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Thunderstorm hits, clears Melbourne smoke

Melbourne has felt the full brunt of four seasons in one day, with flight-delaying smoke in the morning giving way to threats of flash flooding in the afternoon.

Lost car sparks missing children search

Police launched a massive search for three young children believed to be inside a car stolen in western Sydney before discovering their mother had simply forgotten where she'd parked.

Government boosts bushfire family support

Bushfire-hit children who have received $400 cash disaster recovery payments will get a further $400 under a plan announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Coal is good for regional jobs: Morrison

Scott Morrison has backed in the resources sector as a new survey shows a rise in the number of Australians concerned about climate change and the world's largest investment manager signalled it was pulling back...

Firies at odds over federal bushfire probe

The Australian firefighters union is urging Scott Morrison not to call a royal commission into the unprecedented bushfires ravaging the country, putting it at odds with some state bodies.

Australians 'may become climate refugees'

As global temperatures soar, Australia could become so hot and dry that the country's residents could become climate refugees, US climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann says.

Landing plane dumps fuel on school in LA

Firefighters have treated 17 children and six adults for minor injuries after a commercial airliner landing at Los Angeles International airport apparently dumped fuel on their school playground, county fire officials say.

Iran says arrests made over plane downing

Iran says it has arrested an undisclosed number of suspects accused of a role in shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, as anti-government demonstrations triggered by the disaster entered a fourth day.

US warns vessels transiting Gulf

The United States has warned of threats to commercial vessels in and around the Persian Gulf in the wake of its confrontation with Iran.