Soccer player at upstate college drowns in Australia

A soccer player at an upstate New York college died over holiday break in his native Australia when he fell into the ocean and was swept away by the current, according to reports. Eric Birighitti, a 21-year-old student at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, was hanging out with friends near Twilight Beach in Esperance…

Australia fires: On kangaroo killing field, from horror to hope

A mob of kangaroos had gathered on the fairway, the last patch of green grass left after fire ripped through the eastern Victoria town on New Year’s Eve, destroying close to 100 homes and thousands of hectares of native habitat. Over 4,000 locals and tourists had to be evacuated by sea after the fires cut…

Australia ‘very concerned’ about treatment of Yang Hengjun, Marise Payne says – politics live | Australia news

His circumstances of detention include increased isolation from the outside world, with restrictions on his communications with family and friends, and the resumption of daily interrogation, including while shackled. This is unacceptable. We have made repeated requests to the Chinese authorities for an explanation of the charges against Dr Yang. We have also made repeated…

Australia v Pakistan: first Test, day two – live! | Sport

1.51am GMT01:51 22nd over: Australia 93-0 (Warner 49, Burns 37) Yasir to Warner, twice in a row on the pads. Warner pressing forward to defend. But it’s the third ball that lets Yasir down. Overthrown, too full and a bit of width as he tries a googly, where building consistent pressure might have been better….