold her teen daughter as a sex slave nearly 1,000 times in two years is jailed A mother was jailed after she was found guilty of selling her teenage daughter to men for sexual services over a period of two years.

(Stock photo) Independent.ie NewsdeskTwitterEmail April 18 2018 11:56 AM 0 Comments Mother who sold her teen daughter as a sex slave nearly 1,000 times in two years is jailed Independent.ie A mother was jailed after she was found guilty of selling her teenage daughter to men for sexual services over a period of two years. […]

Cocaine mule says she did it for Instagram likes A drug mule said she tried to smuggle €12.6m worth of cocaine into Australia because it was a chance to post selfies on Instagram during a free holiday.

Melina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé admitted to smuggling cocaine into Sydney Credit: Instagram Rod McGuirk April 19 2018 4:05 PM 0 Comments Cocaine mule says she did it for Instagram likes Independent.ie A drug mule said she tried to smuggle €12.6m worth of cocaine into Australia because it was a chance to post selfies on […]