Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Science 04/18/19, 22:28

The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades.Little is known about the watery world below depths of 30 meters (yards), the limit ...

Police won’t charge Australian teen or senator over egg spat

Asia & Pacific 04/08/19, 23:10

Police say they will not charge an Australian teenager or a senator for a spat in which the boy cracked an egg on the politician's head and the man retaliated. Victoria state police said in a statement Tuesday that after reviewing footage and interviewing both participants, they had issued an official ...

Australian man loses bullying-by-breaking wind court case

Amazing 03/28/19, 23:59

An Australian appeals court on Friday dismissed a bullying case brought by an engineer who accused his former supervisor of repeatedly breaking wind toward him.The Victoria state Court of Appeal upheld a Supreme Court judge's ruling that even if engineer David Hingst's allegations were true, flatulence did not necessarily constitute ...

Australian reporters charged over Pell gag order violations

Asia & Pacific 03/26/19, 20:33

Some of Australia's highest-profile journalists face possible prison sentences and large media organizations could be fined after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys.Reporting in any format accessible from ...

Australian cardinal sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

Europe 03/12/19, 22:19

The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in a crime that an Australian judge said showed "staggering arrogance." Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd ordered Cardinal George Pell to serve a ...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell’s career and accusations

Europe 03/12/19, 19:54

An Australian judge has sentenced Cardinal George Pell to 6 years in prison on convictions of sexually abusing two choirboys in a cathedral when he was archbishop of Australia's second-largest city more than 20 years ago.A timeline of Pell's career and the criminal case:July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell ...

Scientists begin quest to explore Indian Ocean depths

Africa 03/06/19, 03:46

Scientists have set off early Wednesday on a mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, one of the planet's last great unexplored frontiers. Here's a look at what the Nekton Mission hopes to achieve and why the people of the Seychelles, the first stop on this three-year expedition, ...

Science vessel for ocean mission arrives in Seychelles

Science 03/01/19, 09:22

The science vessel of British-based Nekton Mission arrived in the Seychelles, where it will begin the first stage of a years-long mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean and document the effects of global warming in one of the last major unexplored frontiers on Earth.Ocean Zephyr docked in ...

Dozens of journalists accused of breaching gag order on Pell

Asia & Pacific 02/28/19, 19:53

An Australian state prosecutor has sent letters threatening to charge media organizations and dozens of journalists with breaching a gag order that banned reporting of Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys, lawyers said Thursday.Reporting in any format accessible from Australia of details of the former ...

Update: Pell’s bail revoked, sentencing set for March 13

Europe 02/26/19, 23:51

The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Cardinal George Pell (all times local):2 p.m.A judge has revoked Cardinal George Pell's bail and said he would announce the disgraced cleric's sentence on March 13.Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The most senior ...

Australian Cardinal Pell faces abuse sentencing hearing

Europe 02/26/19, 20:07

The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse could face his first night in custody after a sentencing hearing Wednesday that will decide his punishment for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago.A Victoria state County Court jury unanimously convicted Cardinal George Pell in ...

Australian Cardinal Pell convicted of molesting 2 choirboys

Asia & Pacific 02/26/19, 03:18

The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy's credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up.Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser and the ...

Differences between Cardinal Pell’s prosecution and defense

Asia & Pacific 02/26/19, 02:46

The lawyers representing Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse, and those prosecuting the case painted very different pictures of the events that led to his conviction.Pell was found guilty in December of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the sacristy of a ...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell’s career and accusations

Asia & Pacific 02/25/19, 23:44

An Australian jury has convicted Cardinal George Pell on charges that he sexually abused two choirboys in a cathedral when he was archbishop of Australia's second-largest city more than 20 years ago.A timeline of Pell's career and the criminal case:July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed Archbishop of ...

Study uses satellites to count flares near Eagle Ford Shale

U.S. 02/24/19, 17:15

Researchers at two California universities are studying the fiery flares that pock-mark drilling sites in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.Researchers from the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University are using satellites to see how much flaring occurs in the region, in addition to data provided ...

6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure

Asia & Pacific 02/08/19, 12:05

Australian police arrested six people after what authorities said Friday was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia.U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port ...

Melbourne, Australia, set to roast on hottest day in decade

Asia & Pacific 01/24/19, 20:27

Melbourne residents have been warned that they could endure power outages on Friday as Australia's second-largest city is forecast to experience its hottest day in a decade.The Victoria state capital, with a population of 5 million, is set to reach 44 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit). That would be Melbourne's ...

Teary Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia

Tennis 01/15/19, 06:37

Victoria Azarenka cried, pausing for a minute, trying to reflect on the differences between her past and present experiences of the Australian Open.A back-to-back champion in 2012 and '13, Azarenka sat in a small interview room at Melbourne Park answering questions for 10 minutes in the wake of her 6-7 ...

Man in Australia arrested over suspicious consulate packages

Asia & Pacific 01/09/19, 19:27

Australian police have arrested a man after 38 suspicious packages containing a possibly hazardous substance were sent to foreign consulates in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.Police say a 48-year-old man was arrested at his home in Shepparton, Victoria state, on Wednesday night, and charged with sending dangerous ...

Switzerland stuns Sweden 2-0 to reach world junior semis

Hockey 01/02/19, 18:47

Luca Hollenstein made 41 saves and Switzerland stunned Sweden 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the world junior hockey semifinals.Yannick Bruschweiler scored in the first period and Luca Wyss connected in the second in the final second of a power play.Sweden lost after winning all four of its Group B ...

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